Perfect Thumbprint Cookies
Chef John

Perfect Thumbprint Cookies

Follow Chef John's tips for these pretty cookies.

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 Hedgehog Cookies
Kitty Johnson

Hedgehog Cookies

I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match.

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 Royal Icing II
Kristen Pontier

Royal Icing II

This recipe is the 'glue' that holds gingerbread houses together, and makes it still edible.

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 Russian Tea Cakes I
THEAUNT708

Russian Tea Cakes I

This is a family recipe that's been made at Christmas time by at least 4 generations. This year will be the first for number 5!!! 'Bubba' brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season!

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 Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Gerry Meyer

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

The red and green make a great Christmas cookie. Have used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe.

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 Chocolate Pecan Sandies
MARBALET

Chocolate Pecan Sandies

The best way to convince Santa that you've been very, very good.

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 Citrus Shortbread Cookies
Donna

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, one of the best cooks I know...and given that we're from south Louisiana, that's saying something. With the chopped up dried cranberries, these are as pretty as they are tasty.

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 Crescent Butter Biscuits
Marianne

Crescent Butter Biscuits

These delicious almond-enriched Christmas biscuits are perfect anytime of the year. Enjoy with a big mug of tea.

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 Chocolate Crinkles II
Dawn

Chocolate Crinkles II

Chocolate cookies coated in confectioners' sugar...very good!

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 Butter Snow Flakes
Linda

Butter Snow Flakes

A wonderful Spritz cookie with cinnamon in it. These freeze very well.

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 Peanut Blossoms II
Rosemarie Magee

Peanut Blossoms II

I make these every year for our annual cookie open house. We make about 15 to 20 different kinds of cookies and have a 4 hour open house with friends. We then prepare cookie trays to take to shut ins and freeze the rest to enjoy all year long. My husband helps with this four day project! He's retired ... and I'm partially retired. It has been a long standing tradition that we enjoy every year!

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 Sugar Cookie Icing
JBS BOX

Sugar Cookie Icing

This icing dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright. Choose as many different food colorings as you desire.

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 Soft Christmas Cookies
Georgie Bowers

Soft Christmas Cookies

Soft cut out sugar cookie that I have used for years. I sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or you could also try icing them when cool.

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 Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies II
Christy McCuiston

Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies II

This recipe makes three rolls of dough, which can be frozen until ready to bake.

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 Drommar
Gail Devens

Drommar

These Swedish butter cookies are flavored with cardamom.

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 Pizzelles III
Marianne Jungels

Pizzelles III

This recipe calls for a batter-like dough and is baked on a pizzelle iron. Powdered sugar adds an elegant touch. In the Italian version, vanilla is replaced by anise. Chocolate may also be used.

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 Cinnamon Stars
Robin J.

Cinnamon Stars

A beautiful Christmas cookie!

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 Cranberry Cornmeal Linzer Cookies
larkspur

Cranberry Cornmeal Linzer Cookies

Having lived in Wisconsin all my life, I have come to love the different products produced here. This recipe combines two Wisconsin favorites: cranberries and cornmeal. These deliciously different cookies with their tangy cranberry filling are hard to resist!

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 Meringue Mushrooms
Holly Wilkins

Meringue Mushrooms

These take a bit of work and time, but are spectacular. They are highly prized for Christmas gift-giving! As with other meringue recipes, these should only be made on a dry day. You will need a pastry bag with a plain tip. If you can save some green plastic berry baskets from the summertime, these mushrooms look totally realistic placed in them.

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 Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men
Stephanie Schneidewind

Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Spicy gingerbread men. This is the only recipe we have ever used. For best flavor, do NOT use blackstrap molasses.

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 White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
Diane Abed

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

I make a basic chocolate chip cookie dough, but use white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and brandy (instead of vanilla). Great for Christmas time!

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 Sicilian Fig Cookies
Letricia

Sicilian Fig Cookies

A delicious fig-filled pastry. You may substitute the figs with dried apricots or dates. Hazelnuts can also be used in place of the walnuts.

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 Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
Abigail

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

A very Victorian recipe! Some people are put off by the notion of herb cookies, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. The flavor improves with age (best 2 days after), keeping for about a week.

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 Traditional Springerle
Adrienne Belaire

Traditional Springerle

We have made these very traditional German cookies every year since I was a child. My mother remembers her grandmother making them with this recipe that has been in our family for generations. The molds can be hard to find, but check specialty cookware stores and antique shops.

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 Speculaas Cookies or Spicy Sinterklass Cakes
Harriet A. Schipper

Speculaas Cookies or Spicy Sinterklass Cakes

This traditional Dutch cookie recipe came with a mold I got 20 years ago. Speculaas is a corruption of the Latin speculum (mirror). The dough is pressed into carved molds that can be used for wall decorations. When turned out onto the cookie sheet, the picture appears as its mirror image, hence the name. In the Sinterklass season they are available in 2/3 cookie size to huge thick men and women up to 1 pound known as lovers. If molds are not available, roll dough to desired thickness and use gingerbread man cutter or other cutter shapes. They are great to make ahead around Christmas because they last a long time.

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 Perfect Coconut Macaroons
circoit

Perfect Coconut Macaroons

After falling in love with a local bakery's coconut macaroon, I attempted to create a duplicate version at home. This is what I came up with.

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 Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
Lisa

Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate cookie dough is wrapped around caramel filled chocolate candies. We have these at Christmas time each year. They are delicious! Hope you enjoy them too.

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 Orange Slice Cookies I
Janine

Orange Slice Cookies I

This recipe is my own adaptation of a recipe that came from my husband's grandmother. I made a few changes to suit my own family's tastes. These cookies are a big hit with kids as well as adults.

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 Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies
Jackie Schmidt

Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

I received this recipe through a cookie exchange years ago, and it has become a favorite of family and friends.

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 Eggnog Thumbprints
SHOLLISMD

Eggnog Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies with a delicious filling, these are perfect for Christmas. Does not use eggnog, but they have an eggnog taste. You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon rum extract and 1 tablespoon milk for the rum.

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 Oma Kiener's Hazelnut Christmas Cookies
KitchenGeisha

Oma Kiener's Hazelnut Christmas Cookies

An ice box cookie, these were one of the two Christmas cookie recipes my German grandmother made every year until her death at age 92. While they may not be fancy like other Christmas cookies recipes, they are easy to make and taste very nutty. They make me think of Christmas and my grandmother every time I enjoy one.

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 Reindeer Cookies
JMEVNO

Reindeer Cookies

These reindeer cookies are really adorable! Children enjoy making and eating them. Add a red M&M® and make the Rudolph.

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 Tina's Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tina Andre' Fox

Tina's Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie is incredible. It's so rich and tasty. I cannot tell how many times I get asked for this recipe. Everyone loves it and it's easy to make. These keep very well. You can make dough ahead time and freeze it. Defrost when ready to use and follow baking instructions. Great cookie for the holidays.

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 Fudge Puddles
debzy

Fudge Puddles

Fudge filled deliciousness!

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 The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
J. Saunders

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise! NOTE: I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.

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 Biscotti
JANDEE

Biscotti

This is a simple, no frills biscotti. My friend at work gave this recipe to me. It's quick, easy and one of my favorite Italian cookie recipes.

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