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135+ Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Looking for the best Christmas cookie recipes to make this year? Explore everything from drop cookies to cut-outs to chocolate favorites and everything in between.

White platter filled with christmas-themed spritz cookies.

The moment Thanksgiving is over, I immediately shift into cookie mode. After all, is there anything more comforting than a batch of fresh Christmas cookies?

While some families have their go-to Christmas cookie recipes that they have to make every year, other families love to change it up. I fall somewhere in the middle: I have a few must-makes but also love trying a few new recipes each holiday season.

If you’re looking for something new to try, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve gathered more than 135 of the best Christmas cookie recipes. They cover everything from no-bake cookies to cut out cookies to bar cookies and more, so there’s something for everyone on this list!

Whether you try one or many of these recipes, I hope you enjoy baking them as much as you do sharing them with your loved ones.

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MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR BAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES

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There are a handful of tools I always keep close at hand when I’m baking, and especially during holiday cookie season.

Basic tools

Extras

These are tools that are nice to have but aren’t necessarily required for all recipes. Consider these to be good gifts and stocking stuffers, too!

Raspberry thumbprint cookies piled onto a white plate. A glass of milk and a bowl of raspberry jam are visible in the background.

HELPFUL RESOURCES WHEN BAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES

If you’re a beginner baker, there are a few tips and tricks that are helpful when getting ready to make your favorite holiday cookies.

Before you get started, make sure you know how to measure flour and how to cream butter and sugar correctly. You’ll encounter these steps in almost every cookie recipe and knowing the correct methods will help your recipes turn out perfect every time.

There are many types of sugar you may use, but brown sugar is always popular. It’s not uncommon for it to harden in the pantry, so learn some tips for softening brown sugar and save yourself a trip to the grocery store.

You can also make an easy brown sugar substitute with just 2 ingredients if you run out.

Speaking of substitutes, learn how to make a powdered sugar substitute that you can use in cookie doughs and frostings.

Softened butter is a key ingredient in many cookie recipes, but sometimes I forget to set it out ahead of time. Luckily I know a few tips for softening butter quickly!

And lastly, have you ever wondered how to get perfectly round cookies like you’d get in a bakery? A drinking glass or mug is all you need to make that happen.

Close up of orange cranberry cookies drizzled with icing

DROP COOKIES

Drop cookies are always a hit, both for the baker and the eater. They don’t require any special shaping, so they’re great when you want an easy cookie recipe.

And since they don’t require any special shaping, drop cookies are great for making with kids. Some recipes may require rolling the dough balls in sugar, but that’s a step kids love to help with.

Orange Cranberry Cookies
Bright orange and tangy cranberries pair up in these vibrant Orange Cranberry Cookies – the perfect festive cookie recipe.
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Orange cranberry cookies drizzled with icing on a marble countertop next to a glass of milk
Cornflake Cookies
Cornflake Cookies are chewy cookies packed with coconut, chopped pecans, and crunchy cornflakes. They’re the perfect balance of crispy and chewy. You can’t eat just one!
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Cornflake cookies stacked on a marble platter
Molasses Crinkle Cookies
These molasses crinkle cookies are full of flavor, chewy, and delicious with a beautifully crackled powdered sugar exterior.
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Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Chewy Date Cookies with Pecans
Treat your family to Chewy Date Cookies, delicious treats filled with a chewy crunch and a satisfying flavor. They’re the perfect dessert!
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Chewy Date Cookies with Pecans
Coconut Macaroons
These Coconut Macaroons are sweet, chewy, and packed with coconut and almonds. Package them up for someone you love or add them to your holiday cookie platter!
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Coconut and almond macaroons arranged on a white plate

