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The cutest holiday cookies and more great holiday treats from Pinterest

Baking cookies is an essential part of the holiday season and these recipes will serve as a delicious inspiration for upcoming party swaps.
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Baking cookies is an essential part of the holiday season. With so many delicious options, it can be tough to decide what to make. To make that decision easier, we have rounded up some of the most popular recipes from Pinterest to inspire your holiday baking. Whether you need cookies for that office holiday party, for a cookie swap or for a small gathering with friends and family, we’ve got you covered!

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Christmas cookies: Candy cane Kiss cookies
Sally's Baking Addiction

Candy cane Kiss cookies

Loaded with sprinkles and topped with a Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss, this cookie offers an extra festive twist on a popular holiday cookie.

Christmas cookies: Hot chocolate cookie cups
The Gunny Sack

Hot chocolate cookie cups

This cookie is not only super cute, it’s also easy to make! The sugar cookie "cup" is filled with melted chocolate and has a pretzel handle — the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

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Christmas cookies: Chocolate Kiss powder puff cookies
Averie Cooks

Chocolate Kiss powder puff cookies

You only need three ingredients to make these wintery cookies. Easy and delicious!

Christmas cookies: Christmas tree meringue cookies
This Silly Girl's Life

Christmas tree meringue cookies

These adorable, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas tree cookies are bound to impress your guests if you are hosting a party this year. This is a bit more of project than most of the other cookie recipes gathered here, but if you have the baking skills, it's such a fun one to whip up!

Christmas cookies: Chocolate candy cane Kiss cookies
Inside Brucrew Life

Chocolate candy cane Kiss cookies

Peppermint and chocolate are the perfect combination in this delicious holiday cookie. Best of all, it's easy to make — no fancy ingredients required.

Christmas cookies: Festive red velvet snowflake cookies
Created by Diane

Festive red velvet snowflake cookies

How beautiful are these cookies? The bright red color is perfect for the holidays, and the red velvet flavor of the sugar cookies is certain to excite your taste buds.

Christmas cookies: Brown butter gingersnaps
Baker by Nature

Brown butter gingersnaps

Soft and chewy brown butter gingersnaps are a Pinterest fan-favorite. As their creator says, these cookies are the perfect place for ginger lovers and not-so-ginger-loving folks to meet — they have the perfect balance of gingery and buttery deliciousness, with a gooey center and crispy edges.

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Christmas cookies: Cake batter chocolate chip cookie
Sally's Baking Addiction

Cake batter chocolate chip cookie

This treat is a delicious cross between the classic soft-baked chocolate chip cookie and the sprinkle-filled delight of funfetti cake. The red and green sprinkles make this recipe great for any holiday gathering.

Christmas cookies: The perfect sugar cookie
Love Grows Wild

The perfect sugar cookie

Nothing is better around the holiday’s than a classic sugar cookie with sprinkles. This blogger’s recipe is Pinterest tested and approved, and the recipe takes only 35 minutes from start to finish!

Christmas cookies: Grinch cookies
In Katrina's Kitchen

Grinch cookies

All you need is cake mix and green food dye to make the Grinch-inspired color for these perfectly fluffy cookies — they'll make your heart grow three sizes.

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Christmas cookies: Melting snowman cookie balls
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Melting snowman cookie balls

Feely crafty? Combine Oreos, cream cheese, chocolate chips and some decorating icing to make this fun and cute holiday cookie.