Top 6 Christmas Cookies

These are the cookies I have to make every year for the holiday season. They include old family favorites, cookies that are a bit more labor-intensive, and heirloom recipes I just can't miss. From chocolate bonbons to roll-out decorated cookies, you'll love them too.

The most important thing about making good cookies is to measure the flour correctly. I can't tell you how many times I have eaten tough and dry cookies; the maker added too much flour. If you aren't sure if you can...MORE measure the flour correctly, weigh it. A cup of all purpose flour should weigh about 125 grams. Do not scoop the measuring cup into the flour to measure it. Spoon it lightly into the measuring cup, then level off with the back of a knife.

Be sure to read Top Ten Tips for Making the Best Cookies before you begin! And enjoy every bite of these wonderful classic recipes.

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    Roll Out Butter Cookies

    Roll Out Butter Cookies
    Roll Out Butter Cookies. Linda Larsen
    These delicate and tender cookies are the essence of Christmas. Make decorating them a family affair! Make the dough one day and chill it, then roll them out and bake the next, and finally get everyone together with bowls of frosting and candies to enjoy decorating.
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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons. Linda Larsen
    What could be better than chocolate and peanut butter? Believe it or not, add some dates! These chewy and creamy little candies are just wonderful. I forgot to make them last year, and we really missed them!
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    Peanut Blossom Cookies. Linda Larsen

    This classic cookie is my husband's favorite. The original recipe was too dry, so in this version I reduced the flour, changed the shortening to butter, and chill the dough. The cookies are soft and chewy, just perfect! Try making them with the new flavors of chocolate kisses, especially the peanut butter swirl. Yum.

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    Mexican Tea Cakes. Linda Larsen

    This simple cookie was one of the first I ever made. Tender shortbread is rolled while hot in powdered sugar to create a thin icing, then a second coating in sugar when the cookies are cool seals in the rich taste. You can fill these with everything from pecan halves to chocolate kisses.

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    Spritz Cookies
    Spritz Cookies. Linda Larsen

    These little cookies are a German Christmas classic. They are very simple cookies, but special because they're made with a cookie press. The secret to making these cookies is to have the dough well-chilled, and use cool, ungreasy cookie sheets.

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    M&M Cookies. Linda Larsen

    While these cookies aren't classic Christmas cookies, they are so delicious I had to include them. Candy coated chocolates are the perfect addition to a tender brown sugar cookie.