Top 5 Holiday Cookie Recipes…Or How Pinterest Came To Our Rescue!

It was truly almost a disaster of epic proportions. We are talking about a story that would be told as a holiday anecdote for years to come.

Until Pinterest saved the day.

We know, right? Pinterest saved the day for us? How would that even be possible?

Well, it goes a little something like this…

Lisa: So, I need your help. I just accepted an invitation for a cookie exchange. I’ve never been to one before, and I’m trying to decide what to bring.  

Ashley: Fun! Those sugar cookies with the Hershey Kisses on top are always popular. And of course, chocolate chip is always a good safe bet.

Lisa: Hmmmm, I’ve never seen the Hershey Kisses cookies at Harris Teeter. Are they in the regular cookie aisle or holiday aisle? Or maybe I should I go with something like Pepperidge Farm Milanos Melts, just to be fancy? 

Ashley: Dude, you can’t take store bought cookies to a cookie exchange. They have to be homemade. That’s the whole point.

Lisa: WHAT? That’s nuts! Why would anyone want to do that? That’s an awful lot of baking. Plus, there are no health inspectors in people’s personal kitchens. It’s flu season for crying out loud. Who would want cookies made by other people like that?

Ashley: Everyone.

Lisa: Well, it doesn’t say anything on the invitation about bringing homemade cookies. It just says bring 12 dozen cookies for everyone to enjoy. HA! See! If they expected me to make that many cookies surely they would have put it on the invitation. 

Ashley: Yeah, most people don’t think they have to actually put that part on the invite. It is the unspoken part of the whole exchange deal. Sorry to be a total buzzkill on this one.

Lisa: Ugh. This can’t be happening. What if I buy cookies and put them on a cute plate?

Ashley: No. 

Lisa: What if I buy them, stick them in the oven to make them warm, then put them on a cute plate…ON A DOILY?

Ashley: No, absolutely not.

Lisa:  Oh no, I’m screwed. I don’t bake. I have no cookie recipes. Wait! I know! What about those pumpkin ones I ate at your house last year? They were cute and delicious. Can I get that recipe or maybe you can even come over and make them for me?

Ashley: Hahahaha…who do you think you’re talking to? I didn’t make those cookies. My sister made them, with my children no less. While they wore aprons and danced around the kitchen singing into spatulas. It was all very Mary Poppins of them. Bad news for you (and for me, now that I think about it) is that she is not visiting this year for the holidays.

Okay, so y’all, this was a major problem.We both realized that we needed cookies. Of the homemade variety. Even if we bought the chocolate dipped Oreo cookies and tried to put them on a platter, people would know. Santa would know on Christmas Eve that the delicious, melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies had been replaced by a damn Chips Ahoy.

We only had one place to turn.


After all, we only have about a million cookie recipes pinned on our Feed Me, Mom board, so why not take advantage of them. I mean, the pinned recipes don’t bake themselves…we know, we have tried to use our mind powers to bring the images on the screen to life and it just doesn’t work.

So, in order to take the guess work out of holiday cookies for all of you, we took it upon ourselves to find the five best, easiest, most foolproof holiday cookie recipes. You’re welcome America.

  1. Brownie Cookies: What could be more delicious than that? Combines two of the best desserts on the planet into one tasty treat. You know who is lining up for these at the cookie exchange? Everyone. 
  2. Magic Cookie Bars: Pretty sure they get this name because they magically disappear right off the plate before you even set it down. Let’s be real here, actually, they don’t even make it off the cookie sheet. 
  3. Ritz Cookies with Marshmallow Fluff: The fact that they are totally dipped in chocolate is like an added bonus to the goodness waiting underneath. Can you imagine the moment you first snag one of these off the tray? We can, and it involves immediately picking up the entire tray and walking out of the party with it to eat alone in our car.
  4. Cheesecake Cookies: You know what, apparently there are people in this world who don’t really like chocolate. We’ll give you a minute to collect yourself. And supposedly, those people like cookie exchanges, too. Obviously, this cookie would be perfect for them. And for us, too if we are being really honest. 
  5. Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie: The name really says it all. Who in their right mind is not loving a cookie from a place called paradise? Nobody in this group, that is for sure. Imagine yourself late at night with a plate full of these and a full glass of cold milk. Sorry Santa, we meant to save you some. 

