12/12/2013 10:08 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2014

Make-ahead Holiday Cookies

Alison Roman, photos by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

It's hard to get a handle on the holidays. When autumn comes, they're still months away, and you have plenty of time to fume at early decorations and premature yuletide cheer. Then, before you know it, Halloween's gone, Thanksgiving is on its way out, and the holiday season is upon us, giving you no time to prepare.

The line between "planning ahead" and "frantically running around" is perilously thin. So get cracking! Here are some cookies you can make now, right now, this very instant: mix, roll, freeze, slice, decorate, and gift the season's crispiest, crumbliest, most delicious treats before the holidays even begin. You'll be one step ahead of everyone else, and your kitchen will smell of seasonal cheer before "Jingle Bell Rock" has even hit the airwaves.

Make-Ahead Holiday Cookies

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