tis the season

You want to know what’s on my mind this very second?

Christmas Cookies. That’s what.

It’s officially two days after Thanksgiving now, which means I can listen to all the Christmas music and eat all the Christmas cookies that I want. I mean, isn’t that what people do in the days after Thanksgiving? We can now officially unpack our cookie cutters, invest in new sprinkles and icing and get to work. I think I’m also going to purchase my first Christmas tree this year (and pray that Dexter doesn’t scale it on a daily basis). Tell me I’m not the only one!!

To celebrate this joyous affair, here are five of my favorite seasonal cookie recipes.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Mint Oreos

Persimmon Spice Cookies

Vegan Holiday Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies <——fav

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

It’s time to put on your game face.





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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    November 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    First thing I’m doing this morning is making cookies. It’s just cookie baking season! 🙂

  • Cait's Plate
    November 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

    You are absolutely not the only one!! My sister and I are currently sitting, heads together, scrolling through all our cookie recipes making our official 2011 Christmas Cookie list! 🙂

  • Tasha - the clean eating mama
    November 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Cookies cookies cookies… get in my belly!

  • Ellen
    November 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Our family Christmas tree is a foot shorter than it’s original height (it’s an artificial tree) because of an incident with out cat. It involved her climbing the center, aaaand knocking it over.

    • Jen
      November 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Cats are so ballsy! 🙂

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live
    November 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ha…we all must be in the cookie baking spirit! I made cookies this morning too! It was my reward for completing my scheduled long run! But I shared- I gave some to my mail lady!!
    My cats don’t climb the Christmas tree, but they do like to play with the ornaments! When they were kittens, I was in the kitchen making homemade caramel. It was boiling away- and I was stirring away, and all of the sudden I could hear ornaments being batted around the living room. All I could do was yell at them from the kitchen. Effective? Not! So I’ve learned-the bottom of my tree is normally bare 🙂

  • Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    November 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I can wait to start my Christmas cookie list either. Thanks for the ideas to get started! 🙂 My dog surprisingly doesn’t mess with our tree, she just loves to nap under it!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    November 26, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Love cookie season!!! Haha 🙂

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    November 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Yes! I’m so ready for Christmas cookies too!!

  • Amanda
    November 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m so ready for Christmas cookies! I made your mint oreos last year (skipped the chocolate coating though) and they were phenomenal. I will definitely be making them again!

  • Jenna
    November 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I love christmas cookies. I have some in my freezer now and just had a couple for my lunchtime dessert (I kept them frozen to eat and they were surprisingly tasty at that rock-solid form).

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    November 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’m going to check out your biscotti recipe because nothing pleases me more than a steamy hot cup of tea in December with a couple of biscotti to nibble on.

    Lovely post. 😀

  • Samantha
    November 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I’m looking for a store-bought (for ease) granola to expand my granola horizons. Have you ever tried the “Enjoy Life” granolas? Any good?

    Also, have you ever tried the “Food for Life” brown rice breads? I’m looking for new bread ideas for my breakfasts and lunch meals.

    I had your recent rice dish as a side for dinner recently and it was good.

  • Liz
    November 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Christmas cookies are soooo on my mind right now too! Thanks for sharing some recipes.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    By Halloween, I was already ready for Christmas and holiday baking season 🙂

    I like pumpkin and all, and Thanksgiving food is way more my husband’s thing, but Xmas baking is where it’s at for me! Love it!

    And thanks for the reminder on your gingerbread cookies…I love ginger and molasses cookies so much.

  • Courtney
    November 26, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    We put up our tree and decorated our house ON Thanksgiving. We have four cats and with exception of our tortoiseshell who thinks the tree (a fake) is a tasty snack, they are much more interested in sleeping on the tree skirt (a blanket) than knocking over the tree and ornaments. We didn’t decorate the bottom of the tree, though, as a preventative measure.

    • jenna
      November 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      that’s really good to know!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Christmas cookies are where it’s at.. Totally my fav part of the holidays (besides family of course)!

  • Cathy
    November 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I’m super excited to bake too! Just bought some new vanilla! We put some lights on the bushes in the front yard before Thanksgiving and we’ll probably get a Christmas tree tomorrow.

  • Tiffany @ texan on the run
    November 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    yeaaaaaa!!!! i also purchased my first (fake) christmas tree as well! exciting isn’t it 🙂
    please put up pix of your tree 😀 i’d love to see how you decorate yours!

