With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for the busy time ahead. Whether you and your loved ones are traveling or staying at home for the holidays, one seasonal staple can accompany you wherever you decide to go: your long-treasured holiday traditions.

One of the most loved and widespread holiday customs is leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve before bedtime. To make this tradition a little easier and more enjoyable for you and Santa this year, we’ve decided to talk to Santa about his favorite cookies. While he will gladly eat any cookie, he definitely has his top ten favorites.

Chocolate Chip cookies

You can never go wrong with these classic, delicious cookies. Santa himself lists these as his favorites, and he prefers them soft and gooey with lots of chocolate chips. If you decide to leave these out for him, make sure there’s a glass of cold milk nearby!

Sugar cookies

The beloved, melt-in-your-mouth flavor and texture of a good sugar cookie is irresistible, especially to Santa! These typically plain looking cookies make the perfect canvas if you’re the creative type, as they lend themselves well to decoration. Tap into your innovative side and use various cookie cutters and icing to make these cookies look like miniature stockings, snowflakes, candy canes, mittens, or christmas trees. If you’re feeling especially creative, try fashioning these cookies into the holiday season’s newest and biggest trend, ugly Christmas sweaters.

Read more: 8 Out-of-the-Box Christmas Cookie Ideas

Peanut Butter cookies

Simultaneously nutty and sweet, these cookies are notoriously soft and exceptionally delicious. Santa likes these cookies extra peanut buttery-y!

Gingerbread cookies

Another holiday classic, gingerbread cookies can come in many shapes and sizes. Perhaps most well known in the shape of gingerbread men, thanks to the nursery rhyme, the ginger gives these cookies an unmistakable spice. Santa loves when these cookies are decorated and shaped into a gingerbread family.

Pizzelles

Santa definitely has a soft spot for these anise-flavored Italian cookies. Pizzelles are traditional holiday cookies in Italy, and bear a striking resemblance to thin waffles.

Snickerdoodles

The enticing combination of cinnamon and sugar that tops Snickerdoodles is too good for anyone to resist, particularly Santa. These cookies are perfectly chewy in the center and crunchy on the edges, the union of which make for one tasty cookie.

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies

Another classic, much-loved cookie, the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, and sweet lands this cookie on Santa’s top ten list. The white chocolate macadamia nut cookie proves that white chocolate and macadamia nuts go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Oatmeal Raisin cookies

Sometimes, Santa craves a more nutritious cookie during his trip around the world on December 24th. While this cookie is by no means a health food, it’s certainly more nutritious than the rest of the cookies on this list. Santa loves to see this notably chewy cookie left out for him on Christmas Eve.

M&M cookies

M&M cookies are essentially a treat within a treat. The combination of the chewy cookie, the crunchy shell of the M&Ms, and the melted chocolate inside provide a variety of different textures, each equally delicious. The vibrant hues of the M&M’s add extra color to the cookies, which never fails to catch Santa’s eye.

Double chocolate chunk cookies

Last but definitely not least, these double chocolate cookies are always a rich treat for Santa. A favorite of chocolate lovers everywhere, these cookies are double the chocolate in the best way possible. If you’re feeling somewhat creative, try switching up the chocolate chips in the cookies and try the different flavor combinations that white, milk, and dark chocolate provide.

Every year our families gather around the table to give thanks for all that is good in our lives. While we toast to our good health and our continued good fortunes throughout the year, we should also take a moment and give thanks for cookies. Cookies are warm, delicious mouthfuls of joy and I for one am very grateful to have them in my life. This Thanksgiving, why not try something new with these fun and easy recipes…

Pumpkin Meringue

It just isn’t autumn without pumpkin flavored everything and while recipes for pumpkin and chocolate or pumpkin and oatmeal or pumpkin and peanut butter abound, why not just enjoy pumpkin all by it’s lonesome? You can with this simple pumpkin meringue cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp liquid pumpkin spice extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg

Directions:

  • 1)Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • 2)Whisk egg whites in a clean bowl for 30 seconds or until frothy
  • 3)Add in vinegar, cornstarch, and pumpkin spice extract
  • 4)With the mixer on high, beat the ingredients while adding sugar in a slow, steady stream
  • 5)Beat on high for an additional 4 minutes until peaks form
  • 6)Pipe mixture onto parchment paper lined baking sheet (*hint* use a quart sized plastic bag with a corner cut off for easy design making)
  • 7)Sprinkle nutmeg on top of cookies for added color and flavor
  • 8)Bake at 200 degrees for 80 minutes
  • 9)Turn off the oven and let meringues sit for at least 4 hours (or overnight) – DO NOT open oven door during cooking or cooling
  • 10)Once set, remove from tray and enjoy!

