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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Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

From Midwest Living

An apple a day tastes even better in cookie form, especially with frosting on top!

Spiced Apple Drops

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

From Midwest Living

To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

Sugar Cookie Star Cutouts

From Better Homes and Gardens

This recipe features a star, but any cutter will do to create various Christmas cookie shapes out of this delicious dough.

Sugar Cookie Star Cutouts

Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

At Christmas try making this soft, lightly lemony cookie recipe and serve them with hot cocoa for dipping. Chill the dough at least 1 hour to ensure that it's easy to roll out and cut.

Sugar Cookies

"The Best" Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

"The Best" Sugar Cookies

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kids love decorating these holiday cookies with crushed red candy and bright white frosting.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

A roll in chopped nuts and a drizzle of milk chocolate adds a pretty touch to these simple but very delicious cookies.

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rich and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies make a delicious snack or dessert.

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Almond Icebox Rounds

From Better Homes and Gardens

Almond Icebox Rounds

Maple-Macadamia Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Maple-Macadamia Icebox Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Better Homes and Gardens

For this dessert, two chocolate cookies surround a filling of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America.

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Midwest Living

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These easy icebox cookies get their "bite" from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spiced Apple Drops

Yummy Molasses Crackles

From EatingWell

Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover - reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Pineapple Coconut Bites

From EatingWell

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tarts from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

Pineapple Coconut Bites

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

From EatingWell

Registered Dietitian Mary LaRock flavored these phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Lava Rocks

From EatingWell

Strategy and operations director Josh Gitlin gave this low-fat cookie three layers of chocolate flavor with cocoa powder, grated bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs.

Lava Rocks

Dark Chocolate Florentines

From EatingWell

Master of Fine Arts student Allyson Lea Smith consulted with her mother and baked at least six variations to create this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

From EatingWell

These crispy cookies are made with Piedmontese staples--hazelnuts and eggs--and called Brutti Ma Buoni: literally, "Ugly But Good." But they are really more plain-looking than "ugly," and pack a powerful, sweet, nutty burst of flavor, making them welcome at any table.

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops

From EatingWell

These meringue cookies have a puffy, fragile exterior and a moist, soft interior. They deliver an enticingly bold, knock-your-socks-off bittersweet chocolate experience.

Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

From EatingWell

Bright red cranberries and toasted green pistachios stud these tart-and-tangy bar cookies and make them a colorful addition to any cookie platter. They hold well in both the refrigerator and the freezer so they're an excellent make-ahead option.

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

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