5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Celebration

5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes For Your Holiday Celebration Cookie-Recipes-

Earlier this week, you might have noticed it was National Cookie Day. Or was it World Cookie Day? I don’t know; the truth is, it had me at ‘cookie.’ I didn’t require any further explanation after seeing that word. To celebrate, Disney Parks have shared five of their famous cookie recipes from around the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. These would make perfect gifts around the holidays for the neighbors or as a thank you for coming present for friends and family attending your holiday gatherings. Let’s run through the options and see which ones are best suited to your occasion:




CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES From Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

Makes 24 Cookies

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES



  • 6 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

TOPPING

  • 4 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces

FOR CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. 
  2. Melt chopped semi-sweet chocolate in microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until smooth. Set aside. 
  3. Whisk all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. 
  4. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract and beat on medium speed until just combined. Add melted chocolate and beat on low speed until combined. 
  5. Slowly add reserved flour mixture. Beat until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  6. Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, place 12 balls of dough on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate remaining dough while baking. 
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until cookies begin to crinkle on top. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before decorating. 
  8. Repeat with remaining dough. 

TO SERVE:



  1. Melt chopped semi-sweet chocolate in microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until smooth. Set aside
  2. Using a fork, drizzle melted chocolate over cookies and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. 

Cook’s Note: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies can be made up to 3 weeks in advance and frozen in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving. 

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Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies from PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Makes 18 Cookies



SUGAR COOKIES

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

MELTED SNOWMAN TOPPINGS

  • 9 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup dark melting chocolate
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag white melting chocolate
  • 36 chocolate twigs
  • 18 orange sprinkles
  • 54 chocolate covered cocoa nibs
  • 18 chocolate top hats

FOR SUGAR COOKIES:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. 
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl; set aside. 
  3. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy. 
  4. Add egg yolk, egg, and vanilla and beat on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to medium and slowly add flour. Mix until soft dough forms. 
  5. Using a 3 tablespoon scoop, place 6 balls of cookie dough on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate remaining dough until ready to bake next batch of cookies. 
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Cool for 5 minutes on pan. If desired, even out the edges of the cookies with a round cookie cutter, slightly smaller than cookies while cooling. 
  7. Move to wire racks and cool at least 30 minutes before decorating. 
  8. Repeat with remaining dough. 

TO SERVE:

  1. Cut large marshmallows in half. Place on wax paper, sticky side down. Melt dark melting chocolate according to package instructions. Use a toothpick to paint two eyes on the side of each cut marshmallow. Set aside to dry. 
  2. Melt white melting chocolate in microwave according to package instructions. Place 1-2 tablespoons of melted white chocolate on top of one cookie. Smooth to desired shape. Place one marshmallow face on the cookie and decorate with 2 chocolate twigs for the arms, 1 orange sprinkle for the nose, and 3 chocolate covered cocoa nibs for the buttons. Repeat with remaining cookies. 
  3. Attach hats to the top of each snowman by dipping bottom of hat into melted dark chocolate and place on top of marshmallow. 

Cook’s Note: Chocolate twigs, chocolate-covered cocoa nibs, and hats can be found at specialty stores. Thin pretzel sticks, mini chocolate chips, and peanut butter cups make great substitutes for specialty items. If desired, sugar cookies can be rolled in red and green sprinkles before baking for a more festive look. 

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5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes For Your Holiday Celebration  Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies from PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth

Makes 24 Cookies

INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups roughly chopped SNICKERS bar pieces
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

FOR SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES:

  1. Sift flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. 
  2. Cream shortening and 1 1/2 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time, until combined. 
  3. Add reserved flour mixture, one cup at a time, scraping bowl as needed.  Beat on medium speed until just combined. 
  4. Roll dough into balls using a 1-1/2 inch cookie scoop and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. 
  6. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to use. Place chopped SNICKERS bar pieces in a medium bowl and set aside. 
  7. Remove 12 chilled dough balls from refrigerator. Roll in cinnamon sugar and place on prepared baking pan. 
  8. Bake for 8 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped SNICKERS bar pieces on top of each cookie. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool on pan for 2 minutes before moving to wire racks. Drizzle with desired amount of melted dark chocolate.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough. 

Cook’s Note: If you’re working in a warm or humid environment, place SNICKERS bars in refrigerator before chopping to keep chocolate from melting.

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5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes For Your Holiday Celebration  Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth


Bourbon-Eggnog Snowflake Cookies from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs 

Makes 24 Cookies

NUTMEG COOKIE DOUGH

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened and cubed

BOURBON-EGGNOG ICING

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons eggnog, divided
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)

ROYAL ICING

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons water, divided

FOR NUTMEG COOKIE DOUGH:

  1. Combine flour, confectioners’ sugar, salt, and nutmeg in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Add butter, one piece at a time. Continue beating until a soft dough forms. 
  2. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  4. Roll chilled dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut using a 3-inch snowflake cookie cutter. Place 12 snowflake cookies on each baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges are light brown.
  5. Cool completely on pans. Move to wire racks before decorating. 

FOR BOURBON-EGGNOG ICING:

  1. Whisk confectioners’ sugar, 4 tablespoons eggnog, and bourbon (if using) in a small bowl. Add additional eggnog, one 1 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency. 
  2. Dip cooled cookies in glaze. Rest cookies for 30 minutes, until icing sets, before decorating. 

FOR ROYAL ICING:



  1. Combine confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder, and 1 tablespoon water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until just combined. While mixer is running add remaining two tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time. 
  2. Increase speed to medium and beat for 7-10 minutes until icing has a matte finish. 
  3. Place in piping bag fitted with desired tip. Outline each snowflake cookie with royal icing. 

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5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes For Your Holiday Celebration


Snowman Shortbread Cookies from Disneyland Resort

Makes 30 Cookies

SHORTBREAD

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 

TOPPING 

  • 1 pound white chocolate bark
  • Red and green sprinkles

FOR SHORTBREAD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Cream butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. 
  4. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time until combined. 
  5. Divide dough into two balls. 
  6. Roll one ball of dough into 1/8-inch thick rectangle on floured surface. Dip (3 1/2-inch tall, 2-inch wide) snowman cookie cutter into flour and cut cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. 
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until edges begin to brown. 
  8. Cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

To Serve:

  1. Place white chocolate bark in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on 50% power for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until white chocolate is melted. 
  2. Dip tops of cookies in melted white chocolate and top with sprinkles. 

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5 Disney Parks Cookie Recipes For Your Holiday Celebration  Snowman Shortbread Cookies from Disneyland Resort


Or, you can make mass quantities of each one and simply keep them for yourself because, looking at some of these, they are going to be hard to part with!

Which one is your favorite?

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.
























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