Apple Pie Cookies

It’s very difficult for me to choose a favorite dessert since there are such a variety of tastes, textures, and styles, but during Thanksgiving it’s always a hard choice between cookies or pie. If you don’t like to choose, but eating both is too much food, just try this ingenious recipe for apple pie cookies. The best part about this recipe is that you can just as easily make it from scratch or using pre-made ingredients. Who said you can’t have your pie and eat it in cookie form too?

Ingredients:

  • 2 homemade or store bought, ready-to-bake pie crusts
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 ¾ cups apple pie filling (canned or fresh made)
  • 1 egg – lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar

Directions

  • 1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • 2)Lay out one pie crust and add caramel sauce in a thin layer
  • 3)Spread apple filling across caramel, using a spatula or your palms to ensure an even layer
  • 4)Cut remaining pie crust into ½ inch strips and lay over apple mixture in a lattice pattern (*hint* there are plenty of ways to get creative with your top crust so don’t think you have to do just the normal criss-cross)
  • 5)Using a round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • 6)Brush the tops of cookies with the lightly beaten egg and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over generously
  • 7)Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
  • 8)Cool, serve, and enjoy! (Maybe along with a bowl of vanilla ice cream)

Plain Sugar Cookies

After the two delicious recipes above, you may be wondering how a plain old sugar cookie made the list. Well, this one isn’t so much about the cookie itself, but more about the act of making it. Nothing is an easier (or more delicious) way of occupying the kids than setting them down at the table to decorate sugar cookies. Start with a plain sugar cookie, either store bought or homemade and bake accordingly. Allow your cookies to cool completely before decorating them. You can use anything and everything for decorating, but there are a few good supplies to always have on hand…

Tools:

  • Plain white royal icing
  • Variety of food coloring
  • Rubber or latex gloves (for use when mixing colors)
  • Quart freezer bags for use as piping bags
  • Decorative icing tips
  • Spatulas
  • Toothpicks
  • Food color markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Parchment paper

When it comes to the holidays, let’s be thankful that we have happy homes and healthy families, but let us not also forget to be thankful for the abundance of cookies there are to make and enjoy. Try one of our delicious recipes and your taste buds may just end up thanking you this Thanksgiving.

The spooky spirit of Halloween makes it a favorite day for some, but also a day others try their best to avoid. Halloween is reminiscent of all the things people love about fall: from pumpkin picking and carving to haunted houses and even scary movies, everyone is certain to find something about the season that they absolutely love.

Whether or not you choose to dress up this upcoming October 31st, you’re most definitely going to indulge in some sweet treats. The Halloween season brings about some of the best of the best in terms of dessert, and here are our picks of the season for Halloween-inspired cookies:

Pumpkin cookie

What is more iconic of the Halloween season than pumpkins? From jack-o-lanterns to lattes, pumpkin makes an appearance nearly everywhere in the month of October.

Pumpkin cookies can come in many different forms. You may choose to break out the frosting and decorate a sugar cookie to look like a pumpkin, or maybe you’ll put your baking skills to the test and make a soft and chewy pumpkin flavored cookie. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed with pumpkin this season!

Candy

Nothing puts you in the Halloween spirit like candy! While everyone has their own childhood favorite, putting any type of sugary confection on a cookie is enough to make anyone smile.

Candy corn is definitely the sweet most typical of Halloween; but every kind of candy is a good choice as a cookie topping! Whether you prefer chocolates, chewy sweets, or hard candy, putting your favorite one on cookies this Halloween season is sure to be a hit!

Gooey caramel

Another flavor that’s iconic of the Halloween season is caramel. The sweet and sticky candy makes the perfect addition to any cookie by adding a deliciously gooey center.

The next time you’re whipping up a batch of your favorite cookies, consider adding in a piece of caramel and indulging in a gooey treat!

Creepy treats

Halloween is a holiday dedicated to all things creepy and scary, and that is shown in all aspects of the season. From home décor to music, there is a little something spooky in everything.

In order to truly celebrate the season, you might as well even decorate your cookies in a spooky fashion! This is where you can truly let your creativity shine and your ideas run wild. There are endless spooky cookie designs and shapes to explore. Eyeballs, spider webs, and ghosts are only the beginning–the rest is up to your imagination!

Skull cookies

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday honoring the dead that is celebrated around Halloween-time. One of the most iconic parts of the celebration are the elaborately decorated skulls.

Try out your decoration skills by decorating cookies in skull shapes in the typical Dia de los Muertos style. They’re so easy to make uniquely your own, and you can really use your creativity to show off your personal style.

Hopefully these ideas spark your imagination and get you ready for the upcoming Halloween season. Whether you try out one of these ideas or come up with your own unique design, make sure you send us pictures of your devilish creations!

It’s almost September, which means the most wonderful time of the year is only a few short months away. The holiday season is special for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a season devoted to spending time with loved ones. It’s also a time to reflect on the year as a whole and to give thanks. However, it’s also a time to bring out your most beloved holiday traditions. Whether you enjoy decorating the tree or decking the halls, everyone has a favorite seasonal activity. One of the most popular and time-honored holiday activities is decorating Christmas cookies. While decorating gingerbread men and snowflakes will always be fun, creating the same designs every year can get old. If you’re looking to branch out, these eight decoration ideas are sure to breathe new life into your favorite cookie recipes.