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Bake up a batch of these peanut butter oatmeal cookies today! The recipe is so easy and they’re full of chewy oats and nutty peanut butter!
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Eggnog Cookies
If you look forward to that first glass of eggnog every holiday season, these cookies are for you! Eggnog cookies are soft and cakey and filled with the flavors of eggnog. Topped with an eggnog icing and sprinkle of nutmeg, these holiday cookies are bound to be your new favorite!
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Two stacked eggnog cookies with a third cookie leaning against the stack.
Frosted Ginger Cookies
Chewy gingersnaps are topped with a simple buttercream frosting for wonderfully seasonal Frosted Ginger Cookies! These are so good, you may want to eat them all year ‘round.
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Overhead view of a plate of three frosted ginger cookies next to a package of butter
Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies
Raspberry white chocolate cookies are sweet and tart. Bursting with fresh raspberries, these cookies are great for a different take on the chocolate chip cookie.
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Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies with Vodka Glaze
Lemon Drop Cookies are soft, delicate puffs of sweet-tart flavor. Light and fluffy, they’re the perfect addition to holiday cookie plates or to enjoy any
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Lemon Drop Cookies with Vodka Glaze
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are a festive cookie recipe for Christmas! They are thick and chewy with cranberries and white chocolate!
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Easy Sugar Cookies
These easy homemade sugar cookies are soft and chewy with crisp, buttery edges. Decorate your cookies with icing or sprinkles for any holiday!
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Easy Sugar Cookies
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
These Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make and will always be a crowd-pleaser!
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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Funfetti Cookies
Funfetti Cookies are colorful cookies that kids and adults will love! Roll these easy cake mix cookies in nonpareils for an extra pop of color and texture.
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Funfetti cookie with a bite taken out of it leaning against a stack of 3 cookies on a plate

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are a festive holiday cookie to share with friends and family! Sweet with a splash of tart flavor, these cookies
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White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Poppy Seed Cookies with Orange
Buttery cookies speckled with black poppy seeds and flavored with orange zest, poppy seed cookies are easy to make. Perfect with tea!
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Poppy Seed Cookies with Orange
Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Frosting
These Eggnog Snickerdoodles are a classic cookie recipe with eggnog spices and topped with an amazing eggnog frosting! The perfect cookie!
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Eggnog Cookies with Eggnog Frosting
Gooey Butter Cookies
Gooey Butter Cookies have all the delicious flavors of gooey butter cake, but in cookie form. A sprinkling of powdered sugar makes them extra special!
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Three gooey butter cookies arranged next to a glass of milk on a white plate
Anise Cookies
These Anise Cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie flavored with anise extract. They’re soft, cake-like cookies with a glaze.
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Anise Cookies
Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas is right around the corner, and you need to get your baking plans in order! I’m not much of a holiday baker, but this year has been a little
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Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy cookies are a hearty variation on an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Packed with oats, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans, these chewy cookies are anything but ordinary.
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Four cowboy cookies stacked on a white plate.
Sweet and Salty Potato Chip Cookies
Sweet and salty Potato Chip Cookies are perfect for sharing. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these cookies can be made dairy free and vegan, too.
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Sweet and Salty Potato Chip Cookies
Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies
Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies are a fun holiday classic to make with friends and family. They’re always a hit at holiday cookie exchanges!
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The BEST Snickerdoodles you'll ever make. Simple and so delicious.
Ginger Snaps
This Ginger Snaps recipe results in the perfect cookie! It’s chewy, flavorful, and hard to share.
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Ginger Snaps
Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies
Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies are chewy, sweet, salty, and just scrumptious. Get the recipe.
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Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies

Ambrosia Cookies
Ambrosia Cookies combine coconut, oats, pecans, dates, and citrus zest into a chewy, fruity cookie that you’ll want to eat year round.
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Ambrosia cookies stacked next to a glass of milk on a countertop
Soft and Chewy Almond Cookies
These perfect Almond Cookies are soft sugar cookies with crisp, buttery edges and warm almond flavor. Rich, chewy, and so irresistible!
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Soft and Chewy Almond Cookies
Biscoff Oatmeal Toffee Crunch Cookies
Biscoff Oatmeal Toffee Crunch Cookies have crisp, caramelized edges, rich, chewy centers, a hint of cinnamon, and plenty of toffee.
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Biscoff Oatmeal Toffee Crunch Cookies

Assorted snowflake sugar cookies on white plates next to cups of coffee

CUT-OUT & PRESSED COOKIES

Cut-out cookies and pressed cookies, such as spritz cookies, are almost synonymous with the holidays. These cookies are rolled and cut or pressed with a cookie press. They are often topped with sprinkles before baking or an icing after baking.

