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Top 10 American Christmas Cookies

Easy, delicious cookies for your holiday celebration

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Fruitcake, mincemeat, and rum balls are all good, but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without cookies. From the traditional to some new twists on favorites, this collection of the best holiday cookies are sure to put a smile on everyone's face. So roll up your sleeves, break-out the sheet pans and cookie cutters, and get mixing!

The secret to great cookies is to make them yourself. Sure it might be a little more trouble, but when you bake cookies yourself, you get to eat them still warm from the oven with a big glass of cold milk - and that's worth it!

1. Ginger Stars

Ginger Stars
Gingerbread cookie stars are easy to make, fun to decorate, and even more fun to eat. Prepare the homemade icing given here and pipe through a pastry bag fitted with fine writing tip, or use a store-bought tube of decorator icing.

2. Brownie Shortbread Bars

Brownie Shortbread Bars
These delectable bars begin combine two classic cookies, tender shortbread and rich, fudgy brownies, into a one delicious bar.

3. Crackle Tops

Carckle Tops
Not only do these Crackle Top Cookies look great, they're rich chocolaty flavor is to die for. Rolling the dough in confectioner's sugar before baking gives them their wonderful crackled appearance.

4. Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

Nutty Oatmeal Cookies
Chock-full of nuts and cinnamon, these homey, golden oatmeal cookies have a rich taste and chewy texture. The dough can be made ahead and baked later - perfect for the busy holiday. Some oatmeal cookies tend to be heavy, but these are lighter. While the cookies bake, your kitchen will be filled with the fragrant aroma of cinnamon spice.

5. Luscious Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
A classic among cookies, these tangy Lemon Bars have a tart, refreshing, and irresistible appeal. For something rich and different, try the Chocolate Lemon Bars variation - now we're talking!

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
This chocolate peanut butter cookie is perfect for chocolate lovers. Soft, chewy and packed with chocolate chips and peanuts, these will disappear quickly. It's amazing how wonderful this combination of flavors is!

7. Raspberry Crumb Bars

Raspberry Hazelnut Bars
If you like raspberries and nuts, then you're bound to enjoy this bar cookie. The challenge will be trying to keep everyone away from them long enough so you grab one for yourself!

8. Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies
Marbled Cheesecake Brownies might be the best brownie variation there is. Cheesecake and brownie batters swirled together make a to-die-for combination.

9. Cherry-Walnut Rugelach

These rugelach with a cherry, walnut and cinnamon filling and flaky cream cheese dough are simple to make and absolutely delicious.

10. Classic Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies
Closet Cooking
All it takes is one bite of these buttery, tender bars and you'll know why they're considered a classic among cookies. To keep the texture of them light, handle the dough as little as possible.
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