Do you think it’s a coincidence how National Cookie Day is right in the heart of the holiday season calendar? We’re not sure it really matters because having a special day to highlight some of the yummiest treats in the world is exactly what we need right now.
Some of the best places in the world to find some magical sweets are the Disney parks from around the world. Disney parks are known just as much for their delicious snacks and decadent meals such as Mickey Pretzels, Tonga Toast, and Dole Whips as they are for attractions such as Splash Mountain.
Well, our friends from Disney Parks have quite the gift to share with us for National Cookie Day (Dec. 4) and the holiday season: a collection of 10 of their best cookie recipes from Disney theme parks around the world.
This collection will keep you and your family happily baking throughout the holiday season and has a wide variety of flavors to enjoy. If you love chocolate chip cookies, you’ll find a few variations, including a whole-wheat recipe. Plus, there are a few extra special treats including an ice cream cookie sandwich, an enchanted Christmas tree made of macarons, and the holiday classic gingerbread cookie.
Are you ready to get out those cookie sheets and get baking? Let’s take a trip around the world through Disney Parks one cookie at a time!
Fancy Mickey Chocolate Chip Cookies From Disneyland Paris
Why not start our cookie tour in France? The chefs at Disneyland Paris took the iconic Mickey Christmas Cookie and gave it a holiday makeover that includes dried fruit, pecans and ribbons of chocolate drizzle to wrap up this holiday cookie gift.
It’s hard to improve on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. However, this Mickey-shaped snack looks spectacular. Here’s the recipe:
Belle’s Enchanted Christmas Tree From The Magic Kingdom
This is a beauty of a holiday cookie. Actually, this decorative Christmas tree is a stack of almond macarons piled high and made to look like the holiday tree we all know and love.
This recipe takes some time and patience but it is totally worth it for this special dessert that will wow a crowd:
Gingerbread Cookies From Shanghai Disneyland Resort
Gingerbread cookies are a staple of every holiday season. But, Disney chefs over in Shanghai have taken them to a new level.
In addition to using a gingerbread cookie mix base, the Disney chefs use a blend of flour and warm spices to amp up the texture and flavor of the cookie.
Shortbread Cookies From Disneyland Resort
Sometimes the simple things in life are the most delicious. Everyone needs a shortbread cookie recipe in their baking arsenal.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a magical Disney cookie without the iconic Mickey shape, right? You won’t believe how easy this recipe is and you likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies From Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bakery
Tucked away in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort is a bakery that creates fabulous snacks. They’ve even created a variation of the chocolate chip cookie that looks a little darker and a little more flavorful.
The secret ingredient? Whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. Whole wheat flour gives the cookies a deeper, nuttier flavor than the traditional recipe.
Molasses Crackle Cookies From Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Bakery
Molasses cookies are rich and warm — another treat that deserves to be at the top of the holiday charts.
The deep crinkles in the cookies and the sugar crystals sprinkled on top make these picture-perfect molasses cookies appear as if they’re covered in freshly fallen snow. If you love the warm spice flavor of gingerbread, you’ll love this cookie:
Spaceship Earth Cookies With Salted Caramel Ganache
These cookies come directly from the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. It’s one of the many festivals at the Disney Florida theme park that emphasizes international cuisine.
You may recognize this shape as Spaceship Earth, the large and iconic attraction that sits at the gates of Epcot. This cookie brings together vanilla, chocolate, and salted caramel — a holy trinity of dessert flavors that will make it hard to resist eating a plateful.
Num Num Cookies From Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Remember Jack-Jack from “The Incredibles 2”? That superhero baby couldn’t get enough of his Num Num Cookies and now Disney’s Hollywood Studios has its own recipe to make anyone’s tummy happy.
As you can see, these cookies have supersized chocolate bits to satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth. They are also quite large because everyone knows superheroes have big appetites.
Butter Cookies From Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Butter cookies are a simple but elegant blank canvas for anyone who loves holiday decorating.
Sure, the Disney cookie decorators are amazing, but this simple recipe is perfect for any cookie cutout shapes and the toppings of your family’s choice. Your only limit is your imagination.
Pumpkin Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich From Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Last, but not least, we end the magical cookie collection over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This Pumpkin Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich brings together two irresistible flavors: pumpkin and vanilla ice cream, in one special dessert.
Sure, pumpkin spice is usually known as a fall flavor, but you can change up the decorations and bring it happily into the holiday season.
Which of these cookie recipes will you try to celebrate the holidays? It might be hard to choose. Maybe if we start today, we can get through them before Christmas. Think of it as a cookie advent calendar!