Whether you grew up with classic gingerbread or enjoy decorated sugar cookies, these Christmas cookies are always fun to make and are sure to delight friends and family.

Gingerbread Cookies
If you think of Gingerbread Cookies when you think of the holidays, then this is the recipe for you! These traditional cookies are flavored with plenty of ginger, a hint of orange, and are delightful when decorated with your favorite icing.
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White platter piled high with cutout gingerbread cookies
Stained Glass Cookies
Stained Glass Cookies are a fun way to jazz up cut-out sugar cookies! These cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat.
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Stained Glass Cookies
Zimtsterne: German Cinnamon Star Cookies
Zimtsterne, or German Cinnamon Stars, are a light, gluten free cookie which make fabulous culinary gifts and keep for weeks.
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Zimtsterne: German Cinnamon Star Cookies
Spritz Cookies
These adorable bite-sized cookies are a holiday favorite! Spritz cookies are sweet and buttery and can be flavored and decorated in so many different ways for any occasion.
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Winter holiday-themed spritz cookies on a wire cooling rack.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies
These easy Snowflake Sugar Cookies are a dream to bake. Made with a recipe for a classic sugar cookie without baking powder, these pretty iced cookies are as lovely as they are delicious.
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Snowflake Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Stuffed Shortbread Cookies
These chocolate stuffed shortbread cookies are the perfect bite with their sweet white chocolate coating, buttery shortbread cookie, and deep chocolate filling.
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Chocolate Stuffed Shortbread Cookies
Christmas Lights Cookies with Royal Icing
Christmas Lights Cookies with easy small-batch royal icing and mini M&Ms. Small batch cut-out sugar cookies decorated to look like Christmas lights.
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Christmas Lights Cookies with Royal Icing
Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Raspberry Linzer Cookies sandwich bright and tangy raspberry jam between two almond cookies. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful!
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Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Easy Icing for Sugar Cookies
This easy Sugar Cookie Icing makes decorating a breeze, for bright, beautiful frosted cookies! Made with only 4 ingredients in 5 minutes!
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Easy Icing for Sugar Cookies
Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Easy to make and fun to eat, these cream cheese spritz cookies are a Christmas classic that will make a fantastic addition to any cookie platter.
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Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Almond Sugar Cookies
These winter almond sugar cookies are the perfect decorated treat! Lightly flavored with a hint of almond and vanilla flavor and decorated with easy icing and your choice of sprinkles and decorations.
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Almond Sugar Cookies

White plate filled with red velvet crinkle cookies. A glass of milk is visible in the background.

RED & GREEN COOKIES

Is there anything more fun than a themed cookie? And what could be more perfect for Christmas than red and green cookies?

These cookies come in a variety of shapes and flavors but all have one thing in common: they are red, green, or both!

Easy Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats are SO simple to make and kids adore the fun shape. An easy addition to your Christmas repetoire.
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Easy Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats
Candy Cane Cookies
Buttery and crisp Candy Cane Cookies are super simple to make. Kids will flip over this cute and whimsical holiday shortbread cookie recipe.
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Candy Cane Cookies

Pistachio Crinkle Cookies
Made with a white cake mix and pistachio pudding mix, these pistachio crinkle cookies are as delicious as they are cute and festive!
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Pistachio Crinkle Cookies
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Christmas sugar cookies are a classic sugar cookie recipe that’s easy to make because they are rolled in sugar before baking. You don’t chill the dough or use cookie cutters for this drop sugar cookie recipe. Roll the cookies in red and green sanding sugar for Christmas!
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Christmas Sugar Cookies
Shortbread Matcha Cookies
The beautiful shortbread matcha cookies are a tasty treat that almost look too beautiful to eat! But once you smell them baking in the oven, you won’t be able to stop thinking about these.
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Shortbread Matcha Cookies
Grinch Cookies Recipe
Grinch Cookies are such a fun Christmas sugar cookie! These drop sugar cookies are decorated like the movie and are so much fun!
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Grinch Cookies Recipe
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
A red velvet cake mix makes for super simple red velvet crinkle cookies. These soft, chewy cookies are perfect for the holidays!
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Three stacked red velvet crinkle cookies with a fourth cookie leaning against the stack.

Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Style)
Homemade frosted sugar cookies are light, cakey, angelically soft vanilla cookies slathered with a sweet buttercream frosting. No more trips to the store for tender bakery-style Lofthouse cookies!
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Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Style)
Christmas Confetti Cookies
Christmas Confetti Cookies are a twist on the classic. These funfetti cookies have an exterior crunch with a soft interior and tons of sprinkles.
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Christmas Confetti Cookies
Easy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
These festive and easy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are dyed vibrant red and green and instantly brighten up a holiday cookie platter!
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Easy Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Monster Cookies
If you LOVE peanut butter, these Christmas Monster Cookies are for you! They start with the best peanut butter cookies, topped with creamy peanut butter, peanut butter cups, red & green M&M’s, and a delicious chocolate drizzle.
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Christmas Monster Cookies
White Chocolate Pistachio Pudding Cookies
These soft and chewy white chocolate pistachio pudding cookies are packed full of white chocolate chips and roasted pistachios that can be enjoyed any time of year.
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White chocolate pistachio pudding cookies arranged on a wire rack.
Frosted Amish Cherry Sugar Cookies
Frosted Amish Cherry Sugar Cookies are crispy around the edges yet pillowy soft & chewy.
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Frosted Amish Cherry Sugar Cookies
Festive Italian Rainbow Cookies
Layered Italian Rainbow Cookies are the unique and festive cookie of the holiday season! Flavored with almond, raspberry, and dark chocolate.
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Festive Italian Rainbow Cookies

chocolate mint cookies scattered across a white surface, with some broken in half.

CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

We can’t forget about the chocolate lovers during the holidays! Whether they’re packed full of chocolate chips, made with a chocolate dough, or filled with chocolate ganache, these rich cookies are sure to be a hit at any cookie exchange.

M&M Cookies
These chewy M&M cookies are loaded with crunchy M&M’s for a childhood classic! Make these with all-purpose flour or follow the alternative directions for a gluten-free version.
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Stack of 4 m&m cookies on a piece of parchment paper with another cookie leaning against the stack.
Maraschino Cherry Cookies
Cherry cookies are loaded with maraschino cherries and chocolate chips for a true cherry chocolate chip cookie!
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Maraschino Cherry Cookies
Brownie Crinkle Cookies
This Brownie Crinkle Cookies recipe is the best Christmas Cookie! It has a brownie flavor that is soft and fudgy, made with chopped dates.
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Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Pomegranate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These pomegranate oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are flavored with orange zest and extract to make the perfect winter themed cookie.
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Pomegranate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brown butter and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt make these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies every bit as delicious as a fancy bakery cookie. You won’t believe you were able to make them at home! 
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Brown butter chocolate chip cookie broken in half to show the gooey melted chocolate chips
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Mexican hot chocolate cookies are chewy, chocolatey, and just a little bit spicy. Enjoy them with a glass of cold milk or mug of cocoa!
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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Rolo Pretzels
A super easy treat with only three ingredients: pretzels, Rolo caramels, and pecan halves. Sweet and salty Rolo pretzels are irresistible!
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Rolo Pretzels
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Made with a devil’s food cake mix, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are soft, slightly chewy, and ideal for making with your kids this holiday season.
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Chocolate crinkle cookies scattered on a white counter with a cup of coffee
Sweet Potato Cookies
Need a healthy cookie recipe that’s as chewy and delicious? This sweet potato cookies recipe with chocolate and oats has you covered!
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Sweet Potato Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Soft and chewy, these Chocolate Cherry Cookies feature a rich chocolate cookie with a cherry in the center, topped with a chocolate drizzle.
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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Kids and adults alike will love these classic peanut butter cup cookies. Miniature Reese’s cups are nestled into peanut butter cookies for an easy recipe that will be a hit all year long.
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Peanut butter cup cookies scattered on a piece of parchment paper over a wire rack.
Festive Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
These buttery Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are an indulgent and easy cookie recipe for the holidays, filled with homemade chocolate ganache!
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Festive Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
The Best Coffee Cookies
Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies with Sea Salt are a quick, easy cookie recipe made for coffee lovers. Sweet, chewy, and packed with espresso.
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The Best Coffee Cookies
Mint Chocolate Cookies
Mint Chocolate Cookies are sweet, chewy, and chocolatey, with just the right amount of mint from the melted Andes mints on top! These cookies are easy to make for a holiday cookie exchange and are always a hit with anyone who loves mint and chocolate together.
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chocolate mint cookies scattered across a white surface, with some broken in half.

