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50 Christmas Cookies You Have to Try This Holiday Season

The holiday season is all about Christmas cookies—baking them, giving them, and eating them. Because can you even imagine a Christmas without sugar cookies?

Growing up, each holiday season I would help my mother decide what Christmas cookies we were going to make that year. We would look through books and magazines, marking the ones we liked. Baking cookies is a holiday tradition I still look forward to each year.

To help you with your Christmas cookie baking this holiday season, here is a collection of 50 delectable Christmas cookie recipes to inspire you. Many cookies can be made now and then put in the freezer until you're ready to serve them, so start your baking early to have a good assortment of sweets for your family, friends, and coworkers. With so many tempting recipes, the only question is which one will you make first!

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Thumbprint Cookies

Whether they are filled with jam or chocolate, thumbprint cookies or blossoms are a holiday tradition. They are typically bite-size, so you don't feel bad when you eat more than one. Their name comes from the indent that you make in the center of the cookie, before baking, with your thumb. The result is a flavorful cookie that you won't be able to resist.

1. Candy Cane Blossoms 2. Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms 3. Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies 4. Peppermint Kiss Thumbprint Cookies 5. Grinch Cookies

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No-Bake Cookies

There is no need to turn on the oven for these yummy cookies. The best part is that they are quick and easy to make, which means you will be eating them before you know it. But no-bake does not mean plain or boring. These cookies come in all shapes and sizes and can be decorated to look as fancy as other baked cookies.

1. Peppermint Patties 2. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies 3. Peppermint Bark Cookies 4. Snowflake Peppermint Bark 5. Peppermint Oreo Cookies

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Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate lovers will go crazy for these Christmas cookie recipes. They are rich and chocolaty enough to satisfy every chocoholic this holiday season. The best part is you will find these cookies easy to make—but maybe not so easy to share.

1. Iced Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 2. Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies 3. Andes Mint Cookies 4. Hot Cocoa Cookies 5. Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies

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Crunchy biscotti cookies are perfect for dipping in your favorite hot beverage. Biscotti are often filled with nuts or dried fruit, making them the perfect Christmas cookie. This traditional Italian cookie can be decorated easily with chocolate and sprinkles to add some color to a cookie platter.

1. Gingerbread Biscotti 2. Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti 3. Red Velvet Biscotti 4. Mini Holiday Biscotti 5. Cranberry Orange Biscotti

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Shortbread Cookies

Be the hit of your Christmas cookie exchange this year with these shortbread cookie recipes. Shortbread cookies are known to be the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth treat and the classic holiday cookie. There are many delicious variations of this traditional Scottish cookie to enjoy.

1. Peppermint Shortbread Cookies 2. Chocolate Shortbread 3. Cranberry Orange Shortbread 4. Grandma's Shortbread Cookies 5. Powdered Heart Shortbread Cookies

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are one of the most versatile cookies to make during the holiday season. Whether they are plain or decorated, these buttery cookies are sure to satisfy every cookie lover in the family. Even the most inexperienced baker can successfully pull off these family favorites.

1. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies 2. White Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Sugar Cookies 3. Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies 4. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies 5. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Ginger Cookies

Christmas wouldn't be complete without the taste of gingerbread, because these delectable cookies are sugar, spice, and everything nice. Ingredients such as ginger and molasses are used to add flavor to these yummy recipes. Get out your cookies cutters, because these cookies are perfect for cutting.

1. Caramel Stuffed Soft Gingerbread Cookies 2. Gingerbread Whoopie Pies 3. Chocolate Gingerbread Men with Candy Canes 4. Gingerbread Donut Cookies 5. Soft & Chewy Molasses Gingerdoodles

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Red Velvet Cookies

Red velvet yumminess isn't just for cake; in fact, you will find many velvet cookie recipes to try. Their bright crimson color makes them a showstopper on your Christmas cookie platter. For your next holiday office party, bring these colorful cookies and there will be plenty to celebrate.

1. Red Velvet Sugar Cookies 2. Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprints 3. Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies 4. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies 5. Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Cookie Balls

Cookie balls will delight children of all ages, plus they are a cookie that those little hands can help make too. Scrumptious cookie balls can easily be rolled and decorated with sprinkles, nuts, sugar, or chocolate. These recipes will leave you with more than visions of sugar plums in your head.

1. Christmas Ball Cookies 2. Rum Balls 3. Turtle Cookie Balls 4. Oreo Cookie Balls 5. Snowball Cookies

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Shaped Cookies

These extra-special sweet festive treats will add that wow factor to your holiday baking. Once you have mastered the basics, with just a little creativity you can make a batch (or two) of stunning cookies this holiday season.

1. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups 2. Sugar Dusted Macaroon Trees 3. Peanut Butter Snowman 4. Meringue Christmas Trees 5. Cranberry Pistachio Wreath Cookies

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a college student living in British Columbia, Canada. Her blog, xoxoBella, highlights her love for food, fashion, friends, fitness and having fun.

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