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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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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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Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 4 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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Bonus! Try these 2 tasty twists (included in recipe download): 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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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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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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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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Bonus! Try these 3 tasty twists (included in recipe download): Apricot Kipfels, Jam Half-Moons and Cherry Cream Kipfels.

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

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