Your ultimate holiday cookbook

Get ideas for your Christmas and Hanukkah holiday meal, including party menus, drinks, and sweets

4 doughs, 20 fabulous Christmas cookies

Get our easy master recipes and make all the holiday cookies you crave

A variety of shortbread cookies
Photo by Leigh Beisch; food styling by Dan Becker

Master recipe No. 1: Shortbread

You can fill all your holiday gift bags and cookie jars this season with just 4 basic dough recipes.

Print out your favorite master recipes from the following pages and try them with our tasty variations.

Shortbread, for example, has a deliciously buttery style that can carry a wide range of holiday flavors, from nutty to herbal to sweet. Get the master recipe below, then click ahead for 4 gorgeous variations.

Master recipe:  Shortbread Cookies

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