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Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a wonderful way to enjoy the spirit of the season. Bake your Christmas cookies in bulk for gifting and entertaining, or whip up a single batch for Santa. From classics like snickerdoodles and gingersnaps to Martha Stewart favorites like chewy molasses-spice cookies, there’s a Christmas cookie sure to satisfy every sweet tooth.

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Not only do snickerdoodles taste delicious, but they also have a fun name! Finish off this classic snickerdoodles cookie recipe with a cinnamon-sugar dusting. After rolling the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar, give them ample room on cookie sheets -- the snickerdoodles spread a lot as they bake.

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It's fun to use pistachios for some of these and pecans for others, but of course you can stick with one or the other. It's best to bake them on a dry day; if it's even slightly humid, the meringues may take longer to crisp in the oven. The meringues can be made up to five days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place.

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A Swiss meringue may sound fancy, but it's really very simple to make. For browning the meringue, you'll need a small kitchen blowtorch (available at amazon.com). The cookies can be made up to two days ahead and stored at room temperature, and the curd can be made up to a week ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The assembled cookies can be made ahead and stored at room temperature one hour or in the refrigerator (do not cover) up to six hours. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.