11 Christmas Cookies Recipes

These Christmas cookies include easy classics like roll-out sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, molasses cookies, and other popular cookies for eating and gifting, plus a royal icing recipe, too. Wondering how to best store them? Follow these easy instructions.

Viennese Crescent Cookies

A holiday cookie if we ever saw one! So buttery, so nutty, so delicate, so mind-bendingly charming, these traditional Viennese cookies rival the city's fancier pastries as our fave.
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Classic Shortbread Cookies

Tender and delicate and buttery and spectacularly simple, just as classic shortbread cookies ought to be.
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Black Pepper Cookies

It's no surprise that a traditional Scandinavian cookie would be warming. Chalk it up to an inspired melding of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and cocoa.
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Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

The classic cookie benefits enormously from a hit of ginger here with these surprise sleeper hits of your Christmas season.
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Light and Dark Gingerbread Cookies

Sometimes it's not a bad thing to indulge our culture of gratification and have exactly what we want, whether that means pale gingerbread cookies that are mild and sweet or darker gingerbread cookies that are stronger and spicier.
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Biscochitos

Yes, lard. In a cookie. The rendered pig fat lends the biscochitos their trademark flaky texture. The truth lies in the taste. Swear.
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Chewy Molasses Cookies

The holidays incarnate. That's what these cookies are to us. They're magnificently and traditionally spiced and are crinkly and chewy. All in the best possible sort of way.
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Snowflake Cookies

Snowflake sugar cookies—no two exactly the same—that are enhanced with vanilla and orange zest. Lovely regardless of whether you go all glam and fancy them up...or not.
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Cardamom and Cashew Cookies

Magically delicate and nuanced cookies that satisfy the little kid cookie craving in an adult sorta way.
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French Sable Cookies

This sneaky sable, a French shortbread of sorts that's crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, is going to rock your world.
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Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Tender and crumbly like shortbread, yet subtly flavored and sweet like cookies, these beg the question, which are they?
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Royal Icing

Whether your knack for cookie-decorating leans toward fancy schmancy or basic buttons on gingerbread people, you need a foolproof royal icing. Look no more.
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How To Make Natural Food Coloring

At last, after literally years of searching, we have the perfect DIY natural food coloring recipe. No preservatives. No artificial coloring. No monumental price tag.
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