Love and Olive Oil - Eat to Live. Cook to Love.

Annual Holiday Gingerbread Cookies (& one last GIVEAWAY)

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Ahh, the annual tradition of gingerbread.

AKA: how I spent my Thanksgiving vacation.

All of it.

Tediously cutting. And baking. And piping. And flooding. And cutting out miniature fondant scarves.

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies Packaged for Shipping

But you know what? They turned out so gosh darn cute it was totally worth it. Robin and I are getting better, don’t you think?

Holiday Christmas Cookie Packaging

It was also my first year shipping the fragile boys and girls to relatives. I haven’t heard of any casualties, so I am assuming they all made it to their destination with heads and toes in tact.

And because I’m sure people will ask… The cookies were first sealed inside cute cello bags (XL size), which fit perfectly inside these glossy white gift boxes, which in turn were the perfect size to stack (lightly wrapped in bubblewrap) inside the square Priority mail boxes. Each box was tied with either pretty grosgrain ribbon or two colors of baker’s twine, and labeled with a printed sticker of my own design. I sent two varieties of cookies, the gingerbeads pictured above and a tasty mocha shortbread cookie (recipe to come). Precious!

(By the way, if you’re looking for the gingerbread recipe, it’s my grandmother Bettie’s. And you can find it right here.)

Holiday Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

All good things have to come to and end. Such is the case with giveaway week. I thought, what better way to end such a fabulous week than with a homemade gift box? That’s right, I’ll be giving away not one, but TWO gift boxes filled with homemade goodies from the Love & Olive Oil kitchen. What’s inside? Well, I’m not exactly sure yet. Chances are good you’ll get some jam, and surely some cookies or other festive sweets. But who knows what else I’ll decide to throw in there. It’ll be good though, that I can promise you! The boxes will be shipped out on Monday, and should arrive at your doorstep just in time for Christmas. Joy!

****GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your all time favorite holiday cookie? (And, you know, feel free to link to the recipe in case someone else *cough*like me*cough* wants to try them…)

Entries open through 12/19/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Monday, December 20th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from yours truly. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY (sorry International folks… I’ll try to track down a non-perishable giveaway for you soon!)

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I just entered to win a homemade holiday gift box of goodies from @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/eDdv43
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 24 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

Disclaimer: The goodies in this giveaway are homemade, made in my own (non commercial) kitchen. I’ve personally eaten and will sample all the edibles contained in the gift box prior to sending them, however should you win, you consume at your own risk. Please don’t sue me. Thanks!

Share this Post:

You may also like...

201 CommentsLeave a Comment →

  1. 101
    Louise
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I like you on Facebook

    Reply

  2. 102
    Bobbi
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Sugar cookie cutouts!

    Reply

  3. 103
    TZel
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Mexican Wedding Cake cookies and Windmills. Thanks!

    Reply

  4. 104
    Lisa
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    My mom used to make several different kinds every year. My fav was a sandwich-type cookie (can’t remember its name). There were two cookies with coconut in them and swirl of ganache in between. So yummy and addicting. Even better frozen! I’m an FB fan and I’ll be tweeting!

    Reply

  5. 105
    Anne
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Sugar cookies with almond glaze!

    Reply

  6. 106
    Gina
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    OK, favorite holiday cookie is a pizzelle… I WISH I knew my grandma’s recipe. Every time I make them they’re always too dry. I sure miss her. :)

    Reply

  7. 107
    Autumn
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Lime meltaways… my mom’s specialty. Let me know if you want the recipe. Our citrus in Florida is peaking in winter, so it’s a perfect winter cookie for way-down south. :)

    Reply

  8. 108
    Chelsea
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Bacon chocolate chip cookies!!!

    Reply

  9. 109
    Cheryl
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Gingersnaps and thick, chewy frosted sugar cookies! Mmmmmm…….! Both are great with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
    My gingersnap recipe uses oil instead of butter or shortening. So maybe they’re a little healthier? I’ll pass it along if you’d like it.

    Reply

  10. 110
    Cheryl
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I am also a FB fan!

    Reply

  11. 111
    Lisa Gilmore
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Jewish shortbread (crescent moon shaped.) YUM!!!

    Reply

  12. 112
    Lisa Gilmore
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Already a fan / like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook!

    Reply

  13. 113
    Laura Prestler
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I LOVE sugar cookies frosted! We also love making M&M cookies – they look so festive and are a just a great addition to all the other fancy spreads!

