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Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

Butter Cookies, Bourbon Balls, Shortbread, and More

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Here some of my favorite cookie recipes for the holidays, including a variety of delicious butter cookies, sugar cookies, the ever-popular Southern Bourbon balls, shortbread, spice cookies, filled thumbprints, and more.

1. Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
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These cookies are easy to prepare, and they're egg-free. Drizzle melted chocolate over these shortbread cookies for the holidays. Use a food processor or electric chopper to chop the peanuts for this recipe.

2. Chocolate Butterball Cookies

Chocolate Butterball Cookies
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These chocolate Christmas cookies are easy to make and shape into little butterballs. Roll these little Christmas cookies in confectioners' sugar after they cool, or roll in granulated sugar or decorative sugar before baking.

3. Pecan Praline Cookies

Pecan Cookies
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These little cookies are packed with chopped pecans. Yummy buttery pecan cookies, made so simply with butter, brown sugar, and pecans, along with flour and vanilla.

4. Favorite Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Favorite Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies
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These thumbprint cookies are easy to make and are a real treat to eat. Fill these cookies with your favorite jam or preserves.

5. Cranberry Orange Drop Cookies

Iced Cranberry-Orange Cookies
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These festive and delicious drop cookies are flavored with orange juice concentrate and filled with plump dried cranberries.

6. Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles
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Larger grained decorator's sugar makes these cookies even prettier, but regular granulated sugar works as well. These are great cookies to bake for the holidays, or make them for a lunchbox treat.

7. Raspberry-Filled Almond Cookies

Raspberry-Filled Almond Cookies
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These delightful cookies are made with a cream cheese cookie dough rolled in coarsely ground almonds, and they're filled with a dab of seedless raspberry jam. Feel free to substitute candied cherry halves for the filling in these cookies.

8. Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles
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These are great little chocolate cookies with a crackled look, and they're always a favorite.

9. Mom's Date Drop Cookies

Mom's Date Drop Cookies
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A delicious date filling in these tasty cookies. Instead of margarine, I used half shortening and half butter in this recipe (4 tablespoons of each).

10. Sour Cream Cookies

Sour Cream Cookies
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Decorate these sour cream cut-out cookies with icing, colored sugar, or ground spices.
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