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41 best Christmas cookies

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Christmas is looking a whole lot sweeter with these irresistible baked treats

As the festive fun sets in and twinkling lights adorn homes, there's one more thing that completes the holiday season: the aroma of freshly baked cookies. This Christmas whip up a batch of cookies for friends and family to enjoy. Try this base recipe or choose a couple of recipes below and fill your kitchen with cookie goodness.

Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

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Christmas cookie stack

Get the kids involved with stacking up these crisp butter cookies with creamy buttercream icing to make cute edible Christmas trees. So much festive fun!

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Christmas Cookie Hacks

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Christmas cookie hacks

Enjoy a family fun activity and decorate these Wagon Wheels to make fun Christmas-themed cookies. Easy to make, these cute biscuits will instantly elevate any festive spread.

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Fruit Mince Jam Drops

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Fruit mince jam drop

Add these melt-in-your-mouth buttery biscuits topped with fruit mince to your rotation of homemade Christmas treats and gifts. They're simple to make and will definitely impress.

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Pfeffernusse

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Pfeffernusse

Perfectly flavoured with warming spices, these small gingerbread-like German cookies make a scrumptious treat for festive occasions or thoughtful gifts for loved ones.

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Make-ahead Sugar & Spice Shortbread

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Make-ahead sugar and spice shortbread

Preparing for the holidays can be a whirlwind, but with these make-ahead shortbread cookies, you'll always be ready for festive occasions. Infused with sugar and spices, every bite is a reminder of heartwarming Christmas memories. Batch cook and freeze to gift as dough or bake them today.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Chocolate crinkle cookies

The holidays aren't complete without a touch of chocolate indulgence. These crinkle cookies, with their cracked exterior and soft fudgy centre, are a visual treat and an explosion of rich chocolate flavours. This simple 25-minute recipe will be a hit at any celebration.

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Melted Snowmen Cookies

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Melted snowman cookies

Enchant your guests with these adorable whimsical treats. Evoking childhood memories of building snowmen in the yard, these cookies perfectly capture the playful essence of a cool Christmas  and boast a sweet, buttery flavour.

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Egyptian Petit Fours

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Egyptian petit fours

Take a nod to Egyptian culture with these elegant petit fours. Infused with a medley of nuts and aromatic flavours, their delicate size makes them a sophisticated addition to any festive spread.

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Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

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Gingerbread crinkle cookies

Combine the traditional flavours of gingerbread with the distinct texture of crinkle cookies and you get a holiday treat that looks as good as it tastes. You’ll enjoy the fudgy, spiced goodness in each bite.

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Caramel Kisses

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Caramel kisses

Sink your teeth into the soft, chewy centre and taste the melting caramel in every bite. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and quick to make, these kisses are the ideal Christmas gift or after dinner delight.

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Shortbread Wreath

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Shortbread wreath

Not just a feast for the tastebuds, but a treat for the eyes too. These wreath-shaped shortbreads capture the spirit of the season. Its buttery taste and crumbly texture make it a nostalgic classic for festive gatherings.

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Chocolate Gingerbread Men

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Chocolate gingerbread men

Add a chocolatey twist to the traditional gingerbread man with this recipe that’s sure to be a crowd favourite. A fusion of cocoa and ginger, it's what’s not to love? Get your kids involved in the baking for a family festive experience.

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Gingerbread Scrabble Biscuits

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Gingerbread scrabble biscuits

A fun-filled treat that combines the joy of baking with games night nostalgia. Spell out festive messages or names, making each cookie a personalised edible note of holiday cheer.

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Star Cookie Christmas Tree

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Star cookie Christmas tree

Layers of star-shaped cookies come together to form a whimsical Christmas tree, using just four ingredients. A centrepiece on any dessert table, it's a creative and delectable way to usher in the Yuletide spirit.

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Piano Key Cookies

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Piano key cookies

A melodious blend of flavours and aesthetics, these treats are a tribute to music lovers. Lemon and chocolate biscuit, these beautiful cookies melt in the mouth. They may seem intricate, but you can get impressive results from a simple dough using this layer, slice, and freeze method.

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Lemon-Drizzle Cookies

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Lemon-drizzle cookies

A burst of citrus amid festivities. These cookies, with their zesty lemon drizzle, bring a refreshing twist, cutting through the richness of the season and adding a tangy surprise.

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Almond and orange shortbread