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Christmas Cookie Countdown 2015

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Golden Wreath CookiesDon't let Christmas sneak up on you this year! Make sure you have plenty of delicious Christmas cookie recipes ready to go. Whether you need to prepare for a family holiday party, or you plan to make cookies with your family on Christmas Eve, we want to help you find the perfect cookie recipe. Baking Christmas cookies is a time-honored family tradition that we adore at

We love cookies any time of the year, but there's something about a fresh, homemade cookie that makes them particularly special on cold winter days. There's nothing like the smell of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven to put you in a festive mood. 

We've picked our favorite cookie recipes from the past year to make this Christmas Cookie Countdown. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter, The Dessert Dish, to follow our cookie countdown and to see every single one of our favorite holiday cookies! We'll be featuring them throughout the holiday season!

Our Christmas Cookie Countdown begins on Friday, November 27th! Make sure to mark your calendar. 


We hope that you enjoy our Christmas Cookie Countdown 2015!




Gingerbread Men Cake Mix Cookies

28 (November 27, 2015): Gingerbread Men Cake Mix Cookies (pictured) — This shortcut recipe for gingerbread cookies is ideal for Christmas time. By using cake mix, you can shorten the prep time for this cookie recipe, and skip right to the fun part — decorating (and then eating, of course)! 

27 (November 28, 2015): Golden Wreath Cookies (pictured at top)  — Rather than celebrating Christmas this year with five golden rings, take a bit out of these Golden Wreath Cookies! These wreaths cookies are Italian biscuit cookies that are drizzled with a light and bright lemon glaze. 

26 (November 29, 2015): No Bake Almond Joy Cookies — Chocolate, coconut, and almonds may just be the perfect flavor combination for no bake cookies. These No Bake Almond Joy Cookies have all the great flavors of an Almond Joy candy bar, but you can make them yourself without even turning on the oven.

25 (November 30, 2015): Sweet and Salty Potato Chip Toffee Cookies — The idea of Sweet and Salty Potato Chip Toffee Cookies may seem strange to you at first, but they're completely delicious.

English Coconut Macaroons24 (December 1, 2015): English Coconut Macaroons — Even though many people consider English macaroons to be more old fashioned than their French counterpart, they're also easier to make. That is just one of the reasons that you will fall in love with these English Coconut Macaroons.

23 (December 2, 2015): Family Favorite Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies — Family Favorite Raspberry Thumbprints taste so delicious that they're sure to become popular with your family members. Like a shortbread cookie, this thumbprint cookie recipe makes simple buttery cookies that melt in your mouth.


22 (December 3, 2015): The Ultimate Peppermint Christmas Cookie — The Ultimate Christmas Cookie: An eggnog and peppermint sugar cookie that is perfect for Santa. Start with your favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe, and then dress those cookies up so they are ready to present to Santa on Christmas Day and are full of the best holiday flavors. 


Cake Batter Cookies21 (December 4, 2015): Cake Batter Cookies — There is an easy way to get soft, fluffy cookies every time you bake. Just use cake mix in the cookie dough. These delicious Cake Mix Cookies have a cake batter taste because they use cake mix instead of flour. 


20 (December 5, 2015): Vintage Pecan Tassies — It's not Christmas with out a platter of Vintage Pecan Tassies on the table. The best Christmas cookie recipes incorporate some of the most popular flavors of the season and this pecan tassie recipe is no different.


19 (December 6, 2015): Dangerously Delicious Devil's Food Cookies — Melt your chocolate cravings away with these Dangerously Delicious Devil's Food Cake Cookies. These devil's food cake cookies can be made in a flash, as they only contain 3 ingredients.


18 (December 7, 2015): Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies — No one will know that you didn't make these tasty chocolate chip cookies from scratch! These Cake Mix Chocolate Chip cookies are really easy to make.


4-Step Amish Crinkle Cookies17 (December 8, 2015): 4-Step Amish Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — If you're looking for easy cookie recipes, look no further than these 4-Step Amish Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. As far chocolate dessert recipes go, this is definitely one of the best.


16 (December 9, 2015): Classic New York Black and White Cookies — These giant cookies are in between a cookie and cake. They are a classic here in New York. Just about every diner and bakery has them.


15 (December 10, 2015): Nana's Prized Oatmeal Cookies — If you haven't whipped up a batch of Nana's Prized Oatmeal Cookies before, you must do so immediately. These cookies are like an oatmeal cookie recipe but with chocolate chips and a ton more flavor. 


