12/23/2012 07:30 pm ET Updated Feb 22, 2013

12 Holiday Cookies

It's the season for baking holiday cookies for the endless family gatherings, and there's no harm in sneaking some for yourself (in the name of quality assurance, of course). Sugar cookies for your great-aunt twice-removed? Why not? Ruggelach for a sweet ending to your in-laws' brunch? You bet! Here are a dozen holiday cookie recipes guaranteed to satisfy every occasion and guest -- and you, too.

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