64 Favorite Christmas Cookies

For a sweet end-of-year treat, get inspired to bake these favorite bar and butter cookies, cut-outs, chewy drops, and crispy slices.

White Christmas Dream Drops
White Christmas Dream Drops
Unlike traditional meringues, which are crisp all the way through, these are still chewy on the inside, like mini pavlovas-but with white chocolate chips and plenty of peppermint. For an elegant touch, dip the edges in melted dark chocolate.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)
Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)
Cornstarch gives these cookies a delicate, sandy texture. You could also fill them with thick caramel or frosting.
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Chai-Spiced Shortbread Cookies
Chai-Spiced Shortbread Cookies
Although the flavors here are rich and complex, the recipe is very easy to make.
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Sicilian Dried Fruit and Nut Bars (Cuccidati)
Sicilian Dried Fruit and Nut Bars (Cuccidati)
Instead of making traditional, individually shaped cuccidati, this recipe uses a simplified bar technique to fill and shape the cookie.
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Almond Butter Cookies
Almond Butter Cookies
These rich, delicate almond cookies are perfect with a cup of tea.
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Peanut-Chocolate Macaroons
Peanut-Chocolate Macaroons
For best results, bake these French-style macaroons on cooking parchment.
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Peppermint-Topped Brownies
Peppermint-Topped Brownies
These rich chocolate brownies are topped with a delicate layer of peppermint candy. They're perfect for the holidays.
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Gingerbread People
Gingerbread People
The holidays are not complete without crisp, molasses-flavored gingerbread men and women.
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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies
The best accompaniment to these indulgent cookies is a cold glass of milk.
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Raspberry Shortbread Sandwiches
Raspberry Shortbread Sandwiches
Use a sharp knife, a 1/2-inch cookie cutter, or the narrow end of a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip to cut holes out of half the cookies before baking.
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Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles
These cinnamon-sugar cookies disappear quickly, so keep plenty on hand!
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