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12 Creative Christmas Cookies the Whole Family Will Love

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Best Cutout Sugar Cookies

Spread holiday cheer with festive cutout sugar cookies that are remarkably easy to make — and decorate. Crispy on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside, these colorful confections are a foolproof addition to any cookie swap. Pro tip: Chilling the dough is crucial, and any scraps should be refrigerated again before rerolling. 

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Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

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Italian Rainbow Cookies

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Hot Chocolate Meltaways

These decadent meltaway cookies contain everything you love about a creamy cup of hot cocoa. Buttery, chocolate-y, and oh-so-rich, the one-of-a-kind treats are topped with chocolate ganache, mini-marshmallows, crushed peppermint sticks, and maybe a little bit of Christmas magic. Good luck saving some for Santa. 

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Peppermint Snickerdoodles

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Can’t decide what kind of cookies you want to bake? Don’t! Just grab whatever sounds good from your cupboards: chopped-up candy bars, mini chocolate chips, potato chips, pretzels, even freshly ground coffee (no, we’re not kidding) will all work for this little-bit-of-everything treat. Just don’t forget to add red and green M&Ms, and voilà! Irresistible Christmas cookies, made with everything but the kitchen sink. 

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Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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Pumpkin Bites With Maple Glaze

Who says your love affair with all things pumpkin flavored has to stop after Thanksgiving? These bite-sized nuggets of yum made with canned pumpkin, oats, and maple syrup are a little like a cross between a flat pumpkin cookie, a crumbly pumpkin scone, and a fluffy pumpkin muffin … all of which makes them the perfect soft-baked companion to your morning coffee, or a delightful after-dinner treat. Or both. (No judgment.) You decide. 

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Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

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Five-Ingredient Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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Flourless, Low-Sugar Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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Coconut Snowballs

Satisfy your sweet tooth with no-bake coconut cookies that also happen to be egg, dairy, and gluten free. Oh, and they’re ridiculously easy to make, too. Simply toss the ingredients in a food processor, and poof: Thick, chewy coconut confections are yours for the taking (er, eating). If you’d like to up the indulgence factor just a bit, try dipping them in dark chocolate. 

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‘Tis the season for sweet cookie treats. Whether you like your bite-sized baked goods crispy and crunchy or ooey, gooey, and decadently soft, we’ve found a fun and festive recipes you’ll love — including a few healthier options. (Because that way, you can eat more of them.) So go ahead, click through the above gallery and find simple, sure-to-please cookies perfect for holiday parties and cold winter nights at home alike.

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