10 Cookies to Eat While Trimming Your Tree

10 Cookies to Eat While Trimming Your Tree

Kelli Foster
Dec 20, 2015
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From decorated sugar cookies to gingerbread men, Christmas cookies are this season's sweetest addition. They have a place at cookie swaps and weekend fêtes, but there's no time that a plate of cookies are more welcome than when you're trimming the tree.

As you get ready to put the finishing touches on your Christmas tree, here are 10 holiday cookies to make the task even sweeter.

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1. The Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

There are a few recipes that we turn to every holiday season, and this buttery dreamboat of a sugar cookie is one of them. The dough is delicious and easy to work with, and it makes the most beautiful cookies.

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2. Gingerbread Cookies

These are exactly the kind of gingerbread cookies you hope to find on the cookie tray. They're crisp enough to snap in half, but tender and ever-so-slightly chewy when you take a bite.

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3. Hot Cocoa Madeleines

Madeleines have a delicate flavor and distinctive shape and texture — more like a mini sponge cake than a cookie. Just don't mistake these for chocolate madeleines; they taste just like a mug of your favorite hot cocoa.

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4. Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Why just double down when you can triple down? The holiday season is the best time to triple down on some good chocolate — especially when there's a silky peppermint filling involved.

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5. Holiday Snowballs

Buttery, crumbly snowball cookies — also known as Russian tea cakes and Mexican wedding cookies — are a holiday classic. This version gets a festive touch with an extra layer of sparkly sugar.

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6. Candy Cane Cookies

We love these cookies for their pretty spiraled colors and their soft vanilla-mint sweetness, and the fact that they hook so perfectly over the edge of a mug of cocoa. It's a simple pleasure, and really, that's what the holidays are all about.

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7. Peppermint Cream-Filled Butter Cookies

The combination of the peppermint coating and the peppermint cream filling gives the cookies a sweet minty flavor that can only be described as just right.

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8. Chai Tea Cookies

There's nothing especially fancy about these cookies, which is what makes them so special. These simple shortbread cookies, flecked with black tea and spices, are just the kind of cookies to serve alongside your afternoon tea.

9. Reverse-Engineered Biscoff Cookies

Butterscotch lovers, rejoice! Filled with the signature Biscoff spread and chunks of the crisp Biscoff cookies (yes, cookies inside cookies), these are truly special holiday treats.

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10. Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

In an ocean full of holiday cookie options, this recipe is the best two-for-one deal you'll find this season. These soft cookies are a blend of the classic spiced gingerbread flavor with rich, chocolatey undertones.

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