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Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

slice and bake Christmas cookie recipes

Slice-and-bake cookies are the ultimate make-ahead. Mix your dough, shape it into logs, freeze, then simply pull the logs out when you’re ready to bake. And since they often produce large yields, they're perfect for cookie exchanges and gift giving. Get inspired, then, use the Recipe Maker to customize your cookies.


Vanilla Slice-and-Bake Cookies

For more texture and flavor, roll logs of raw dough in finely chopped nuts or coarse sanding sugar before slicing and baking them, or after baking decorate them with either Royal Icing or Basic Glaze and your choice of sprinkles and dragées.

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Toasted Almond Butter Thins

You'll want to use a very sharp knife to slice this buttery, not-too-sweet nut-studded dough.

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Chocolate-Nut Wafers

Aside from great flavor, the pistachios add pop and color to these chocolatey cookies.

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Ginger Snaps

These snaps have a crunchy texture and a good, spicy warmth.

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Pinwheel Cookies

You won’t find a more eye-catching Christmas cookie than this one. It’ll take a little time to achieve a well-defined design on the cookies, but it’s worth the effort and the flavor is fabulous.

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Rosemary & Pine Nut Cookies

These buttery crisps are like shortbread cookies with Italian flair. The fresh rosemary adds a wonderful fragrance and flavor while the toasted pine nuts both enrich the cookie dough and serve as a pretty decoration on top.

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Lemon-Lime Butter Wafers

Everyone expects chocolate fudge and sugar cookies, so these light, bright, and crisp wafers are a welcome surprise at cookie swaps.

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Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies

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

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Almond Sablés

Made from a simple almond dough, these cookies are sliced and rolled in raw sugar for a crunchy, crumbly cookie that's not too sweet.

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Checkerboard Cookies

These fun chocolate and vanilla checks are easier to assemble than you might think. A little egg wash holds things together.

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Brown Sugar Spice Cookies

These cookies, edged with toasted walnuts are perfect with a cup of mulled cider or hot tea.

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Orange-Hazelnut Olive Oil Cookies

Reminiscent of biscotti in texture, these cookies not only add some interest to your cookie platter, they are also a perfect dipper for after-dinner coffee or hot chocolate.

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Glazed Maple-Pecan Cookies

After baking, these crunchy cookies are brushed with a thin delicious layer of maple glaze for an extra dose of sweetness.

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