12 Delicious Days of Holiday Cookies

Bring on the holiday cheer with a round-up of our most festive treats: brand-new recipes, created for 2019 — to make this year's cookie plate your merriest one yet!

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It's Cookie Season!

It wouldn't be the holidays without the scent of sugar and butter wafting from your oven — and cookie tins bursting with treats for sharing. So, we dreamed up a whole new lineup of holiday cookies that are perfect for spreading some cheer. With new takes on classics, kid-friendly sweets and yummy snacks to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve, you're guaranteed to find recipes you'll want to make this holiday season — and add to your annual rotation for years to come!

The Best M&M Cookies

We took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and increased the brown sugar to make these cookies extra moist and chewy. Then we super-sized them -- the better to get in more of our favorite candy-coated chocolates. Save some extra candy for topping each cookie before baking. The result, cookies that look just as good as they taste!

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Santa Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa's iconic red coat, fluffy white trim and black belt cookies are sure to bring out joyful belly laughs.

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Oreo Balls

A five-ingredient treat for the chocolate sandwich cookie enthusiast…what's not to love? These truffles encase a soft cookie filling with a chocolatey shell. They're fun to decorate with cookie crumbs or sprinkles, depending on the occasion.

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Peanut Butter Fudge

This fudge is a total triple threat -- thanks to peanut butter chips, crunchy peanut butter and chopped roasted salted peanuts. Using sweetened condensed milk, makes it quick and easy to achieve a thick, fudgy texture without cooking raw sugar; no candy thermometer required! Cut the fudge into small squares and share it with family and friends as a delicious edible gift.

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Bake and Slice Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies just got a lot easier with this bake and slice version. Instead of pressing divots into multiple mounds of cookie dough and filling each with jam, we shaped the dough into a log with a trough and flooded the center in one go. We used raspberry and apricot jam, but it's easy to swap out for whatever you have on hand. Once the cookie logs are baked, let them cool and then slice into strips.

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Red Velvet Ooey Gooey Bars

A classic red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting has been taken to new level of ooey gooey buttery goodness, just in time for the holidays.

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Brownie Mix Cookies

Made from only four ingredients, these cookies are chocolatey, fudgy and pleasing for brownie and cookie lovers alike. Add crushed candy canes to dress them up for the holiday.

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Marshmallow-Stuffed Blizzard Cookies

These holiday sugar cookies sparkle like winter snow! Vegan marshmallows don't have gelatin in them and are the key to an ooey gooey center that stays fluffy throughout baking.

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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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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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Lemon Meringue Cookies

All the flavors of a classic diner dessert come together in these bite-size cookies: a buttery sugar cookie crust, a tangy and bright lemon curd filling and a chewy meringue topping.

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Pan-Banging Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies

We packed these cookies with cinnamon, pecans and chocolate toffee chunks for the ultimate snickerdoodle experience--and then added one finishing touch. Inspired by blogger Sarah Kieffer's internet-famous crinkled chocolate chip cookies, we pulled the snickerdoodles out of the oven midway through cooking and banged the baking sheet on the counter, producing a cookie with the best of both worlds--crispy ripples around the edge and a soft, chewy center.

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Reindeer Mask Cookies

Almost too cute to eat! These fun cookies will make you want “join in any reindeer games.”

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