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15 Best Christmas Cookies

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15 Best Christmas Cookies

The sweet scent of freshly baked cookies greeting the arrival of guests. A cookie jar in the kitchen filled to the brim and waiting for a midnight raid. A plate of colorful frosted cookies created alongside grandchildren with the plan to leave them out for Santa. The list of reasons (or excuses) to fix another batch of cookies around the holidays is plentiful, and the anticipation of eating our favorite types can make the work of mixing and baking seem lighter.

Treating family and friends to their favorite sweets is a great way to show our love, and cookies are easy to pack and ship if the distance between their home and Grand Junction prevents a group effort in the kitchen. Homemade goods are a welcome gift at any time of year, but the holiday atmosphere makes them taste even better. If you are looking for a new recipe to add to your offerings this year, here are links to the 15 best Christmas cookies to try.

Thumbprint Cookies

These novelties are as fun as they are delicious and you can fill the centers with the traditional spoonful of jam, chocolate kisses, candies or nuts.

Fruit-Filled Spritz Cookies

Spritzgeback cookies originated in Germany and come in many forms. This version includes a filling created out of coconut, maraschino cherries and nuts.

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

When the weather gets cold, nothing beats a hot beverage and a spice cookie.

Sugar Cookies Like You Remember

Buttermilk and nutmeg give these sweets a delicious, nostalgic flavor.

Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Although the origin of the name snickerdoodle is uncertain, the popularity of this classic is not.

Peppermint-Chocolate Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies

The box of cake mix makes this recipe deceptively simple to prepare.

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

These cute cookies are perfect for eating on Christmas Eve during a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Chewy Cranberry-Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are a hit with almost everyone, and soft cookies hold up well during shipping, making them a great choice as gifts for loved ones who live far away. A few packing steps ensure your efforts arrive in perfect condition.

Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is a holiday standby. This recipe uses salted European-style butter and its higher milk fat content to enhance the creamy flavor.

Chocolate Crinkles

You can use vanilla extract in these espresso-flavored treats or transform them for Christmas with a substitution of peppermint oil.

Pecan Cutout Cookies

With only six ingredients, these nutty cookies are simple and tasty.

No Bake Peanut Butter Snowballs

A quick way to enjoy making Christmas cookies using a microwave, this refrigerated option gains flavor and texture from the addition of graham cracker crumbs and maple syrup.

No Bake Cheerio Christmas Trees

Though this recipe calls for a stove top, it's easy to swap in a jar of marshmallow fluff instead as you make these cute seasonal treats in your Grand Villa apartment.

No Bake White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

 A seasonal spin on the typical rice crispy treat, these bars are packed with mini marshmallows, nuts and white baking pieces.