1. Mini Gingerbread Houses
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.
3. Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree
5. Chocolate Santa Cookies
6. Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs
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
OMG WTF WIN. See a very comprehensive guide on decorating ugly sweater cookies here.
8. No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Candy Cane Hearts
These couldn’t be easier! Recipe here.
9. Glitter-Painted Sugar Cookies
10. Glitter Ball Hanukkah Cookies
Don’t let Christmas have all the fun. Recipe here.
11. Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
13. Candy Cane Cookies
More delicious than actual candy canes. And much less likely to break your teeth. Recipe here.
14. Christmas Tree Krispie Treats
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
“Not a creature was stirring, not even a [candy cane] mouse.” Recipe here.
17. Orange Cardamom Cookies
Everything about these cookies is next-level sophisticated. Recipe here.
18. Baby Bûche de Noël Cookies
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.
20. Santa Sugar Cookies
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
These are a great one to make with kids. Recipe here.
25. Christmas Tree Cookies
This very detailed tutorial is easy enough for even the absolute beginner. Recipe and instructions here.