Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutting fun shapes from sweet dough and decorating the cookies with icing and candies is a Christmas-time tradition many families, including Sherry Taylor's. "This easy sugar cookie recipe yields delicious results," assures this Metropolis, Illinois subscriber.

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

These holiday-spiced cookies are the first ones I make in December. The recipe came from my mother-in-law. If you like, tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

"A fellow stay-at-home mom gave me this recipe so we could enjoy our latte breaks more affordably with homemade biscotti," says Evelyn Bethards Wohlers of Columbia, Maryland. "I modified the original version by using a sugar substitute and reducing the carbohydrates and fat. Tangy dried cranberries and spices give it delicious flavor."

Chocolate Mallow Drops

Chocolate Mallow Drops

Chocolate Mallow Drops

"I tell people these cookies are 'so good' and they are quick to agree after a taste," says field editor Marie Hattrup of Sparks, Nevada. Her fudgy treats feature a marshmallow layer topped with a squiggle of chocolate frosting.

Christmas Cutouts with White Chocolate Glaze

Christmas Cutouts with White Chocolate Glaze

Christmas Cutouts with White Chocolate Glaze

“I made these cookies for my daughter’s Winter Gala sorority event,“ writes Kathy Witherup from Villa Hills, Kentucky. “They look exquisite with their smooth white chocolate glaze...and they taste great too!“

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

As holiday gifts, these rich fruit-and-nut filled cookies are pretty and practical—the taste actually improves with age!

Dipped Vanillas

Dipped Vanillas

Dipped Vanillas

"A touch of chocolate makes these classics stand out on the holiday cookie tray," Karen Bourne, field editor from Magrath, Alberta. "They're a tradition at our home for Christmas."

Candied Fruit Cookies

Candied Fruit Cookies

Candied Fruit Cookies

"These no-fuss drop cookies are both nutty and fruity, so they're always a hit at holiday time," notes busy baker Florence Monson of Denver, Colorado.

Santa Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies

Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time at all when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats. To create them, our kitchen staff followed a scrumptious cookie recipe from Jill Boruff of Soap Lake, Washington and formed Santas with heart-shaped cookie cutters.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington

Chocolate Mint Surprises

Chocolate Mint Surprises

Chocolate Mint Surprises

I came up with this recipe a few years ago and have shared it with many people. I would often snack on these treats after my baby's middle-of-the-night feeding. —Sheila Kerr, Revelstoke, British Columbia

Raspberry Meringues

Raspberry Meringues

Raspberry Meringues

As rosy pink as Santa's cheeks, these merry meringue cookies are drizzled with dark chocolate and almost too pretty to eat. Pecans add a nice crunch to these chewy treats. They lend a "berry" festive touch to my Christmas cookie tray.
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