White and Gold Christmas Cookies

Saffron Snickerdoodles
From pearly whites to rustic golds, our charming Christmas cookies play on the colors of the season and feature holiday essentials like cinnamon and caramel. Try your hand at one (or more!) of our Christmas cookie recipes for a delicious way to celebrate the season.

Salted Peanut Blossoms

Forget chocolate! Top these golden sugar-coated blossoms with peanut-coated nougat bars for a showstopping cookie guests of all ages will love.

Vanilla Spritz

We love the simplicity of darling spritz cookies. Made with easy pantry staples in just 35 minutes, these cookie-pressed treats are the perfect pick for an impromptu party.

Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

What's better than a steamy cup of coffee? Easy: a fresh-from-the-oven coffee cookie! Ours is brimming with holiday spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

One-up any cafe-bought biscotti by baking a batch of your own. Our mini white chocolate versions feature slivered almonds and zippy orange peel. Sprinkle on white jimmies, then dunk in a steamy cup of joe for a cozy way to celebrate the season.

Browned Butter and Oatmeal Crisps

Thin and crispy, these Christmas cookies are as light as air. Bake them to perfection by watching for bubbly centers and golden edges.

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches

You'll love this five-ingredient cookie sandwich. It's golden and crisp on the outside, and sweet and fluffy on the inside. Use a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip to achieve the bakery-shop look.

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Dress up soft vanilla cookies with dulce de leche for a Mexican take on turtle dessert. The salty-sweet snappers are baked atop crunchy pecans and sprinkled with sea salt.

Honey Coins

No frostings or jimmies here. A simple snow-dusted look (thanks to powdered sugar) lets the sweet honey and vanilla flavors of this cookie take center stage.

Brown Sugar-Hazelnut Spirals

These spiral cookies are sure to make any cookie tray pop! The colorful (and delicious) cookie plays with two kinds of dough: plain vanilla and chocolate hazelnut.

Almond and Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Make classic almond sugar cookies sparkle with the help of royal icing and a pretty, wintry design. Using a small paintbrush, add a sprinkling of silver luster dust to give the snowflakes extra shine.

Top your cookies with beautiful decorative icing, ensuring your cookie plate always stands out in a crowd. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert demonstrates two easy icing techniques: how to swirl the icing, and how to create hearts on your decorative cookies.

Video: How to Decorate Cookies with Icing

Take your Christmas cookies from plain to pretty with these simple decorating secrets to success!

Cinnamon-Almond Slices

Cinnamon and brown sugar add a touch of the holidays to these traditional butter cookies. Stir in almonds to give the low-cal cookies some nutty crunch.

Brown Sugar and Spice Wedges

These caramel-coated wedges make a charming treat for any holiday party. To create their playful edges, simply crimp the dough by hand.

Candied-Ginger Icebox Cookies

Orange peel meets zippy ginger in this fresh take on icebox cookies. Brush them in milk then roll them in sugar before baking for extra sweet appeal.

Toasted Nut and Oatmeal Cookies

Give nostalgic oatmeal cookies extra homey goodness by lacing the batter with brown sugar. Then toss in toasted walnuts and pecans for a cookie you can be nuts about.

Italian Cornmeal-Apricot Cookies

Bring the oh-so-popular cornmeal cookies of Italian pastry shops to your kitchen this Christmas. We bake ours with dried apricots and fresh lemon peel for a touch of fruitiness in every bite.

Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

We love the cool look of a quick drizzle of icing. To enhance the wintry design of these shortbread cookies, use a scalloped cookie cutter to create snowflakelike edges.

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

The standout ingredient in this holiday cookie? Yep, you guessed it -- sweet potato! The earthy root veggie gives these brown sugar cookies a hint of the holidays. Spread the tops with smooth maple cream cheese frosting.

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Rooibos (a naturally sweet vanilla-flavor tea) makes a double appearance in these chipper caffienated cookies -- in the batter and the icing.

Giant Nutmeg Cookies

The nutmeg cookie is like snow -- you can't have Christmas without it! Roll these holiday essentials in sugar before baking, then watch them pop and crack in the oven.

Browned Butter-Cardamom Cookies

Nothing beats the smell of warm cookies fresh out of the oven. Try our extra-fragrant cardamom versions. The light peppery flavor is a sweet alternative to classic spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Orange-Kissed Vanilla Bean Pillows

Give your icy glass of milk something to talk about. Our refreshing take on vanilla wafers -- made with zesty orange peel and real vanilla beans -- makes a delicious dunker.

Saffron Snickerdoodles

No plain-Jane spices here. Try saffron for an unexpected Christmas cookie filled with a light honey flavor. Don't have saffron? Substitute a few teaspoons of chai spice blend instead.

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