It’s not easy being green—especially for a cookie on St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many ways to flavor and decorate your cookies for this green-hued holiday, we can’t even list them all! But here’s a few of our favorites.

 

Shamrocks

You can’t have an Irish holiday without the iconic shamrock. Cover shamrock-shaped sugar cookies in gooey icing or pipe on a masterpiece with different shades of green. There are plenty of ways to decorate or you can use some of the ideas below to make your shamrock cookie dough green without food coloring.

 

Pot of Gold

Finding the treasure at the end of the rainbow is difficult, but making a pot of gold for yourself is easy when it’s a cookie. Shape, bake and decorate with green icing and gold sprinkles (yellow works too!). Make your cookies 3-D by creating dark chocolate cookie balls and drizzling them with caramel.

 

Chocolate Chip

You can go about a St. Patrick’s Day chocolate chip cookie three different ways. 1) Make the dough green and use regular chocolate chips. 2) Leave the dough natural and use green chocolate chips. 3) Color your dough green and use green chocolate chips! No matter how you do it, you’ll have the most festive cookies on the block.

 

M&M

These little candies are useful for a variety of baking needs, but our favorite is when we stick them into our cookie dough, of course! Only the green M&Ms—it is St. Patty’s Day. Spell out letters or make designs with your M&Ms. Bake a big batch to share with the kids or take to the office. You can’t go wrong with a custom styled cookie!

 

Mint

Mint is a flavor that compliments so many different cookies. Wrap a green mint in a dark chocolate dough and bake. When you bite into it, there’s a fun green surprise in the middle. Add a few drops of spearmint extract to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and you’ve suddenly got mint chocolate chip cookies.

 

Matcha

Tea has long been used as a flavoring for cookies and other baked goods. Its strong aromas and dough-coloring capabilities make it a perfect flavoring to create naturally green cookies. Finding just the right amount of matcha for your recipe is tricky so you may have to make several batches. Don’t worry, I’m sure your family won’t mind eating the rejected ones. They are still cookies, after all.

 

Pistachio

If tea isn’t your favorite, try pistachio. As they say, you can’t have just one…pistachio cookie, that is! Although we’re used to seeing bright green, pistachios won’t color your cookies this way on their own. Add a couple drops of green coloring to your dough or cover in bright green sprinkles to get the St. Patrick’s Day effect.

 

All-Natural Food Coloring

If you prefer your St. Patrick’s Day to be a little more authentic, try going for naturally made food dyes. You can make your own with recipes for both fruit and vegetable-based colors. There are also several brands that sell pre-made natural food coloring in your local stores or online.

 

Any of these cookies will make your tastebuds green with envy (and with icing). Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way you celebrate every other holiday—with cookies!

 

Having a long distance Valentine can be tough. You want to get them something that fully conveys how you feel and how much you miss them, but it’s looking like it might be yet another anti-climactic year of sending a gift direct from Amazon. There are better ways to celebrate love! Think outside the box this year and try for something with a more personal touch.

Care Package

Make a care package for your Valentine. If it’s the thought that counts, then it would follow that putting more thought into something counts more. Put effort into your care package and your valentine will appreciate it when they see how well you know them. Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a plate of your partner’s favorite cookies. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that the stomach is the quickest way to a person’s heart. I agree. You can never go wrong with food. Everyone eats, which means your gift will never spoil away on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Include a big plate of cookies, a photo of the two of you, and anything else your heart desires. Your valentine will love it.

Cookie Delivery Services

Does the oven shudder when you turn it on? Did your last batch of cookies remain unsold at the bake sale? No worries, let someone else make the cookies. Your valentine will understand (especially if they really know you!). Send them a bouquet, box, or even a piping hot plate of fresh baked cookies from the professionals. Choose from dozens of designs and imagine the look on their face as they open the door Valentine’s Day morning to warm cookies and milk. It’s almost as good as waking up on Valentine’s Day to breakfast in bed—if that breakfast were cookies, that is. Even when you can’t be there to bake them yourself, that plate-full of chocolaty love reminds your valentine of how much you care.

Gifts for Others

Does your valentine have kids or a loving furry companion? Include something for them. More than likely the kids were going to help mom or dad eat that glorious cookie bouquet you sent, but why not get them each their own instead? Being recognized individually and not just sharing in someone else’s gift is a great way to earn points with that person. If it’s a dog or cat, send some edible pet cookies to match. If you’re sending a care package, include ingredients for your valentine to bake cookies with their kids. You’re saying to them, even if I can’t be there, I want you to be making happy memories. Your valentine will be sure to find it romantic when you think of others.

There are plenty of cliché gifts to send your valentine – chocolates (melty), flowers (droopy), teddy bear (useless). Send them something they really want. Send them cookies!

P.S. Cookies are a great option, even if you wake up next to your Valentine every day.

Personally, the Santa that visits my home doesn’t seem to mind what kind of cookies are left out for him seeing as the plate is always empty in the morning. This year, why not surprise Santa with something new? Try a cookie bouquet! Making a cookie bouquet is easier than you think, but it does require some supplies that you may not have on hand. It’s also a great way to spend time with family or friends baking and decorating these cookies. The hardest part of this cookie bouquet is not eating all the cookies before Santa gets there.