Christmas Tree Brownie Bites
These adorable little Christmas tree brownie bites are made with a brownie mix and topped with vanilla buttercream. Perfect for parties!
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Christmas Tree Brownie Bites
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
My favorite chocolate chip cookies are big, dense, chocolatey and chewy. This New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe is truly the best – I am yet to try a better cookie!
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Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie broken in half on a white surface
Cashew Almond Butter Cookies
These flourless cashew almond butter cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with candied sage. They’re a fun chewy winter treat!
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Cashew Almond Butter Cookies
Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
These double chocolate thumbprint cookies are sweet chocolaty cookie on the bottom with a smooth and luscious chocolate ganache in the center!
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Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Three stacked pecan bars on a white plate.

BAR COOKIES

Bar cookies are always a great option for holiday parties. Since you bake them in a large pan and cut them into as many pieces as you like, they usually take less time to make than individual cookies.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as delicious! There are just as many flavor options for cookie bars as drop cookies. From sugar cookie bars to magic bars and everything in between, these recipes are some of my favorite go-tos.

Sugar Cookie Bars
Sugar Cookie Bars are all the chewy goodness of your favorite sugar cookies but in an easy-to-make bar form! Top them with sweet buttercream frosting and your favorite sprinkles for a fun dessert everyone will love.
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Sugar cookie bars topped with colorful sprinkles next to a glass of milk
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
This Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe is an easy, keto-friendly cookie bar recipe that will become a new weekly staple. With this recipe, you don’t have to feel guilty as you bite into these warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie bars!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Christmas Cookie Bars
Christmas Cookie Bars are the best blondies dressed up with holiday M&Ms and sprinkles! These are so fun and SUPER easy to make!
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Christmas Cookie Bars
Pecan Bars
A shortbread crust is topped with chewy pecan filling for a bar that is part pie, part cookie, and 100% delicious. These sweet pecan bars are a must-make for your holiday table or cookie exchange!
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Pecan bars arranged on a white platter.

Magic Cookie Bars
Easy Magic Cookie Bars, aka 7 Layer Bars, are layers of deliciousness baked on a graham cracker crust. Simple and magically delicious!
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Magic Cookie Bars
Cranberry Bliss Bars
If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year.
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Three cranberry bliss bars set next to a cup of coffee on a white plate
Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars are a classic Canadian no-bake bar cookie, made with a chocolate coconut base, creamy custard filling and chocolate ganache.
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Nanaimo Bars
Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
With a crumbly topping and sweet cranberry cheesecake filling, these Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall and winter dessert!
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Cranberry Cheesecake Bars
Monster Cookie Bars
Monster cookie bars couldn’t be easier to make. This sweet treat is a great way to use up leftover candy and bakes up in no time to make your littlest monsters happy!
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Turtle cookie balls arranged on holiday gift boxes

Cookie balls are always a hit and disappear in a snap from any Christmas cookie platter. I think they’re as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Sometimes called cookie truffles, cookie balls come in so many forms. From boozy rum balls to old-fashioned peanut butter balls, these are a must for your holiday cookie exhanges.

