With all the falling leaves and pumpkin spice flavored food and drink, it’s Halloween season! As kids, we looked forward to dressing up as our favorite superhero and collecting as much candy as possible. But Halloween shouldn’t be all about the candy. There are a million other sweet treats to consider, including cookies! Here are some Halloween inspired ideas for your next baking adventure.

Spider Cookies

Choose your favorite cookie and bake a big batch. While they’re still warm from the oven, press an upside-down peanut butter cup into the center of the cookie. Let it cool then decorate with brown icing to draw legs and add sugar eyes for a full effect.

Pumpkin Cookies

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a beautifully carved jack-o-lantern. You can make pumpkin cookies using a specialty shaped cookie cutter or by forming round cookies and adding a small stem. Once baked, let them cool, then decorate with orange and black icing. Set up a decorate-your-own-pumpkin station and allow the kids or your party guests to make their own delicious treat.

Candy Corn

There’s nothing more fun (or confusing) than making something that appears to be something else. Enter–the candy corn cookie. Use a simple dough and form large triangles. Round the corners slightly and bake. After cooling, decorate with orange icing at the base of the triangle, yellow in the middle, and white at the tip.

Ghosts

For centuries, the plain white bedsheet has been used as the perfect last-minute ghost costume. For an extra haunted holiday, make ghost shaped cookies! Use a specialty cookie cutter or free-form your own creative ghost shapes. Use lots of white icing with black accents for a scary face and eyes.

The options for Halloween cookies are only limited by your imagination. Whether it’s a simple cookie with “trick-or-treat” written in icing or an elaborate creation made to mimic a severed finger, cookies are the answer to your every Halloween, sweet-treat need.

 

It’s back-to-school time and everyone is madly preparing for another year of lost shoes in the morning, fighting over homework, and keeping up with activity-filled schedules. During all your preparation, don’t forget to spread a little cheer and celebrate the wonderful moments of learning that school brings.

The Teacher

Teachers are the backbone of the school system and you’ll need to form a good relationship with them to communicate about your child’s progression. Nothing says “I’m serious about education” like bringing a teacher appreciation cookie bouquet to meet-the-teacher night. If your kid is a bit of a troublemaker, cookies can be a great way of thanking a teacher for their patience.

First Day

Whether it’s just the next grade up or a whole new school, the very first day can be nerve-wracking for many kids. Friendships may have changed over the summer, your kids could have been placed in an advanced math class, or maybe you just want to show them a little extra love. Whatever the reason, there’s no better way than a surprise box of cookies in their lunchbox. Get a larger bouquet to share with a few best friends or send your kids with a full cookie platter to share with everyone. That’s sure to get their year off on the right foot.

Little Victories

As school progresses, lots of changes take place. Homework assignments get longer, tests get harder, and activities start. Celebrate your kid making the team with a sports themed bouquet or show them they’re a star when they are cast in the school play. Academic requirements and competition amongst peers get stronger every year. Positive reinforcement can encourage kids when they’re doing a good job. Try this smart cookie bouquet that’s sure to make them proud of their first A+ of the year.

There are plenty of reasons to order a cookie bouquet this year. Whether it’s for the teacher, your child, or the entire class, we have the perfect bouquet for you. Don’t wait for an extra-special occasion. Celebrate everyday moments and show your appreciation and love in a way that everyone understands–cookies!

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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.