Is it possible we could actually become the kind of people who bake recipes from Pinterest? People who know the difference between baking powder and baking soda? People who know if they are supposed to sift their all purpose flour before folding it into their batter?

Well, it’s possible because our baking education has begun thanks to Pinterest. WE KNOW! WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!

It’s like we don’t even know who we are anymore.



Top 5 Holiday Cookie Recipes…Or How Pinterest Came To Our Rescue! — 59 Comments

    • We started our baking yesterday. We’re making several of these recipes, and we wonder if our pictures look anything like their pins. (or taste like cookies) We’ll see…

  1. How do you even make Christmas cookie recipes funny? These do totally awesome!

    I have a Virtual Cookie Exchange on my blog today…there’s flour sifting and lots of butter, too!

    • Oooh, cool! You’re in charge of a virtual cookie exchange!!
      We bet you even know the difference between self rising flour and all purpose flour off the top of your head, don’t you Ginny Marie?!!

  2. LOL That’s just awesome! I especially love the picture that is so very obviously not photoshoped – totally professional looking. 😉

    Thanks for linking it up to my Christmas link-up on Fibro, Fit and Fab! I hope you get lots of comments to give you a very Merry Christmas, Blogger-Style! 🙂

  3. I’m so stoked to see my Ritz cookies on this list! You two really are pinterest network stars lol. And yes, leaving with the whole tray is possible. Also, fighting over the last ones is possible as well, and has happened more than once with my friends. Thanks so much for adding me to the post, Ashley.

    • We’re totally doing them with the Marshmallow Fluff. How can we not make something with Marshmallow Fluff when given the opportunity?!!

    • Bwahahaha! You’re laughing WITH me not AT me, right Britton?!! 😀 This is why we all need good girlfriends to keep us from going wrong!! –Lisa

  4. I can’t believe this is the first time I have ever heard or seen Brownie Cookies! The easiest cookies to make are reindeer nose ones. Peanut butter in a mini-muffin tin. They come out and you stick a Reese’s PB cup (mini) in it. Done. Makes a ton. The dialogue was seriously cracking me up. A doily does make everything seem much more professional, doesn’t it?

    • A doily can make all the difference…and you don’t even need to make it by hand!!
      We do think the time of the brownie cookie has come. Yum!

  5. You guys…the butter is softening on the counter as I type. The baking will commence in about 20 minutes. Hold me. –Lisa

  6. I am sitting here in the car listening to Christmas music and eating a gingerbread man from Starbucks. And cracking up from your post. Thanks for spotlighting my post where Amiyrah saved me!

    • Yummmmm….gingerbread man from Starbucks. Two of our favorite things together–and you can BUY them!! Woot!

  7. Okay…once again you have hit on yet ANOTHER thing I don’t do….BAKE COOKIES!! I would sooooo be YOU Lisa!!! If I tried really hard?? I would make the kind that have the mix and you just add water or an egg or I might go all out and get the mix that you add ALL THREE water, egg, oil!! AND…even after baking these kind of cookies?? I am freaking wiped out. NO. Thank. You. is what I would say to ANY cookie exchange invite! Or I would just call on one of my favorite baking friends and totally pay them to make the cookies for me. (If I really had to go…) OR I would go and totally play dumb and say I forgot my cookies and then eat everyone else’s cookies while I am there apologizing for not having any…

    • I did it, Chris!!
      I made the very first cookies on the list (the brownie cookies) and they are REALLY GOOD!!! They even look just like those cookies.
      I had to get out the double boiler…and I had a brief freak out at Harris Teeter because I wasn’t sure if I should get salted or unsalted butter. (I thought of chemistry and went with the unsalted)…and it worked.
      I will not be shamed at the cookie exchange after all!!
      (It wasn’t as easy as buying cookies, though, and Mint Milanos are delicious, too)

  8. First of all there’s nothing better than a house full of fresh cookie smells… yum cookies!

    and I have to say that the brownie cookies are delicious…and they’re fresh out of the oven 🙂 too bad the kids aren’t awake 😀

    • Hahaha!! You deserve them, honey–especially since you did all the dishes! I honestly can’t believe how good they are. I’m almost as proud of myself as when you were out of town and I had to turn off the water to the bathroom and plunge the toilet all by myself. It’s the little things. —Lisa

  9. I love this! Never heard of chocolate Ritz cookies, but I’m looking them up! I love trying new baked treats. Isn’t pinterest the best for food? Most of my pins are FOOD. No wonder we are such a fat country. 🙂 Thanks for popping in my blog today. Nice to meet you girls!

