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Amy Christie is the maker of the blog This Heart of Mine, a place where all the things she makes and all the things she loves come together. Her site is filled with doable DIYs, delicious recipes, and stories and photos from the real life of a wife and mother of two exuberant children. Amy currently resides in the Twin Cities in Minnesota with her family.

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  • It's holiday cookie time! Spending a day in the kitchen covered in flour and frosting and sweating next to the oven is a holiday tradition, a must. Someone has to make the cookies everyone indulges on! Of course there are the family favorites, the recipes you make every year. But it's fun to throw in a few new ones, too. I've put together a hefty list of treats you just might want to try this year.

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

    Chocolate cookies (above left) with a dusting of snow, er, powdered sugar. 

    Chocolate And Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

    The red color of the maraschino cherries make these shortbread cookies (above right) perfect for the holiday season. Plus, they have chocolate!
  • Apple Pie Cookies

    Just in case you've overdone the chocolate, give your palate a breather with these apple pie bites. Crust included!

    Low Carb and Gluten-free Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

    Don't fret if you have a dietary restriction, these cookies feature the flavor of the season—peppermint—and are totally gluten-free.

    Frosted Cashew Cookies

    For the nut-lovers, these cashew cookies are the holy grail.


    Reindeer Cookies

    Adorable! Decorate the house with them and eat them throughout the holiday season (right).


    Holiday Biscotti

    Biscotti is a healthier form of the holiday cookie, and you can dunk it in hot coffee or steamy cocoa.

  • Graham Cracker Cookies

    A different kind of cookie, but it still includes butter and sugar. Probably better try 'em.

  • ​Caramel Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cookies 

    Fudgy brownies in cookie form (left), filled with caramel—pure paradise.


    French Toast Cookies

    There's a good chance you'll have guests during the holiday season which means more food prep. However, I have a shortcut for you—just make cookies for all meals! These French toast cookies are perfect for breakfast. Maybe with a cup of hot chocolate. There's no such thing as too much sugar, right?!

    Chocolate-coated Marshmallow Red Velvet Cookies

    There are a lot of flavors in these cookies: red velvet, marshmallows, and chocolate coating. On their own they're good and together, sublime.

    Butterfinger Cookie Dough Truffles

    No-bake truffles that taste like a Butterfinger candy bar? Yes, please! They would make sweet gifts—only if you can keep from eating them all.

  • Pretzel Shortbread Cookies

    The goodness of buttery shortbread topped with salty pretzel pieces. 
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    Photos: Better Homes and Gardens
  • Triangle Santas

    There's no need to buy a bunch of holiday cookie cutters. A basic triangle is a great base for cute Santas (above right).

    Roly Poly Santa Cookies

    I just love these round Santa sugar cookies (above left)! They're cute and tasty.

  • ​Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies

    Chocolate cookies with a hint of cinnamon and a kick of chile powder (right). These would be just darling wrapped with a red ribbon.


    Mexican Wedding Cakes

    These are one of my favorite holiday cookies. A shortbread pecan cookie rolled in powdered sugar when hot from the oven. The powdered sugar melts into a sweet frosted coating. These little cakes don't last long around me!

    White Chocolate Peppermint Oreos

    Soft Oreo-like cookies with a layer of peppermint frosting. Yep. I need these.

    Almond Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    Bite-size cookies with a pool of chocolate. So cute. And chocolate is always a win.

  • Lemon Icebox Cookies

    Give your palate a little refresher with these lemon cookies! Fresh, light, good.
  • Pecan Macarons

    The taste of pecan pie in a light and fluffy maracon (left). They might be too gorgeous to eat!

    Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies can sometimes be cast aside, deemed not special enough for the holidays. However, this variety of soft, cream cheese chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any holiday cookie plate.

    Santa's Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

    There's something old-fashioned about skillet cooking; I adore it. This chocolate chip cookie has that old-fashioned method, but you get to eat it right now.

    Vanilla Spritz

    Spritz cookies are a classic. Buttery deliciousness that can be made into a variety of holiday shapes. The only problem is they are entirely too easy to eat, so be sure to make a lot.


    So many cookies, how will you choose which ones to bake? Start today and make them all!

    Happy holidays!

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