12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Rejoice with these decadent cookie recipes

For many, baking is as much a Christmas tradition as stockings and gift giving. It's easy to fill your home with Christmas spirit, and plenty of sweet smells, with these favorite holiday cookie recipes.

Here's our countdown of the 12 Days of Christmas in cookie form.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Bar cookies are among the fastest and easiest cookies to make - no shaping or rolling necessary. These gingerbread cookie bars are spicy and decadent with cream cheese frosting.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Spiced Gingerbread Men

For those who like their gingerbread in a more traditional form, try these spiced gingerbread men cookies. They're adorable and delicious.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Grinch Cookies

Kids and adults will both love these charming Grinch cookies. Make these green cookies and watch everyone's hearts grow three sizes in one day.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Jam-filled Snowball Cookies

Try this variation of the classic cookie recipe that goes by various names from “snowball” to “Mexican wedding cake” to “Russian tea cake” - this version has a sweet jam filling to make them extra festive.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Caramel-Topped Shortbread Bites

This buttery cookie is topped with luscious sweet caramel and just a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. It's the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Chocolatey goodness is the essence of these comforting cookies, with the chewy cookie base topped with marshmallows and a coating of chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Some would say it's not Christmas without decorated sugar cookies. That's a camp we're definitely in. Make this delicious recipe and Santa will be thrilled with the plate of cookies left for him on Christmas Eve.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars

Some Pinterest fans have proclaimed these the best cookie bars ever. With the mix of red velvet, sugar cookie dough and cream cheese frosting, we're tempted to agree.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Snowman Cookies

Who doesn't love a snowman? These snowmen thumbprint cookies can be made as faces or doubled into full snowman bodies. Either way, they're charming.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

Children will be charmed at the beauty of these seemingly magical cookies. Cut out an insert and fill with crushed hard candies, such as LifeSavers, and bake. Add a ribbon if you want to use as a decoration.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Turtle Cookies

These insanely delicious turtle cookies are from America's Test Kitchen and they're nearly failproof (if you don't count the time we accidentally used self-rising flour to make them.) Caramel, chocolate and chopped pecans are the perfect treat for the holidays.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Try these soft-baked cookies dotted with white chocolate and dried cranberries. They're both festive and irresistible.

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