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Annual Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

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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!


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:
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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!

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  1. Gingersnaps!

  2. Also, I’m a friend on fbook! :)

  3. Snickerdoodles!

    Close second: No-Bake Cookies.

    I’m still trying to find my dad’s recipes. They were lost after a few moves. :(

  4. I’m also a fan on facebook.

  5. My grandmother makes delicious pepparkakor at christmastime. They’re my favorite!

  6. My mom makes Butter Nut Balls (Snowballs to most) every year & they’ve always been my favorite…. though I made your grandma’s gingerbread last night for the second year in a row & it’s my favorite to bake! :)

  7. I love an almond-chocolate cookie our family always make that look like logs!

  8. Also, I’m a fan on Facebook & retweeted your link (@HeatherDiane17).

  9. Mexican wedding cookies!

  10. Sugar cookies. Yum!

  11. Just plain sugar cookies for me!

  12. I like to make Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip cookies. Use your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe with semi-sweet chips, and add the zest of several oranges and some dried cranberries to the batter mix, then spoon onto cookie sheet and bake the same as if they were plain chocolate chip cookies. Yummy! The more orange and cranberries you use, the zippier the flavor!

  13. Already a FB fan. That’s how I found out about this!

  14. chocolate crinkles!

  15. snowballs are the best

  16. I love Buckeyes! Not really traditionally Christmas, but we always have them at Christmastime and it always makes the holidays right! :)

  17. I also am a Facebook fan.

  18. fan on FB

  19. peanut butter hersheys kiss cookies! NOM.

  20. My grandma makes these awesome sour cream cookies with walnuts in them and bright green frosting! Yumm

  21. Anginetti

  22. Oh gosh, to narrow down to one cookie. My mom and I bake cookies every year and we always include Cream Cheese Spritz. We use a cookie press to make them look like little Christmas trees. They are simple and delicious. (Will be on my blog soon!)

  23. I’m a fan on Facebook! And I really like jam!

  24. A cinnamon snap recipe a friend gave me. Sorry, I don’t think it’s anywhere on the internet! But…it’s like gingerbread cookies, but more cinnamony and chewy. And they’re rolled in sugar. Seriously delicious!

  25. I ‘like’ you on Facebook!

  26. My cousin makes the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever tasted – I am extremely curious to taste yours and compare. Her recipe is a secret.

  27. Whipped shortbread! With icing and a piece or maraschino cherry on top.

  28. And you know I’m a fan on Facebook!

  29. Cranberry white chocolate cookies…with fresh cranberries, orange zest and lots of real butter. Best cookie I ever made.

  30. Ever since I was a little girl, gingerbread cookies have been my favorite. I love their chewiness, crispiness and spice they bring. Really warms my soul! I will have to check out your favorite recipe!

  31. I think no-bakes, lazy as they are, have to top my list. My family is Jewish, so we never really get into the Christmas spirit as much as I’d like, which means no one to bake cookies for! But when the opportunities arises, I’m a sugar cookies & no-bakes kinda gal.

  32. And I already like L&OO on Facebook!

  33. My family is italian. Every year my grandmother makes loads of different kinds of cookies to give to friends and family. I think it is a toss up between pizelles and her colorful italian cookies – pizzelles for taste and italian cookies for visual interest.

  34. Just tried mint chocolate trip forgotten cookies. Easy and they taste like ice cream!

  35. Favorite Christmas cookie is a Whirl-O-Way – straight from the freezer is just the best!

  36. Gingerrrrr cookies, yum. Not only do they taste good, they require candied ginger, which means I am FORCED — forced, I tell you! — to keep candied ginger in the house.

  37. I’m a fan on FB.

  38. And I’m a fan on the FB! :)

  39. I thought I knew what my favorite holiday cookie was until I made snickerdoodles this year – so simply, fluffy and just down right amazing. here’s the link:

  40. generally, i feel like you can’t go wrong with the classics, take the chocolate chip cookie for example. but WHAT IF you added white chocolate chips instead, dried cranberries and roasted/salted pistachios???? you get freakin’ yumolicious cookie, that’s what! so yeah, that’s totally my fav — and PERFECT for giving!
    kristinmik at gmail

  41. My favorite holiday cookie is one from a memory that I’ve never been able to replicate. I used to get these awesome gingerbread men from a bakery near my grandmother’s house that went out of business. They were soft and not too molasses-y and perfect. I’ve been trying for years to find the “perfect” recipe, but have not yet succeeded ….

