By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2015
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Although cookies were originally just small batches of cake batter used to test oven temperatures, bakers soon realized they were simply too good to remain merely edible thermometers.

In celebration of this timeless, delectable treat, Food & Wine is counting down the days until Christmas with 25 cookie recipes (and a few others mixed in that we simply couldn’t resist!). Just think of us as your Holiday Treat Advent Calendar—each day in December will hold a sweet surprise!

December 1 - December 7

December 8 - December 14

December 15 - December 25