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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Yummy Molasses Crackles

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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

Dark Chocolate Meringue Drops

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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

Pineapple Coconut Bites

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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

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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

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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

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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

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

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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

Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

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Elegant and delicious, these cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. For a variation, try with raspberry preserves; you can show off the jewel-like filling by cutting the center out of half of the cookies. If giving these as a gift, be sure to pack them carefully with a layer of wax paper between each cookie.

Apricot-Almond Sandwich Cookies

Decorator Icing

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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

Holiday Cookie Cutouts

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There is no need to wait for December to enjoy crisp sugar cookies in fanciful shapes. Capture the spirit of fall by baking maple leaf- or pumpkin-shaped cookies. And when the festive season arrives, have fun with holiday shapes like stars and wreaths. Use the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping for crisp cookies that make perfect teatime treats or finish with Decorator Icing for more elaborate cookies (see Cookie-Decorating Tips, below).

Holiday Cookie Cutouts

Bev's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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EatingWell reader Beverley Rosenber of Santa Barbara, California, contributed this recipe to our Kitchen to Kitchen department. She updated a favorite treat by cutting back on sugar and incorporating whole grains. To increase protein, Ms. Rosenber replaces the rolled oats with 1 cup almond meal.

Bev's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

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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

Outrageous Macaroons

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These luxurious macaroons studded with pistachios and dried cranberries hail from food stylist Katie Webster. She made them three years ago when she was a personal chef for a gluten-intolerant client, then began selling them to a grateful crowd at her local farmers' market. Although you can concoct them with either sweetened or unsweetened coconut, we find that the unsweetened packs a more coconutty wallop. For a variation, substitute chopped crystallized ginger and mini chocolate chips for the pistachios and cranberries.

Outrageous Macaroons

Ida's Mandelbrot

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A tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) adapted from a 1950s family recipe.

Ida's Mandelbrot

Patti's Holiday Chocolate Delights

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Fudgy, brownielike and decadent, these fantastic cookies will satisfy any chocolate lover. Managing Editor Wendy Ruopp shares her friend's recipe for these fantastic cookies with us:

Patti's Holiday Chocolate Delights

Leslie Malcoun's Pecan Tartlets

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Catherine Schumacher used to make hundreds of Christmas cookies for her family and friends. She even defrosted frozen leftovers for Fourth of July picnics at her Michigan farm. Her granddaughter, Leslie Malcoun, took over the baking when she got married more than 30 years ago, and to this day spends hours on old family favorites and experimenting with new recipes. Assistant Editor Carolyn Malcoun can't imagine Christmas without her mom's delightful mini pecan tarts.

Leslie Malcoun's Pecan Tartlets

Poppy Seed Thumbprints

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Our Test Kitchen manager and resident master baker, Stacy Fraser, loves this variation on a classic jam thumbprint. Poppy seeds give the cookies extra flair with very little effort. Though you can use any jam, cherry is particularly divine. A new mom, Stacy plans to make these part of a family tradition with her son Sawyer.

Poppy Seed Thumbprints

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

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These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need.

Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

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

No-Bake Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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We can't resist big, soft, fudgy cookies, like those found in glass jars on bake-shop counters. These freeze exceptionally well-layer them in a freezer-safe container between sheets of wax paper; thaw 15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Double-Chocolate Biscotti

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Dense and crunchy, these are the classic Italian dunking cookies. Although they are traditionally dipped in Vin Santo, a sweet Italian dessert wine, these chocolaty biscotti are ultra-satisfying with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

Double-Chocolate Biscotti

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

Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

From EatingWell

These ultra-thin, crisp cookies are a snap to make and have a fortune cookie-inspired flavor. Serve alongside a homemade or purchased fruit salad to increase your fruit servings for the day while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

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This thumbprint cookie uses honey as the only sweetener and tender ground almonds to replace much of the butter found in similar cookies. Just a touch of butter mixed with honey in the filling gives it a rich flavor without too much saturated fat.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

From Parents

This thumbprint cookie uses honey as the only sweetener and tender ground almonds to replace much of the butter found in similar cookies. Just a touch of butter mixed with honey in the filling gives it a rich flavor without too much saturated fat.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

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