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Easy Holiday Cookies: 1 Dough, 6 Recipes

Even if you have a half-dozen places you need to share cookies this season, you only need one dough. This basic recipe produces six eye-catching cookies.

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

Our six cookies start with this one dough. Read both recipes before making your cookie choice. In some cases you'll substitute ingredients.

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

Shining Star Sandwich Cookies

A spiced blend of powdered sugar and jelly fills the center of these star-shape cookies. Dust with powdered sugar for a sweet finish.

Shining Star Sandwich Cookies

Brown Sugar Thumbprints

Brown sugar and spices -- cinnamon, allspice and ginger -- set this cookie apart. Roll in finely chopped almonds and press in a candied red cherry half before baking.

Brown Sugar Thumbprints

Chocolate Drizzled Crescents

Substitute whiskey, rum or brandy flavoring for vanilla in this recipe, then roll dough into 3-inch logs and shape into crescents. Drizzle with melted chocolate or coat with powdered sugar.

Chocolate Drizzled Crescents

Rosemary & Lemon Ribbons

Grated lemon peel and fresh or dried rosemary flavors these rolled cookies. To make an easy icing, mix 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until drizzling consistency.

Rosemary & Lemon Ribbons

Layered Coconut Dream Bars

Top Basic Sugar Cookie Dough with shredded coconut, snipped dried apricots, cherries or cranberries, chopped pecans, semisweet chocolate pieces and white baking pieces. A can of sweetened condensed milk holds it all together.

Layered Coconut Dream Bars

Holiday Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Use your favorite cookie cutters to shape these cookies, then glaze and add decorations.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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