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    46 Festive Christmas Cookies To Bake This Holiday Season

    Holiday season = cookie season = the best season.

    Nothing says Christmas like a batch of warm cookies fresh from the oven. Ready to get your holiday baking on? Here are a bunch of delicious cookie recipes to get you started.

    1. Mint Chocolate Cookies With Mint Frosting

    Mint chocolate cookies with mint frosting

    All the flavors of Christmas in a single cookie topped with a delicious and fluffy peppermint buttercream frosting.

    Recipe: Mint Chocolate Cookies With Mint Frosting

    2. Unfussy Sugar Cookies

    Sugar cookies
    Deb Perelman /

    These might be the easiest, laziest sugar cookies of all time, but they still taste amazing. You can use cold butter (a major time saver), you don't need to chill the dough for hours (20 minutes in the freezer is good enough), and you don't even need any cookie cutters, piping bags, or food dye.

    Recipe: Unfussy Sugar Cookies

    3. Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

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    Salted chocolate chip cookies are already a dream come true, but add tahini to the mix and you'll reach dessert nirvana.

    Recipe: Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

    4. Sumac Snickerdoodles

    Sumac snickerdoodles
    Chantell Lauren Photography /

    A classic cookie with an unexpected twist: adding sumac to your snickerdoodles turns basic cookies into a sweet, tangy, and unique treat.

    Recipe: Sumac Snickerdoodles

    5. Dark Chocolate Cookies With Salted Caramel

    Dark chocolate cookies with salted caramel

    Yes to anything chocolate and salted caramel. Yes to how pretty these are. Yes to everything about them.

    Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cookies With Salted Caramel

    6. Bourbon Balls

    Bourbon balls
    Lauren Zaser /

    If you prefer your dessert a little boozy, these Bourbon cookies are for you.

    Get the recipe: Bourbon Balls

    7. Seven-Layer Cookies

    Seven-layer cookies
    Deb Perelman /

    Disclaimer: these rainbow cookies take 11 hours to make, but you'll only be actively baking for about two hours. The rest is just waiting around, and the result is well worth the time and effort.

    Recipe: Seven-Layer Cookies

    8. Stamped Christmas Cookies: Brown Butter Muscovado

    Stamped Christmas cookies

    Even if you don't own a cookie stamp set, you can still absolutely make these cookies.

    Recipe: Stamped Christmas Cookies: Brown Butter Muscovado

    9. Frosted Honey Graham Cookies

    Frosted honey graham cookies

    These soft and chewy cookies are filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with honey and crushed Graham crackers. Need I say more?

    Recipe: Frosted Honey Graham Cookies

    10. Molasses Cream Pie Cookies

    Molasses cream pie cookies

    These masterpieces are filled with white chocolate buttercream, but if you get lazy you can also use marshmallow fluff. I won't tell a soul.

    Recipe: Molasses Cream Pie Cookies

    11. Matcha Macarons

    Matcha macarons

    The best of French and Japanese flavors combine to make these delicate treats.

    Recipe: Matcha Macarons

    12. Glazed Sugar Cookies With Buttercream "Embroidery"

    Glazed sugar cookies

    These are almost too pretty to eat (key word: almost). You won't be able to resist going back for seconds and thirds of these sugar cookies.

    Recipe: Glazed Sugar Cookies With Buttercream "Embroidery"

    13. Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies With Cream Cheese Glaze

    Carrot cake oatmeal cookies
    Ghazalle Badiozamani /

    All the flavors of carrot cake in cookie form? Sign me up!

    Recipe: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies With Cream Cheese Glaze

    14. Bakery-Style Butter Cookies

    Deb Perelman /

    The best thing about these cookies is that you can customize them to your preferences: cut them into any shape, add almond extract to the dough, use your favorite jam for the filling, and top them with anything from sprinkles and chopped nuts to dried coconut and just melted chocolate.

    Recipe: Bakery-Style Butter Cookies

    15. Lemon Curd Cookies

    Lemon curd cookies

    Any excuse to bake with lemon curd is a win in my book.

    Recipe: Lemon Curd Cookies

    16. Easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies

    The real star of the show here is the ganache, which is silky and smooth and tastes like hot chocolate.

    Recipe: Easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies

    17. Whole Wheat Santa Sugar Cookies

    These classic sugar cookies are made with whole wheat. They also happen to be adorable and so much fun to make.

    Recipe: Whole Wheat Santa Sugar Cookies

    18. Cranzac Cookies

    Cranzac cookies
    David Lebovitz /

    These are a take on Anzac biscuits, which are made with oats, golden syrup, and coconut and are very popular in Australia and New Zealand. This recipe calls for dried cranberries, but you can also use raisins or dried cherries.

    Recipe: Cranzac Cookies

    19. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

    Cinnamon roll cookies

    These soft and chewy cinnamon cookies are topped with cream cheese so they taste like cinnamon rolls in cookie form.

    Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

    20. Double Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Cookies

    Double chocolate peppermint fudge cookies

    Double the chocolate is always a good idea.

