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This versatile buttery dough is the only recipe you need to master this season, with five very different ways to use it.  Check out the video above for all the variations.

Christmas Cutout Cookies

Always a classic! Made with buttery homemade sugar cookie dough, the sky’s the limit with the way you can frost and decorate. Refrigerating dough before rolling makes it easier to cut out crisp-edged shapes.

Cocoa Cookies

Espresso powder and cocoa powder make these rolled cookies incredibly rich and indulgent, but the bite-size form means you don’t have to feel guilty about eating more than one. Don’t forget the chocolate drizzle!

Thumbprint Cookies

With a classic sugar cookie dough base, these colorful cookies are simple enough to get the kids involved. Let them help roll, press, and fill with jam, then enjoy a sweet snack together.

Snickerdoodles

Sugar and spice and everything nice—isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Adding a little cinnamon to the dough boosts the warm and festive flavor of these favorites.

Raspberry Linzer Cookies

This traditional Austrian Christmas cookie is frequently made with a circle or heart cutter to let festive ruby-red raspberry jam peek through the center—but using a star shape adds to the holiday spirit.


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