If you’re anything like us, the holiday season is synonymous with two things: watching cheesy Hallmark movies and baking cookies—approximately 2,000 batches, give or take. We know you already have your yearly lineup (gingersnaps, snowballs and peanut butter blossoms, natch), and we would never suggest you break your traditions…but surely you can make room for one more recipe? Maybe a list of the best Christmas cookies this side of the North Pole will convince you that there’s no such thing as too many treats. (Seriously, Santa told us so.)

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1. Chocolate-Peppermint Linzer Cookies

Cookie texture meets brownie flavor in these festive sandwich cookies. Jam is traditional, but we’ve swapped it for a vibrant pink peppermint ganache.

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2. Brown Sugar Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Oh hi, 25-minute frosted and decorated cookies. (Royal icing could never.)

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3. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping

Vegetables in a cookie? You better believe it. Here, the sweet potato lends moisture and color for a soft, bright cookie that’s better than any marshmallow-topped casserole.

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4. Pistachio Icebox Cookies

Icebox cookies are a holiday savior because you can make the dough ahead of time and bake the cookies whenever a craving strikes.

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5. Cookies-and-Cream Shortbread Cookies

It’s a cookie within a cookie! They’re like our favorite store-bought sammies, only a little classier and a lot tastier.

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Katherine Gillen

6. Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

If a soft molasses cookie and a good old chocolate chip number had a very delicious baby, it would be one of these treats.

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7. Gingerbread Lattice Cookies

The time you would’ve spent frosting is spent weaving instead—and the result is a hundred times more sophisticated.

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8. Chocolate-Peppermint Icebox Cookies

Here’s an ingenious way to make good use of all those candy canes. (C’mon, no one ever finishes a whole one.)

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Rebecca Firth

9. Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Here’s a nifty baking trick: Gently simmer a can of sweetened condensed milk and it’ll turn into homemade dulce de leche like magic.

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Rebecca Firth

10. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies

So you have to make the pecan brittle bark ahead of the cookies. We promise the results are worth the effort.

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11. Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

These come together with seven ingredients. We repeat: seven ingredients.

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12. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies

The buttery, almost salty cookies are the perfect foil to the tart filling. Take a batch to Aunt Jackie’s house and you’ll win major brownie (er, cookie?) points.

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13. Matcha-Cranberry Linzer Cookies

Food dye who? These adorable Christmas cookies are colored with matcha powder for a seasonably appropriate hue and a toasty flavor.

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14. Flourless Cocoa Cookies

No one will know that they’re gluten free, even when they go in for round two.

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15. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

Are they a cookie or a candy? Who cares? They’re delicious, and you can totally start with store-bought.

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16. Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies

Vanilla isn’t boring, it’s underrated. One cookie and you’ll understand.

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17. Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Is it really the holidays if you aren’t swimming in a sea of snowflake and reindeer cutouts?

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Katherine Gillen

18. Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

These will be a hit with your Gen Z cousin who’s all over the latest trends. (Or she’ll scoff and say tie dye is *so* 2020, but whatever.)

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19. Lemon Icebox Cookies

Last-minute cookie swap? We’ve got your back. This dough can be made up to three months in advance.

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20. Ina Garten’s Black and White Cookies

No, Ina Garten isn’t coming to your Secret Santa party, but her cookie recipe will suffice.

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21. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies

You had us at three little words: pure maple syrup.

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22. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Chewy, spicy cookies are filled with molten caramel…and the results are glorious. You’ll want a few napkins for these babies.

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Katherine Gillen

23. Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

Go ahead, eat a few cookies for breakfast.

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24. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Pie? Way too much work. These cookies offer the best of both dessert worlds (and leave you more time to watch A Christmas Story).

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25. Lemon Meringue Cookies

They look like little works of art, but don’t let that stop you from eating one, or a few.

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26. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caffeine and sugar? This has afternoon snack written all over it.

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Erin McDowell

27. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

We love a good ol’ jar of Nutella, but bonus points if you make your own.

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28. Rocky Road Cookies

Everyone needs a 30-minute cookie on their Christmas list. Especially when it involves chocolate and marshmallows.

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29. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

The bigger the cookie, the closer to Santa—or so they say.

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30. Coconut Cookies

Sugar cookies and macaroons happen to make a fantastic pair.

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31. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

We’ve never met a person who can say no to cheesecake. Just saying.

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32. Homemade Milano Cookies

Psst: Those bagged cookies have been on the grocery store shelf since last Christmas. You can do better.

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33. Itty-Bitty Sandwich Cookies

Honey, we shrunk the Oreos. And good thing, too. Now you can eat them by the handful.

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Aran Goyoaga

34. Roasted Almond and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You wouldn’t know it, but these babies are gluten free and dairy optional.

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Katherine Gillen

35. Berries and Cream Cookies

Forget the little lad: There’s a big man up north who loves this flavor combination.

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36. Big Raspberry-Rye Cookies

These cookies have a secret: They’re packed with crushed freeze-dried raspberries for a sweet-tart punch of flavor.

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37. Little Jam Flower Cookies

They’re. So. Cute! (And you can fill them with any flavor you please.)

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38. Aran Goyoaga’s Peanut Butter–Banana Cookies

A cookie that’s kinda good for you? Be still our sugar-loving heart.

