Santa's Favorite Christmas Cookies (Slideshow)

Santa’s favorite Christmas cookies are filled with spices and flavors that remind us of this cheerful time of year

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

These cookies are the perfect holiday treat because of their spicy ginger and warm butterscotch flavors.

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Double Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Dress up the basic sugar cookie with a double dose of warm cinnamon spice.

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Frosted Reindeer Cookies Recipe

Just shape the cookie dough into a triangular log, and slice for fun reindeer cookies ready in a flash.

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Christmas Mice Cookies Recipe

These macaroon-like cookies are easy to make, and kids will have fun helping to decorate them. Barbara and Virginia suggest serving the mice on a plate all pointing in the direction of a piece of cheese. For added fun, you can even place one mouse on top of a piece of cheese.

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Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies Recipe

These festive shortbread cookies are colored red and green and covered in peppermint candies. 

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Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

These buttery cookies are a festive green color for the holidays. 

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Snickerdoodles Recipe

For people who like simple cookies, tender snickerdoodles are better than the fanciest decorated cookie. They are all about sugar and spice, but if you like vanilla, add a teaspoon to the dough. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so have designated recipients before you start baking.

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Sugar Cookies Recipe

Nancy Olson, the Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City uses these sugar cookies to make edible ornaments, decorated with colorful royal icing, for the Tavern's holiday tree.

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Thumbprints Recipe

Often a classic around the holidays, thumbprint cookies are widely popular because of the variety of fillings to choose from to fill that shallow hole. Whether filled with a favorite jam, peanut butter, or a Hershey's kiss, thumbprint cookies remain a class cookie to many.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

White chocolate and cranberry make the perfect combination for these festive holiday cookies. 

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Nutella Amaretto Icebox Cookies Recipe

Two delicious cookie doughs combine to create striped and swirly patterns in this easy recipe. And who can resist the nutty sweetness of Nutella?

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Chocolate-Hazelnut-Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Recipe

These cookies are over-the-top delicious! Dipping the cookie dough in semisweet chocolate and topping with chopped hazelnuts gives them an extra-special look.

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