    • The benefit of the cookie exchange is definitely coming home with all the yummy cookies! 🙂 The making of them, yeah, not so much!

  10. I haven’t had the opportunity to bake cookies for a couple of years; I used to have to make about 20 dozen cookies every year for all my friends & family. I LOVE to bake, so these recipes you posted sure have me thinking its time to start again!

    • Wonderful Becca! Pinning is definitely helpful with this article, because when you are hungry you know where to look! 😉 Thank you for reading and commenting!

    • Why thank you Karen! 🙂 We appreciate it!
      Ummm, we must hear more about this potato chip cookie. Because, hello, YUM!

    • We had no idea you could even make cookies with cake mix. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!! That would ensure a better outcome from us (although the brownie cookies did turn out pretty good!)
      Thanks for stopping by Patty!

  11. Your story made me laugh.

    I remember the first year we moved to where we are now and I had a cookie exchange. It was fun, I ate really good family recipes and we exchanged recipes. I did have one mom bring store bought with a touch of her own. But it just wasn’t the same. I was actually angry. I don’t like store bought, what nerve. She thought it was funny. She brought Oreo and enjoyed all our masterpieces. She needed to do the time too! LOL.

    It was fun but didn’t do it again. That was 9 years ago. Maybe I’ll do it next year again.

    How did yours turn out?

    • That store bought mom was not in keeping with the spirit of the exchange!! (See if I would have done it, it would have been inadvertent and I would have had the good sense to feel awful and embarrassed. I do admit I kind of like her style, though)

      The exchange was SUPER fun…and the brownie cookies were great so I wasn’t shamed! I feel like I now have at least one cookie mastered. It was an early Christmas miracle! 🙂

    • It was a lot, but what they ended up doing was have everyone leave with a half dozen cookies from everyone else. Then we all put out two dozen cookies for people to eat there. And you had to make little cards with the recipe on them that people took home because I guess some people would want to make them? Who knows. I was just glad to have a recipe with legit stuff going on so I looked like a baking stud and not a baking dud.
      All yummy…but again, Pepperidge Farm makes really yummy cookies that I can buy any time I want. (and they have caloric labels and everything). I’m just sayin’!

  12. That’s too funny! I love Pinterest, but I probably would have bought cookies lol. Although, I do have one cookie recipe that I rock on.

    Thanks for stopping by on SITS Saturday.

    • I’m so glad someone else would have bought cookies, too! 🙂
      I used to have zero cookie recipes, but now I guess I have one (the brownie cookie). Yay for us one cookie recipe people!!! 🙂

  13. I love it that you call each other “Dude!” I do that too!! This made me laugh, and then I wanted to jump into the computer and eat all of those cookies! I will definitely be checking those out! Thanks for sharing!

    • Dude is honestly one of our favorite words! Check back Monday and you will see us use it again! 😉 So glad you enjoyed this! 🙂

  14. Oh, my word. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you finding these and sharing them. So often I just find the same ol’, same ol’ and it’s meh. Brownie cookies? Paradise Bakery cookies? CHEESECAKE cookies? Yes, please. I think my daughter is going to be busy baking today — because what’s better than cookies? Having someone in the house who loves to bake make them instead of you. 😉

    • Oh my Gosh, super jealous that your daughter can bake on her own…it is a situation full of WIN! None of the mess and stress and all of the yummy goodness after! 🙂 So glad this was helpful to you..let us know how they turned out!

  15. I can so relate to this same exact dilemma. I agreed to go to a cookie swap – once. I would never do it again I was soooooo stressed out!!! By the 3rd dozen I was in tears and my kitchen looked like the trailer to Independence Day. In the end I did buy Oreos, dipped them in melted white chocolate and then holiday sprinkles. To this day I do not know whether they went like hot cakes because they were actually edible OR if all of my friends at the party felt sorry for me (most likely) and thus stocked up. In the end I was so maxed out – thank GOD I had a plate of homemade cookies to eat to help me recover!

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