If we had a cookie for every time one of you asked us about our annual issue devoted to the holiday sweets, well, we’d have a lot of cookies. Which is kind of the point, right? This year, we have 26 for your baking consideration. There are vegan, gluten-free and no-bake options, as well as flavors that range from chocolate to citrus and basil to bourbon. In other words, something for everyone, because everyone loves cookies. Happy baking, and sharing.

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Berlin Curd Cheese Cookies (Berlins’ke Pechyvo) (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Berlin Curd Cheese Cookies (Berlins’ke Pechyvo): Perfect for tea time, these wedge-shaped beauties get their richness from cottage cheese.


Bourbon Biscuits. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Bourbon Biscuits: The filling of these sandwich cookies is spiked with a bit of booze.


Calissons d’Aix. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Calissons d’Aix: So elegant you’d never know they were no-bake.


Cornmeal and Cherry Thumbprint Cookies. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Cornmeal and Cherry Thumbprint Cookies: From Maggie Austin LaBaugh, the couture cake designer who just took over as culinary director at Buzz Bakeshop.


Crisp Oat Caramel Cookies. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Crisp Oat Caramel Cookies: Ground cardamom gives these lacy cookies a traditional Scandinavian twist.


Crunchy Almond Cookies (Croquants de Cordes-sur-Ciel). (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Crunchy Almond Cookies (Croquants de Cordes-sur-Ciel): A French treat for almond junkies.


Dulce de Leche Macaroons. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Dulce de Leche Macaroons: Five ingredients, one bowl. Bam.


Garibaldis. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Garibaldis: Another nice accompaniment to tea, especially because they are reminiscent of British Eccles cakes.


Giant New York Walnut and Chocolate Cookies. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Giant New York Walnut and Chocolate Cookies: Big enough to share, if you can bear to do so.


Hippie Crispy Treats. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Hippie Crispy Treats: Has a little more going on than the cereal-box recipe of your childhood.


Boozy Chocolate Bites. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Boozy Chocolate Bites: A bourbon ball to add to your repertoire.


Iced Coffee Cookies. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Iced Coffee Cookies: Coffee goes into both the dough and the glaze.


Italian Hazelnut Kisses (Baci di Dama). (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Italian Hazelnut Kisses (Baci di Dama): Chocolate and hazelnut, such a classic combination.


Key Lime Bars. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Key Lime Bars: If you’re not on a warm Florida vacation, at least you can eat like you are.


Lime Cornmeal Cookies. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Lime Cornmeal Cookies: Bright lime and sweet cornmeal make a happy marriage.


Maple and Fig Shortbread. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Maple and Fig Shortbread: For a grown-up plate for Santa — serve with beer, not milk.


Peanut Butter Turtle Cookie Cups. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Peanut Butter Turtle Cookie Cups: Pretty sure that photo says it all.


Pine Nut, Orange and Chocolate Drop Cookies. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Pine Nut, Orange and Chocolate Drop Cookies: They’d probably be eaten faster anyway, but these can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature.


Salted Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Salted Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars: Salty, sweet and swoon-worthy.


Sicilian Almond Cookies. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Sicilian Almond Cookies: A delicate and crunchy offering from the Silver Spoon Kitchen.


Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Birdhouses. (Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post/For The Washington Post)

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Birdhouses: Seriously. How cute. Are. These.


Vanilla Basil Shorties (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Vanilla Basil Shorties: Trust us, the basil works.


Vegan Gingerbread Snowflakes. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Vegan Gingerbread Snowflakes: New York cookie baker Patti Paige says some people prefer this recipe over her regular gingerbread.


Gluten-Free Snowballs (Italian Wedding Cookies). (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Gluten-Free Snowballs (Italian Wedding Cookies): You just have to buy one gluten-free flour mix rather than combining several types.


Grandma’s Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies. (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Grandma’s Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies: A festive-looking family recipe suitable for the wheat-free set.


Dorie Greenspan’s No-Bake Holiday Cookie Cubes. (Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post/For The Washington Post)

Dorie Greenspan’s No-Bake Holiday Cookie Cubes: Like cookie butter? It’s in here.