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12 Holiday Cookie Recipes to Get in the Festive Spirit

It's cookie exchange time! So bust out the cooking sheets and celebrate the season with these festive treats.

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Peppermint Shortbread Meltaways

These deliciously buttery cookies boast a refreshing sprinkle of peppermint.

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Shortbread Meltaways

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holiday cookie recipesPhoto by: Ellis Parrinder

Shortbread Christmas Sweater Cookies

You could stick to your standard holiday baking. Or, you could amp up the fun with Great British Bakeoff star Kim-Joy’s cookbook, Christmas with Kim-Joy: A Festive Collection of Edible Cuteness — a riot of whimsical treats (with no-fail tips and vegan options) that bring big-time fun back into the kitchen.

Try these shortbread cookies flavoured however you like, such as with orange zest, ground cardamom, or mint extract, and decorate them with royal icing to create beautiful (or ugly) Christmas sweaters.

Recipe: Shortbread Christmas Sweater Cookies

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Hedgehog Cookies

Festive little hedgehogs! These German-style cookies (also from Kim-Joy’s cookbook) are extremely delicate and have a “melt in your mouth” texture thanks to the addition of potato starch. Decorate these hedgehogs with whatever sprinkles you like.

Recipe: Hedgehog Cookies

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Five-Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies

These ginger cookies—spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and more—are the perfect combination of chewy and crisp. The rolling sugar adds sweetness and a slight crunch to the soft middles.

Recipe: Five-Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread

The smell of gingerbread baking is a welcome sign of the holidays. Here’s a gluten-free version that anyone can enjoy.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread

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Ginger Molasses

Packed with ginger and an oh-so-chewy texture, you won’t ever want to bake just one batch.

Recipe: Ginger Molasses Cookies

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holiday cookie recipes | vegan gluten free sugar cookiesCourtesy Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD

Vegan and Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Here’s a nutritionist-recommended recipe for a healthier version of sugar cookies.

Recipe: Vegan and Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

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Legendary Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

These mouthwatering cookies contain half the fat of original chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe: Legendary Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

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Chewy Cranberry Walnut

The cranberries in these cookies offer a subtle fruity touch that feels just right this time of year, while the walnut delivers extra crunch.

Recipe: Chewy Cranberry Walnut

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The Great Canadian Hemp

Grown only in Canada, Hemp Hearts add a subtle nutty flavour to this recipe.

Recipe: The Great Canadian Hemp Cookie

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Chocolate Chunk

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. This cookie is every healthy chocoholic’s dream.

Recipe: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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The Perfect Oatmeal

This classic will be a family favourite, and you will be begged to make them again next year.

Recipe: The Perfect Oatmeal Cookie

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