By Kay Chun
Milk can help wash down failed baking experiments at home. But it can't save you from turning up at a holiday party with tough, flat or, worse, fugly cookies. We, however, can help.
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Try these Christmas cookies!
Try these Christmas cookies!
Stay on Santa's nice list with a plate of the perfect Christmas cookies. Check out our best holiday recipes, including cinnamon-sugar sweets and chocolate chip treats with a twist.
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"Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" These holiday favorites will delight everyone on your gift list.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread People Cookies
Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Sweet, minty and pretty all at once, these easy holiday cookies will make a festive addition to your holiday cookie plate.
Get the recipe: Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Orange Spice Molasses Cookies
These spiced molasses cookies call for applesauce to help keep them moist and whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains.
Get the recipe: Orange Spice Molasses Cookies
Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs
Flavor phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.
Get the recipe: Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs
Make this quick, no-fuss, chewy chocolate cookie on your waffle iron. No need to haul out the big mixer; you can mix the batter with a small hand mixer or even by hand. Kids love these!
Get the recipe: Boot Tracks
Princess Tea Cakes
These delicate and pretty cookies taste just like classic Russian Tea Cakes but are made without butter for a healthier twist.
Get the recipe: Princess Tea Cakes
Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
These cookies taste decadent, yet are made with ingredients that have healthful benefits: oats, almonds, fruit and chocolate. The thumbprints are versatile as well—use a different type of filling or different extracts to create a completely different cookie.
Get the recipe: Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Ginger Crinkle Cookies
These improved ginger cookies substitute whole-wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour and canola oil for shortening for the perfect, feel-good treat.
Get the recipe: Ginger Crinkle Cookies
It’s quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake almond-coconut cookies whenever you need something sweet. Bake half and put the other half in the freezer, so you are ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime.
Get the recipe: Almond-Coconut Cookies
Fig 'N' Flax Thumbprint Cookies
We love how the ground flax adds a nutty flavor and the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside of these thumbprint cookies. Fig preserves make this cookie special; other fruit preserves could be used as well.
Get the recipe: Fix 'N' Flax Thumbprint Cookies
Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
The deep flavors of molasses, pumpkin and spices make these wholesome cookies delicious without the addition of butter. They lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour.
Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
These coconut-chocolate-almond-topped shortbread cookies are reminiscent of Almond Joy candy bars.
Get the recipe: Joy Cookies
An ode to one of the best baked goods of all time, the fudgy brownie, this cookie is essentially perfection.
Get the recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies
Quick Peanut Blossoms
This is a quick and delicious buttery cookie recipe perfect for the holidays or anytime.
Get the recipe: Quick Peanut Blossom Cookies
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
These marvelous Christmas cookies combine chocolate with spicy gingerbread. This twist on the basic gingerbread cookie will please the chocolate lovers in your life.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Cranberry Honey-Spice Pinwheel Cookies
These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. Make a large batch and freeze logs of cookie dough ahead of time; then slice and bake when it's time to serve.
Get the recipe: Cranberry Honey-Spice Pinwheel Cookies
These slice-and-bake cinnamon-sugar cookies are an easy treat for whenever you need something sweet.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies
Almond & Honey Butter Cookies
These buttery cookies are perfect when paired with coffee or tea.
Get the recipe: Almond & Honey Butter Cookies
Frosted Reindeer Cookies
These cookies are great if you're in a rush. Just shape the cookie dough into a triangular log, and slice for fun reindeer cookies ready in a flash.
Get the recipe: Frosted Reindeer Cookies
Holiday Star Cookies
These beautiful cookies are sure to take the starring role on your holiday cookie plate!
Get the recipe: Holiday Star Cookies
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