Rum Balls
Rum Balls are a classic holiday treat. Boozy, chocolatey and rich, store these beauties in the refrigerator for several days for an even better flavor! 
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Rum balls with assorted toppings in paper liners, arranged on a sheet tray
Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies
Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies: Totally easy, no-bake cookies packed with sweet dates, crispy rice cereal and crunchy pecans. These are the perfect cookie for any gathering! Use a gluten-free crispy rice cereal to turn these into an easy gluten-free cookie.
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Maureen’s Rice Krispie Cookies
Kentucky Bourbon Balls
Boozy Bourbon Balls make the perfect adult treat for the holidays or the Kentucky Derby. Made with real bourbon, cookie crumbs and pecans, these sweet
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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
These peanut butter balls are an old-fashioned treat! Enjoy them as-is, roll them in a variety of toppings, or dip them in chocolate for a sweet holiday treat.
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Assorted peanut butter balls on a white plate.
Oreo Bailey’s Truffles
Oreo Bailey’s Truffles are creamy, rich, and a little bit boozy! The festive bites are ideal for your holiday celebrations.
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Oreo Bailey’s Truffles
Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls are a festive treat that transports easily to all your get-togethers. Decorate with your favorite chocolates, candy melts, and sprinkles to dress them up for any occasion.
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Chocolate-covered peanut butter balls topped with red and green sprinkles on a white plate.
Brigadeiros (Brazilian Fudge Balls)
An iconic Brazilian treat, brigadeiros are easy to make creamy fudge balls, perfect for Christmas or any time of the year you crave fudge.
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Brigadeiros (Brazilian Fudge Balls)

Turtle Cookie Balls
Turtle Cookie Balls couldn’t be cuter as a make-ahead holiday treat. Homemade gifts are the best, and these babies prove it!
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Three turtle cookie balls on a white plate, with one cookie ball bit in half to show the inside
Peppermint Oreo Balls
Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Balls. They’re simple, festive, and so delicious.
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Peppermint oreo balls arranged on a metal platter
Peanut Butter Balls
These quick and easy no-bake Peanut Butter Balls are full of crunchy Rice Krispies and covered in rich dark chocolate! You will love the combination of flavors and textures in these bite-sized treats.
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Peanut Butter Balls

Plates of peanut butter pretzel bars topped with red and green sprinkles

NO-BAKE COOKIES

Let’s face it: sometimes you don’t want to turn on the oven, even to make Christmas cookies.

If you’re avoiding the oven, these no-bake cookies are your solution. With so many varieties and flavors to choose from, you could throw an entire party just with no-bake holiday cookie recipes!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars are an easy no-bake treat to whip up this holiday season! These bars are the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Top them with seasonal sprinkles for a festive touch!
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Three peanut butter pretzel bars on a white plate
Church Window Cookies
Church window cookies are a classic no bake Christmas cookie made with mini marshmallows, chocolate, walnuts and shredded coconut!
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Church Window Cookies
White Chocolate Ting-a-Lings
White Chocolate Ting-a-Lings (also known as haystacks, spider cookies, chow mein clusters, birds nest cookies) are sweet & salty no bake treats.
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White Chocolate Ting-a-Lings

Salted Peanut Clusters
Need an easy and quick holiday treat? Look no further than these salted peanut clusters! Ghirardelli White Vanilla Melting Wafers are mixed with salted peanuts and topped with colorful sprinkles.
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Salted Peanut Clusters
Cornflake Wreaths
Cornflake Wreaths are made with cornflakes, marshmallows, and green food coloring! Christmas Wreath Cookies only take 20 minutes to make.
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Cornflake Wreaths
Holiday Reindeer Cookies
Holiday Reindeer Cookies are easy no-bake cookies that the whole family will love! They’re fun to make, and perfect for parties and cookie exchanges!
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Holiday Reindeer Cookies
Snowman Oreo Pops
Adorable snowman Oreo pops are fun to make and decorate. They are a hit at any winter party. Fun for any age!
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Snowman Oreo Pops

No Bake Cookies
No Bake Cookies come together in a matter of minutes. With just a handful of ingredients you’ll create a quick and delicious cookie recipe the whole family will love.
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No bake cookies on a white surface next to peanut butter and melted chocolate
Haystacks Cookies
Haystack cookies are a favorite no bake cookie. There’s two popular flavors – butterscotch haystacks or chocolate haystacks.
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Haystacks Cookies
No Bake Avalanche Cookies
Avalanche Cookies are the ultimate easy treat to make any time of the year! This 4-ingredient no bake cookie recipe is sweet, salty, crunchy and perfect for sharing.
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No Bake Avalanche Cookies
No Bake Mint Chocolate Bars
These No Bake Mint Chocolate Bars are made with a no bake graham cracker crust and topped with a creamy mint filling and chocolate ganache!
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No Bake Mint Chocolate Bars

Cream cheese frosted peppermint cookie and ganache topped peppermint cookie, both decorated with chopped candy canes, on a white plate with more cookies in the background.

