Christmas Cookies Recipes

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a big platter of holiday cookies for dessert. Choose from shortbread, sandwich cookies, or rolled and dropped cookies for a spectacular dessert assortment.

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Double Thumbprint Cookies

From Heart-Healthy Living

Cherry jam fills these lower-fat sugar cookies which are shaped into a heart to make a sweet dessert for Valentine's Day.

Double Thumbprint Cookies

Rich Cocoa Bars

From Family Circle

Pureed prunes replace the fat in this chocolate bar cookie. To cut the fat even more, skip the frosting and sprinkle the bars with sifted powdered sugar.

Rich Cocoa Bars

Cherry Crumble Pie Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry Crumble Pie Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Fitness

Canola oil is used in place of butter to make these cookies. It has healthy fats, making this cookie recipe a good alternative to the typical butter-filled version.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

French Filled Macaroons

From Better Homes and Gardens

Almonds and coconut flavor these melt-in-your mouth cookies.

French Filled Macaroons

Slice-and-Bake Peanuts

From Family Circle

These peanut butter cookies are shaped to look like peanuts by placing two rounds of dough so they bake together. To further enhance the look, drizzle melted peanut butter chips in a crisscross pattern over the cookies to resemble peanut shells.

Slice-and-Bake Peanuts

Friendship Cookies

From Parents

For a truly multicultural dessert, make all three shades of cookie dough.

Friendship Cookies

Decorator Icing

From EatingWell

This versatile icing is ideal for piping, but it can also be thinned with water and painted over cookies; it dries to a beautiful matte finish. To avoid health concerns about uncooked eggs, use pasteurized egg whites. You can find both refrigerated cartons of pasteurized egg whites and convenient pasteurized dried egg whites in most supermarkets.

Decorator Icing

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

From Vegetarian Times

Feel free to try this recipe with different jams (blueberry and apricot work well). You can also add 1/2 cup nuts to the batter for extra protein and energy on long hikes.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Pignoli Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pine nuts, or pignoli, add a nice crunch to these meringuelike cookies. The almond paste gives them a sweet, but not too sweet, flavor.

Pignoli Cookies

Baby Elephant Ears

From Family Circle

For these make-ahead cookies, sprinkle purchased puff pastry with cinnamon-sugar and fold as directed. Keep them in the freezer up to 2 weeks before slicing and baking. The ear shapes appear when you slice the folded pastry.

Baby Elephant Ears

Lemon Drops

From Family Circle

Sprinkle these buttery cookies with confectioners' sugar while still warm. The heat from the cookies melts the sugar just a little allowing it to better coat the cookies.

Lemon Drops

Lemon Curd Bars

From Midwest Living

Here's a quick and updated version of the classic lemon bar. It uses jarred lemon curd instead of a homemade filling and then adds a coconut and almond topper.

Lemon Curd Bars

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

From Midwest Living

These dessert bars have a top and bottom pastry crust. It's like apple pie in a baking pan!

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Peanut Blondies

From Family Circle

Although these bar cookies look like a typical blondie recipe, they're made with peanut butter. The frosting is melted white chocolate chips.

Peanut Blondies

Snickerdoodle Croissant Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These cookies, filled with a sugary cinnamon and nut filling, take the shape of miniature croissants.

Snickerdoodle Croissant Cookies

Tropical Dream Tassies

From Better Homes and Gardens

The cream cheese and macadamia nut crust deliciously complements the sweet lime filling in these tropical treats.

Tropical Dream Tassies

Almond Galettes

From Better Homes and Gardens

These almond cookies are pretty enough to give as a holiday gift.

Almond Galettes

Peanut Butter and Banana Drops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kneading the embellishments into the cookie dough makes a fun project for eager young bakers. Coarse raw sugar gives this cookie recipe a pleasant crunch.

Peanut Butter and Banana Drops

Lemon Sugar Cookies

From Kellogg's

Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, the lemon peel adds a new twist to ever-popular sugar cookies.

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Three-Layer No-Bake Bar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

A chocolate crumb crust, a creamy pudding layer, and fudgy frosting make these dessert bars irresistible.

Three-Layer No-Bake Bar Cookies

Easy Gingerbread Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

Add dried fruit and nuts to a packaged gingerbread mix for these quick-fix dessert bars.

Easy Gingerbread Bars

No-Bake Cookies

From EatingWell

Your kids will love helping you make these peanut butter-graham treats.

No-Bake Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

From EatingWell

These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the familiar flavors of brown sugar and chocolate, but get a sophisticated twist from tahini (sesame paste). Tahini helps to lower the saturated fat by more than 66 percent while adding a nutty flavor to an old classic.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Empanaditas

From Better Homes and Gardens

This tasty dessert recipe includes a sweet tropical flavor mixed with cream cheese and jam. A dusting of cinnamon and sugar completes the cookie.

Sweet Empanaditas

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