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Christmas cookies are a lot more complicated than you'd think - we made some last night, and it took a little time before we really nailed it. First, the dough wouldn't rise with the cutter when we took it out. Then, we left them in the oven a little too long (they're not burnt! Just crunchy!). And we definitely underestimated how long it would take to decorate them all.

Cookies are a tough business (it that where the phrase "tough cookie" comes from?) so if you need some help this holiday season, check this out: a whole list of tips for holiday baking that will help improve your cookie game.

Here's a few things you may need before you get started on your cookies.