All-Star Holiday Cookie Recipes

The chefs in Food Network Kitchen dreamed up a dozen new cookies to swap this year — and we must say, this just might be our best batch yet.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz

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'Tis the Season for Baking

It wouldn't be the holidays without the scent of sugar and butter wafting from your oven and tins bursting with cookies for sharing. The chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) dreamed up a bunch of new cookie recipes to celebrate with this year — including some very cute ones, if we do say so ourselves. We bet many of them will make it into your annual rotation.

Penguin Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Not all the holiday fun happens at the North Pole. These South Pole denizens are the season's cutest critters. Have fun shaping and rolling colorful sugar cookie dough so that every slice produces a perfect penguin.

Get the Recipe: Penguin Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Cheesecake-Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

The classic flavors of red velvet cake are transformed into cookies with the cream cheese baked right inside. Plus, the crinkle texture is a total crowd-pleaser and looks great on your holiday platter.

Get the Recipe: Cheesecake-Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These cookies are serious about peanut butter: Each has a full-size peanut butter cup tucked inside the salty-sweet peanut butter dough. As the cup bakes, the peanut butter inside softens, creating the perfect combination of crisp cookie shell, creamy center and crunchy honey-roasted topping.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Super Chocolatey Buttons

Tiny chocolate cookies with a gooey center (even when cooled!) make decadent one-bite treats. You won't be able to eat just one — good thing they're bite-sized!

Get the Recipe: Super Chocolatey Buttons

Eggnog Blossoms

The spicy-rich flavors of eggnog (including nutmeg, cream and rum) add a new holiday twist to a classic cookie shape. And this year, eggnog comes with a "hug"! The striped chocolate candies on top make these cookies even more festive.

Get the Recipe: Eggnog Blossoms

Gingerbread Reindeer

These cookies turn gingerbread on its head — literally. Flipping gingerbread men upside-down provides the perfect shape to decorate the cookies to look like reindeer. Leave some out for Santa and his reindeer and they will most certainly be impressed.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Reindeer

Caramel Chocolate Shortbreads

Shortbread alone is a treat, but when topped with layers of caramel, chocolate and toasted coconut, it becomes akin to a candy bar. Using mini chocolate chips makes this recipe super easy — they melt right into the cookie.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Chocolate Shortbreads

Christmas Tree Cookie Forest

Make your cookie platter vertical (and extra-impressive!) with this 3D Christmas tree forest. Chilling the dough after it's cut helps the shapes stay sharp during baking.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Tree Cookie Forest

Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies

The fun in this recipe is preparing the marbled icing: Release your inner abstract artist as you drizzle red and green icing across a canvas of white on a baking sheet. Instead of dipping cookies in a bowl or on a plate, the baking sheet allows you to marble many cookies at once — without the colors getting muddy.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Swirled Sugar Cookies

Santa Skillet Cookie

This holiday decorating project is a delicious brain teaser. "Where is the Santa?" you'll ask yourself as you pipe decorative circles and triangles over the giant sugar cookie. But then, you will suddenly see them — eight Kris Kringles! Separate the cookie into wedges for serving, or present the entire cookie and let your guests find Santa for themselves.

Get the Recipe: Santa Skillet Cookie

Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

A gooey, salted caramel filling and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar make these cookies extra special.

Get the Recipe: Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

No-Bake Oreo Truffle Snowmen

These cookies-and-cream snowman truffles are almost too cute to eat — almost. Coating them in melting wafers gives the snowmen a smooth, white finish that looks like what you'd get at a chocolate store, but is easy to achieve at home.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Oreo Truffle Snowmen

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