Learn the best sweet secrets of these seasonal must-haves―from dough to decorations, baking to freezing.
Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

If there's ever a time to pull out your mixing bowls, baking sheets, and wire racks, it's now. Baking multiple batches of cookies is a holiday tradition with benefits; you can enjoy the treats yourself (freezing some for later), or take them to a cookie swap or the office. You can also package them creatively to offer as gifts.

There are tricks that will help ensure success, especially when making lower-fat cookies. With such cookies, there is a narrower margin for error, and they may need to be handled differently than traditional cookies to achieve the same delicious results. We'll fill you in on the main cookie types and share all you need to know so your holiday season can be filled with crispy, chewy, or gooey goodies.