Fire up the oven for these 20-plus holiday cookie recipes

This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows spiced maple chestnut clusters in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Spiced maple chestnut clusters This recipe by Alison Ladman is both vegan and gluten free, but is still quite decadent. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
A dish of fried ribbon cookies are seen in Concord, N.H. These cookies from Lidia Bastianich's cookbook "Nonna Tell Me a Story," are a Christmas tradition in her home and might become one in yours.   (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
Fried ribbon cookies These cookies — which include both orange and lemon flavors — are a tradition in cookbook author Lidia Bastianich’s home. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Larry Crowe)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows pumpkin bread biscotti in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Pumpkin bread biscotti This Alison Ladman creation takes pumpkin bread, then bakes it a bit to give it that biscotti texture. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 16, 2013 photo shows brown butter fig thumbprint cookies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Brown butter fig thumbprint cookies A fig bar meets the classic jam thumbprint cookie in this recipe. Find it here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows chocolate rye spice crinkles in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Chocolate rye spice crinkles This cookie is the best of both winter worlds: chocolate crinkle cookie meets a spice cookie. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows crackle bark in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Crackle bark Forget toffee. This bark is inspired by the Butterfinger candy bars. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, nut-meg bars are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Nutmeg bars A bar cookie that tastes a bit like baklava. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows chocolate peppermint patties in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Chocolate peppermint patties This holiday cookie is super simple, just calling for a few ingredients. And it is inspired by the York peppermint patty. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows mini toasted marshmallow brownies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Mini toasted marshmallow brownies A brownie layered with peppermint marshmallow frosting. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows gold bars in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Gold bars Like the taste of Twix? This cookie bar is for you. Made with caramel and chocolate, it’s designed to taste like the candy bar. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, cinnamon honey oat drops are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Cinnamon honey oat drops An oatmeal-based cookie laced with cinnamon and honey for sweetness. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows sweet and salty kitchen sink cookies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Sweet and salty kitchen sink cookies Everything but the kitchen sink goes into this cookie. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014, photo shows vanilla refrigerator cookies in Concord, N.H. These easy refrigerator cookies can be prepped ahead, then refrigerated for several days or frozen for months until the moment is right. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Vanilla refrigerator cookies Keep this cookie dough in the fridge, and slice and bake whenever you need a plate of something sweet. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows dirty coconut snowballs in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Dirty coconut snowballs If the kiddos want to help, these no-bake cookies are the cookie to try. Plus, it requires few ingredients. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, cherry allspice hermits are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Cherry allspice hermits Buttermilk, molasses, cherries and allspice go into this cookie. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, paprika lemon bars are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Paprika lemon bars Paprika gives these lemon bars a new twist. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows bourbon cherry bars in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Bourbon cherry bars Nothing says the holidays quite like bourbon — so put it in cookies! Find the recipe for bourbon cherry bars here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows roasted toasted shortbread cookies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Toasted shortbread cookies This shortbread cookie isn’t dense and chewy; it’s crispy and toasted. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, chocolate-dipped coconut meringue drops are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Chocolate-dipped coconut meringue drops A cranberry and coconut meringue dipped in chocolate. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, tangerine mace shortbread cookies are shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Tangerine mace shortbread cookies Winter ushers in citrus season — so put it to good use in cookies. Fine the recipe for these tangerine shortbread cookies here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows honey nut cookies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Honey nut cookies These cookies look like little snowballs and taste of mixed nuts and honey. Find the recipe here. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (AP/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 19, 2011 photo shows German chocolate cookies in Concord, N.H.  A purely American invention, German chocolate cake starts with a sweet chocolate cake, then is filled with a caramel-coconut-pecan concoction.    (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
German chocolate cookies Transform German chocolate cake into a holiday cookie with this recipe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matthew Mead)
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This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows spiced maple chestnut clusters in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
A dish of fried ribbon cookies are seen in Concord, N.H. These cookies from Lidia Bastianich's cookbook "Nonna Tell Me a Story," are a Christmas tradition in her home and might become one in yours.   (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows pumpkin bread biscotti in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 16, 2013 photo shows brown butter fig thumbprint cookies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows chocolate rye spice crinkles in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows crackle bark in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, nut-meg bars are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows chocolate peppermint patties in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows mini toasted marshmallow brownies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows gold bars in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, cinnamon honey oat drops are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows sweet and salty kitchen sink cookies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014, photo shows vanilla refrigerator cookies in Concord, N.H. These easy refrigerator cookies can be prepped ahead, then refrigerated for several days or frozen for months until the moment is right. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows dirty coconut snowballs in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, cherry allspice hermits are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, paprika lemon bars are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows bourbon cherry bars in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows roasted toasted shortbread cookies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, chocolate-dipped coconut meringue drops are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, tangerine mace shortbread cookies are shown served on a plate in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Sept. 11, 2015 photo shows honey nut cookies in Concord, N.H. These cookies are from a recipe by Alison Ladman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 19, 2011 photo shows German chocolate cookies in Concord, N.H.  A purely American invention, German chocolate cake starts with a sweet chocolate cake, then is filled with a caramel-coconut-pecan concoction.    (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Dust off the mixer and dig out the bowl: It’s holiday baking time. Here are 25 scrumptious cookie recipes to bake, gift, eat and repeat.

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