1. Mini Gingerbread Houses honestlyyum.com This calls for a paper template and seems pretty darn tricky. That said, if you sip your hot chocolate out of a mug that is adorned with a homemade mini gingerbread house, you officially win Christmas. Recipe here. 2. Dreidel Surprise Cookies tablespoon.com They're like mini hanukkah piñatas! Recipe here. 3. Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree bakerbettie.com Recipe here. Get a Christmas tree cookie cutter set here. 4. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups thegunnysack.com Recipe here. 5. Chocolate Santa Cookies bakerella.com Make this chocolate sugar cookie recipe, then use an ice cream cone-shaped cookie cutter to shape them. Once they're baked, here's how to decorate them. 6. Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott / bonappetit.com A little labor-intensive, especially when you realize you have to go out and find edible flowers. But, worth it if your goal is to really impress. Recipe here. 7. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies Anna Monette Roberts / popsugar.com OMG WTF WIN. See a very comprehensive guide on decorating ugly sweater cookies here. 8. No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Candy Cane Hearts glorioustreats.com These couldn't be easier! Recipe here. 9. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies MIchael Graydon + Nikole Herriot / bonappetit.com Sugar cookie recipe here, and decorating instructions here. You'll have to buy special edible glitter paint, but it's so, so worth it. 10. Glitter Ball Hanukkah Cookies marthastewart.com Don't let Christmas have all the fun. Recipe here. 11. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies thissillygirlslife.com Let you star tip do all the work. Recipe here. 12. Gingerbread Cookie Trees marthastewart.com Too cute to eat all at once. Recipe here. 13. Candy Cane Cookies tablespoon.com More delicious than actual candy canes. And much less likely to break your teeth. Recipe here. 14. Christmas Tree Krispie Treats omgchocolatedesserts.com Maybe not ~technically~ a cookie, but so cute that it counts. And yes, that base is a mini peanut butter cup. Recipe here. 15. Candy Cane Mice sprinklebakes.com "Not a creature was stirring, not even a [candy cane] mouse." Recipe here. 16. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies inkatrinaskitchen.com YES. Recipe here. 17. Orange Cardamom Cookies Romulo Yanes / gourmet.com Everything about these cookies is next-level sophisticated. Recipe here. 18. Baby Bûche de Noël Cookies David Malosh / foodandwine.com Roll chocolate cookie dough into long tubes, cut it, bake it, and decorate it like a classic yule log. BONUS: Tastes much better than the aforementioned classic yule log. Recipe here. 19. Jam-Filled Sugar Cookies Quentin Bacon / foodandwine.com Recipe here. 20. Santa Sugar Cookies tablespoon.com These are decorated with colored sugar, coconut, and marshmallows, so they don't require as steady of a hand as piped cookies. Recipe here. 21. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies buddingbaketress.blogspot.com These are a great one to make with kids. Recipe here. 22. Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies myfrugaladventures.com Recipe here. 23. Colorful Spiral Cookies sprinklebakes.com Recipe here. 24. Tangerine Butter Cookies bakersroyale.com Something for everybody. Recipe here. 25. Christmas Tree Cookies amazon.com This very detailed tutorial is easy enough for even the absolute beginner. Recipe and instructions here. 26. Chocolate Peppermint Stars Chris Gentile / gourmet.com Recipe here. 27. Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls hoosierhomemade.com If you like crafting more than cooking, this one is for you. Recipe here.