Popular 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.

Ischl Tarts

These festive tarts hail from Austria and the southern part of Germany, where they are a holiday tradition. When rolling the dough, remember to roll from the center to the edges for best results.

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Ischl Tarts

Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

These little cookies are a Mexican tradition, so make sure to use a pig cookie cutter. Decorate with vanilla frosting and white nonpareils to finish the look.

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Cochinitos de Jengibre-Mexico

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Pick your own mix-in for these super-soft vanilla and brown sugar cookiesówe like walnuts or chocolate chips.

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Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Steep tea leaves in butter to make these delicious meltaway cookies. Vanilla rooibos tea can be found at specialty tea stores.

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Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Combine four simple ingredients to make these shortbread cookies, then add vanilla bean buttercream to make dainty sandwiches for tea time or holiday gatherings. Cookies can be frozen for up to three months.

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Vanilla Bean Shortbread Sandwiches with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

These mini biscotti cookies are delicious with morning coffee or evening cocoa. Glazed with white chocolate and sprinkled with jimmies, they're a sweet treat made for dipping.

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White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

Prep these no-bake treats in just 30 minutes. Made with almond butter, baking chocolate, and candy coating, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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No-Bake White Chocolate-Almond Butter Balls

Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

Iced with a cream cheese glaze and made with ground walnuts, these shortbread cookies are simple to make but big on flavor. Bonus: They can be frozen up to three months in advance.

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Iced Walnut Shortbread Rounds

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

A slice of creamy nougat bar tops these sweet and salty peanut butter cookies. From start to finish, they take just 35 minutes to make.

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Salted-Peanut Blossoms

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Make these unique Dulce de Leche cookies in less than 30 minutes. Press dough into pecans, walnuts, or almonds for a dessert that suits your taste.

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Dulce de Leche Snappers

Saffron Snickerdoodles

Up the ante when you add saffron to your traditional snickerdoodle recipe. Sweet and complex in flavor, saffron smells wonderful and gives cookies a gorgeous golden hue.

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Saffron Snickerdoodles

Vanilla Spritz

This big-batch vanilla spritz cookie recipe makes about 84 tender cookie bites. Use a cookie press to form shapes, then sprinkle cookies with quick vanilla sugar for a party-perfect platter of treats.

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Vanilla Spritz

Mystery Cookies

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Mystery Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

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Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Hudson Bay Bread

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Hudson Bay Bread

Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

This cookie recipe version of chocolate-covered cherries is delicious. Top with almonds and melted chocolate for a finishing touch.

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Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

Peanutty Brownie Bites

A fudge brownie mix makes these addictive brownies -- a perfect pairing of chocolate and peanut butter -- quick and easy. If you'd like, top the brownies with chopped dry-roasted peanuts.

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Peanutty Brownie Bites

Ultimate Bar Cookies

With walnuts, macadamia nuts, milk chocolate, and white chocolate, these bars can't help being anything but absolutely delicious.

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Ultimate Bar Cookies

Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

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Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Pastry shop perfect, these pretty little cookies pair the super compatible flavors of cherry and almond. To keep maraschino cherries from running into the frosting, blot them dry with a paper towel before applying to the cookie top, and do so no more than a few hours before serving.

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Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Tangerine Butter Cookies

Brightly colored tangerine zest makes these cookies stand out from the rest. Cornmeal gives them a slightly crunchy but tender texture.

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Tangerine Butter Cookies

Oatmeal and More Cookies

Chocolate and coconut turn oatmeal cookies into an even sweeter dessert.

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Oatmeal and More Cookies

Cornmeal-and-Lime Butter Cookies

Lime peel adds a refreshing bite to these rich cornmeal cookies. Sprinkle with green colored sugar and white coarse decorating sugar for a sweet finish.

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Cornmeal-and-Lime Butter Cookies

Peppermint Palmiers

Looking for a light dessert? These minty pastries are a perfect break after a hardy meal. Made from puff pastry, these cookies are called palmiers or elephant ears because of their distinct shape.

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Peppermint Palmiers

Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Turn a favorite holiday flavor into pretty peppermint sandwich cookies and serve them up at a cookie exchange, holiday party, or potluck.

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Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

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