Christmas cookie recipe roundup

13 Christmas cookie recipes

Hallmark staff
13 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Something about Christmas cookies triggers a flood of memories—and one person’s happy memory makes another’s perfect present. We’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen of traditional Christmas cookie recipes that are perfect for making, baking and giving. Whip up a batch of one (or all) of these 13 holiday favorites and give a tinful of tradition and sugary goodness:

1. Sugar Cookies

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Download the Sugar Cookies recipe

Good enough to give tip: Secure stacks of sugar cookies with bakery string or pretty ribbon before placing in a container.

2. Lacy Oatmeal Cookies

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Download the Lacy Oatmeal Cookies recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 4 tasty twists: Hawaiian Lace Cookies, Apricot-Walnut Lace Cookies, Cranberry Lace Cookies With Lemon Glaze and Lacy Orange Florentines.

Good enough to give tip: A glassine envelope sealed with a round office label makes every cookie perfectly presentable. Stamp the label with a festive design for an extra-special touch.

3. Giant Gingerkids

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Download the Giant Gingerkids recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 3 tasty twists: Iced Rounds, Rum-Tum Gingerbread and Raisin Gingerbread.

Good enough to give tip: After the cookies have cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar through a doily to make a pretty pattern.

4. Lavish Lemon Bars

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Download the Lavish Lemon Bars recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 4 tasty twists: Orange Creamsicle Bars, Chocolate-Orange Bars, Lime Bars and Lemon-Raspberry Bars.

Good enough to give tip: Nestle bars in cupcake liners to keep them from sticking.

5. Season’s Greetings Shortbread

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Download the Season's Greetings Shortbread recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 2 tasty twists: Lemon-Drizzled Shortbread and Petticoat Tails.

Good enough to give tip: Line your container with festive wrapping paper to add a dash of holiday cheer.

6. Pumpernickel

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Download the Pumpernickel recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 2 tasty twists: White Chocolate-Dipped Pumpernickel and Chocolate Chip Pumpernickel.

Good enough to give tip: Line the bottom of a jar with parchment paper and cover the lid with festive paper or fabric.

7. Chocolate Kris Krinkles

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Download the Chocolate Kris Krinkles recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 4 tasty twists: Mocha Krinkles, Almond Krinkles, Dulce De Leche Sandwiches and Sprinkle Krinkles.

Good enough to give tip: Line a box, tin or bread pan with red-and-white tea towels to add an extra layer of protection for these sweet-and-soft chocolate goodies.

8. Traditional Pizzelles

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Download the Traditional Pizzelles recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 3 tasty twists: Pumpkin-Pie Spiced Pizzelles, Pizzelle Cannoli and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Good enough to give tip: Present pizzelles in a pretty floral container to complement their elaborate patterns. Add a handwritten recipe card for the finishing touch.

9. Santa-Sweet Wafers

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Download the Santa-Sweet Wafers recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 2 tasty twists: Espresso Wafers and Hazelnut Wafers.

Good enough to give tip: Punch four holes on both sides of each corner on a plain bakery box. Then lace pretty ribbons through the holes to create a gorgeous gift.

10. Raspberry Linzer Cookies

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Download the Raspberry Linzer Cookies recipe

Good enough to give tip: Present individual linzer cookies in paper brioche molds (found at baking supply stores).

11. Danish Wreaths

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Download the Danish Wreaths recipe

Good enough to give tip: Tie each wreath with a fun ribbon and stack in a narrow, paper-lined box.

12. Russian Tea Cookies

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Download the Russian Tea Cookies recipe

Good enough to give tip: Wrap a box in pretty paper, nestle the cookies inside, and finish with a coordinating ribbon.

13. Christmas Kipfels

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Download the Christmas Kipfels recipe

Bonus! Recipe includes 3 tasty twists: Apricot Kipfels, Jam Half-Moons and Cherry Cream Kipfels.

Good enough to give tip: Line a vintage tin with old-fashioned doilies.

 

BONUS VIDEO: From Christmas Cards to Christmas Cookies

Hallmark photo-studio-manager-by-day/professional-baker-by-night Bernard Shondell shows you how to make whimsical sugar cookies inspired by Christmas cards. Check out Bernard’s fun Christmas cookie decorating ideas—and download his Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing recipes to create your own edible greeting cards to share at your next holiday event.

 

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