    Reply

  14. 114
    Laura Prestler
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I like you on FB.

    Reply

  15. 115
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I love chocolate crackle cookies, but have recently discovered ginger shortbread…might be my new favorite!

    Reply

  16. 116
    Emily
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:51 am

    sugar cookies :)

    Reply

  17. 117
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 12:56 am

    The cookie I must have every Christmas is the family almond crescent recipe my dad makes every year! So deliciously decadent yet light tasting, they’re amazing right out of the oven or 4 weeks old! Plus, a glass of eggnog puts them right over the top!

    Reply

  18. 118
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Cornmeal crisps. Can’t remember where we got the recipe, but we make them every year and they are awesome.

    Reply

  19. 119
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Just “liked” your page on facebook!

    Reply

  20. 120
    moonsword
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 3:34 am

    my favorites are my grandma’s fig cookies

    Reply

  21. 121
    PD
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 3:35 am

    oatmeal raisin cookies are the best!

    Reply

  22. 122
    Lynn BB
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 7:04 am

    My favorite our my mom’s thumbprint cookies.

    Reply

  23. 123
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Ever since reading “The Pirates Mixed-up Voyage” as a kid, I have always added pepper to my gingerbread (to make it super-hot). Fav cookies? Almond and cinnamon (with sneaky added ginger, cardamom and pepper). Mine never look as beautiful as yours (mine are ‘rustic’ looking but delicious!)

    Reply

  24. 124
    Carolyn
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips

    Reply

  25. 125
    Jen
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Peanut Butter Blossoms!

    Reply

  26. 126
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    This year I’m all about gingerbread men! I love the way you packaged those.. the stickers are too cute!

    Reply

  27. 127
    Christine
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Nothing beats a fresh-from -the-oven chocolate chip cookie, but this year I can’t seem to get enough Spekulatius!

    Reply

  28. 128
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Gingerbread sandwich cookies! Made them for the first time last year but they are definitely coming back this year: http://siblingcutlery.com/2009/12/25/holiday-cookie-madness-part-4-gingerbread-sandwich-cookies/

    Reply

  29. 129
    Caitlin
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

    oatmeal butterscotch! i only make them at christmas time. last xmas i was in england and they dont sell butterscotch chips. i attempted to make them with a butterscotch flavored chocolate bar. failure. cant wait to make them again tomorrow!
    ps love love love your blog fb friend

    Reply

  30. 130
    Maria
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    It’s not really a cookie but my mom only makes them for Christmas – fudgy bon bons! Very delicious. http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/fudgy-bonbons/96997a31-793f-4411-b43e-e8b154de46c1/

    Reply

  31. 131
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

    It is SO hard to pic just one favorite cookie….
    I love almost all cookies, but I recently tried a cookie that is very similar to an Armenian cookie, Ghorebeh… I found it online, called Melting Moments… Its a nut-less snowball, but very light because of the corn starch! http://agulbenk.blogspot.com/2010/12/melting-moments.html

    Reply

  32. 132
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

    i recently made margarita cookies that just feel so festive. excellent giveaway!

    Reply

  33. 133
    Meghan
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Snickerdoodles!

    Reply

  34. 134
    Meghan
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  35. 135
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I love persimmon cookies around this time of year. The large persimmons are plentiful. You let them get real soft and mushy and they make the best darn cookie. Email me and I’ll send you the recipe.

    Reply

  36. 136
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I too am a Facebook fan. I go by AliCakes.

    Reply

  37. 137
    Jess :)
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    classic chocolate chip cookies. Nothing goes better with a tall glass of milk than chocolate chip cookies.

    Reply

  38. 138
    traci
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    My favorite holiday cookies are “Forgotten Cookies”….meringue with dark chocolate chips and walnuts. Yum!

    Reply

  39. 139
    traci
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the contest!

    Reply

  40. 140
    Jackie Marino
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    We make ” Strawberry cookies” which originate in StrawberryPoint Iowa. They are made at Christmas time because of the green and red colors. Basically they are chopped dates, walnuts, rice crispys, butter, and vanilla. The dough is shaped into bite sized strawberry shapes and rolled in red sugar. Green frosting leaves are piped on. They are little bites of wonder and joy-unlike any other .

