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    Updated on Dec 4, 2019. Posted on Dec 13, 2014

    27 Holiday Cookies That Are Almost Too Cute To Eat

    The best holiday crafts are the ones that double as dessert.

    1. Mini Gingerbread Houses

    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

    They're like mini hanukkah piñatas! Recipe here.

    3. Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

    Recipe here. Get a Christmas tree cookie cutter set here.

    4. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

    5. Chocolate Santa Cookies

    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 /

    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

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    OMG WTF WIN. See a very comprehensive guide on decorating ugly sweater cookies here.

    8. No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Candy Cane Hearts

    These couldn't be easier! Recipe here.

    9. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies

    MIchael Graydon + Nikole Herriot /

    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

    Don't let Christmas have all the fun. Recipe here.

    11. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

    Let you star tip do all the work. Recipe here.

    12. Gingerbread Cookie Trees

    Too cute to eat all at once. Recipe here.

    13. Candy Cane Cookies

    More delicious than actual candy canes. And much less likely to break your teeth. Recipe here.

    14. Christmas Tree Krispie Treats

    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

    "Not a creature was stirring, not even a [candy cane] mouse." Recipe here.

    16. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

    17. Orange Cardamom Cookies

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    Everything about these cookies is next-level sophisticated. Recipe here.

    18. Baby Bûche de Noël Cookies

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    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

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    Recipe here.

    20. Santa Sugar Cookies

    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

    These are a great one to make with kids. Recipe here.

    22. Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies

    23. Colorful Spiral Cookies

    24. Tangerine Butter Cookies

    Something for everybody. Recipe here.

    25. Christmas Tree Cookies

    This very detailed tutorial is easy enough for even the absolute beginner. Recipe and instructions here.

    26. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

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    Recipe here.

    27. Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls

    If you like crafting more than cooking, this one is for you. Recipe here.