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35 Christmas Cookie Recipes That Make This The Best Time Of Year

'Tis the season.

Dec 02, 2016 | Updated Dec 06, 2016
Pink peppermint bark macarons from How Sweet It Is

There are many reasons to love the holidays, but Christmas cookies are definitely on the top of that list. With that in mind, we gathered together all the important Christmas cookie recipes you need to get through this season — we’re talking shortbread, sugar cookies and lots of peppermint. We have some great twists on classics, too (think crinkles with a mocha coconut upgrade).

We have easy recipes for the amateur baker, like holiday shortbread — seriously, anyone can make these — and then we have Christmas cookie recipes that require a little more work, like linzers. Give a few (dozen) of them a try. Because it isn’t really the holidays unless you bake some cookies, whether you’re a baker or not.

  • 1 Easy Slice ‘N’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies
    Half Baked Harvest
  • 2 Peppermint Pattie Cookies
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 3 Brown Butter Shortbread
    Completely Delicious
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  • 4 Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Cashew Crescent Cookies
    Half Baked Harvest
  • 5 Red Velvet Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies
    Foodie Crush
  • 6 Pink Peppermint Macarons
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 7 Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies
    Feasting At Home
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  • 8 Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies
    Completely Delicious
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  • 9 White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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  • 10 Christmas Tree Cookies
    Damn Delicious
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  • 11 Pistachio Snowball Cookies
    Completely Delicious
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  • 12 Chewy Gingersnap Cookies
    Completely Delicious
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  • 13 White Chocolate And Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies
    Foodie Crush
  • 14 Mocha Coconut Crinkle Cookies
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 15 Orange Almond Biscotti
    Completely Delicious
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  • 16 Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
    Bell'Alimento
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  • 17 Gluten-Free Vegan Linzer Cookies
    Cafe Johnsonia
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  • 18 Eggnog Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing
    Half Baked Harvest
  • 19 Salted Peanut Butter Shortbread
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 20 Chocolate Hazelnut And Caramel Stuffed Brownie Cookies
    Half Baked Harvest
  • 21 Coconut Snowball Cookies
    Foodie Crush
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  • 22 Brown Butter Sugar Cookies
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 23 Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies
    How Sweet It Is
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  • 24 Frosted Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles
    Sally's Baking Addiction
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  • 25 Coffee Crumble Cookies
    Always With Butter
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  • 26 Sicilian Christmas Fig Cookies
    Emiko/Food52
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  • 27 Gingerbread Men
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  • 28 Pierre Herme And Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies
    Food52
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  • 29 Chai Spiced Cookies
    Texanerin Baking
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  • 30 Red Velvet Melting Snowman Cookies
    i am baker
  • 31 Slice N Bake Vanilla Brown Butter Pecan Cookies Dipped in Chocolate
    Half Baked Harvest
  • 32 Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies
    A Spicy Perspective
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  • 33 Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
    Le Delicieux
  • 34 Rugelach
    Sallys Baking Addiction
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  • 35 Speculoos Spice Snowflake Cookies
    The View From The Great Island
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