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Mary-Linh Tran

Junior Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

Now that the holidays are in high swing, all I want are freshly baked cookies. From fluorescent frosted gingersnaps to gooey jam-filled butter biscuits, I want them all. But the task of deciding which one to bake can be daunting. Christmas cookies date back to the Middle Ages, so can you imagine how many recipes there are? That’s why this year we’ve turned to the stars to point us to our signature bakes. Whether you’re prepping for a cookie swap, dinner party, coffee date, or you just want these holiday treats all to yourself (we won’t tell), channel your sun sign and get to bakin’!

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries are trailblazers who strive to be number 1 at everything they do. So what better cookie encapsulates their fearless and determined drive than the classic and beloved German lebkuchen, or gingerbread? A mandatory Christmas delicacy, lebkuchen relies on ground nuts and marzipan to bulk up its body, resulting in a wonderfully earthy and spicy treat.

Elisen gingerbread

Elisen gingerbread

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus is notorious for their love of self-care, which comes in many forms, including eating well. These natural-born foodies sometimes overindulge, but being an Earth sign keeps them grounded; nothing woos Taurus more than a warm home cooked meal. These adorable gingerbread hearts, finished with a sensuous chocolate ganache, have all the plushness and sentimentality to tug at romantic Taurus’ heartstrings.

Cakey gingerbread hearts

Cakey gingerbread hearts

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Thin mints are a marriage of chocolate and peppermint, a testament to the delicious surprise that can occur between two different elements—no wonder Geminis resonate with these crisp wafers so well. Not to mention, peppermint is said to increase brain activity and promote better concentration, two things these cerebral air signs never tire of.

Thin mint cookies

Thin mint cookies

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Which Cancer doesn’t wear their heart on their sleeve? Always quick to nurture the people around them, it’s so like Cancer to reach for these snappy heart-shaped gingerbread cookies that evoke all the warm and fuzzy feelings of childhood.

DIY gingerbread hearts

DIY gingerbread hearts

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Leo (July 23 - August 22)

These ferocious felines ruled by the sun have a knack for going hard or going home, and it’s no different with holiday baking. This decorative cookie, complete with all our favorite Christmas flavors (molasses, cloves, cinnamon, anise, ginger, and even eggnog!) is a crowd-pleasing confection that only Leos can appreciate to its fullest.

Ginger spice cookies with eggnog frosting

Ginger spice cookies with eggnog frosting

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Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Methodical and meticulous, nothing screams Virgo more than this spiced shortcrust biscuit, which requires the utmost patience to produce. These delicate cookies contain all the warm caramel flavors of Christmas, and what makes them unique are the intricate illustrations that are rolled onto the dough, displaying the story of St. Nicholas. Since this recipe requires pulling apart the cookies by hand, it’s a great way for Virgo to put their penchant for perfectionism to use.

DIY classic speculaas cookies

DIY classic speculaas cookies

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Libra (September 23 - October 22)

This lofty air sign is ruled by Venus, the planet that governs love and beauty, so of course they adore beautiful things. These eye-catching candy cane meringues are swirled with peppermint and have a dark chocolate base for additional decadence—an exquisite holiday treat Libras can’t resist.

Candy cane meringues

Candy cane meringues

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Scorpio (October 23 - November 22)

Don’t underestimate the rich combination that chocolate, cream, and rum can deliver. These chocolate rum balls are a little mysterious, a little intense, and a little sinful, much like the zodiac’s eighth sign.

3-ingredient Rumkugeln (Chocolate rum balls)

3-ingredient Rumkugeln (Chocolate rum balls)

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Sagittarius (November 23 - December 22)

Never one for much seriousness, Sags live for humor, which goes hand in hand with their social energy and joie de vivre. Always down for a fabulous time, Sags will love these buttery spritz cookies shaped as alphabet letters—an excellent outlet for their sharp tongues.

Spritz cookies

Spritz cookies

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Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Every Christmas platter needs a linzer cookie, but this Austrian confection requires a precision that only practical and pragmatic Capricorn can perform. Since they favor classics over trends, Caps are made for this cookie.

Linzer cookies

Linzer cookies

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Inventive Aquarius despises conventions, making this crème brûlée-inspired cookie an attractive and fun weekend project for the zodiac’s last air sign. The recipe requires using a flambé torch to lightly toast the vanilla pudding frosting, a step that harnesses Aquarius’ inner rebel and reconciles their need for individualism.

Gingerbread-spiced crème brûlée cookies

Gingerbread-spiced crème brûlée cookies

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

These crumbly sweet jam biscuits align with Pisces’ reputation for being sincere, generous, and nostalgic, often viewing the world behind rose-tinted glasses. Besides, only a Pisces would find the small thumbprint in a cookie charming.

Jam thumbprints

Jam thumbprints

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Do you resonate with these classic holiday bakes? Let us know in the comments!

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