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Christmas cookies are a holiday tradition for many families. Festive cookies make wonderful gifts, and cookie baking and decorating is a great way to get the kids involved in the festivities.
Most baked cookies can be frozen decorated or undecorated, or you can freeze your cookie dough now for baking and decorating just before the holidays. See these cookie baking tips for more decorating and gift-giving ideas.
Here are dozens of our favorite cookie recipes, including basic shortbread and sugar... cookies, butter cookies, fancy bars, and traditional Christmas cookie recipes including these Chocolate Chip Icebox Cookies pictured above!Continue to 2 of 35 below.
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These Classic Snickerdoodles are a holiday tradition. The cinnamon-sugar coated cookies make the whole house smell of sugar and spice!Continue to 3 of 35 below.
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Red Velvet Crinkles
The vibrant red color makes these Red Velvet Crinkles the perfect treat for Christmas and Valentine's Day.Continue to 4 of 35 below.
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Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
Bake these Filled or Decorated Sugar Cookies in shapes to fit the occasion and then decorate them with icing or sprinkles. Or fill them with jam, dulce de leche, or chocolate ganache.Continue to 5 of 35 below.
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Best Ever Blondies With Shortbread Crust
The shortbread crust gives these extra-special chewy, gooey Best Ever Blondies With Shortbread Crust some crunchy texture. Use mini chocolate chips or regular semisweet chocolate chips in these bars.Continue to 6 of 35 below.
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Perfect Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
These Perfect Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are surprisingly easy to prepare, and the flavor is out-of-this-world. These awesome cookies are made with only four ingredients.Continue to 7 of 35 below.
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Jam-Filled Kolache Cookies
A cream cheese dough makes these classic Jam-Filled Kolache Cookies soft and delicious. Use your favorite preserves or jam in the filling for the cookies.Continue to 8 of 35 below.
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Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries
The three portions of dough are layered in a pan to form a loaf. The Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries are then sliced and baked.Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie
This scrumptious Big Skillet Snickerdoodle Cookie is perfect for a holiday party! Serve it in thin wedges with caramel sauce or a scoop of ice cream.Continue to 10 of 35 below.
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Maple Flake Shortbread CookiesContinue to 11 of 35 below.
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Mocha Butterball Cookies
Cocoa powder and espresso (or coffee) powder flavor these fantastic Mocha Butterball Cookies. Make extra cookies and freeze them for later.Continue to 12 of 35 below.
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Brown Sugar Shortbread
These buttery Brown Sugar Shortbread cookies are classic. Sprinkle them with some vanilla sugar or cinnamon sugar just before you put them in the oven.Continue to 13 of 35 below.
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Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
These simple Easy 3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons can be dressed up for the holidays with chopped red and green candied cherries.Continue to 14 of 35 below.
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Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies
Make these Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies for your friends and family and watch them disappear! A flavorful lemon icing is the perfect finishing touch.Continue to 15 of 35 below.
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Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing
These Soft Pumpkin Cookies With Brown Butter Icing will be a big hit with everyone! The brown butter icing adds flavor to these easy soft spiced cookies.Continue to 16 of 35 below.
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Date Pinwheel Cookies
These traditional holiday Date Pinwheel Cookies boast a date and nut filling.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing
A simple caramel icing tops these soft Pumpkin Cookies With Caramel Icing.Continue to 18 of 35 below.
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Meltaway Butter Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth Meltaway Butter Cookies are a snap to fix and bake.Continue to 19 of 35 below.
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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
These Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies are always a hit. Add a dash of ground nutmeg for seasonal flavor.Continue to 20 of 35 below.
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Classic Forgotten Cookies With Variations
The name Forgotten Cookies comes from "forgetting" about the cookies and leaving them in the oven overnight or for several hours (after turning the oven off).Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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Soft Molasses Drop Cookies
There's no chilling or rolling required for these Soft Molasses Drop Cookies. Dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle with vanilla icing.Continue to 22 of 35 below.
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Molasses Crinkles Recipe
Use regular granulated sugar or larger grained decorating sugar on these fabulous Molasses Crinkles Recipe.Continue to 23 of 35 below.
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Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies
Sour cream gives these soft Brown Sugar Sour Cream Drop Cookies great flavor and texture. Feel free to add chopped nuts to the batter before baking.Continue to 24 of 35 below.
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Chocolate Butterball Christmas Cookies
Melted bittersweet or semisweet chocolate is added to the cookie dough to make these fabulous Chocolate Butterball Christmas Cookies. Finely chopped pecans add texture.Continue to 25 of 35 below.
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Basic Butter Shortbread
These easy vanilla Basic Butter Shortbread need only five ingredients. You don't even need an electric mixer.Continue to 26 of 35 below.
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Classic Magic Cookie Bars
Layers of graham cracker crust, coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk make these little Magic Cookie Bars magical.Continue to 27 of 35 below.
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Crispy Sand Tart Cookies with Cinnamon
A cinnamon-sugar topping makes these Crispy Sand Tart Cookies with Cinnamon extra-special.Continue to 28 of 35 below.
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Peanut Butter Shortbread Cut-Outs
These Peanut Butter Shortbread Cut-Outs are not only easy to prepare — they're egg-free. Drizzle melted chocolate over these shortbread cookies for the holidays.Continue to 29 of 35 below.
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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies
These fabulous Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies are brimming with flavor. The blondies include coconut, chocolate chunks, and a melted chocolate drizzle.Continue to 30 of 35 below.
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Mom's Date Drop Cookies
A dab of batter partially covers the date filling in these soft Date Drop Cookies.Continue to 31 of 35 below.
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Date Squares with Oat Crust
Make this your go-to recipe for Date Squares with Oat Crust. These delicious date bars boast a crumbly oat crust and a generous date filling.Continue to 32 of 35 below.
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Old-Fashioned Jumbles Cookies With Raisins
If you like old-fashioned favorites, these Old-Fashioned Jumbles Cookies With Raisins are for you! Use dried cranberries instead of raisins for a festive look.Continue to 33 of 35 below.
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Soft Sugar Cookies With Sour Cream
Ice these Soft Sugar Cookies With Sour Cream with the included quick icing and sprinkle them with decorating sugars.Continue to 34 of 35 below.
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Favorite Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies with Chopped Nuts
Use your favorite jam or preserves to fill these delightful Thumbprint Cookies.Continue to 35 of 35 below.
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Lemon Butter Cookies
These delicious little Lemon Butter Cookies are brimming with fresh and vibrant lemon flavor. Roll the cookies in powdered sugar after they've cooled.