First, pick a theme. If you already have some basic shaped cookie cutters, see what you can make out of them. (Remember, you can always decorate a basic shape to make it look like something else.) If you want to get creative, try heading to your local craft or baking store to see what they have. You may even find some cookie cutters in dollar stores or other odd places so keep your eyes peeled.

While you’re out shopping for cookie cutters, you’ll need to find a base for your bouquet. Again, this can be as simple, decorative, or quirky as you want. If you’re sticking to the holiday theme, don’t forget to look through your Christmas decorations for something you may be able to use as a basket, vase, or any other cookie base. Don’t worry if it’s sentimental, I suspect Santa will just eat the cookies and leave the plate. You’ll also want to get some foam to pack your base with so your cookies stand up properly. Many types of foam will work, but the green foam that people use for actual flower bouquets works perfectly for supporting cookies.

Now onto the cookie part! You can bake whatever kind of cookies your heart desires, but a good ol’ fashioned sugar cookie does make the best blank canvas for decorations. You’ll need to bake the supporting sticks into the cookies. If you try to skewer your cookies after they’re already baked, you’ll end up with a lot of crumbly messes. Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, kebob sticks or really anything that can be placed in the oven without setting it on fire can be used as supports.  It’s a good idea to have a general idea of how your cookies will actually be arranged in your base since you’ll want some short and some tall. Design and decide this ahead of time so you aren’t wishing you’d put that certain cookie on a longer stick.

After baking comes the decorating and final assembly. Decorate however you want! If you feel like getting fancy, you can buy some piping tips in different sizes and shapes. You can make your own icing or just get simple white icing pre-made from the store and add food coloring. If you’re going to be mixing lots of colors, get gloves so your hands aren’t tie-dyed come Christmas morning. Arrange the cookies in your base as you designed it, making sure to push the sticks firmly into the foam and making sure the foam is packed tightly inside the vessel so your cookies won’t fall over.

Once the cookies are arranged, add your final touches. If you went for a winter or Christmas theme, you can cover the top of your base in powdered sugar to look like snow. If you went outside the box with your design then choose something like tinsel or tissue paper to place between cookies. Anything can work, but your bouquet won’t look complete until you’ve hidden the foam with decorations. Add a fun Christmas tag, place it next to the tree with a glass of milk, and if you can stay up, try to sneak a peek at Santa’s face when he’s surprised with his very own cookie bouquet.

If you’re not the crafting type, don’t worry. CookieBouquets.com has the perfect Christmas bouquet to impress Santa (we won’t tell him you didn’t make it yourself). Choose simple winter-themed cookies like snowflakes and snowmen. Make Santa laugh with your crazy Christmas sweater bouquet. Or aim to impress with a mini-tree complete with cookie ornaments. Whatever you want for Santa this year, we’ve got you covered.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there’s so much to be thankful for—especially cookies! Here are the top 10 reasons you should be thankful for cookies too…

Cookies are Delicious
Let’s face it, the number one reason we eat (and love) cookies is that they are simply delicious. From sweet to salty to nutty, your taste buds explode with every mouthful. Texture enhances flavor, with gooey, crunchy, or anything in between.

Cookies Inspire Creativity
Cookies can inspire creativity in many different ways. You can try a new recipe or even make up your own. Simple shapes can be decorated artfully, or you can mold your dough into a whole menagerie of animals or a city being attacked by monsters. Cookies allow your imagination to run wild!

Cookies Bring Families Together  
There’s nothing to be more grateful for than family and cookies are a great way to bring the family together. Gather the kids and a few mixing bowls and soon everyone will be smiling, laughing, and looking forward to the wonderful treats you made together.

Cookies Can be Good for You
Oatmeal, anyone? Cookies don’t have to be all sugar and butter. There are vegan cookies, alternative grain cookies, fruit stuffed cookies, and even breakfast protein cookies. Making dough from scratch also means no preservatives or fake ingredients.

Cookies Smell Good
All of our sense can be thankful for cookies as our noses catch a whiff of delicious dough baking. Instead of buying a cookie-scented candle, bake a batch of cookies! Not only does is the smell enjoyable, but the anticipation it brings makes your cookies taste better. The smell also lingers to leave a lasting effect.

Cookies Bring Happiness
I can’t imagine someone eating a cookie and crying at the same time—unless they’re tears of joy! Cookies make people happy. Whether it’s a cute design, a great taste, or a happy memory of making it with family and friends, a cookie is sure to bring happiness into your life.

Cookies are Never Boring
With so many possibilities out there, cookies are something you’ll never get bored with! Even your favorite song or television program can get boring at times. But even if you’ve made the same cookie 100 times before, you’ll still be smiling as you pull the 101st batch out of the oven.

Cookies are Portable
The portability of cookies is a blessing everyone can be thankful for. Not only does it mean we can take them wherever we want, but it also makes them easy to eat with a single hand, leaving you free to multitask. Sending family or guests away with

Cookies Make us Smile
Sometimes you don’t even need to bite into a cookie for it to make you smile. With cute shapes like autumn leaves, emojis, sports equipment, and more, you’ll be thankful that something so simple can bring so much joy.

Cookies Make us Friends
Cookies are only as good as the people you share them with. Whether it’s bringing family together at the end of a holiday meal or a simple ‘get well’ for a sick friend, cookies bring people together in a way that no other food does. Seriously, have you ever made a friend by sharing a salad? We thought not.

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.