14 (December 11, 2015): Heartbreak Chocolate Truffle Cookies — Whatever mood you're in, your face will light up once you taste these Heartbreak Chocolate Truffle Cookies. This easy chocolate cookie recipe takes about 30 minutes to complete. 


Oatmeal Cream Pies13 (December 12, 2015): Beyond Easy Oatmeal Cream Pies — If youre searching for a soft oatmeal cookie with a creamy center, look no further than these super easy oatmeal cream pies.


12 (December 13, 2015): Easy No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies — An easy Christmas cookie with only a few ingredients! Perfect for making the kids and letting them help decorate! Freezer-friendly. These adorable Easy No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies will look great on your holiday party cookie platter. 


11 (December 14, 2015): Incredible Buckeye Brownie Cookies — Incredible Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine the best qualities of three delicious desserts: buckeyes, brownies, and cookies.


10 (December 15, 2014): Andes Pinwheel Cookies — Chocolate dough and minty dough swirls together to create Andes Pinwheel Cookies. You will love the flavors in this tasty cookie recipe so much that you may find yourself craving these treats on a daily basis.


Peppermint Crinkle Cookies9 (December 16, 2015): Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — These lovely peppermint cookies are ideal for any holiday party or potluck. The red and white peppermint Kisses on top and the powdered sugar on the cookies make them as wonderful to look at as they are to eat.


8 (December 17, 2015): Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies — Many times easy cookie recipes do not make for the most delicious treats. However, Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies could not be easier or more delicious.


7 (December 18, 2015): Rudolph Reindeer Treats — Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose, and, if you ever saw it, you would even say that these Rudolph Reindeer Treats look pretty spot-on!


6 (December 19, 2015): No-Bake Christmas Tree Cookies — An easy Christmas cookie with only a few ingredients! Perfect for making the kids and letting them help decorate! Freezer-friendly.


Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies5 (December 20, 2015): Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies — Healthy Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, healthy chocolate chip cookies that are dairy-free, low-sugar and vegan. 


4 (December 21, 2015): Chocolate Peppermint Pattie — For your last-minute holiday baking, whip up these Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Cookies. With only 5 ingredients, these peppermint pattie cookies are insanely easy to make during the hectic holiday season.


3 (December 22, 2015): Hot Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies — Hot Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies: Soft and chewy chocolate cookies with a creamy marshmallow center.


2 (December 23, 2015): Classic Christmas Spritz Cookies — Indulge in a little bit of holiday nostalgia with Classic Christmas Spritz Cookies. This is one of those Christmas cookie recipes that you will want to pass down to your children. 


1 (December 24, 2015): Festive Roly-Poly Santa Cookies — You don't need to be a baking expert to whip up a batch of Festive Roly-Poly Santa Cookies. This is one of the best Christmas dessert recipes because each cookie is shaped into and decorated like everyone's favorite North Pole dweller! 



North Pole Snowball Cookies

December 25, 2015: North Pole Snowball Cookies — This year, make sure that these North Pole Snowball Cookies are on your Christmas desserts table or platter. Believe it or not, but this popular Christmas cookie recipe packs bunch of flavor and texture into one little sugar-covered treat. 


Can't wait for more cookie recipes? Check out our Christmas Cookie Countdown 2014!



What is your favorite Christmas cookie? Do you have any holiday cookie family traditions? Let us know in the comments!



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It's too hard to pick a favorite Christmas cookie; but, I love everything peppermint and chocolate during the Christmas season.

My family likes to bake chai spiced scones for Christmas morning -- not really a "cookie" but delicious all the same!

I love practically any type of Christmas cookie, but sugar cookies are always a good standby, because they can be easily decorated. My mom and I love decorating cookies together every year and we like to see who can be the most creative.

There are two family cookie recipes we use every year around this time. If I don't eat any "Pink" or "Nonpareil" cookies, the holidays just aren't complete.

My family makes amazing gufflet cookies. I've never seen them anywhere else, so they're definitely unique. To make these cookies, you need to own a gufflet iron.

My family always likes to ignore recipes and try to substitute ingredients, so our holiday cookies sometimes end up really weird or unbelievably delicious. We never know if we're going something wrong or if we're culinary geniuses until we actually try the finished product. It's fun to experiment together!


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