PEPPERMINT & MINT

Is there a flavor that screams “winter” more than peppermint? If you crave the flavor of cool peppermint and mint, especially when it’s paired with rich chocolate, these recipes are for you.

(Santa would probably appreciate a few of these left out for him, too!)

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
These chocolate peppermint bark cookies are an easy and fun holiday sweet treat. Rich and fudgy with just a hint of white chocolate and peppermint flavor.
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Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
Peppermint white chocolate cookies are the ultimate festive cookies for your next holiday cookie exchange! Soft, chewy, and buttery!
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Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
Peppermint Cookies
Soft and chewy peppermint cookies that can be made with all-purpose or gluten-free flour. Top them with cream cheese frosting or a peppermint ganache!
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Two peppermint cookies – one topped with cream cheese frosting and one topped with chocolate ganache – on a white plate.

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
These Chocolate Mint Cookies are perfect for Christmas or whenever you crave chocolate and mint! We make them every year and love them!
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Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Meringue Cookies
Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Meringue Cookies are a light, sweet treat that will round out your holiday cookie tray.
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Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Meringue Cookies
Shortcut White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies
You know that moment, you know, the one when you realize you need to bring 4 dozen cookies somewhere, but only have an hour before said event? Well, between us, I’ve got you covered.
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Shortcut White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Lofthouse Cookies
These cookies have a cake-like consistency, and are packed with chocolate and peppermint flavors. They’re mouth-watering, and take less than 40 minutes to make.
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Chocolate Peppermint Lofthouse Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Cookies
Delectable chocolate cookies are given a festive kick with the addition of espresso powder and peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday cookie tray.
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Four peppermint mocha cookies stacked on a white plate. The top cookie has a bite taken out of it
Peppermint Bark Shortbread Cookies
These peppermint bark shortbread cookies are buttery, crunchy cookies dipped in sweet chocolate and sprinkled with minty candy canes.
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Peppermint Bark Shortbread Cookies
Peppermint Meltaways
Yes, peppermint meltaways may *technically* be a holiday treat, but when cookies are this delicate, buttery, and refreshingly cool they demand to be eaten year round.
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Peppermint Meltaways
30-Minute Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies
A perfect recipe for the holidays, these chocolate peppermint kiss cookies only take 30 minutes to make.
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30-Minute Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies are a crinkle cookie with fudge frosting, peppermint cream cheese frosting, and crushed peppermint!
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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Peppermint Blossom Cookies
Peppermint Blossom Cookies are an easy white chocolate pudding cookie topped with a Peppermint Kiss – the perfect Christmas cookie!!
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Peppermint Blossom Cookies

Chai sugar cookies stacked next to a glass of milk

REIMAGINED CLASSICS

The classics become classics for a reason: because they’re amazing! But sometimes it’s fun to change things up and give them a little twist.

These reimagined classics are some fun plays on longtime favorites. From new fillings for thumbprint cookies to infusing chai spices into old favorites, these new recipes may soon become old favorites.

Peppermint Snowballs
Peppermint Snowballs are a holiday twist on a classic! Packed with peppermint and the right amount of crunch, this easy cookies recipe is a holiday favorite!
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Peppermint Snowballs
Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies
Chewy Chai Sugar Cookies pack a flavor punch with a blend of chai-inspired spices. If you love chai, these are the cookies for you!
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Caramel Pretzel Linzer Cookies
These salty sweet caramel pretzel linzer cookies are a twist on the classic. It has an irresistible caramel filling sandwiched between two soft buttery cookies.
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Caramel Pretzel Linzer Cookies