  • Athena @ Fitness & Feta
    November 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for posting these links!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    November 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    you’re definitely not the only one — i can’t wait to make christmas cookies 🙂 I’m scoping out some stores tomorrow for new sprinkles!

  • Dominique
    November 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’m totally in the mood for Christmas too. Sean and I finally moved in together, almost a month now, and I bought us our first Christmas tree. It’s still bare (I want us to decorate together) but our two cats are doing a fine and dandy job of rubbing their faces against the tips and trying to eat them.

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    November 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    My 3 older sisters and my mom always have a Christmas cookie exchange! We each make 2 dozen cookies for each of us and then turn around and make them into cookie gifts for neighbors, work, etc. I LOVE it!!! I’ll be doing my own cookie countdown starting on the 12th!!

  • Katrina
    November 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Mmm I can’t wait to get my bake on!

  • Laura
    November 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Ha. Makes me think of this:

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I started last night with cranberry chocolate chip cookies! I love baking and cooking around Christmas time, but I’m too lazy to decorate. We haven’t had a legit Christmas tree in 2 years. Call me Scrooge.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I started last night with cranberry chocolate chip cookies! I love baking and cooking around Christmas time, but I’m too lazy to decorate. We haven’t had a legit tree in 2 years. Call me Scrooge.

  • Luxsie
    November 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Oh my goodness! That first photo of the peanut butter cups got me. Delicious! =)

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    November 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Cookies sound so good right now. Sadly I have sworn of sugar. Ideally for the rest of the year bit more likely just for a few days.

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    November 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    We started decorating for Christmas ON Thanksgiving! haha

  • Shannon
    November 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I’d be a cooking making machine if I wasn’t working all weekend. But days off… game on! Oh and my cat loves to sleep IN my tree. She finds the branches of my artificial tree sturdy enough to be her bed. She makes one heck of an ornament.,

  • Juliane @ C'est moi à Paris
    November 27, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I already listen to christmas music. My favorite: The Rat Pack singing christmas carols. But I want to start baking, too, so I it would be really nice if you had some vegan recipes to share… Please?!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    November 27, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I already did my first round of holiday baking yesterday! I made Nanaimo bars while listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas songs. It was glorious. 😀

  • Mare
    November 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

    O love biscotti this time of year! I’ll give your recipe a try, but Gingerbread biscotti own my soul, half dipped in chocolate, so yummy!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    November 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I never make Gingerbread Cookies. I’m always too caught up in chocolatey goodness. But I think I shall try this year…spice things up! Is 9am too early to start baking? 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

    We are so alike. I start Christmas so early too! I started one week before Thanksgiving this year actually. Decorations, already working on cards, and I know what cookies I am baking too. But I will for sure be checking out all of these you posted. 🙂 How could I not?

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    November 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Delicious! Great links and yes!!! We got our first Christmas tree this weekend. Our apt is so cozy now.

  • Molly@RDexposed
    November 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Well now I’m craving a cookie….

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    November 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart. Christmas cookies are my fave..try Santa’s Whiskers!!

  • KaraHadley
    November 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    O’m’gosh, I absolutely cannot wait to start Christmas baking! And drinking ample amounts of hot cocoa. And knitting.
    Oh Christmas!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies
    November 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, my game face is ON. One advantage of Canada’s October Thanksgiving = Christmas cookies a month earlier 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Christmas cookies and music…works for me! 😉 Every year my Mom and I make a batch of biscotti. The kind changes from year to year…this dark chocolate pistachio one sounds like a winner. It’s a contender for this year’s celebration, for sure!

  • Marty
    November 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Biscotti is on my “must bake” list this year. I’m thinking of individually wrapping them with ribbon and a jingle bell to send home with my guests to enjoy for breakfast with their coffee as the family opens gifts. Dark chocolate and pistachio sounds like a winning combination.

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    November 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    We JUST bought a doughnut pan at an estate sale, and I’m sooo excited to try your Baked Spice Doughnuts! I clearly still haven’t gotten over the pumpkin cravings yet.

  • Notyet100
    November 28, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Ummm delicious 🙂

  • Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance
    November 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’m dying over those yoga cookie cutters! They are too cute. I’m putting them on my Christmas wishlist.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    November 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I look forward to Christmas cookies and putting up the Christmas tree allllll year!

  • Jen
    November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve been trying to wait until Dec 1st to start the Christmas obsession, but screw it. I just hit play on my Christmas playlist.