Christmas Cookie Recipes

Don't stress over finding the perfect recipe for the countless cookie exchanges, school parties and family get-togethers you'll be attending this holiday season. We've gathered our favorite Christmas cookie recipes that will keep your cookie jar looking festive and your sweet tooth satisfied.
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Don't stress over finding the perfect recipe for the countless cookie exchanges, school parties and family get-togethers you'll be attending this holiday season. We've gathered our favorite Christmas cookie recipes that will keep your cookie jar looking festive and your sweet tooth satisfied.

Frosty's Melting Cookies

With his pretzel arms, candied buttons and fruit-leather scarf, Frosty is the perfect cookie for creative kiddos!

Frosty's Melting Cookies

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Almond Lemon Cookies

Garnish lemon cookies with an almond! It's both a nutty crunch and a decorative detail.

Almond Lemon Cookies

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Vanilla Bean Snowmen

These little snowmen make the perfect stocking stuffers -- after they get decked out in sugar that is!

Vanilla Bean Snowmen

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Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

With a cream-cheese center, these cookies will melt in your mouth.

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

Who needs a mug? One bite of these Hot Cocoa Cookies will warm you right up. For a decadent soft chocolate center and molten marshmallow topping, serve these treats fresh from the oven.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Black & Tan Pinwheels

Best for those who want the fixins, these pinwheels are a holiday staple. Tip: Use a bench scraper to loosen cookie dough from your work surface and to scoop up the chopped nuts.

Black & Tan Pinwheels

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How to Shape Pinwheel Cookies

They're easy! Watch and learn our techniques on how to assemble pinwheel cookies for the holidays.

Nutty Coconut Drops

Macadamia nuts add crunch to these snow-white holiday cookies.

Nutty Coconut Drops

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Watch: How to Roll & Cut Cookie Dough

Watch our test kitchen expert properly roll and cut cookie dough for all of your holiday cookies.

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Cookies

Mix together mint and chocolate cookie doughs for one heavenly cookie. To create the tree, use a shaped mold and decorate with sprinkle ornaments!

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Cookies

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Cookie Decorating Tips

The best part about holiday cookies: the more festive, the better! Get our test kitchen director's best holiday decorating tips and ideas.

Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles

With ginger's natural healthy benefits, and dark-chocolate's natural antioxidants, it's natural to have more than one! Tip: Cool these cookies on brown paper grocery bags instead of racks.

Dark-Chocolate-Ginger Crinkles

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Cherry Shortbread Cookies

If baking isn't your thing, here's a fail-proof recipe you've gotta try this season.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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Choco-Coconut Cookie Sandwiches

These sandwiched cookies get points for being the easiest treats, ever -- no baking required. Just whip up the tasty cream, spread, then sandwich together and roll sides in choco chips. Delish.

Choco-Coconut Cookie Sandwiches

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Coconut Snowball Crisps

Crispy coconut cereal covered in a sweet sugary glaze makes the perfect Christmas treat! Tip: Separate eggs when they're cold, but wait until they're at room temperature for most volume when whipping.

Coconut Snowball Crisps

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Spiced Thins

This classic recipe is the essence of Christmas time!

Spiced Thins

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Peppermint Meringue Kisses

These little pops of peppermint work perfectly as holiday party snacks.

Peppermint  Meringue Kisses

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Coconut Snowflakes

Use a cooker cutter to give these holiday cookies their shape. Then sprinkle them with sugar for a snow-like shimmer!

Coconut Snowflakes

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PB&B Cloud Cookies

Beat together a fluffy frosting from banana, sugar and lemon juice. Then, sprinkle chopped peanuts on top to give these cookies the nutty taste. Tip: Sandwich the frosting between two cookies and coat the sides with the nuts.

PB&B Cloud Cookies

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Apricot Cheesecake Pockets

These sassy, sparkly turnovers are stuffed with an ooey-gooey combo of rich cream cheese and tangy apricot preserves.

Apricot Cheesecake Pockets

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Vanilla Meringues with Sour Cherry Centers

Crunch through the sweet, crisp meringue to discover the sour cherry surprise inside. The chewy red jewels and snowy white shells make for an especially festive finale.

Vanilla Meringues with Sour Cherry Centers

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy all of the chewy goodness of a chocolate chip cookie -- supersized.

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cornmeal Linzer Hearts

Cornmeal adds to this classic, and the shape will melt your heart with each bite! Tip: Cut the center hearts into half of the cookies before baking, dust with confectioners' sugar, and then assemble.

Cornmeal Linzer Hearts

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Cinnamon Cornmeal Wafers

These easy refrigerator cookies pack a satisfying crunch. Tip: Sprinkle colored decorating sugar onto the cookies just before baking!

Cinnamon Cornmeal Wafers

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Black and Blue Berry Rugelach

Roll blueberries, cinnamon and walnuts into a flaky cookie crust for a cookie your guests won't be able to pass up.

Black and Blue Berry Rugelach

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How to Shape Rugelach

It's easier than it looks! Watch our how-to video to learn how to shape this classic holiday cookie.

More Sweets

Whip up one of these perfect-for-after-dinner delicacies for your next holiday gathering.

Streusel Ready-to-Bake Pear-Almond Tart

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