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Christmas cookies are a holiday tradition for many families. Festive cookies make wonderful gifts, and cookie baking and decorating is a great way to get the kids involved in the festivities.
Most baked cookies can be frozen decorated or undecorated, or you can freeze your cookie dough now for baking and decorating just before the holidays. See these cookie baking tips for more decorating and gift-giving ideas.
Here are dozens of our favorite cookie recipes, including basic shortbread and sugar... cookies, butter cookies, fancy bars, and traditional Christmas cookie recipes.
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These snickerdoodle cookies are a holiday tradition. The cinnamon-sugar coated cookies make the whole house smell of sugar and spice!Continue to 3 of 36 below.
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Red Velvet Crinkles
The vibrant red color makes these cookies the perfect treat for Christmas and Valentine's Day.Continue to 4 of 36 below.
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Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
Bake these classic sugar cookies in shapes to fit the occasion and then decorate them with icing or sprinkles. Or fill them with jam, dulce de leche, or chocolate ganache.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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Best Ever Blondies With Shortbread Crust
The shortbread crust gives these extra-special chewy, gooey blondies some crunchy texture. Use mini chocolate chips or regular semisweet chocolate chips in these bars.Continue to 6 of 36 below.
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Perfect Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
These chocolate shortbread cookies are surprisingly easy to prepare, and the flavor is out-of-this-world. These awesome cookies are made with only four ingredients.Continue to 7 of 36 below.
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Jam-Filled Kolache Cookies
A cream cheese dough makes these classic kolache cookies soft and delicious. Use your favorite preserves or jam in the filling for the cookies.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries
The three portions of dough are layered in a pan to form a loaf. The cookies are then sliced and baked.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie
This scrumptious snickerdoodle cookie is perfect for a holiday party! Serve it in thin wedges with caramel sauce or a scoop of ice cream.Continue to 10 of 36 below.
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Maple Flake Shortbread Cookies
If you love maple-flavored treats, these cookies are for you! Maple flakes are the secret to the fabulous maple flavor. If you can't find maple flakes locally, buy 1-pound bags from Amazon. They are incredible in cookies, on cereal, or sprinkled over ice cream.Continue to 11 of 36 below.
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Mocha Butterball Cookies
Cocoa powder and espresso (or coffee) powder flavor these fantastic mocha butter cookies. Make extra cookies and freeze them for later.Continue to 12 of 36 below.
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Brown Sugar Shortbread
These buttery brown sugar shortbread cookies are classic. Sprinkle them with some vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar just before you put them in the oven.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
These simple macaroons can be dressed up for the holidays with chopped red and green candied cherries.Continue to 14 of 36 below.
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Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies
Make these soft lemon cookies for your friends and family and watch them disappear! A flavorful lemon icing is the perfect finishing touch.Continue to 15 of 36 below.
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Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing
These cookies will be a big hit with everyone! The brown butter icing adds flavor to these easy soft spiced cookies.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Date Pinwheel Cookies
These traditional holiday pinwheels boast a date and nut filling.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing
A simple caramel icing tops these soft pumpkin drop cookies.Continue to 18 of 36 below.
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Meltaway Butter Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies are a snap to fix and bake.Continue to 19 of 36 below.
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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
These old-fashioned sugar cookies are always a hit. Add a dash of ground nutmeg for seasonal flavor.Continue to 20 of 36 below.
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Classic Forgotten Cookies With Variations
The name "Forgotten Cookies" comes from "forgetting" about the cookies and leaving them in the oven overnight or for several hours (after turning the oven off).Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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Soft Molasses Drop Cookies
There's no chilling or rolling required for these soft molasses cookies. Dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle with vanilla icing.Continue to 22 of 36 below.
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Molasses Crinkles Recipe
Use regular granulated sugar or larger grained decorating sugar on these fabulous spiced molasses crinkles.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies
Sour cream gives these soft brown sugar drop cookies great flavor and texture. Feel free to add chopped nuts to the batter before baking.Continue to 24 of 36 below.
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Chocolate Butterball Christmas Cookies
Melted bittersweet or semisweet chocolate is added to the cookie dough to make these fabulous chocolate butterballs. Finely chopped pecans add texture.Continue to 25 of 36 below.
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Basic Butter Shortbread
These easy vanilla butter cookies need only five ingredients. You don't even need an electric mixer.Continue to 26 of 36 below.
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Classic Magic Cookie Bars
Layers of graham cracker crust, coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk make these little bars magical.Continue to 27 of 36 below.
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These beautiful cookies are surprisingly easy to make and bake.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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Crispy Sand Tart Cookies with Cinnamon
A cinnamon-sugar topping makes these sand tarts extra-special.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Peanut Butter Shortbread Cut-Outs
These cookies are not only easy to prepare — they're egg-free. Drizzle melted chocolate over these shortbread cookies for the holidays.Continue to 30 of 36 below.
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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies
These fabulous bars are brimming with flavor. The blondies include coconut, chocolate chunks, and a melted chocolate drizzle.Continue to 31 of 36 below.
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Mom's Date Drop Cookies
A dab of batter partially covers the date filling in these soft brown sugar cookies.Continue to 32 of 36 below.
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Date Squares with Oat Crust
Make this your go-to recipe for date squares. These delicious date bars boast a crumbly oat crust and a generous date filling.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Old-Fashioned Jumbles Cookies With Raisins
If you like old-fashioned favorites, these cookies are for you! Use dried cranberries instead of raisins for a festive look.Continue to 34 of 36 below.
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Soft Sugar Cookies With Sour Cream
Ice these soft cookies with the included quick icing and sprinkle them with decorating sugars.Continue to 35 of 36 below.
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Favorite Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies with Chopped Nuts
Use your favorite jam or preserves to fill these delightful thumbprint cookies.Continue to 36 of 36 below.
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Lemon Butter Cookies
These delicious little snowballs are brimming with fresh and vibrant lemon flavor. Roll the cookies in powdered sugar after they've cooled.