12/01/2011 06:21 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Decorative Christmas Cookie Recipes: Our 8 Prettiest Creations

You can eat cookies 365 days a year, but the most beautiful ones appear during the whirlwind of December holiday parties and at-home bake-a-thons. As fun to make as they are to munch on, you can decorate holiday cookies with colorful icing, shimmering sprinkles and even edible glitter. Cookie cutters come in festive shapes like stars, candy canes, snowmen and basically anything you can imagine, so they're the perfect vehicle for a little creativity.

We rounded up our eight best decorative cookie recipes below, from classic Gingerbread Men to Stained Glass Sugar Cookies. Pick your favorite and get started!

Want even more holiday cookie recipes? Check out our Top 10 Classics.

Decorative Christmas cookies