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There are so many things we love about this time of year: roasting chestnuts, unwrapping presents, sipping eggnog, and donning ugly Christmas sweaters (just to name a few). But there’s no denying that digging into some seasonal sweets is at the top of our list. 

It’s safe to say that Santa isn’t the only one who loves a Christmas cookie—we can’t get enough of these classic confections. And while we’d never turn up our noses at gingerbread men or meringues, there’s something particularly nostalgic about sugar cookies. But forget about buying a box at the store: Making (and, of course, decorating) them is half the fun.

These nine adorable and delicious sugar cookie recipes are a must for holiday baking. From Christmas trees and snowflakes to red-nosed reindeer and melting snowmen, these festive, frosted treats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you in the spirit of the season. 

Melting Snowmen

These melting snowmen might just be the cutest cookies we’ve ever seen. Sure, they may be frowning, but we promise they’ll put a smile on faces both young and old.

Get the how-to on The Decorated Cookie.

 
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Photography by ALICE & LOIS

Christmas Trees

After baking these tree-shaped treats and letting them cool, frost them with green icing. Then, use the wooden display to create your own Christmas forest. You could even sprinkle on powdered sugar for a snow-topped effect.

Get the how-to on Alice & Lois.

 
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Photography by HUNGRY HAPPENINGS

Snowflake-Filled Snowmen

These tasty treats are just like mini snowman piñatas—only instead of candy, these whimsical creations are filled with sprinkles, sugar pearls, and mints. And that see-through center? Just clear candies.

Get the how-to on Hungry Happenings.

 
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Photography by SUGAR & CHARM

Santas

The perfect way to prepare for a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick? Put out a plate of these roly-poly Santa cookies. Ho ho ho!

Get the how-to on Sugar & Charm.

 
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Photography by TELL LOVE AND PARTY

Christmas Lights

We don’t know what we love more, Christmas lights on our tree or table. After a few more of these irresistible sprinkle speckled cookies, we’ll figure it out.

Get the how-to on Tell Love and Party.

 
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Snowflakes

These snowflakes, embellished with icing and sugar pearls, are an elegant take on traditional Christmas cookies. You could even package them up to give as gifts.

Get the how-to on Seasonly Creations.

 
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Photography by THE BEARFOOT BAKER

Wreaths

These mini wreath cookies pack all the cheer of everyone’s favorite front-door decor into a yummy treat. These smart creations are even topped with bright red bows.

Get the how-to on The Bearfoot Baker.

 
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Photography by GLORIOUS TREATS

Penguins

Once you’re done making these darling penguins, you can dress them up with bows, scarfs, hats, and earmuffs.

Get the how-to on Glorious Treats.

 
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Snowman Cookie Sticks

Don’t have snowman cookie cutters at home? Instead of running out to the store, consider these creative sticks: They’re super simple and totally tasty.

Get the how-to on The Decorated Cookie.

See more festive sweets:

The Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipes We’re Craving This Holiday Season
Your Office Will Fall In Love With These Festive Treats
7 Contemporary Takes on Fruitcake You’ll Actually Want to Eat

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