    Reply

  41. 141
    Katharine
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    My favorite are the ginger molasses cookies that I make every year! They’re so delicious, and so moist. Unfortunately I don’t have the recipe online, as it’s one I made up. : (

    Reply

  42. 142
    Katharine
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I also have liked you on facebook!

    Reply

  43. 143
    Kerri
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    i absolutely love gingersnaps!
    with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, they are the best. :)

    Reply

  44. 144
    Jenny
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Russian tea cakes- because the only time I get them are during the holidays!

    Reply

  45. 145
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Cashew cookies or gingerbread!

    Reply

  46. 146
    Suziee A.`
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Date Pinwheels!

    Reply

  47. 147
    Julia
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    My favorite holiday cookies are my mom’s Biscochos, a mexican cookie compared to wedding cookies.

    Reply

  48. 148
    Julia
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook! :)

    Reply

  49. 149
    Mel
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Really, cookies weren’t a thing we did for holidays..it was either pudding pies or some sort of cake. But if I do have to pick a cookie, it would be gingerbread. =o]

    Reply

  50. 150
    Rachel
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Cute gingerbread cookies!
    Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite.. mmmmm.

    Reply

  51. 151
    Lorraine
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I love the old favorite, chocolate chip cookies.

    Reply

  52. 152
    Posted On December 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    nothing says christmas like gingerbread dinosaurs!

    Reply

  53. 153
    sarah Jacobson
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 12:24 am

    My Italian Grandmothers Chocolate-Chestnut cookies! Fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar – yummmm

    Reply

  54. 154
    mende
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

    linzer cookies!

    Reply

  55. 155
    mende
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 1:34 am

    also i like you on facebook. happy holidays.

    Reply

  56. 156
    Joanna
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Dark chocolate chipotle cookies are a favorite in my family. I add some cinnamon to this recipe – delicious! http://www.bakespace.com/recipes/detail/Dark-Chocolate-Chipotle-Cookies/10465/

    Reply

  57. 157
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Hamantaschen!

    They aren’t a Christmas cookie at all technically, but we always make them at christmas and they are so ridiculously good.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Traditional-Hamantaschen-13706

    Reply

  58. 158
    Kelley
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Oatmeal Lace Cookies

    Reply

  59. 159
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    It’s not really a cookie but a bar…my favorite are these blondies

    http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/2010/12/19/blondies-interview-hersheys-linda-stahl-a-giveaway/

    Reply

  60. 160
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  61. 161
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I’m already a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook :D

    Reply

  62. 162
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I just made my new favorite — Mexican Chocolate Shortbread, warm on the tongue with ancho chile and cinnamon.

    Reply

  63. 163
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    molasses cookies are our tradition, although i never tire of seeing people’s creatively-decorated gingerbread people.

    Reply

  64. 164
    Amanda
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Right now it’s a toss-up between Jam Thumbprints and Ginger-Molasses Cookies.

    Reply

  65. 165
    Joseph DiPietro
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Any cookie with peanut butter is my favorite cookie, though I just had a garam masala ginger bread that may make me change my mind.

    Reply

  66. 166
    Barbara C
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    My mom made ice box cookies in the shape of red and white pinwheels; green and white striped pacakges; and chocolate checkerboard sqaures. I remember her wrapping each block of colored sugar cookie dough up tight in plastic and putting them in the freezer. I would watch the clock waiting for the time when she would do the next magical thing to the dough, so that, eventually, when you sliced into a block, there were these amazing color patterns! I would happily email you a scan of the old 60s cookbook she got them from, but they aren’t for the faint of heart–lots of work! :)

    Reply

  67. 167
    Lori
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    No idea what they’re actually called, ’cause our recipe just said “Christmas Cookies.” Roll out the dough, use cookie cutters to cut xmas shapes, bake and decorate with icing.

    Reply

  68. 168
    Gabe
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Gingerbread sandwich cookies with lemon cream filling.

    Reply

  69. 169
    Debbie
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    My Mom made a great variety of cookies around Christmas time, but when I was in 7th grade I first learned how to make Russian Tea Cakes. I thought they were so cute that I couldn’t wait to make some for my Mom. One Saturday before Christmas I assembled all the ingredients and baked them. I wouldn’t let my brothers or sister near them, as I was going to wrap them and give them to my Mom for a surprise. On Christmas Eve (when we opened our gifts) my Mom opened the box that I made to look like a jewelry box. I had colored some of the confectioners sugar so inside were these perfectly round sugared & colored balls of cookies. My Mom took a bite and closed her eyes and said that they were the best cookies she had ever had. Now 30 years later I still make Russian Tea Cakes for my Mom and still color the sugar and place them in a box looking like jewelry. She always says each time she takes a bite that they are her favorites, so they are mine too.

