The 15 Prettiest Christmas Cookies To Gift (And Eat)

We're sure Santa will appreciate the aesthetics.

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Whether you're baking for a chocolate lover, a peppermint devoteé, or a gingerbread fan, we have the perfect Christmas cookie for everyone on your nice list. For treats that look as good as they taste, here are our 15 favorite recipes.

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Preppy Kitchen
Chocolate Dipped Christmas Sugar Cookies

We rarely say no to a chocolate-dipped cookie — especially ones as beautiful as these. We love the way the crushed candy looks, but John Kanell at says you can sub in toasted chopped pecans or cacao nibs if they suit your tastes more.

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Bake At 350
Cinnamon Sugar Cut-Out Christmas Cookies

We've never met a pink Christmas tree we didn't like — especially these cinnamon sugar cookies by Bridget Edwards at .

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Haley D. Williams
Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

These candy cane cookies from Haley Williams at are made from a buttery shortbread dough flavored with peppermint extract for a treat that's not as cloyingly sweet as its candy equivalent.

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Cathy Roma
Walnut Snowball Christmas Cookies

To be honest, we would much rather be hit with these snowball cookies than an actual snowball. The ground walnuts and healthy dose of powered sugar make for some pretty little poppers from Cathy Roma of

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A Beautiful Plate
M&M Mint Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Laura Davidson of works chocolate, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and lots M&M holiday mints into a cookie that's as refreshing as it is rich.

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From Jessica's Kitchen
Ginger Spice Christmas Cookies

People with specific diets shouldn't be shut out from pretty Christmas cookies. These ginger spice ones from Jessica Glick at are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free (but, wait, there's more), and vegan. Now that's what we call a guilt-free indulgence.

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Blahnik Baker
Eggnog Macarons

We love eggnog and we love macarons, so you can guess how we feel about these cookies from . Truthfully, we are having a hard time picturing ourselves giving anything involving eggnog buttercream away, but maybe you'll have more resolve.

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Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste
Marshmallow Wreath Christmas Cookies

We'll eat marshmallows just about any way over the holidays, but we particularly love these fun wreath cookies from Kelly Senyei of . They combine cornflakes, melted butter and marshmallow, vanilla extract and, of course, green food dye for a treat that will brighten any cookie tray.

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Valentina Maria Kenney
Double Chocolate-Peppermint Crinkle Christmas Cookies

Would you believe us if we told you these cookies from Valentina Maria Kenney of are gluten-free? Because they are. They are also a delicious combination of multiple types of chocolate, candy canes, and powered sugar.

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Gimme Some Oven
Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

It's not truly the holidays without gingerbread cookies, like these cute shapes from Ali Martin at .

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Cooking With Ruthie
Danish Butter Christmas Cookies

Beside your waistline, butter improves almost everything. That applies to these Danish cookies from Ruthie Knudsen of , topped off with sparkling sugar for good measure.

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Alison Gootee
Honey-Infused Madeleines

The humble French cookie gets a sweet touch with the addition of honey and lemon zest at Daniel Boulud's restaurant. He recommends making a large batch (because they are gonna go fast).

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Jon Melendez
Cardamom-Spiced Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

These cookies from look as pretty as church windows on a yule night, and Joy says you can substitute the Cardamom for any spice — nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves — that really brings out the Christmas spirit in you.

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Sally McKenney
Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Christmas Cookies

If a red velvet cookie wasn't a decadent enough treat, Sally McKenney of kicked it up a notch with a gooey cream cheese filling. We'll take twenty, thanks.

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Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Mint Chocolate Shortbread Snowflake Christmas Cookies

These minty shortbread snowflakes from Kristin at are topped off with a very necessary chocolate drizzle and Cool Mint Oreo crumbles. Feel free to leave out the food coloring, if you're more of a minimalist.

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