    Recipe: Double Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Cookies

    21. Macchiato Macarons

    Macchiato macarons

    This baking project is a bit of an undertaking, but for anyone looking for a challenge this holiday season, you'll be so proud of the results.

    Recipe: Macchiato Macarons

    22. Matcha Neapolitan Cookies

    Matcha Neapolitan cookies
    Ghazalle Badiozamani /

    Inspired by Neapolitan ice cream, this cookie flavor trio includes vanilla, matcha, and hojicha (another Japanese green tea).

    Recipe: Matcha Neapolitan Cookies

    Lauren Zaser /

    There are lots of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but this one reigns king. Try it for yourself and you'll see why it's the best.

    Recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    24. Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies

    So gorgeous you'll want to hang these festive cookies on your tree, these treats get their stained-glass appearance from melted hard candies.

    Recipe: Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies

    25. Iced Pumpkin Cookies

    Calling all pumpkin spice lovers — this one's for you.

    Recipe: Iced Pumpkin Cookies

    26. Classic Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

    Classic cream cheese cookies

    These sweet and tender cream cheese cookies are so easy to make, they're a great baking project to make with kids.

    Recipe: Classic Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

    27. Cookies and Cream Breakaway

    Cookies and cream breakaway
    Lauren Zaser /

    Do these cookies and cream bars count as cookies? I'm going to say yes.

    Recipe: Cookies and Cream Breakaway

    28. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

    Snowball cookies

    A quick and easy cookie recipe, these don't require any chilling and are ready in under an hour.

    Recipe: Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

    29. Chubby Rocco Cookies

    Chubby Rocco Cookies
    Ghazalle Badiozamani /

    Whoever first came up with the idea to put pretzels in cookies deserves a Nobel prize. This recipe adds chocolate chunks and mini marshmallows into the mix for even more deliciousness. We are truly not worthy.

    Recipe: Chubby Rocco Cookies

    30. Brown Sugar Cookies

    Brown sugar cookie

    There's no icing or fancy decorating required for these crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies.

    Recipe: Brown Sugar Cookies

    31. Rhubarb and Pistachio Rugelach

    Chantell Quernemoen / Chantell Lauren Photography /

    Ok, technically these are pastries and not cookies, but who cares? They're filled with rhubarb jam and rosewater and topped with toasted pistachios.

    Recipe: Rhubarb and Pistachio Rugelach

    32. Chocolate Swirled Meringue Cookies

    Only five ingredients are required to make these meringues: semi-sweet chocolate, egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, and granulated sugar.

    Recipe: Chocolate Swirled Meringue Cookies

    33. Twix Thumbprint Cookies

    Twix thumbprint cookies

    Turning your favorite candy bar into cookies is never a bad idea.

    Recipe: Twix Thumbprint Cookies

    34. Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies With Whipped Buttercream

    vanilla bean Christmas sugar cookies
    Lauren Zaser /

    Go ahead and decorate your heart out. These sugar cookies are the ultimate festive treat.

    Recipe: Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies With Whipped Buttercream

    35. Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

    Chewy butterscotch oatmeal cookies

    This chewy, indulgent dessert is ready in just 40 minutes.

    Recipe: Chewy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

    36. Chocolate-Hazelnut Shortbreads

    Chocolate-Hazelnut Shortbreads
    Lauren Zaser /

    As if shortbread cookies weren't delicious enough, add some rich melted chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts to the mix.

    Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Shortbreads

    37. Spritz Cookies

    You don't need to chill the dough for these gorgeous cookies, which means you can whip them up in no time. Once they're out of the oven, it's time to decorate.

    Recipe: Spritz Cookies

    38. Gingerbread Cookies

    Decorated gingerbread cookies

    They smell like Christmas and they taste like Christmas. These cookies are basically Christmas.

    Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

    39. Coconut No-Bake Cookies

    If you're intimidated by baking, these cookies are a life-saver. You don't even need to turn on the oven to make them.

    Recipe: Coconut No-Bake Cookies

    40. Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti

    Dark chocolate orange biscotti

    IMHO, dark chocolate and orange is one of the best flavor combos in the world. Don't at me.

    Recipe: Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti

    41. Chai Spiced Maple Sugar Cookies

    Chai spices maple sugar cookies

    If you've ever been to Canada, you've probably seen these iconic maple cookies. This is a homemade version, but with some chai spices added to the mix.

    Recipe: Chai Spiced Maple Sugar Cookies

    42. Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This one goes out to all the thin and crispy chocolate chip cookie lovers out there.

    Recipe: Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    43. Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

    Cookies for breakfast? Twist my arm...

    Recipe: Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

    44. Salted Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Slice and Bake Cookies

    Pistachio chocolate chunk cookies

    If you liked "The Cookie", you're going to love these salted pistachio and chocolate slice-and-bake beauties.

    Recipe: Salted Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Slice and Bake Cookies

    45. Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

    This recipe tastes like a tropical cocktail in cookie form, and I'm here for it.

    Recipe: Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies

    46. Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies

    Brownie cookies

    Half brownies, half cookies, these sweets offer the best of both worlds.

    Recipe: Salted Chocolate Brownie Cookies