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2018 Christmas Cookie Countdown

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Updated December 24, 2018

      It's the Christmas season once again, ladies and gentlemen. And that means one thing...well, okay, it means many things; it means Christmas trees, beautiful lights, drinking hot cocoa in chilly weather, sharing time with loved ones, and so much more. But it also means it's time for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen's...wait for it... 2018 Christmas Cookie Countdown!

      Twenty-five days of Christmas cookies we made just for you. Trust us when we say, each one is more delicious than the last. We'll be counting down with one super festive cookie recipe each day, so be sure not to miss one! No matter why you're making them this year, these Christmas cookie recipes are sure to help make your season merry and bright! 

Christmas Magic Squares

Create a little Christmas magic of your own with our easy recipe for Christmas Magic Squares. This holiday-festive cookie bar recipe is great for snackin' on all holiday season long, like when you're at a cookie exchange with friends or when you're trimming the tree! No matter when you bake these up, they'll definitely fill you with the feeling of holiday magic! 

Ginger Snap Snowman Hats

If you're building a snowman this year and he still needs a hat, you can give him one of these! Our Ginger Snap Snowman Hats are an adorable Christmas cookie recipe we're sure old Frosty would love. The best part? There's no baking involved! When it comes to having a holly-jolly Christmas, these no-bake Ginger Snap Snowman Hats are the way to do it.

Best Christmas Cookies

This recipe was handed down to Mary Jane, from New Holstein, Wisconsin from her mother who originally received it from an elderly neighbor over 100 years ago! These are perfect to make with the kids, and decorate any way you want! 

Candy Cane Cookies

Bring a festive treat to your next Christmas party! Our Candy Cane Cookies are so easy to make, and they're packed with your favorite minty flavor.  It's a quick and easy cookie that's sure to impress, whether it's all your friends and neighbors, or just something fun to make with the kids!

Christmas Crack

It's called Christmas Crack for a reason! You'll be addicted after just one taste; it's easy to see that there's nothing better than this homemade Christmas candy-cookie to get you in the holiday spirit! The festive colors and the tasty ingredients mean that you won't be able to resist breaking off a piece of this holiday style brittle. 

Frosty Peppermint Cookies

Our Frosty Peppermint Cookies are a sweet burst of holiday flavor! When it comes to easy sugar cookie recipes for the holidays, these are the best of the best. Creamy chocolate and cool peppermint make these a festive dessert option that Frosty himself would be proud of. The rest of the family is sure to love them too!

Christmas Kolachy

We're celebrating Christmas all over the world! This easy cookie recipe is an Old Slavonic classic that we know you'll love. Our tasty Christmas Kolachy has the classic old-world taste of creamy butter cookie batter with the festive and fruity taste of sweet raspberry preserves. This easy kolachy recipe is an elegant way to serve dessert at your holiday get-together! 

Stained Glass Window Cookies

These eye-catching holiday cookies are special for two reasons: one, they're no bake cookies which means they're perfect for holiday entertaining in a hurry. And two, they're absolutely stunning! With their colorful design that resembles stained glass windows, they're sure to be the talk of the table! You might say this easy cookie recipe is downright heavenly. 

Spiced Cherry Bells

Add a little spice and a little whimsy to your holiday cookie platter with our recipe for Spiced Cherry Bells. We think the chewy, nutty topping, right in the center of the cookie, is the best part! Can you hear those merry bells ringing yet? We sure can! This is the perfect Christmas cookie recipe to help you and your loved ones "ring" in the holiday season. 

Cheery Cherry-Chocolate Cookies

Spread a little cheer with these Cheery Cherry-Chocolate Cookies! These no-bake cookies are super simple to make and taste like something you'd find at an Italian bakery. The combination of cream cheese, cherries, and almond flavoring is just perfect. We'd be thrilled to see this on any holiday cookie try, and we know your friends and family will be thrilled to see it on yours! 

Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies

This holiday season, show your family and friends how much you love them by showering them with kisses! A dozen or two of our Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies, that is. There's no sweeter way to treat those around you this Christmas than with this easy-to-make Christmas cookie recipe.  They'll love munching on these extra-sweet treats and you'll love seeing them smile! 

