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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.
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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. I like you on Facebook

  2. Sugar cookie cutouts!

  3. Mexican Wedding Cake cookies and Windmills. Thanks!

  4. 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!

  5. Sugar cookies with almond glaze!

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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. :)

  8. Bacon chocolate chip cookies!!!

  9. 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.

  10. I am also a FB fan!

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. I like you on FB.

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

  16. sugar cookies :)

  17. 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!

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

  19. Just “liked” your page on facebook!

  20. my favorites are my grandma’s fig cookies

  21. oatmeal raisin cookies are the best!

  22. My favorite our my mom’s thumbprint cookies.

  23. 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!)

  24. Oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips

  25. Peanut Butter Blossoms!

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

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

  28. Gingerbread sandwich cookies! Made them for the first time last year but they are definitely coming back this year:

  29. 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

  30. It’s not really a cookie but my mom only makes them for Christmas – fudgy bon bons! Very delicious.

  31. 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!

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

  33. Snickerdoodles!

  34. 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.

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

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

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

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

  39. 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 .

  40. 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. : (

  41. I also have liked you on facebook!

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

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

  44. Cashew cookies or gingerbread!

  45. Date Pinwheels!

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

  47. I am also a fan on facebook! :)

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

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

  50. I love the old favorite, chocolate chip cookies.

  51. nothing says christmas like gingerbread dinosaurs!

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

  53. linzer cookies!

  54. also i like you on facebook. happy holidays.

  55. Dark chocolate chipotle cookies are a favorite in my family. I add some cinnamon to this recipe – delicious!

  56. Hamantaschen!

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

  57. Oatmeal Lace Cookies

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

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

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

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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! :)

  64. 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.

  65. Gingerbread sandwich cookies with lemon cream filling.

  66. 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!


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

  68. Im also a fan on FACEBOOK!!!

  69. red velvet black and white cookies look festive enough and delicious enough anytime! you can find them here:

  70. I liked Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

  71. toffee cookies :)
    also im a fan on facebook!

  72. My all time favorite cookie is ginerbread.

  73. 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!

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

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

  76. I’m already a fan on Facebook!

  77. I follow on FB (A. Mace).

  78. I am a facebook fan!

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

  80. Mincemeat cookies like my Mama and Grandmama used to make!

  81. I love you fb posts!

  82. 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.

  83. 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:

    Korova cookies are my absolute FAVORITE. I also enjoy russian tea cakes.

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

  86. liked you on FB too!

  87. 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!!

  88. new tweet just added! Happy Holidays!

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

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

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

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