Festive Treats and Cookies for the Holidays

Is it day 3 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy already?! I have a really special treat for you guys today…a whole lot of festive treats from some of my favorite bloggers, these are goodies that really make me think of the holidays and I hope they will inspire you as well! Do you have any favorite holidays goodies or traditions in your home?



A super easy, no-bake treat that the kiddos can help with! How cute are these?!










santa hat cake pops: a bountiful love

I love how easy cake pops are, and these ones are so festive I couldn’t resist sharing with you guys!

Christmas Cakepops









chocolate covered oreos: happy deal happy day

Another really easy festive treat you can make for your trays, these would actually make fantastic teachers gifts (or mailman, delivery person etc!).











What an adorable cookie, I mean really how cute is the “melted snowman”, I bet this is one kids would love to help out with! And I love that it uses boxed cake mix too (yay for easy!).








cinnamon roll cookies: joy filled eats

These are like a sugar cookie mixed with a cinnamon roll, and they are drizzled with a delicious cream cheese frosting…what’s not to love?!








reindeer grahams: ann’s entitled life

Can you tell I love the idea of a no-bake treat for our festive treats? These adorable Reindeer Grahams use only a few ingredients and require no baking.











This has to be one of my favorite ideas for gifting, a jar of cookie mix ready to go! You can really customize to the taste of your receiver, and can give to everyone on your Christmas list!









Well that’s it for today’s Christmas Baking Frenzy! What did ya’ll think!? I bet you have a shopping list going with everything you need to get making, am I right? Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the next reveal (hint: if you like fudge you are gonna want to set a reminder for this one!).

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Day 2 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy is here, and these Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies are sure to please everyone! If you liked our classic Whipped Shortbread from our previous years then you are most definitely going to love this updated version with the new flavors. The shortbread melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, not just in the yummy chocolate that tops it! Just talking about them makes me want to go open one of the tins that patiently waits in the freezer to be distributed to gorgeous cookie trays for my friends and neighbours!



Just look at how golden brown those edges are…yum! Now besides the obvious, another reason I love to make these Chocolate Orange Shortbread cookies is because of the amount you get from it. There is nothing better than a yummy tasting and gorgeous cookie that makes enough to fill a few trays (that means less time in the kitchen for you!). I will note with any cookie that uses chocolate on top like this one and my Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies, you want to make sure you don’t touch them when they come out…please please please let them rest and if you need them sooner pop em in the fridge or freezer to harden up, otherwise you will have a smudged plop of chocolate rather than a pretty piece.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 48 cookies


  • 2 c Butter softened
  • 1 c Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 c Corn Starch
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Orange Liquor or extract
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Orange Lindt Bar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Break apart your chocolate into squares and then using a sharp knife cut in half diagonally (so you end up with triangles)
  • In mixer cream your butter (just to make sure it is room temperature and no chunks) about 1 minute medium speed, mix in vanilla and orange liquor.
  • In medium bowl sift together your icing sugar, corn starch and flour, slowly add to your wet mixture and combine.
  • Drop by teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheet and gently press a piece of chocolate into the top of each cookie.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes (until edges are slightly golden)
  • Remove and allow to cool completely (if you try to move them when they are warm you will smudge the chocolate...you can put in the fridge if you need them sooner)

Looking for more cookie recipes? 

Italian Ricotta Cookies – CutlurEatz

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies – Food Network

This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

It’s that time of year friends, our Christmas Baking Frenzy is back for it’s 3rd year and I am so excited to get started! I am also participating in an online cookie swap with Houseful of Cookies and really wanted to think of a special cookie I knew everyone would enjoy and that would really make you think of Christmas…so here it is,  my Gingerbread Biscotti. It tastes just like a gingerbread cookie with the crunchiness of a good biscotti and of course is drizzled with a little white chocolate to add a hint of sweetness for dipping in your favorite cup of coffee or tea!



I don’t know about you, but when I think of the holidays I always think of the smell of gingerbread and the times I spent assembling the pre-made house kits as a kid…or should I say the time I spent eating half of the bagged candies that came with the kit and slopping together the house with whatever I had left (hey we’ve all been there right!). If you have never made a biscotti before, do not worry, I got you!  The most important thing about making your Gingerbread Biscotti is to really watch the time, in fact you should always use a timerALWAYS! Now, dust off your Christmas apron and get ready friends, we are just getting started!

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Gingerbread Biscotti - a fun take on a traditional cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Christmas Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Biscotti Recipe, Gingerbread Biscotti, Italian Cookie
Servings: 48 cookies
Author: Melissa


  • 2 1/4 c Flour
  • 1 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c Butter softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c White Chocolate optional, for dipping/drizzle


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  • In your mixer cream together butter with sugar.
  • In a small bowl whisk your eggs and molasses then add to butter mixture with vanilla and combine.
  • In a medium bowl sift together your dry ingredients and then add slowly to your wet mixture (it will become a thick batter).
  • Form into logs (10"x 2" approx) and bake for 20-23 minutes (until slightly firm to the touch but NOT hard, should have a "spring" to it)
  • Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before cutting into 1" stripes (see photos)
  • Place face down on baking sheet and bake for additional 6, flip and repeat for 6 minutes (they should be slightly golden)
  • Allow to cool completely before adding a chocolate drizzle/dip if you prefer!


