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1. Mini Gingerbread Houses

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This calls for a paper template and seems pretty darn tricky. That said, if you sip your hot chocolate out of a mug that is adorned with a homemade mini gingerbread house, you officially win Christmas. Recipe here.

2. Dreidel Surprise Cookies

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They’re like mini hanukkah piñatas! Recipe here.

3. Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree

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Recipe here. Get a Christmas tree cookie cutter set here.

4. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

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Recipe here.

5. Chocolate Santa Cookies

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Make this chocolate sugar cookie recipe, then use an ice cream cone-shaped cookie cutter to shape them. Once they’re baked, here’s how to decorate them.

6. Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs

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Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott / bonappetit.com

A little labor-intensive, especially when you realize you have to go out and find edible flowers. But, worth it if your goal is to really impress. Recipe here.

7. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies

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Anna Monette Roberts / popsugar.com

OMG WTF WIN. See a very comprehensive guide on decorating ugly sweater cookies here.

8. No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Candy Cane Hearts

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These couldn’t be easier! Recipe here.

9. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies

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MIchael Graydon + Nikole Herriot / bonappetit.com

Sugar cookie recipe here, and decorating instructions here. You’ll have to buy special edible glitter paint, but it’s so, so worth it.

10. Glitter Ball Hanukkah Cookies

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Don’t let Christmas have all the fun. Recipe here.

11. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

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Let you star tip do all the work. Recipe here.

12. Gingerbread Cookie Trees

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Too cute to eat all at once. Recipe here.

13. Candy Cane Cookies

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More delicious than actual candy canes. And much less likely to break your teeth. Recipe here.

14. Christmas Tree Krispie Treats

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Maybe not ~technically~ a cookie, but so cute that it counts. And yes, that base is a mini peanut butter cup. Recipe here.

15. Candy Cane Mice

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“Not a creature was stirring, not even a [candy cane] mouse.” Recipe here.

16. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

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YES. Recipe here.

17. Orange Cardamom Cookies

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Romulo Yanes / gourmet.com

Everything about these cookies is next-level sophisticated. Recipe here.

18. Baby Bûche de Noël Cookies

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David Malosh / foodandwine.com

Roll chocolate cookie dough into long tubes, cut it, bake it, and decorate it like a classic yule log. BONUS: Tastes much better than the aforementioned classic yule log. Recipe here.

19. Jam-Filled Sugar Cookies

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Quentin Bacon / foodandwine.com

Recipe here.

20. Santa Sugar Cookies

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These are decorated with colored sugar, coconut, and marshmallows, so they don’t require as steady of a hand as piped cookies. Recipe here.

21. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

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These are a great one to make with kids. Recipe here.

22. Melting Snowman Sugar Cookies

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Recipe here.

23. Colorful Spiral Cookies

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Recipe here.

24. Tangerine Butter Cookies

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Something for everybody. Recipe here.

25. Christmas Tree Cookies

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This very detailed tutorial is easy enough for even the absolute beginner. Recipe and instructions here.

26. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

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Chris Gentile / gourmet.com

Recipe here.

27. Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls

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If you like crafting more than cooking, this one is for you. Recipe here.

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