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17 Christmas Cookie Recipes You’ll Want to Make This Year (and Every Year)

Get ready for cookie swap season.

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Chocolate dips

These beautiful cookies are sure to wow. The only secret? They’re easier to make than they look. Have these 21 Christmas appetizers on hand, too, to balance the sweetness.

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Reese’s peanut butter cookies

Your favorite candy is wrapped in a soft peanut butter dough for a decadent Christmas cookie that will keep you coming back for more. This is the best peanut butter cup, according to a taste test.

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Gluten-free sugar cookies

No one will miss the flour in these tasty treats. A dusting of red sprinkles makes them a festive touch for any holiday spread. Check out some more delicious, diet-friendly holiday desserts.

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Chex Mix muddy buddies

Have this tasty snack on hand to get your sugar fix any time of day. Just be warned: You won’t be able to stick to just one handful. Nothing could be sweeter, except for this reason why we kiss under the mistletoe.

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Festive almond trail mix cookies

Loaded with white chocolate, slivered almonds, dried blueberries, and Craisins, these tasty cookies have something for everyone. Best of all, the add-ins are versatile, so you can play around with the flavors. You can never add too many mix-ins, but it is easy to make these baking mistakes.

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Chocolate chip cookies

Is there anything more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie? Nestle Toll House’s classic version has been perfected to get just the right amount of softness, sending you right down memory lane. Use these 9 chocolate chip cookie hacks for an extra twist.

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Pinwheel cookies

Can’t decide between vanilla and chocolate? Have both! These homemade slice-and-bake Christmas cookies layer chocolate dough with vanilla to create a swirl. When you’re done with the sweet stuff, make one of these recipes for delicious appetizers for Christmas.

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Peanut butter blossoms

Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes, please! These peanut butter blossoms will become a go-to for every cookie swap.

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Spritz cookies

Gorgeous spritz cookies will be the star of any dessert spread. Just seven ingredients make a crisp, buttery treat you’ll want to bring back every Christmas. Store them the right way with these storage tricks to make your food last longer.

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Russian tea cakes

Stay warm inside and snack on these Christmas cookie snowballs instead. The dusting of powdered sugar is as delicious as it is festive. You can also use powdered sugar to make a glaze for Christmas doughnuts. Wondering if you can really get sick from cookie dough? Here’s the definitive answer. 

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White chocolate-dipped oatmeal cranberry cookies

Elevate your typical oatmeal cookie by dipping them in white chocolate. Play with the flavor by trying a dark chocolate dip instead of white, depending on your taste. Find out why we make Christmas cookies in the first place, plus the explanations behind other favorite Christmas traditions.

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Peppermint snowballs

These look like your classic snowballs, but they have a secret: Bite into them and you’ll find a filling. The signature red and white candy pieces weren’t always so. Here’s some other surprising Christmas trivia.

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Jam cookies

These five-ingredient cookies are sure to become a must-bake on your Christmas cookies list. Our baker swapped margarine for butter and added flour to get the dough just right. And yes, there is a difference between jam and jelly.

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Red velvet cookies

If you like red velvet cake, you’ll love them in cookie form. Instead of cream cheese frosting, this Christmas cookie gets its sweetness from white chocolate chips. Best of all? The red velvet is festive without any extra effort. Now click here to see the best Christmas cookie from every state.

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Whoopie cookies

These chocolate sandwich cookies are firmer than your usual whoopie pie. Just don’t tell anyone your secret: They only take four ingredients. Meanwhile, over 40,000 people have viewed this three-ingredient cookie recipe.

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Oatmeal scotchies

Butterscotch chips are the secret behind these classic cookies’ nostalgic flavor. Crispy edges and a soft middle are everything you want from a Christmas cookie. Make them into oatmeal cream pies that are better than Little Debbies.

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Reindeer cookies

These adorable cookies are guaranteed to be Santa-approved. Chocolate and vanilla cookies come together to create the cutest Christmas cookies in the tin. For even more scrumptious holiday fun, check out the best Christmas cookie recipe from every state.

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.

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