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To us, the holiday season will always mean two things: watching Love Actually on repeat and baking cookies. And while we’d never want to play favorites with our holiday treats, we have a special place in our heart for the traditional sugar cookie. It’s delicious, nearly impossible to mess up and endlessly adaptable (the more sprinkles the merrier). Here are 50 of our favorite recipes.
Master the basics, then the possibilities are endless.
Like a candy cane in soft, buttery, cream-cheese-frosted form.
Use red and green sprinkles to get into the holiday spirit.
We love the hint of Sunday morning pancakes in this glaze.
No rolling pin necessary—these drop right on to the cookie sheet.
With cinnamon icing, yum.
Part-cookie, part-cupcake, all delicious.
Everything you love about eggnog….with no risk of a drunk uncle ruining your holiday party.
The only thing better than a peanut butter cup? One wrapped in a sugar cookie.
With easy four-ingredient frosting.
Crushed, melted Jolly Ranchers are the secret to the colorful windowpanes on these showstoppers.
Finally, a treat everyone can eat.
We’ll never get tired of PSL season.
Like little, vanilla-scented snowballs.
We like 'em crunchy and a little bit caramelized.
Way better than those tubes you buy in the grocery store.
So much easier than baking a million trays of cookies.
This dough is super easy to work with and always keeps its shape.
Talk about multitasking: use extra refrigerator pie dough to make these sweet treats.
Don’t worry, we’d never forget the cream cheese frosting.
Also works perfectly with Nutella.
The softest, richest cookies you'll ever taste.
Go ahead, have one for breakfast. We won’t judge.
Leave a few for Santa.
There are two cookie camps: thin and crispy, and soft and fluffy. If you’re in the second, look no further—this is the recipe for you.
We promise, you won’t miss the butter.
Like peppermint bark, but with a whole cookie underneath.
Always festive and fun.
Enlist the kids to help roll out these colorful pinwheels.
Perfect for decorating, with just an extra hint of holiday spice.
Sub in store-bought jam if you’re pressed for time.
The whole-wheat flour gives these guys great texture.
These soft, candy-topped sweets couldn’t be cuter.
A perfect, snow-capped winter cookie.
An unexpected Christmas hit.
Our diet starts after New Year's, we promise.
Sugar, spice and everything nice.
Visions of these are constantly dancing through our heads.
Don't tell the dentist.
The surprise ingredient in these elegant cookies? Sour cream.
You don’t need to chill the dough before rolling it out, making it the perfect choice if you’re pressed for time.
Pumpkin puree acts as an egg substitute—we swear, you’ll never notice.
A double-chocolate take on traditional peanut-butter-kiss cookies.
Perfect for a crowd.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged: brown butter makes any recipe better.
Because winter white never goes out of style.
The best way to use up leftover candy canes.
Minty and delicious.
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