Baileys Chocolate Chip Cookies
A batch of Baileys Chocolate Chip Cookies is a great way to celebrate any holiday.
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Baileys Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cherry Pie Cookies
These festive cookies have the taste of classic cherry pie without all the fuss! Cherry pie filling nestled in a buttery cookie and drizzled with chocolate.
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Cherry Pie Cookies
Vegan Pignoli Cookies
The classic Italian pignoli cookie made vegan without egg whites. Deliciously chewy and bursting with almond flavor. A wonderful holiday treat!
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Vegan Pignoli Cookies

Chai Sugar Cookies
Chai Sugar Cookies are an easy no-chill sugar cookie dough flavored with chai spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, cardamom and white pepper.
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Chai Sugar Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies
Pecan Pie Cookies are an easy cookie recipe that tastes like pecan pie! This brown sugar cookie is filled with a pecan pie mixture, perfect for holidays!
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Pecan Pie Cookies
Iced Gingerbread Spritz Cookies
Iced gingerbread spritz cookies are lightly spiced and sweet, making them a holiday favorite for kids of all ages.
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Iced Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies
These easy Gooey Butter Cookies are a Christmas cookie twist on the St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. They are soft, melt in your mouth and totally irresistible! Roll them in Christmas sprinkles for Santa!
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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies are deliciously sweet with an unexpected twist! The perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate!
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Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies
Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies
Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies are chewy like your favorite snickerdoodle cookie, but with the addition of warm chai spices.
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Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies

Clothespin cookies dusted with powdered sugar piled on a white cake plate.

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

Not all Christmas cookie recipes fit perfectly into a category, but that doesn’t mean they don’t belong on your cookie platter this holiday season.

From checkerboard cookies and old-fashioned clothespin cookies to biscotti and shortbread, these cookies are a little bit of everything and a whole lot of delicious.

Snowball Cookies
Sweet, nutty and rolled in powdered sugar, Snowball Cookies are a holiday favorite! Whether you know them as Snowball Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, these sweet bites are full of holiday nostalgia.
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Checkerboard Cookies
Fun and festive checkerboard cookies make an attractive addition to the cookie tray. Learn how to make this easy cookie at home!
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Checkerboard Cookies
Cranberry Orange Shortbread
Cranberry orange shortbread cookies have a buttery shortbread base and dried cranberries and orange added in for extra brightness and flavor!
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Cranberry Orange Shortbread
Clothespin Cookies
Clothespin cookies are an old-fashioned favorite that your family will love! Tubes of pastry are filled with buttercream frosting and dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet, tender holiday cookie.
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Clothespin cookies piled on a white platter.

White Chocolate Gingersnap Oreos
Creamy white chocolate frosting sandwiched between two soft and chewy Gingersnaps — the perfect combination!
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White Chocolate Gingersnap Oreos
Almond Biscotti
Almond biscotti is a crisp, lightly sweet cookie that goes perfectly with your morning coffee. Learn how easy it is to make biscotti at home!
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Almond Biscotti
Easy Butter Cookies
This Easy Butter Cookies Recipe is a slice and bake cookie that’s delicate and crunchy and the perfect easy holiday cookie recipe!
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Easy Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut Butter Blossoms – sometimes known as Hershey Kiss Cookies or Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – are the perfect classic holiday cookie to make with kids or bring to a cookie exchange.
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Peanut butter blossom cookies arranged on a piece of parchment paper next to a glass of milk
Pecan Sandies
Buttery and sweet, Pecan Sandies are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies but are more like a classic shortbread. Easy and addicting!
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Pecan Sandies
Florentine Cookies
Florentine cookies with almonds and dried fruit are crisp, lace biscuits. Recipe based on Mary Berry’s recipe, dipped in chocolate.
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Florentine Cookies

Easy Shortbread Cookies
Easy shortbread cookies are as simple as 1-2-3! Ideal for tea time, this simple recipe can be customized with your favorite flavors.
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Easy Shortbread Cookies
Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies
Filled with gooey caramel, Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies are buttery with pillowy soft centers and crispy edges.
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Caramel Stuffed Sugar Cookies
Thumbprint Cookies
Buttery cookies are indented and filled with raspberry jam for a simple yet flavorful cookie that is at home on any cookie platter.
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Two thumbprint cookies on a wooden board. One cookie has a bite out of it.

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