Holiday Light Cookies

When December rolls around, it's time to bring out your favorite decorations: Christmas lights! Our very special Holiday Light Cookies are a nod to one of our favorite parts of the holidays; made sweet roll-out dough and deliciously homemade royal icing, these cookies are a festive treat everyone will enjoy. 

Christmas Biscotti

Spice up your holiday cookie tray with our recipe for Christmas Biscotti. It's the perfect cookie for eating alongside a mug of hot chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, or steamin' tea. The white chocolate drizzle adds a beautiful cafe look to 'em, too! Thanks to this little Italian cookie, the holidays have never tasted sweeter. 

Santas Swirl Cookies

This Christmas cookie recipe is made of pure magic! Why? Because jolly Kris Kringle made them himself; what could be better than a Christmas cookie made by Santa? Santa's Swirl Cookies are just what you need to really make an impression this holiday season. The Christmas cheer found in each bite is going to enchant everyone! 

Holiday Butter Cookies

These Holiday Butter Cookies not only capture the traditional butter cookie flavor that we all love, but they look like the perfect present anyone would enjoy unwrapping this year! Plus, this Christmas cookie recipe is perfect if you're looking to feed a crowd; one way or another, our Holiday Butter Cookies are going to give you a taste of joy this season. 

Elvish Cake Mix Cookies

Santa's elves are always working hard up at the North Pole, but when it's time to take a break, they love to indulge in these Elvish Cake Mix Cookies! We're sure you will too. After all, Santa's elves know a thing or two about tasty Christmas desserts. Plus, they're made with cake mix; so you'll get all that Christmas flavor in no time at all!

Nonnas Shortcut Ricotta Cookies

Even the most old-school nonna (that's grandma in Italian!) turns to shortcuts from time to time, especially if she's got a whole lot of cooking ahead of her. Nonna's Shortcut Ricotta Cookies are so good, no one can even tell they were made using a shortcut. They might just become one of the most anticipated cookies on your Christmas cookie platter! 

Mini Cheesecake Christmas Trees

What's creamy, chilled, and perfectly sweet? That's right, our Mini Cheesecake Christmas Trees! There's nothing better than a festive dessert that takes less than 10 minutes! Whip these up when you're having last minute company over, or if you need a little something extra to bring to your potluck. 

Ginger Crinkles

These Ginger Crinkles come from Kristen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, whose mom has tweaked the recipe to perfection. They're a constant request every year at Christmas cookie exchanges and no one can believe there's no butter in them! The best part? These easy Christmas cookies bake up in just 10 minutes! 

Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

These Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups are the best of both worlds! We've got delicious cookie dough, with yummy chocolate candies, all wrapped up in flaky pie crust. This is a Christmas cookie recipe so holiday perfect, you'll want to make it again and again. 

Decadent Peppermint Brownies

Brownies this good ought to have a special occasion to be made for. Thank goodness Christmas is on the way! Our Decadent Peppermint Brownies are going to be everyone's favorite holiday treat, after just one bite. 

Iced Eggnog Cookies

Who says you can't have your eggnog and eat it too? These Iced Eggnog Cookies offer a double whammy of eggnog flavor, 'cause there's eggnog in the cookie batter AND in the icing! Now that's what we call a holiday cookie recipe.

Snow Topped Cherry Chocolate Crescents

Looking for the perfect Christmas cookie to serve with coffee? Our Snow Topped Cherry Chocolate Crescents are the perfect cookie-meets-pastry combo, and they'll go great with your Christmas morning latte! Creamy chocolate with sweet holiday cherries, all wrapped in a warm and flaky pastry: hello holiday cheer!

Winter Wonderland Snack Cookies

We're going somewhere enchanting with these Winter Wonderland Snack Cookies! Our easy no-bake cookie recipe is sure to give you a sweet taste of the Christmas spirit; after all, who could resist a festive cookie recipe that's ready in just five minutes? That's less time in the kitchen and more time gathered around the tree with the ones you love. 

Frosted Nutmeg Sticks

Our Frosted Nutmeg Sticks are the perfect companion for your coffee this holiday season! When it comes to Christmas cookie recipes, these are the best of the best; when it comes to seasonal flavors, our sweet and creamy cookies, topped with festive nutmeg, are just what Santa was hoping for!

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