Christmas Cookie Ideas

Put together an impressive Christmas cookie tray with these tips and favorite recipes.

Christmas Cookie Ideas

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Working on your holiday cookie tray? Here are 12 scrumptious ideas for you to try.

Christmas Cookie Ideas: Christmas tree shaped cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Macaroons

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Comfort and Joy Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Orange Cashew Bars

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Cherry Pinweel Cookies

Cherry-Pinwheel Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Coconut Macadamia Biscotti

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Chocolate Peppermint Sprtiz Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Chai Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Ideas: Meringue Santa Hat Cookies

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Whether you serve them on a fancy tray for hungry party guests or leave them alongside a steaming mug of cocoa for Santa, Christmas cookies add to the festive flavor of the season.

We’ve collected a cool dozen of our readers’ best Christmas cookie recipes above. From minty spritz cookies to buttery shortbread to tasty cookie cutter classics, you’ll find a tried-and-true recipe to treat every sweet tooth.

Ready to assemble a mm…memorable cookie tray? Step up to the plate!

  • Spice it up. Keep variety in mind. Mix it up with different cookie flavors, colors and textures. Offer chocolate, citrus and nutty options—both classics and new and creative favorites. (A sure way to get a variety is by having a cookie exchange with friends.)
  • Try different sizes. Give guests their pick of big and little cookies so they can select according to their appetite. With smaller cookies, nibblers can try several varieties without filling up.
  • Keep it fresh. Arrange your cookie tray an hour or two before serving to keep crispy ones from softening. Cover your tray with plastic wrap until you’re ready to pass it around.

Christmas Cookie Ideas photography by Country Woman.

 

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