christmas cookie recipe I know it's not even December yet, but I'm telling you the time to get started on your holiday baking is now. As the big days draw nearer and nearer, suddenly things start spiraling out of control with parties here, travel there, and oh-crap-I-need-a-little-something-for-that-person moments everywhere you go. That's why now, in this little lull before we get into thick of things, is the time to get started.

Of course, no one wants stale Christmas cookies, so that's why it's time to clean out your freezer to make room for the baked goods. There are plenty of delicious recipes that freeze exceptionally well. You can make them now, and whip them out as you need them. Then you'll be cool, calm, and collected as the seasonal chaos hits ... or at least a little more so.

Here are seven great Christmas cookie recipes to make now and freeze for later starting with one of my all-time favorites -- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

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I got the recipe from a neighbor, and they are a holiday staple for me. The only problem -- they taste great frozen, so you need to willpower to make them last.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped (great job for kids!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk.

Add the flour mixture; mix well.

Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Don't wait or they won't work.

Other great ones to try:

Chocolate Mint Surprise Cookies 

They look like regular chocolate cookies on the outside but the creamy cool mint in the middle makes them extra festive.

Super Simple Candy Cane Cookies

These add a nice pop of color to any dessert plate, and they freeze beautifully. 

Mexican Wedding Cookies

We've always just called them "those white powdered sugar balls," but these treats are a must for my family each year during the holidays.

Chocolate Fudge

Not technically a cookie, but fudge freezes fantastically, and everyone loves it.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Fun and festive, you can do so much with any basic sugar cookie recipe. It's best, however, not to frost them before freezing as the adornments often fall off in there. So it's best to freeze then frost as needed.

Gingerbread Cookies

Run, run as fast as you can ... to get the ingredients for these timeless treats.

What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes that freeze well?


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