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Katherine Gillen

39. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Just because the leaves have fallen doesn’t mean pumpkin season is over, people.

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40. 4-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

We get it: You have a thousand presents to wrap. But we bet you can still whip up a batch of these cookies.

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41. Caramel Coconut Macaroons

Meet your new favorite holiday cookie: They’re sweet but not cloying, play nice with chocolate and are easy to pack into cookie boxes.

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42. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Christmas season is a marathon, not a sprint. These 20-minute, three-ingredient beauties will get you through the busiest parts.

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43. Heart Thumbprint Cookies

No, it’s not Valentine’s Day. The heart shape is because we love Christmas, duh!

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Katherine Gillen

44. Pumpkin Black and White Cookies

Hot tip: If you bite down the middle, you get a bit of every flavor.

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Katherine Gillen

45. Tiny Coconut Cookies with Hibiscus Glaze

How’d you like to spend Christmas on a tropical island? Well, these cuties are the next best thing.

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Ashley Maxwell/Milk Jar Cookies Bakebook

46. Banana Split Cookies

If there’s a time to take things OTT, it’s the holidays. Pair these cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re really committed.

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47. Black Sesame Shortbread

But if you want to keep things simple, we don’t blame you. These six-ingredient cookies are unexpectedly sophisticated.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

48. Cranberry Spice Cookies with Eggnog Icing

The eggnog icing is optional, but we know you have an open carton lingering in your fridge.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

49. Gingerbread Spiced Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Let it snow…cookies, that is.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

50. Mexican Wedding Cookies

Polvorones, Russian tea cakes, snowball cookies: Call ’em what you want, just don’t inhale as you take a bite.

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The Recipe Critic

51. Italian Christmas Cookies

These cookies are flavored with vanilla, but you can swap in anise if you want to be traditional.

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RecipeTin Eats

52. Vanilla Biscuit Christmas Cookies

You can’t go wrong with a Santa-approved classic.

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Spend with Pennies

53. Eggnog Cookies

They’re soft, rich and lightly spiced. Would pairing them with a glass of eggnog be overkill?

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The Clean Eating Couple

54. Crispy Gingersnap Cookies

The snappier, the better.

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Gimme Some Oven

55. Peanut Butter Blossoms

We can’t explain it, but these are a Christmas classic.

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What’s Gaby Cooking

56. Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

Everyone knows the best Christmas cookies are covered in confectioners’ sugar.

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Half Baked Harvest

57. Vanilla Wreath Cookies

Deck the halls with sugar, butter and frosting.

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Saving Room for Dessert

58. Candy Cane Cookies

These are—dare we say?—better than the real thing.

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Gimme Some Oven

59. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Snappy, crunchy cookies aren’t for everyone. For those of you who prefer pillowier treats, these soft, spiced cookies are just like what Grandma use to make.

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How Sweet Eats

60. Bourbon-Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you don’t already have a stiff cocktail at the holiday party, grab one of these guys.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

61. Spritz Cookies

You’ll need a cookie press to make these classic Christmas cookies, but look how pretty they turn out.

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Cupcake Project

62. Christmas Snowman Cookies

Unlike Frosty, these won’t melt on you.

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A Cookie Named Desire

63. Hot Chocolate Cookies

They’re made with actual hot cocoa mix for the full effect.

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I Am a Food Blog

64. Peppermint Bark Cookies

It’s two treats in one, and what could be bad about that?

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Broma Bakery

65. White Chocolate Maple Pecan Cookies

A sweet-salty number is just what your cookie plate needs to be complete.

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How Sweet Eats

66. Pink Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Red and green are givens, but we have a soft spot for this millennial-loved color.

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This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

67. Christmas Tree Cookies

Who’s the winner of the cookie swap? You are.

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The Modern Proper

68. Cookie Brittle

It’s buttery and tender like a shortbread but studded with chocolate chips and baked like a bar. Basically, it has everything.

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Bojon Gourmet

69. Magical Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

What makes them magical? Well, they’re free of nuts, gluten, grains and refined sugar, and they’re vegan (not to mention delicious.)

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Grandbaby Cakes

70. White Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Christmas tree sprinkles on everything, we say.

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The Modern Proper

71. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The sour cream ensures these cut-out cookies are ultra-tender and just a little tangy.

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So Much Food

72. Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Psst: They’re spiked with rum. Need we say more?

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Bojon Gourmet

73. Spiced Cocoa Polvorones

These look like the classic snowball Christmas cookie, until you bite in and are greeted with tons of chocolate.

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A Cookie Named Desire

74. Plum Linzer Cookies

The cookie dough is flavored with vanilla and orange for a tart twist.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

75. Brown Butter Biscoff Snickerdoodles

Cookie butter, meet snickerdoodle cookies. (Now meet our mouth.)

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Gimme Some Oven

76. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Go ahead and leave them out with a note for Santa, but save us one from the batch.

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Half Baked Harvest

77. Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Brown butter, toasty pecans, boozy bourbon: These are a few of our favorite things.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

78. Christmas Butter Cookies

They look so fancy, but they’re actually super easy to pipe and bake.

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Half Baked Harvest

79. Santa Claus Cookies

They’re almost too cute to eat…but we’re not about to hold back.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

80. Chai, Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies

Merry Christmas to all, but especially to these spicy, chocolatey cookies that take less than an hour to make.

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