Become a Holiday Pioneer with Ree Drummond's Top 5 Christmas Cookies

Catch Ree as a judge on Christmas Cookie Challenge every Monday night at 10/9c.

With December now in full swing, it’s officially an acceptable time to start planning (and if you’re anything like me, taste-testing) your spread of Christmas cookies. Though buttery thumbprint cookies will always be my personal favorite, every holiday season I try to add another member to my cookie swap roster. Ree Drummond’s impressive recipe box of sweets and bars is always where I like to start my sugary search. Whether you’re looking for a super simple sugar cookie or want to try your hand at peppermint fudge, the Pioneer Woman's got something for everyone. Just think of her as your very own Rudolph, guiding you on your way to holiday cheer.

Add Ree's favorite cookies to your holiday tradition this year. The magic behind these low-fuss vanilla cookies is their ingenious decoration. Ree combines food dye and egg yolks to create her pastel egg wash. Paint your cookies with it before baking to give them a glazed whimsical look reminiscent of frost-covered stained glass windows.

Ree Drummond’s Christmas Cake Cookies.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Santa won't be able to resist these pillowy cake-like treats. Not only is this add-and-mix recipe super easy to follow, the end products are melt-in-your mouth delicious! Top with vibrant green frosting and spicy cinnamon candies for a festive plate of Christmas cheer.

Ree DrummondThe Pioneer Woman/Christmas Cocktail PartyFood NetworkSemisweet Chocolate Chips, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Red Peppermint Candies,Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Christmas Cocktail Party Food Network Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Red Peppermint Candies

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Three ingredients are all you need to make Ree's minty-fresh peppermint fudge. Crush peppermint candies with a rolling pin to make your crunchy garnish. It's a great wintery treat for when the weather outside is frightful.

"Part of why this cookie is so yummy is it's got a bunch of lemon zest and a whole bunch of orange zest," says Ree of these throwback cookies from her childhood. Mix and match them with Ree's other cookies to create a holiday dessert plate perfect for gifting.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies by Ree Drummond as seen on The Pioneer Woman season 8.

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

These chewy cookies are a bound to be a hit with your holiday elves. For a crunchier texture and nuttier flavor add finely chopped nuts to your flour mixture.

Christmas Cookie Challenge airs Monday nights at 10/9c.

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