Our Biggest (and Best!) Christmas Cookies

Bakers, welcome to the big leagues. These giant Christmas cookies feature festive flavors -- like pumpkin, maple, and mint -- and are perfect for snacking or gifting. The best part? Most can be made ahead of the big holiday.

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    Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

    Ward off Jack Frost with these cozy cookies. Packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, each bite is a warm weapon against chilly weather. 

    Editor's Tip: To make homemade ice cream sandwiches, place 1/2 cup softened cinnamon ice cream between two cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 2 hours or until firm. 

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    Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

    Nothing beats a soft sugar cookie, but these maple-infused giants may give the classic treat a run for its money. Pure maple syrup is baked into the dough, and the finished cookie is topped with a generous drizzle of maple icing. 

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    Caramel Apple Cookies

    Not every apple is created equal. For this recipe, you'll want to use tart apples in the dough to balance out the sweetness of the frosting. Granny Smith, McIntosh, Braeburn, and Jonathan are some of the most common varieties.

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    Giant Puzzle Cookie

    Who ever said you can't play with your food? This giant puzzle cookie is perfect for getting your kids into the kitchen. Little fingers will love decorating the puzzle pieces and putting it together. 

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    Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

    These chunky cookies chock-full of oats and butterscotch pieces are one of the healthiest of the bunch. Despite their large size, each cookie has only 129 calories. 

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    Triple-Peanut Cookies

    Your family will go nuts over these cookies. A combination of peanut butter, peanut butter baking pieces, and peanuts gives the treat its flavor and its name. 

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    Giant Double-Mint Cookies

    Packed with a bold mint flavor and coated with rich dark chocolate, these treats would make even the Grinch smile. Green food coloring adds a festive touch to the dough. 

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    Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies

    Can it really be Christmas without gingerbread? A hearty combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and molasses gives these cookies their complex flavor. 

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    Oatmeal Jumbo Cookies

    Red and green candies give these chunky oatmeal cookies a festive flair. Your choice of peanuts, walnuts, or pecans adds a nutty crunch. 

    Editor's Tip: This recipe works well year-round -- just switch up the candy color scheme to match the different holidays.

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    Pistachio and Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Packed with nuts and chocolate, these cookies are the perfect pick-me-up after an afternoon of wrapping gifts. The cookies are crisp on the outside, soft on the outside, and can be frozen up to 3 months in advance. 

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    Stacked Square Snowmen Cookies

    These scalloped cookies are equally as delicious as they are adorable. Royal icing gives the snowman a glossy finish, and a pastry bag fitted with a small round tips makes him easy to decorate.  

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    Buttery Pumpkin Cookies

    This recipe calls for an entire can of pumpkin. Tender and cake-like, and topped with a coat of brown sugar icing, these cookies give pumpkin pie some competition for a spot at your holiday table. 

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    Chocolate-Toffee Cookies

    Can't decide between creamy chocolate and rich toffee? Now you don't have to because this giant cookie marries the best of both worlds. Take a hint from Santa and pair these treats with a big glass of milk.  

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    Fantastic Holiday Bar Cookies

    These festive holiday cookie bar recipes--including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies--make delicious gifts and holiday desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry dessert recipes to try first.
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