If you like your biscotti REALLY crunchy you can add 1-2 minutes per side when they are cooking face down, if you prefer it a little softer you can do it for less time. Our biscotti is cooked to be a perfect addition to a cup of coffee or tea!

If you have followed our Christmas Baking in previous years than you already know I have a “cheat” biscotti recipe up as well! It is a great one if you don’t like the traditional crunchy biscotti, and it is loaded with chocolate. Go check out my Chocolate Brownie Biscotti now and stay tuned for our next cookie.

Gingerbread Biscotti - a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

Gingerbread Biscotti – a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

In the meantime be sure to check out all the other delicious cookies in the Houseful of Cookies Online Cookie Swap below:

Houseful of Cookies 2017  Blog List

Houseful Of Nicholes – Slow As Molasses Cookies

A Crafty Spoonful – Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

A Real Urban Mom – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Divas With A Purpose – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Everyday Party Magazine – Simple Caramel Cream Sugar Cookies Swirls

Fab Haute Mama – Belgian Waffle Cookies

Good Girl Gone Redneck – Perfect Holiday Saltine Toffee Treat

Happily Homegrown – Old Fashioned Hermit Bar Cookies

Honest & Truly! – Triple Chocolate Dipped Cookie

I am the Maven® – Moldy Mice Cookies

Keep Calm & Teach Fifth Grade – Winter Wonderland Sugar Cookies

Kenya Rae – Pecan White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kiss My Tulle – Chunky Christmas Cookies

Mom On The Side – Hopscotch Crunchies Holiday Cookies

More Than Thursdays – Mint Stuffed Sugar Cookies

Mother Of The World – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Our Crafty Mom – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Peyton’s Momma – Houseful Of Cookies 2017             

Simplify Live Love – Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

Teachable Mommy – 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Analytical Mommy – Favorite Lactation Cookie Recipe

The Biswolds – White Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

Cookie Swap – The Perfect Cookie Recipes for your Exchange!

In case I haven’t said it enough yet, I LOVE this time of year!!! As you know from our 13 Days of Christmas Baking, I love to bake and share different cookie recipes with you guys to help take some of your Holiday stress away and so I decided to also participate in a Virtual Cookie Exchange with a few other bloggers. I am super excited to share their goodies with you guys, so get your baking supplies out and your mixer ready…it’s gonna be a fun week!

white chocolate cranberry biscotti : our personal contribution!

One of my favorite treats to make for Christmas, these Biscotti are full of tangy cranberry flavor and bursts of white chocolate chunks…they are wonderful for a cookie tray or gift on their own! 







Snikerdoodles: try it like it

A classic Christmas cookie with a nice cinnamon flavor, these cookies can be made in advance and placed in the freezer until ready to swap!

peppermint white chocolate brownies: Mom knows best

Who doesn’t love a good brownie recipe!? Especially when said recipe is topped with white chocolate and candy cane pieces…Mmm!

Christmas candy cookie: my pinterventures 

This cookie is LOADED with goodies (from coconut flakes to nuts) and finished off with red and green M&M’s to make it an all around delicious Christmas cookie!

 ginger snaps: lydia’s flexitarian kitchen 

A simple and delicious cookie, full of ginger and just the right amount of sugar, these cookies are great with your after dinner coffee or tea!

candy cane cookies: craftcore

Who hasn’t had a candy-cane cookie before!? They really are a favorite for many people, including those with kids, as they are so cute and festive! You make the cookie to look like little candy canes by dying half the dough and wrapping it into the shape.

gingerbread: a mom’s perspective

Ok, this is my favorite one in the exchange!! I looooove a good gingerbread cookie but have never (eeek) tried to make them myself! Her recipe is simple and she has some great decorating ideas in the post as well! Maybe I should give it a try!?

Here is a photo of all of our Cookies!! Enjoy!



Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – Day 13!

Here is it guys, the very last day of our 13 Days of Christmas Baking…until next year anyways!! This Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe is another classic, one that I truly believe you need to make (and will WANT to make) year after year once you have had a taste! They are topped with Peppermint Kisses which go perfectly with the chewy chocolate cookie, and add a nice festive touch.


Now, if you have been following along you will notice this post is 2 days late and with good reason! We were baking up a storm all weekend so that we can bring you even MORE goodies over the next couple weeks!! You didn’t really think we were done for the season did you?! I can’t tell you how excited I am to share some of these new treats with you, and if you are looking for a sneak peak of what is in store…well…just one: Shortbread Macaroon Bars!!! Yum!

Ready to get baking?! Check out the original post for these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies here!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies - a chewy chocolate cookie topped with peppermint kisses!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies – a chewy chocolate cookie topped with peppermint kisses!