    Merry Christmas!

    Debbie

    Reply

  70. 170
    Rebecca Boetticher
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite is a simple sugar cookie with lots of yummy frosting!!

    Reply

  71. 171
    Rebecca Boetticher
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Im also a fan on FACEBOOK!!!

    Reply

  72. 172
    Nicole
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    red velvet black and white cookies look festive enough and delicious enough anytime! you can find them here: http://www.joythebaker.com/blog/2009/12/red-velvet-black-and-white-cookies-2/

    Reply

  73. 173
    Terri
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I love sugar cookies,
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

    Reply

  74. 174
    Terri
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm
  75. 175
    Terri
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I liked Love & Olive Oil on Facebook
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

    Reply

  76. 176
    stella
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    toffee cookies :)
    also im a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  77. 177
    Amanda T.
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    My all time favorite cookie is ginerbread.

    Reply

  78. 178
    Amanda T.
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm
  79. 179
    shannon j
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I know it’s not anything fancy but my cousin makes the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies EVER!!! It’s just the traditional recipe but somehow they come out better than anything I could ever make… i love her!

    Reply

  80. 180
    Michelle
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I love sugar cookies with a little all spice in them!

    Reply

  81. 181
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    My all time favorite Christmas cookie is, without a doubt, sugar cookies!

    Reply

  82. 182
    Maizie Kelly
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm
  83. 183
    traci
    Posted On December 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I’m already a fan on Facebook!

    Reply

  84. 184
    Amy
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:05 am
  85. 185
    Amy
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Following on Twitter, and I tweeted (http://twitter.com/neverdene/status/16720922144677888).

    Reply

  86. 186
    Amy
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I follow on FB (A. Mace).

    Reply

  87. 187
    Erin
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I am a facebook fan!

    Reply

  88. 188
    Erin
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:13 am

    This year I made eggnog cookies with eggnog icing and they were a HUGE hit at the family Christmas party this past weekend!

    Reply

  89. 189
    Cathy Hodge Smith
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Mincemeat cookies like my Mama and Grandmama used to make!

    Reply

  90. 190
    Cathy Hodge Smith
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I love you fb posts!

    Reply

  91. 191
    Tara W
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I’m a facebook fan! My favorite holiday cookie is gingerbread. I also loathe to admit it but i also love those green cornflake marshmallow wreath “cookies” decorated with red hits.

    Reply

  92. 192
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I don’t know that I’d say they’re my favorite cookies ever, but I just tried a cookie recipe in a murder mystery novel called “Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder” by Joanne Fluke. It takes place in a fictional town near Minneapolis, which is where I live… how could I resist a cheesy novel with a handful of cookie recipes included?

    Anyway, the ones I tried were called “Regency Ginger Crisps”. I made them a little thicker than called for, since I was in the mood for something a bit more chewy than crispy, and they turned out pretty well.

    And hey! Some kind soul put the recipe online: http://www.food.com/recipe/Regency-Ginger-Crisps-319588

    Reply

  93. 193
    Nadia
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 12:37 am

    http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/01/in-which-world-peace-eludes-me/
    Korova cookies are my absolute FAVORITE. I also enjoy russian tea cakes.

    Reply

  94. 194
    Sheila Cohig
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

    My fav holiday cookies? Toss up between peppermint bark (is that a candy???) and coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate.

    Reply

  95. 195
    Sheila Cohig
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

    liked you on FB too!

    Reply

  96. 196
    Brenda
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 1:29 am

    My sister makes these incredible buttery wreath cookies…I have the recipe, but they never come out like hers…and I am a professional baker!!

    Reply

  97. 197
    Sheila Cohig
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    new tweet just added! Happy Holidays!

    Reply

  98. 198
    Judith Rush
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Giant Ginger Cookies!!!…..they are the best!!

    Reply

  99. 199
    Lisa
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Swedish Cinnamon Cookies…I’m still trying to fandangle the recipe from my friend though

    Reply

  100. 200
    Posted On December 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I am a fan of the gingerbread cookies thy taste good, with fun shapes to boot!

    Reply

Leave a Comment