A baker’s dozen: Holiday cookie recipes perfect for parties or last-minute gifts

Holiday kids cookies: fanciful sugar cookies to decorate in any and every way.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Thinking of doing a little Christmas baking? There’s always time to whip up a batch of cookies, whether you’re planning for holiday parties or handmade gifts. From buttery wedding cookies to classic gingerbread and almond biscotti to pecan pie bars, these recipes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.