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27 Holiday Cookies That Are Almost Too Cute To Eat

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

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

4. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Recipe here.

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.
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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

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.
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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

OMG WTF WIN. See a very comprehensive guide on decorating ugly sweater cookies here.
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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.
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These couldn't be easier! Recipe here.

9. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie recipe here, and decorating instructions here. You'll have to buy special edible glitter paint, but it's so, so worth it.
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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.
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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.
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Let you star tip do all the work. Recipe here.

12. Gingerbread Cookie Trees

Too cute to eat all at once. Recipe here.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"Not a creature was stirring, not even a [candy cane] mouse." Recipe here.

16. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

YES. Recipe here.

17. Orange Cardamom Cookies

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

18. Baby Bûche de Noël Cookies

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.
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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

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

22. Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies

Recipe here.

23. Colorful Spiral Cookies

Recipe here.

24. Tangerine Butter Cookies

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

26. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

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

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