Christmas Isn’t Just About Cookies

Tis the season for cookies!

I’ve never participated in a holiday cookie swap, but I hope to do that next year. Between a surgery next week and moving into our new house, I’m not going to have much time to bake around the holidays.

But I was thinking of the fun cookies and treats I’ve made this year.

I know most cookie swaps or holiday cookie trays include the more traditional items: gingerbread, molasses, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, frosted sugar cookies.

Maybe it’s time to revamp that cookie table!

Here are some of my favorites from 2010:

These aren’t even a baked good, but I think they were my favorite new item of the year.


Frozen Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough – bonus! They’re whole wheat and vegan…and you can hide them in your freezer.


Chocolate Mint Cookies. Need I say more? Mint is a requirement around the holidays (for me, anyway), and I’m a sucker for the green chips.



Want to make something outside the cookie jar? These Cream Cheese Brownies are rich and tangy and will look great on that holiday table.



Even if you don’t make molasses cookies or gingerbread, don’t pass on the ginger. I love the warmth it brings to baked goods, and combining it with dark chocolate is always a good idea. This Gingered Applesauce Cake with Dark Chocolate is one way to do just that.


What about you – are there certain cookies or baked goods your family always makes during the holidays? I want to hear them! Everyone can always use some new ideas.


Don’t forget to donate and help Holly  + me raise money for Jovenes en Camino, an orphanage in Honduras for abused, homeless and orphaned children. Tis’ the season!


  1. Everything looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!


  2. I LOVE applesauce cake. I hope to find some time to make cookies this year too, but I can’t narrow down which ones I want to make!

  3. I hope whatever the surgery is that it goes well. Those all look delicious!

  4. Thanks for posting those cookie recipes! They look delicious. I’m intrigued by the frozen cookie dough :)

  5. I’m currently narrowing down my Christmas cookie list! :) I plan to do a mint chocolate chip cookie of some variety, too…

  6. We do chocolate covered orange peel every holiday season…not a cookie but tradition (and SUGAR) nonetheless!

  7. Looks delicious! I always make gingersnaps (or gingerbread men), shortbread, chocolate no bakes, and Italian wedding cookies. :)

  8. What surgery?!?!

  9. I love baking around the holidays. I think I’ll be starting this weekend with the best peanut brittle… So i’m told by everyone who eats it.

    I need those frozen cookies in my freezer!

  10. I’m with you with the mint in cookies! It makes cookies so much better this time of year :) We like putting a dash of peppermint extract in our hot chocolate too :)

  11. I hope the surgery is nothing serious, and that you’ll recover quickly!

    I think I’ll have to make your cream cheese brownies! I don’t bake much, but they look and sound amazing!

  12. My absolute FAVORITE Christmas cookie is not even a cookie. It is my best friends Apricot Bars. I’ve counted down the days until I can have these again. So yum!

  13. I’m finally going to participate in a few cookie swaps this year–love your ideas, they all look delish!

  14. i am officially wanting to eat sweets for every meal today. i think those cookie dough sticks would send things over the top for me :)

  15. I love those cookie dough pops! So creataive.

    Just donated :-)

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