Christmas cookies: They're not just for Santa! Everybody loves to cuddle up by the fireplace with hot cocoa in one hand and a freshly-baked cookie in another. Whether you go right to the chocolate or you're more of a ginger snap fan, there's a Christmas cookie for everyone—and for all of the people you want to give simple-yet-thoughtful homemade food gifts. It's all about finding the right recipe. On our list of Christmas cookie recipes, you're sure to find your soulmate in sweetness. Fire up your oven and get ready to spread some holiday cheer.
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Get Ready • Here’s how to have a great selection of irresistible homemade cookies ready for the holidays—and without spending forever baking them!
Delicious Drops • Chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter… these irresistible cookies are the ones everyone wants!
Best Bars • These all-time favorites—from shortbread to brownies—are delicious and super easy to make.
Cutout Cookies • Get out the food coloring, sanding sugar and sprinkles for these quintessential holiday cookies.
Easy Shaped Cookies • These treats are perfect for dunking in coffee or hot chocolate or as a sweet finish to your meal.
Fun + Fancy • Playful creatures, crunchy meringues, sweet spritz — they’re all here and ready to be baked.
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Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookies
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