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24 Traditional Holiday Cookies You'll Want to Bake Every Year

November 29, 2022

From sugar cookies to gingerbread cut-outs, these are the classic treats every cookie plate needs.

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Classic Holiday Cookies to Fill Your Plate

If you ask us, holiday baking season is the most wonderful time of the year. That’s when we get to break out the royal icing, sprinkles and colorful candy pieces — and give all our favorite holiday cookies an extra special touch. And, while we always make sure to include a unique Christmas cookie or two in our roundup, there’s nothing better than a freshly baked batch of the classics. We’re talking buttery shortbreads, all different types of sugar cookies and, of course, plenty of gingerbread. If looking for a handful of recipes that rely on classic flavors and tried-and-true techniques, these are the ones to add to your repertoire. You’ll find snowballs, thumbprints, biscotti and more. No matter which cookies you decide to bake, spritz are a holiday must. The green and white tie-dye effect gives these classic cookies a modern-retro look, and the red sprinkles add a bit more holiday cheer.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Double down on the peanut butter goodness in Nancy Fuller's traditional blossoms. Incorporate smooth peanut butter into the cookie batter before folding in peanut butter chips. The intense peanut butter flavor pairs perfectly with the addition of a chocolate kiss candy in the center.

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The Best Butter Cookies

Your search is over—this perfect butter cookie will stay in your recipe box for years. It's crisp, yet tender and perfect for tea for two or cookies for Santa. Plus, you have the choice to make drop cookies or a slice-and-bake version!

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a cookie plate classic during the holidays. Trisha’s recipe makes them easy – even with the addition of a homemade royal icing for decorating.

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