  42. i “like” you on fb! kristinmik at gmail

  43. I love anything with Jam!

  44. My favorite just happens to be gingerbread! I would love to try your beautiful treats!!!

  45. I am already a fan on facebook!

  46. I can’t help it, my favorite cookie is and always will be good ol’ chocolate chip (even at the holidays). I’m partial to Alton Brown’s Chewy recipe (

  47. I love alfajores, it will be up on my blog tomorrow!

  48. Old fashion sugar cookies cut into Christmas shapes and frosted to the tens.

  49. I already like you on FB!

  50. My favorite holiday cookie is currently chewy molasses cookies!

  51. i am now following on facebook too!

  52. I adore these chewy ginger molassass cookies! There’s a lot of spiciness to them … perfect with a cup of tea sitting next to the Christmas tree.

    Already a fan on Facebook … and of course I’d definitely look forward to your homemade goodies!

  53. Last year I made 101cookbook’s recipe for gingerbread cookies and they won me over. It’s been my favorite cookie ever since!

  54. I love anything gingerbread, and my best friend and I always make chocolate-peanut butter balls…so delicious! Love your Gingerbread people-they are gorgeous!

  55. I follow you on twitter and “like”d your page on Facebook–and I’m going to try your grandmother’s gingerbread cookie recipe tonight! Can’t wait!

    I made these and they are gone. Just like that!!
    Check them out:


  57. The frosted sugar cookies my dad makes. I have no idea where he got the recipe, but he’s been making them for as far back as I can remember.

  58. Facebook fan!

  59. My mom makes fabulous spritz cookies, which are closely tied for 1st with homemade whoopie pies! yum!!

    atimchula715 (at) gmail (dot) com

  60. Snickerdoodle cookies are so great for the holidays. The warm cinnamon smell of them, how they taste dipped in a glass of milk. Love it.

  61. And I’m a fan on Facebook!!

  62. & I’m of course a fan on facebook!

  63. It’s a toss-up between my mom’s melting moments and moldy mice. Clearly I like m cookies. (There are a LOT of m’s in that first sentence!) Sorry, no link though. One of these Christmases.



  64. Ginger Cookie!
    although the traditional rolled gingerbread cookies are also wonderful, I love King Arthur Flour’s soft ginger molasses cookies.
    definitely make the time to prepare the ginger syrup and also do the candied ginger alternatives!
    Last year we made a few hundred as gifts and EVERYONE wanted more!

  65. Who knows what they’re called, but they’re small chocolate balls rolled in powdered sugar. Chocolate Crinkles maybe?

  66. Your cookies are so cute! My favorite are monster cookies.

  67. My favorite holiday cookies…I’ve not given this too much thought, but I guess I’d have to go with christmas tree sugar cookies.

  68. Also a fan on facebook!

  69. Oatmeal Cranberry. Really any fruit or chocolate with oatmeal. Just delicious.

  70. Oatmeal chocolate chip. I can convince myself they are semi-healthy with oatmeal and the semisweek/dark chocolate chips! Happy Holidays!

  71. iced gingerbread is actually my favorite!!!

  72. And I’m a fan of L&OO on facebook!!

  73. My favorite holiday cookies are “Angel Wings.” Helps me get in the spirit :)

  74. I just “liked” you on facebook as well, THANK YOU!!!

  75. I like the Hershey Kisses peanut blossom cookies – as well as the different variations on that cookie – with candy cane kisses or mint kisses with a chocolate cookie.

  76. snickerdoodles!

  77. I love sugar cookies – classic, traditional, butter sugar cookies with LOTS of frosting and sprinkles :)

  78. Mexican wedding cookies, are they a Christmas cookie? I love them

  79. My favorite holiday cookie is my mom’s scandanavian almond bars:

    Great giveaway!!! :)

  80. I’m also a fan on facebook. :)

  81. David Lebovitz’s Peanut Butter Cookies filled with Caramel. They come out with a slightly crisp exterior and a warmy, gooey caramel center. Delicious!

  82. I’m a fan on FB! :)

  83. What is your all time favorite holiday cookie? Sugar cookies!

    I’m following you on twitter, and I tweeted:!/l123455/status/15941394094891008

  84. For the past few years, my favorite holiday cookie has been the Hazelnut Shortbread Sticks on Epicurious. I replace the hazelnuts with pecans and they are fantastic — and beautiful as well!



  85. Mrs. Sklow’s Butter Cookies – not exactly Christmas cookies but heavenly – recipe available if wanted

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