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Christmas Cookies Make the Holiday Sweet

Vanilla Cut-Out Cookies

These classic holiday cookies can be cut into any size and shape, and you can change the flavor of the dough with one of the variations below.

Lemon-Rosemary Christmas Trees

Rosemary gives these holiday cutout cookies a subtle piny touch, and lemon adds brightness.

Peppermint Meringue Kisses

Light, crunchy ethereal meringues are the perfect vehicle for the clean, bracing flavor of peppermint.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

The little window in this almond-and-hazelnut-flavored cookie reveals a filling of tart raspberry preserves.

Vanilla Drop Cookies

These tender little cookies are the easiest route to holiday cookie success because they require no rolling, chilling, or cutting.

Orange Butter Cookies with Grand Marnier Glaze

Citrus cookies with a Grand Marnier glaze take their cue from crêpes Suzette, the classic dessert of flambéed crêpes and boozy orange sauce.

Pinwheel Cookies

These fun cookies, with their spirals of chocolate and vanilla dough, are perfect for Christmas or parties.

Coconut Chocolate Almond Biscotti

These cookies render the flavors of an Almond Joy candy bar—almond, chocolate, and coconut—in biscotti form.

Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Cardamom adds just a subtle intriguing note to classic shortbread.

Gingersnap Snowflakes

I wanted to capture the flavor of gingersnaps in a cookie that I could roll out and cut into festive shapes.

Cannoli Cookies

Like the Italian pastry, these cakey cookies are enriched with whole-milk ricotta and scented with grated orange zest.

Bow Tie Cookies with Apricot Preserves

These tender cream cheese-pastry cookies with their sweet-tart apricot filling are inspired by Polish kolache cookies.

Chocolate-Nut Wafers

As with the Toasted Almond Butter Thins, a very sharp knife makes it easy to slice the nutty dough into neat squares.

Cardamom-Honey Cutouts

These cookies are more than a mere canvas for decorating, with the honey's haunting sweetness and a subtle spiciness from the cardamom.

Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies

Inspired by several German recipes and a Swiss cookie called Brunsli, these cookies are rich and bittersweet, not only from dark chocolate and cocoa powder, but from espresso, which deepens and enriches the other flavors.

Gingerbread Cookies

Lightly flour the sharp edge of your cookie cutters to keep the dough from sticking.

Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies

A hint of orange zest and flecks of cranberry give classic oatmeal cookies a festive new twist.

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