79 Christmas Cookie Recipes That'll Make the Holidays Merry

Every Celebration Needs a Festive Treat

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The Spruce

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. Whether you're a novice cook or experienced baker, these cookie baking tips will give you plenty of great ideas for decorating and gift-giving.

Here are dozens of our favorite cookie recipes, including basic shortbread and sugar cookies, butter cookies, fancy bars, and traditional Christmas recipes.

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