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Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

Cookie swap coming up? Recipes for the season’s go-to cookie
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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.

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    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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    Winter Stollen Cookies

    These tender slice-and-bake cookies are inspired by the flavors in the classic German Christmas bread of the same name. Studded with dried fruit and candied citrus zest, they're like a cross between shortbread and fruitcake.

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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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    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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    Bittersweet Mocha Cookies

    Extra chocolatey and laced with freshly ground coffee, these cookies are slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy within.

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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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    Chocolate-Nut Wafers

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