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12 Santa-Approved Christmas Cookie Recipes

Although we make cookies year round, there’s no holiday quite like Christmas to give us an excuse to eat 12 different cookies for 12 days. To help you wade through the hundreds of Christmas (and non-Christmas) cookies recipes out there, we’ve rounded up a few recipes that especially inspire our inner baker. After this year’s 12 days of cookies, we might just need to invest in an activity tracker

1. Spritz Cookies: Not only are these cookies festive, they also look easy and delicious! Made with butter and cream, these are bound to be a smash hit. (Recipe and photo: Rasa Malaysia)

2. Ginger Molasses Cookie: No 12 days of cookies would be complete without a spicy, moist gingerbread molasses cookie. (Recipe and photo: Satisfy My Sweet Tooth)

3. Starry Eyed Christmas Cookies: Add an unexpected crunchy and salty twist to your Christmas cookie. Aren’t they cute!? (Recipe and photo: The Wicked Noodle)

4. Cornmeal, Black Pepper, and Rosemary Butter Cookies: What?! Black pepper cookies? Brilliant! Perfect for someone who likes their sweet treats a little less sweet. (Recipe and photo: Luna Cafe)

5. Chocolate and Cinnamon Swirl Meringues: These delightful meringues are like hot chocolate in a cookie. Yum! (Recipe and photo: Leite’s Culinaria)

6. Peppermint Pretties: These are indeed very pretty. We love the real peppermints on top. A great, festive cookie for the holiday potluck. (Recipe and photo: Craftaholics Anonymous)

7. Chocolate Pretzels: If you’re looking for a more unconventional Christmas cookie, chocolate pretzels are the way to go. Despite its appearance, it still retains a crunchy cookie consistency. (Recipe and photo: The Faux Martha)

8. Sandbakkels: Nope, these aren’t mini cupcake tins. Go international with these traditional Norwegian Christmas cookies. (Recipe and photo: Outside Oslo)

9. Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents): Dusted with a layer of confectioner’s powder, these lovely cookies are tasty and would also be a beautiful edible centerpiece. (Recipe and photo: Mowielicious)

10. Chocolate Crinkles: Who knew that cracked cookies could be so delicious? Despite its name, these crinkles are a lot chewier than you would think. (Recipe and photo: Spectacular Eats)

11. Mom’s Christmas Cookies: Chocolate chip cookies turn into Christmas chocolate chip cookies when you add some cranberries and walnuts. Simple, but changes the whole cookie. (Recipe and photo: Ketchup to Chutney)

12. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies: Holy Christmas Tree, these are amazing! These minty meringues are certainly a step away from the ordinary Christmas cookie. (Recipe and photo: Bakers Royale)

Wow, is anyone else drooling after this roundup?

What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter

Nanette Wong

Nanette is an all around food enthusiast who loves transforming basic everyday foods into something delicious, and of course, full of sprinkles. You can find her blogging about food, fashion, and san francisco at www.culturalchromatics.com.

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