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Licorice Snaps! Snickers Cookies! Bring on the best holiday cookie recipes.
Licorice Snaps! Snickers Cookies! Bring on the best holiday cookie recipes.
[Photos: Scott Keeler, Patty Yablonski, Dirk Shadd | Times]
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Never underestimate the power of holiday cookies.

Christmas cookies — some tender, some chewy, some even overcooked — hit the tripwire of memory and send us back in time to Mom’s kitchen and to Grandma’s house. To a time when we had to stand on a chair to help mix the holiday cookie dough. To a Christmas Eve wrapped in love and rolled in powdered sugar.

Every family has its favorite Christmas cookies recipes, among them candy cane twists, snowballs and thumbprints. Although old-time holiday cookie recipes tug at our hearts, we still love the thrill of the new and the readers of the St. Petersburg Times didn’t disappoint us this year. From 600 or so basic Christmas cookie recipes, we selected 26 cookie recipes to share in our eighth annual Christmas cookie roundup. Many are easy holiday cookie recipes that can be made for your own family to give as gifts.

Sort through the selection of Christmas cookies and pick your favorite to bake this year. We recommend the Licorice Snaps. And the Mexican Hot-Chocolate Balls. And Chocolate Walnut Puffs.

So many holiday cookie recipes, so little time.

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