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Favorite Holiday Cookies

Dig into these delicious Christmas treats, perfect for holiday cookie swaps and family get-togethers this season.

By Melissa Knific and Julie Miltenberger

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Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Crescents
Yunhee Kim
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Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Crescents

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 16 minutes

Cookie Swap Tip: Coordinate details ahead of time through e-mail or social media. Decide how many cookies each guest should bring and which types to bake to avoid a lot of overlap.

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Black & White Peppermint Bars

Makes: 36 bar cookies

Prep: 20 minutes

Refrigerate: 15 minutes

Bake: 30 minutes

Cookie Swap Tip: To avoid breakage, guests should transport their cookies in layers, separated by wax paper or parchment, in airtight containers.

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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Makes: 30 cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 11 minutes

Cookie Swap Tip: If you're hosting a swap, stock up ahead of time on packaging materials: cellophane bags, take-out boxes, small tins and tissue paper.

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Bourbon Balls

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 20 minutes

Refrigerate: 30 minutes

Cookie Swap Tip: Create display labels to help distinguish similar-looking cookies. Print copies of each recipe so guests can re-create them at home.

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Chai Gingerbread

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 35 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Bake: 14 minutes

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White Chocolate Cranberry Clusters

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

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German Chocolate Bar Cookies

Makes: 36 bar cookies

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

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Almond Lace Cookies

Makes: 42 cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 8 minutes

Cool: 5 minutes

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Classic Buckeyes

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 30 minutes

Freeze: 30 minutes

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Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Makes: 36 cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 14 minutes

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Orange & Fig Bars

Makes: 36 bar cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Cool: 5 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes

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Cherry & Apricot Linzers

Makes: 18 linzers (from 36 cookies)

Prep: 25 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

Bake: 12 minutes

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Snowflakes

Makes: 20 cookies

Prep: 10 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

Bake: 12 minutes

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Peppermint Kisses

Makes: about 4 dozen cookies

Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 12 minutes

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Gingerbread Snowmen

Makes: about 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

Bake: 11 minutes

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Butter-Rum Ribbons

Makes: 5 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 10 minutes

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Tricolor Meringues

Makes: about 2 dozen cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 1 hour

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Festive Wreaths

Makes: 6 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 10 minutes

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Linzer Trees

Makes: 24 filled sandwiches

Prep: 25 minutes

Refrigerate: at least 2 hours

Bake: 11 minutes

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Cranberry Blondies

Makes: 32 blondie bars

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 40 minutes

Microwave: 45 seconds

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Double Chocolate Cookies

Makes: 4 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep: 15 minutes

Bake: 11 minutes

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Candy Cane Twists

Makes: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 10 minutes

Originally published in the November 29, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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