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12 Days of Holiday Cookies

Holiday celebrations might be different this year, which means it’s more important than ever to keep up tasty traditions. Share the warmth of the season with family, friends, and community with a homemade treat straight from the oven and your heart.  
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Each cookie recipe in this delicious dozen is designed with a specific person or occasion in mind, so you can bake and give to everyone on your “nice” list.   

For: Long distance loved ones 
Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti 

These chocolatey, not-too-sweet dippers are perfect with a cup of hot cocoa or milk by the fire. The ideal gift for far away friends and family, these crunchy cookies won’t crumble or lose their freshness when shipped. 

For: Treating yourself 
Spiced Oatmeal Lace Cookies 

Indulge after a day of hall-decking and gift-wrapping with the ultimate crispy, buttery pick-me-up. Light and airy oatmeal lace cookies are delicious plain or made into sweet sandwiches with melted chocolate or dulce de leche.

For: Chanukah celebrations 
Latke Cookies 

This playful take on a favorite Chanukah treat is sure to bring big smiles. Traditional coconut macaroons transform into crispy “latkes” by pressing them flat before baking.

For: Giving a seasonal “thank you” 
Cranberry Bars 

Tangy-sweet canned cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving. With a luscious layer of cream cheese topping, these festive bars are easy to make in large batches for neighbors, teachers, and anyone else you want to show a little gratitude.

For: Serious chocolate lovers 
Triple Chocolate Skillet Cookies 

With rich cocoa powder, creamy milk chocolate, and white chocolate drizzle, these decadent wedge cookies are a holiday dream for any chocoholic. For an extra festive touch, tint the white chocolate green and use sprinkles to decorate like Christmas trees.

For: Baking with the whole family 
Red and Green Swirl Cutout Cookies 

These colorful cookies are a great way to get everyone into the kitchen for a new holiday tradition. Little hands will love rolling out bright, multicolored dough and cutting it into their favorite shapes.

For: Anyone in need of extra holiday cheer 
Candy Cane Gingerbread Men 

Give the gift of two classic Christmas treats with one adorable gingerbread man. Each one holds a mini candy cane or peppermint candy for an extra handful of holiday joy.

For: Last-minute gifting 
White Chocolate Peppermint Dutch Cocoa Cookies 

Take a little help from the store for this homemade holiday treat in a hurry. Chewy, chocolatey Dutch cocoa cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints are gift-ready in just 15 minutes.

For: Gluten-free friends and family 
Gluten-Free Buttery Almond Cookies 

These golden, buttery squares are the perfect holiday baked good for loved ones with a gluten-free lifestyle. Made with almond flour and a layer of crunchy sliced almond topping, they’re a cookie plate addition that everyone will go nuts for. 

For: Making treats without baking 
Cornflake Wreaths 

Whip up a batch of delicious, festive cheer without turning on the oven. Crunchy, colorful cornflake wreaths decorated with colored chocolate candies are easy to make using the microwave. 

For: Gifting non-sweet lovers 
Rosemary Parmesan Shortbreads 

This savory spin on traditional shortbread is perfect for the person missing their sweet tooth in your life. With nutty Parmesan, fresh rosemary, and just a hint of sugar, they’re delicious as an appetizer, snack, or dessert.

For: Baking when you’re short on supplies 
4-Ingredient Butter Cookies 

No need for a last-minute trip to the store, four pantry staples are all you need for these irresistibly rich butter cookies. Just form dough into a log and roll in sprinkles, slice into rounds, and bake for an easy but impressive holiday treat. 

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