Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

These Christmas cookie recipes can't miss for the holidays.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | December 2012

Martha Stewart's Cutout Cookies

"My favorite sugar cookie cut out recipe is the one I put in my cookie cookbook," says Stewart. "It’s best to cut out and chill the cookies before baking so they maintain their shape.”

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Catherine Cassidy’s Caramel-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

"These thumbprint cookies are a chocolaty and delicious twist on the classic," says Cassidy, Taste of Home's editor-in-chief. "They take a little time to make, but it's worth it when you hear people ask, 'Can I have that recipe? These cookies are so good!'"

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Giada De Laurentiis's Double Chocolate and Espresso Cookies

“This cookie combines two of my all-time loves: chocolate and espresso," says De Laurentiis. "The pure decadence in every bite definitely puts me in the holiday spirit.”

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Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Men Cookies

“My mom was a very big cookie baker at Christmas, and I am the direct descendant of that enthusiasm," says Stewart. "I’ve made these cookies to eat, to decorate Christmas trees, and to make a gingerbread house. They’re easy to roll out, the dough is fragrant and spicy, and the cookie shapes stay true if they are chilled after cutting and before baking. Frosted, they are charming.”

Get the recipe here »Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Cookies by Martha Stewart. Copyright c 2008 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

Catherine Cassidy's Favorite Spritz Cookies

"Every year, my mom made spritz cookies around the holidays; it was the only time she did, which made them even more magical," says Cassidy. "We kids liked to help with the sprinkling of sugar—and the sampling of cookie dough! I also love maple flavor, and these maple spritz sandwiches are tender and just heavenly."

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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's Christmas Cutouts

“This is my favorite nostalgic, comfort-food, fun-to-make, low-fuss, lowbrow, high-calorie, non-snobby, yummy Christmas cookie of all time," says Drummond. "It comes from my mom, Gee, who used this simple but flavorful sugar cookie dough to make cookies for any occasion.”

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Catherine Cassidy's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

"My great Aunt Ma made a coconut oatmeal cookie that was so tasty; this is reminiscent of that recipe," says Cassidy. "Can oatmeal cookies really be called Christmas cookies? Absolutely! Any cookie you bake at Christmas time is a Christmas cookie—especially if your family loves it!"

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