Traditional Holiday Cookies

The holiday season is all about tradition. Be sure to include these classic cookie recipes on your holiday baking list.

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Spritz Cookies

Spritz are perhaps the most versatile holiday cookies — endlessly shapeable and in a clean palette for decorating. This recipe uses almond paste (instead of ground almonds) which gives them incredibly rich flavor, but also means the dough is perfectly smooth for using in a spritz press.

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Peppermint Twist Candy Cookies

A dash of peppermint extract in both the cookies and the icing imbues sugar cookies with candy cane-like flavor. Set aside some of the icing and tint it red; paint the stripes on top of the solid white icing layer to prevent the red color from bleeding into the cookie. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes once the icing has dried completely.

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Viennese Crescents

These buttery pecan cookies are an easy-to-make classic and a great make-ahead dessert since the dough freezes well. Cover them in confectioners' sugar or dip them in dark chocolate — or make a mix of both.

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Honey-Almond Lace Cookies

Aida's delicate lace cookies have the thin, crunchy consistency of a buttery brittle, and the way they melt in your mouth will make you melt.

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Festive Jam Cookie Sandwiches

Vanilla- and lemon-scented cookies form unusually zesty sandwich halves for jam cookies. Use tiny cookie cutters to stamp out windows in the dough, and top the finished cookies with a snowy scattering of powdered sugar.

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Gingerbread House and People

Why make an empty 'ol gingerbread house when you can fill it with a whole gingerbread family and decorate it to the nines? Get the recipe and a step-by-step gallery on how to make the house and its inhabitants.

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The Thin

The key to a thin, crunchy chocolate chip cookie? Increase the amount of baking soda by half. 

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Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread

Dip Dave's shortbread into melted chocolate and let harden before eating.

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Spicy Ginger Snap Cookies

Champions in the chewy department, these little cookies pack a powerful punch of ginger and spice.

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Black and White Cookies

Do you save the white side for last or do you prefer to linger over the chocolatey dark side? Either way, it's hard to resist this deliciously cake-y cookie with a distinct New York attitude.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

Though they lack the typical oblong shape of most biscotti, these hazelnut-studded cookies definitely contain that characteristic crunch.

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Florentines

Orange and chocolate are a classic holiday pairing, and they've never been more suited for one another than in Giada's caramelized Florentines.

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Snickerdoodle Snowflakes

A pinch of nutmeg and a couple teaspoons of cinnamon can transform very vanilla cookies into sweetly spiced snickerdoodles. Get creative with your snickerdoodle snowflakes by mixing and matching different-shaped and -sized cutters with patterns drawn on using royal icing.

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Striped Christmas Sugar Cookies

With a little extra effort, transform regular sugar cookies into red-, white- and green-striped cookies in the shape of Christmas trees and other fun holiday shapes.

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Holiday Spice Cookies

If you're a fan of gingerbread, you'll love these ginger cookies, made even spicier with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Molasses and jam provide extra flavor and make the cookies delightfully chewy.

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Holiday Biscotti

Giada dresses her biscotti for the holidays by dipping them in white chocolate and sprinkling them with colored sugar.

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Alton's Sugar Cookies

Alton's favorite sugar cookies can be stored for up to one week, making them a great make-ahead option for your holiday party.

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Pecan Sandies

Giant toasted pecan halves top these nutty, buttery shortbread cookies along with a blizzard of granulated sugar.

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Crisp, Chewy Meringues

You only need six ingredients to make Laura Calder's chewy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside meringues.

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Cocoa Brownies

Trying to resist cutting into Alton's chewy cocoa brownies until they cool will be the biggest challenge this holiday season.

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown sugar adds its slight molasses flavor and new dimension to this shortbread recipe. While your guests probably won't notice the switch, they will notice it's the best shortbread they've ever tasted.

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Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Crushed candy canes add peppermint flavor to Alton's traditional pinwheel cookies. Make the dough in advance and keep it in the freezer so you'll be prepared for last-minute holiday visitors.

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Butter Cookies

Emeril's simple butter cookies provide the base for endless creativity. And who doesn't love a challenge? See who can come up with the most fun and festively decorated cookie at your holiday party.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches

Giada's sugar-studded chocolate-hazelnut cookies are topped with a chocolate kiss: perfect for your favorite cocoa lover.

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Mini Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread houses are as fun to make as they are to eat — but sometimes, assembling cookie castles is as difficult as building their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Assemble this village of mini houses for a quick-and-easy version of the classic.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

The ricotta cheese in this recipe makes these cookies incredibly moist and slightly cake-like in texture. Both sweet and tangy, they're something different for the holiday cookie table.

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Peppermint Fudge Crinkle Cookies

The snowy-white tops of chocolate crinkle cookies are always a welcome site on a holiday cookie plate.

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Cut-Out Cookies

Reindeers, Santas, Christmas trees and more: Bust out your best holiday cookie cutters for Nigella's easy Cut-Out Cookies.

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Dried Cherry, Macadamia and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies develop a lot of their flavor while the dough is chilling. Fruity, nutty and chocolatey, they are a classic holiday combo.

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Orange Clove Spiced Biscotti

Jeffrey Saad adds holiday flavor to his biscotti with cloves, orange zest and candied almonds.

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Chewy Sugar Cookies

Roll the cookies in colored sugar sprinkles before baking for a festive dessert.

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Cream Cheese Shortbread with Toasted Walnuts

The crumb of this cookie — a nutty, cream cheese-spiked shortbread — is so fine and light that it literally melts in your mouth.

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Meyer Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies

Aromatic cardamom gives these cookies unique and exotic flavor, and you can't beat the texture: gently crispy on the outside with a soft, cakey interior.

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One Dough, Three Holiday Cookies

Dave's basic dough recipe can be customized to the flavors you like best. He offers three twists to try, including chocolate, walnut and almond-orange.

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Macarons

Leave it to the French to create a sweet that's at once decadant and amazingly light. One taste and you'll understand why these petite Parisian pastries have become so popular.

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Sables

These crunchy cookies are the French version of the sugar cookie — salty, zested and studded with large sugar crystals.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

The key to a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie? Vegetable shortening or coconut oil, both of which are soft at room temperature, lend their perfect texture. This recipe calls for chocolate chips, but for true peanut butter friends, choose the peanut chip variety.

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Basic Sugar Cookie

This basic sugar cookie recipe should be a staple for any holiday dessert spread.

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Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Alton's dense coconut clusters are crunchy on the outside, but they're soft and chewy on the inside.

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