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34 Unique Christmas Cookies You Need to Bake This Year

Updated on November 22, 2023

Make your cookie plate extra merry and bright with these fun and festive treats. From too-cute sugar cookies to tropical-style macaroons, these unique treats are sure to become regulars in your holiday baking rotation.

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Unique Ideas for Christmas Cookies

'Tis the season to bake up all the cookies you can eat (and then some!). While traditional holiday cookies are always sure to please, the holidays are a great time to try out festive designs, fun flavors and new techniques that go a step beyond the classic gingerbread. Whether you’re looking for cute cookies to pack and ship or crowd-pleasers while holiday entertaining, these unique treats will spread plenty of cheer. Though we suggest you try every cookie on this list, start with these festive smashed sugar cookies. The addition of two eggs gives the centers a tender and soft texture, while the crinkled edges get ever so slightly golden and crisp. Top with a simple confectioner's sugar glaze for a holiday treat perfect for a cookie plate.

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Peppermint Bark Cookies

The combination of white peppermint bark atop a chocolate cookie base equals the ultimate holiday treat. This big-batch recipe is ideal for cookie swaps, festive parties or even wrapping up as gifts. It is also easy enough for baking with the whole family. Instead of forming individual cookies, you break the giant sheet into pieces, just like you would with traditional bark.

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Reindeer Mask Cookies

With these playful cookies, everyone can join in the reindeer games.

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Not-So-Ugly Sweater Cookies

Make no mistake — there’s nothing ugly about these cookies! Decorate the sweater-shaped sugar cookies with gel food coloring and shredded coconut to make fun designs.

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