5 Fan-Favorite Holiday Cookies Worth Preheating Your Oven — Fall Fest

Feast your eyes on these tried-and-true, fan-favorite cookie recipes, each bringing dozens of 5-star fan reviews to the plate.
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

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If you're going to put all the time into baking your holiday cookies from scratch, they better be good, right? So before you go with any recipe that falls into your lap, feast your eyes on these tried-and-true, fan-favorite cookie recipes, each bringing dozens of 5-star fan reviews to the plate.

With nearly 1,000 reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada De Laurentiis'  Lemon Ricotta Cookies are at the top of the heap. These tender, citrusy ricotta cookies will add a refreshing brightness to your cookie exchange, with fresh lemon zest mixed into both the dough and the glaze.

Snickerdoodles

With sugar, spice and everything nice, Trisha Yearwood's classic, top-rated  Snickerdoodles are soft and chewy; the finishing touch is cinnamon and sugar.

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

You've probably had a German chocolate cake by the slice, but have you ever downed it in cookie form? Sunny Anderson's German Chocolate Cake Cookies start with a standard cookie base, then they're loaded up with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans for the full effect.

Fruitcake Cookies

Even fruitcake haters will go for Ina Garten's Fruitcake Cookies. Studded with a serious selection of dried fruits — figs, cherries, raisins and apricots — plus a sprinkling of chopped pecans, these colorful beauties are chewy, crunchy and worthy of their 100-plus reviews. Make rolls of the dough ahead so you can slice and bake cookies as you need them during the holidays.

Butter and Jam Thumbprints

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Fans give these  Butter and Jam Thumbprints a serious thumbs-up. With a fruity jam center, these buttery, easy to make cookies boast 170-plus reviews and a 5-star rating.

There's a whole lot more where those came from. Spread holiday cheer with these top cookie recipes.

Get more holiday cookies from our friends:
Big Girls, Small Kitchen:  Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies
Creative Culinary:  Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars
Red or Green:  Kahlua-Spice Brownies

The Wimpy Vegetarian:  Figgy Cardamom Snickerdoodles

Elephants and the Coconut Trees:  Almond and Apricot Cookies

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