Christmas Cookies Recipes for Families

Embrace your sweet tooth with these decadent cookies that are perfect for packing up and giving as gifts to friends and neighbors. That's if your kids don't eat them all first!

Gingerbread Cookies

With deep, dark molasses flavor, the gingerbread cookies from Martha Stewart are a classic! The dough rolls out easily so that you and your kids can make a plate full of gingerbread people – or any other shape you want.

Linzer Cookies

Buttery and beautiful, these treats look almost too pretty to eat. Almost. To make the linzer cookies by The Joy of Baking, you roll out the dough and cut out both a top and bottom round. Use a small cookie cutter to create the shape in the top cookie round. Once the cookies are baked, add a bit of jam to the bottom round and top with the cutout cookie for a gorgeous treat.

Snowball Cookies

With only five ingredients, these goodies are fast to mix up. Enlist your kids to help craft these snowball cookies from Land O'Lakes: They can shape the dough into balls before baking. And then they can be in charge of dipping each cookie ball into powdered sugar.

Holiday Butter Cookies

Break out your cookie cutter bin! This holiday butter cookie recipe by King Arthur Flour will make your job rolling out the dough a breeze. Once you have just the right cookie thickness, let your kids make all of their favorite shapes. The best part? Once they're baked, you get to add icing!

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Is there anything more satisfying for a sweet tooth than the combination of chocolate and peppermint? These chocolate candy cane cookies from Epicurious are full of peppermint goodness. Tip: These cookies are a great way to use up any broken candy canes.

Seven Layer Cookies

These colorful cookies take time to put together. But the results are worth the effort. Full of flavor including almond paste, butter, apricot preserves and dark chocolate, the seven layer cookies by Smitten Kitchen are as lovely as they are tasty.

Mint Meringue Kisses

Delicate meringue is flavored with mint and then dabbed with green to make the cookie base on these bite-sized treats. The cookies sandwich together with dark chocolate holding them in place. For a tempting holiday cookie, try these mint meringue kisses from Better Homes and Gardens.


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