Cookie Countdown

Find a fun recipe for every day of December until Christmas.

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Maple Stars

Put your cookie-cutting skills to good use to make these star-shaped sandwich cookies. The cookies are made with maple sugar, and the white-chocolate filling contains maple extract, keeping the cookie true to its name.

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Ginger Sugar Cookies

These unassuming frosted sugar cookies get a zing from 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. 

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Puff Pastry Snowflakes

All it takes is four ingredients to make these pretty, light cookies. The assembly takes some work, but the results are worth it.

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Chocolate-Glazed Florentines

Light cookies made with almond flour are topped with a chocolate glaze. You'll use a toothpick to make a pretty design with the white chocolate over the thin layer of semisweet chocolate.

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Super-Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

For all the healthy eaters on your holiday list, these cookies make the perfect sweet treat. They're made with lots of good-for-you items like rolled oats, pepitas, walnuts and flax seeds.

Get the Recipe: Super-Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Fruitcake Biscotti

If your family fruitcake often remains on the dessert table untouched, try these cookies instead. They have all the sweet fruitcake flavors without the stigma.

Get the Recipe: Fruitcake Biscotti

Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Sables

Chocolate and hazelnut seem to be the perfect pair, which is why we've made them into a Christmas cookie. This recipe makes four dozen cookies, so you'll have plenty to go around.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Sables

Earl Grey Shortbread

Transform shortbread into a glamorous party treat with Earl Grey tea leaves. The buttery cookie you love gets amped up with tea flavor and a smattering of frosting.

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No-Bake Cereal Haystacks

Easy no-bake cookies get a holiday makeover. They're seasoned with ground nutmeg for Christmas flavor and topped with holiday-colored nonpareils. Plus, they look so cute no one will know they took only 30 minutes to make!

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Cereal Haystacks

Lime Spritz Cookies

These are not your grandma's spritz cookies. Lime zest turns these stamped treats into a modern dessert, and green food coloring ensures they'll really pop on your cookie tray.

Get the Recipe: Lime Spritz Cookies

Orange-Molasses Snickerdoodles

Brighten up traditional snickerdoodle cookies with orange zest. A topping of coarse sugar gives these sticky, sweet treats a satisfying crunch.

Get the Recipe: Orange-Molasses Snickerdoodles

Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Give your friends a tiramisu to go. Sweet, coffee-flavored filling is sandwiched between two chocolate cookies for a flavor that tastes just like the Italian classic.

Get the Recipe: Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Pinwheels

If you're looking for the ultimate Christmas cookie, look no further than these peppermint pinwheels. They have the season's signature flavor (peppermint) and festive colors. 

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Pinwheels

Peanut Butter Crinkles

For partygoers looking for something nutty, these are the perfect solution. Creamy peanut butter cookies are baked until they crack on the top and then dusted with additional confectioners' sugar for a sweet finish.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Crinkles

Pomegranate Meringue Swirls

Surprise your guests with these candy-cane-colored meringues. They'll be shocked to taste fruity pomegranate instead of fresh peppermint.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Meringue Swirls

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies

Lighten up your cookie tray with these dome-shaped cookies. Lemon zest and juice brighten up the flavors, and poppy seeds give each cookie an unexpected crunch.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Cookies

Raspberry-Fig Bars

You need never buy a fig bar again, thanks to this holiday cookie recipe. We're sure you'll make these for more than just Christmas.

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Red Velvet Thumbprints

Red velvet is always a crowd-pleaser. Skip a whole cake and make these cake-y cookies with a dollop of cream cheese frosting in the middle.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Thumbprints

Butter Pecan-Rum Meltaways

These buttery cookies won't last long! The recipe makes 24 cookies, so you'll want to think about making a double batch.

Get the Recipe: Butter Pecan-Rum Meltaways

Pineapple Rugelach

If you'd rather be somewhere warm for the holidays, these cookies will transport you to the tropics, thanks to sweet pineapple filling and coconut topping.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Rugelach

Orange-Pistachio Phyllo Diamonds

These cookies made with flaky phyllo dough are an elegant addition to your holiday cookie plate.

Get the Recipe: Orange-Pistachio Phyllo Diamonds

Welsh Cranberry Skillet Cookies

Save oven space! These cookies are made on your stovetop. Cut out and refrigerate the cookies 30 minutes to 1 hour before you're ready to cook them in a large skillet or griddle.

Get the Recipe: Welsh Cranberry Skillet Cookies

Salted Butterscotch Blondies

These blondies are the cookie that has everything — they're sweet, buttery and chewy, with a hint of salt. This recipe makes 24 cookies, so you'll want to make a double batch to have enough to share.

Get the Recipe: Salted Butterscotch Blondies

Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is no ordinary chocolate chip cookie. Tahini gives the batch something extra special. Just make sure you get a chocolate chunk in every bite.

Get the Recipe: Tahini Chocolate Chunk Cookies