Half-dipped “ornaments”

If you love making ornament-shaped Christmas cookies, try this trend. After making a circular, bulb-shaped cookie, dip half of it in melted chocolate. Then, either leave the chocolate as is, or decorate the chocolate-covered half with sprinkles or other small candies. These fun cookies require little effort, but end up looking great.

Ornamental copycats

For another creative decoration idea that involves ornaments, try recreating the design of your favorite ornament on a cookie. Simply bake the cookie in the shape of that particular ornament and grab some colored icing. After that, tap into your artistic skills and get to work!

Haute snowmen

Sick of the same old snowmen cookies? Maybe it’s time to spice them up. Instead of the corncob pipe and top hat, try giving your snowmen cookies varied accessories. Plenty of interesting and edible accessories can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. Use these to create scarves, hats, and even shoes for your snowmen.

Ugly Christmas sweaters

Let’s be honest, ugly Christmas sweaters are a staple of the holiday season; the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re already seeing them everywhere, why not work them into your Christmas cookie repertoire? Even better, make an ugly Christmas sweater cookie that matches a sweater you already have.

Miniature gingerbread houses

No time to make a full-sized gingerbread house this year? Try making a cookie version! Just use a house-shaped cookie cutter, various candies, and plenty of icing.

Bite-sized look-alikes

What better to go with your mini gingerbread house than a mini cookie family? Whether modeled after your own family or conjured up from your imagination, personalized gingerbread people are a fun take on this holiday classic.

Poinsettia cookies

These bold and beautiful holiday flowers look just as good as Christmas cookies as they do around your home. Depending on what look you want, you can create these cookies in two different ways. If you’re looking for a faster and easier way to put these cookies together, you can simply use red icing to create the iconic holiday flower. However, if you’re looking for a more intricate design, you can create individual petal cookies and place them together to create the Poinsettia.

Smitten with mittens

Winter essentials, like mittens, make great Christmas cookies. Mitten-shaped cookie cutters are inexpensive and easy to find, making this a must for your holiday cookie batch. You can then stock up on icing and design your own mittens, or model them after a pair you already own. Want a full set? Create a hat or scarf cookie to match.

We hope these decorative ideas inspired you to start planning some out-of-the-box Christmas cookies ideas for this holiday season. Want to show off your creations? Make sure to share some photos of your holiday masterpieces with us!

Picture this: the smell of warm, fresh-baked cookies wafting through the air…it’s enough to make your mouth water. From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin, the cookie options are truly endless, as are the ways people choose to enjoy them.

While it’s no secret that everyone loves cookies, the way people go about eating their favorite treat varies greatly. Although there are a truly unlimited ways to enjoy cookies, here are some of our favorite ways to eat them!

Cookies with milk

The classic. Dunking a warm, chocolate chip cookie into a cold glass of milk is one of the most satisfying ways to enjoy this sweet treat, and also probably the most common. From the after school snack to what’s left out for Santa, cookies and milk is something that can be enjoyed by anyone.

The smooth, creamy flavor of the milk complements the crunchiness of the cookie perfectly, which is exactly what makes it the perfect drink for washing down everyone’s favorite snack.

Ice cream sandwich cookies

One of the most iconic treats of summer is the ice cream sandwich. You can’t go wrong with a thick block of ice cream nestled between two delicious cookies. Whether or not you choose two of the same cookie or decide to switch it up and mix and match, there is no bad combination of an ice cream sandwich.

It’s no wonder the sound of the ice cream truck in the summer has kids running to get their own ice cream sandwich!

Raw

What’s better than raw cookie dough? Eating it when your mom said you can’t. Eating cookies raw is nostalgic and brings you back to your childhood memories of baking with your mom, which is why it’s one of the best ways to eat cookies.

No matter if you make cookie dough with the intention of eating it raw, or if you just like to lick the spoon after you make the batter, there’s no question that raw cookie dough will make you smile.

Cookie cake

Nothing is more traditional than a cookie cake at a birthday party. While it reminds you of your childhood, the cookie cake is something that can be enjoyed at all ages.

It’s the best option for frosting lovers and haters alike, and the design options are endless, which makes it perfect for any occasion. Cookie cakes are also perfect because they come in many sizes, making them the perfect treat for one person or for many.

Cookies with good company

No matter how you choose to enjoy your cookies, the absolute best way to eat them is when you share them with the people you love. You can give cookies for any number of reasons, or for absolutely no reason at all.

No matter what makes you choose to give someone cookies, we know that it will definitely make their day much sweeter. So the next time you’re in the mood to enjoy some cookies, pick up a few extra to share!

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