Slideshow: 17 Beautiful Holiday Cookie Recipes

Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche
Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche
In Argentina there are all sorts of variations on the sandwich cookie known as alfajores—jam and mousse filled cookies, ones that come coated in confectioners' sugar, and even a holiday-appropriate version known as alfajor de nieve which is made to look as if it's covered in snow. But our favorite alfajors have got to be these Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche, because, after all, who can resist gooey dulce de leche and bittersweet chocolate?

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[Photograph: Maren Caruso]

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Like your favorite peanut butter cups—with an added layer of peanutty shortbread on the bottom.

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Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies
Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies
If Nutella is the way to your heart, these Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies are going to be the highlight of your holiday cookie baking season.

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Shaun Hergatt's Lamington Bars
Shaun Hergatt's Lamington Bars
The Lamington is a bite-sized treat that's wildly popular in Australia. These little cubes of tender sponge cake, filled with raspberry jam and coated with chocolate and coconut, can be cut into cookies or served in larger pieces for a more cake-like dessert. Either way, their chocolate ganache coating makes them perfect for packing up and gifting.

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Jacques Torres's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jacques Torres's Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies from Jacques Torres are more chocolate than cookie, so be sure to buy the good stuff.

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Buffalo Chip Cookies
Buffalo Chip Cookies
This recipe calls for cornflakes, chocolate chips, rolled oats, and pecans but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free into improvise your own Buffalo Chip Cookies with toasted coconut, dried fruit, nuts, butterscotch and peanut butter chips, or even other breakfast cereals. The batter can stand up to pretty much any sweet or salty tidbit that you'd like to mix in.

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[Photograph: Sara Remington]

Sugar Dot Cookies
Sugar Dot Cookies
These Sugar Dot Cookies are the perfect blank canvas on which to unleash your inner cookie decorating artist.

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Jason Weiner's Rugelach
Jason Weiner's Rugelach
This recipe offers up a fine and very workable dough that bakes up like a dream as well as a selection of three fillings—chocolate, apricot, and raisin—to finish your cookies. The chocolate is blended with bitter walnuts, apricots get a hit of brandy, and raisins are mixed with rum, all of which add an elegance to this Jewish cookie classic.

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[Photograph: Ellen Silverman]

Jenny McCoy's Banana Chocolate Chip Sandwiches
Jenny McCoy's Banana Chocolate Chip Sandwiches
By combining mini chocolate chip cookies with slices of fresh banana, these sandwiches feel like snack time. The cookies themselves are crisp and crunchy and the banana makes for an almost healthy sandwich cookie filling—well, healthier than buttercream or chocolate ganache.

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[Photograph: Ellen Silverman]

Fig Bars with Thyme
Fig Bars with Thyme
Even if you're not a fan of the Newton, these Fig Bars with Thyme just might help you learn to love the figgy cookie.

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[Photograph: Maren Caruso]

Caramel Crème Sandwiches
Caramel Crème Sandwiches
These brown sugar sandwich cookies with browned butter filling are just bursting with incredible caramel flavors.

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[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Super-Duper Bars
Super-Duper Bars
You can go ingredient-crazy with these Super-Duper Bars as long as you start out with a graham cracker base and remember to finish up with sweetened condensed milk before adding your last layer of candy.

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[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Pumpkin Swirl Cookies
Pumpkin Swirl Cookies
An almond and cinnamon scented dough is spread with pumpkin filling, rolled, chilled, sliced, and baked into lovely little swirls that are all warm with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

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[Photograph: Jason Florio]