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Day 12: Nutmeg Cookie Pretzels

As we bring our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series to a close, we would like to highlight one of our favorite Holiday Cookies, Nutmeg Cookie Pretzels. They are flavored with vanilla, imitation rum, and nutmeg and then topped with coarse sugar for a little extra sweetness and crunch.

Day 11: Gingerbread Milk Cream Cookies

It's day eleven, and the holiday baking continues with a special shortbread cookie recipe from Melina of SugaryandButtery.com. These little gingerbread-spiced cookies are dusted with flavor and filled with milk cream. They'll make your top list and fill your home with the scents of the season.

There is nothing that gets me more ready for christmas than baking (and eating!) christmas cookies. How can you beat the smell of gingerbread in the air and some hot chocolate along with cookie decorating? Oh, and let me tell you about the smell of gingerbread in the air when I made these cookies. They will go on your yearly must-bake-christmas-cookie-list, I guarantee you! Well, they are on mine now that’s for sure.

Day 10: Double Chocolate Eggnog Sandwich Cookies

We're one more day closer to Christmas! Today's cookie recipe comes to us from Shawn over at iwashyoudry.com. She's developed a chocolate lovers treat that has double chocolate and double cookies in every bite.

These Double Chocolate Eggnog Sandwich Cookies boast a soft and tender double chocolate chip cookie with a light and fluffy eggnog buttercream frosting sandwiched in between. You’re going to want to add these to your holiday baking list for sure!

Day 9: Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

It's day nine, and today's Christmas cookie pays tribute to the beloved cinnamon roll. Inspired by a favorite sugar cookie recipe, this buttery delight is packed with cinnamon and then topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Our friend and frequent guest blogger, Suzanne Clark, has perfected this recipe over the past few years with a couple secret ingredients in the cookie dough. We hope you give it a try.

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating the house and of course baking all of my family’s favorite cookie recipes. In my opinion, there is nothing that brings back childhood memories of Christmas more than the smell of baking cookies.

Day 8: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Our Christmas cookie countdown continues with a Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipes shared by Glory Albin, a baker, blogger, wife and mom who lives in beautiful Northern California.

Cookies and the holidays just seem to go hand in hand! These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are simple, yet flavorful and are sure to become a family favorite. Choose good quality cocoa and real Challenge Butter, and you’ll have chewy, flavorful cookies perfect for sharing with family and friends all year round!

Day 7: Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies

On day seven of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, we are featuring the quintessential spiced Christmas cookie. Our friend Trish over at Mom On Timeout posted one of her favorite recipes plus some helpful baking tips to make the perfect ginger cookies. These cookies are a softer and lighter take on traditional ginger cookies, and they are packed with extra spices for a deeper flavor.

I have a number of ginger cookie recipes that I adore. I’m spoiled year-round by my sister who makes ginger cookies all the time for the boys. It’s their favorite. I have three favorite recipes and this is one of them. It yields the lightest, prettiest ginger cookies you’ve ever seen.

Day 6: Candy Cane Snowball Cookies

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially with these cookies sitting on the table. For day 6 our candy-coated cookie recipe comes from Jamie over at MyBakingAddition.com.

It's the most wonderful time of the year - Cookie season, that is. Every excuse you could ever need to bake, eat, and share your favorite cookie recipes. This has long been my favorite time of year, because well, duh, baking! And girlfriend can get down on some cookies.

Day 5: Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

Celebrate day 5 with a seasonal favorite from Deborah Harroun of the Taste and Tell blog. Her buttery cookie recipe is packed with an orange-cranberry flavor combination that's hard to resist. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

I love when December rolls around and I can think about Christmas cookies 24/7. One of these years, I'm going to try to bake a different Christmas cookie every day in December because I love cookies so much!

This year, I have been trying different cookies in preparation for cookie plates for the neighbors. I still haven't completely finalized the list, but one thing is for sure - I am totally in love with the orange/cranberry combination this year. It is a flavor combination that totally screams 'holiday' to me.