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.

Mocha Shortbread

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Mocha Shortbread

Mint Chocolate Chip-Vanilla Wreaths

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Mint Chocolate Chip-Vanilla Wreaths

Mexican Sugar Cookies

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Mexican Sugar Cookies

Kringla

Distinct in both flavor and texture, these mildly sweet and tangy Scandinavian treats are almost breadlike.

From Diabetic Living

Kringla

Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Dunk the bottoms in melted white chocolate for cookies that have their "frosting" flipped.

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Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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

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

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

Italian Cornmeal-Apricot Cookies

Soft and chewy cornmeal-apricot cookies get a dose of crunch from pine nuts sprinkled on top.

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Italian Cornmeal-Apricot Cookies

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

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

Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Complete your Christmas tray with this delicious cookie recipe that offers a creamy mint chocolate frosting sandwiched between rich chocolate cookies.

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Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone Filling

Looking for a quick, foolproof holiday dessert? Give these spearmint whoopie pies a try. Spread a thick layer of white chocolate-mascarpone filling on the bottom half of the cookies and combine. Roll in crushed spearmint candies for an added touch.

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Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone Filling

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

Cherry-Almond Spritz Sandwich Cookies

These classic cookies are ready in less than 30 minutes, so you can whip them up all season long. Use real maraschino cherries and almond extract to create the creamy filling.

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Cherry-Almond Spritz Sandwich Cookies

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

Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

Melted white candy coating holds puffy marshmallows, crunchy cereal, rich macadamia nuts and dried cranberries together in this quick and easy no-bake drop cookie. Store leftover macadamia nuts in the refrigerator; the rich nuts become rancid quickly when stored at room temperature.

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Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

Mashed sweet potatoes mix with cinnamon and brown sugar to give these scone-like cookies perfect flavor. Top with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecan halves.

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Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

White Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies

Use peach, cherry, or strawberry jam to fill this drop cookie recipe. A drizzle of white chocolate adds a finishing touch.

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White Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies

Toffee Snickerdoodle Cupcake Cookies

When the first recipe for snickerdoodles appeared in print in 1869, it was a simple cookie made with kitchen staples. Since, it has been embellished in the most wonderful ways -- as this toffee-packed version demonstrates. Another time, try almonds instead of pecans!

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Toffee Snickerdoodle Cupcake Cookies

Easy Monster Cookie Bars

Start with refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough to prepare these bar cookies in minutes. Try them for your next bake sale or party!

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Easy Monster Cookie Bars

Cran-Crazy Cookies

A touch of fresh lemon zest adds another tart dimension to these whole wheat and cranberry cookies.

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Cran-Crazy Cookies

Butterscotch Tassies

A final drizzle of sweet butterscotch sauce makes an eye-catching presentation on these rich, buttery cookies.

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Butterscotch Tassies

Almond Spritz

The Germans named these timeless treats after their word for "squirt" or "spray." We love them because their fancy shapes and endless design options betray how quick and easy they are to make.

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Almond Spritz

Star Mint Meringues

Who needs candy canes when you have these striped melt-in-your-mouth treats? Serve these as a snack or dessert at your next party.

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Star Mint Meringues

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