The Cookies Santa Can’t Resist

Whether you've been naughty or nice, you'll make Santa’s good list with these cookies

These simple cookies spread cheer and goodwill to anyone you share them with. 

Each year on Christmas Eve you leave a plate of cookies out to fuel Santa on his long journey across the skies delivering presents to good boys and girls. But have you been giving him the right cookies?

Chocolate Chip Cookies. Chocolate chip is always a good standby; crisp along the edges, but warm and gooey on the inside, these cookies make just about everyone happy.

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Snickerdoodles. Sugar and spice and all things nice, snickerdoodles are simple cookies that look beautiful every time. Roll the dough into a ball and then in a cinnamon-sugar mixture for picture-perfect cookies.

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Okay, this one’s a lie. No one wants oatmeal cookies on Christmas.

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Sugar Cookies. The thing about sugar cookies that makes them so spectacular (besides the fact that they’re delicious) is that you can decorate them with royal icing to turn them into festive snowflakes, ornaments, or anything else you can dream up.

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Eggnog Cookies. These cookies are a surefire way of getting on Santa’s good list. Made with eggnog, cinnamon, and nutmeg, these cookies are everything that Santa (and cookie lovers everywhere) dreams about. Take that, sugarplum fairies.

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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and has no qualms about bribing Santa with plates full of cookies. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.