Celebrity Holiday Cookie Recipes
Get cookie inspiration from John Legend, the Cookie Monster, Full House's Candace Cameron Bure and more.
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Singer, songwriter and musician John Legend has won many Grammy Awards, and he also loves to cook and bake with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
John Legend's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
John adds some notes of texture to his addictively sweet oatmeal and peanut butter cookies with salty chopped roasted peanuts.
Get the Recipe: John Legend's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
There’s no doubt about it — Cookie Monster loves his cookies. But he also knows “a cookie is a sometime food.” You and your family can learn all about sometime and anytime foods with Sesame Street’s Healthy Habits for Life, a great resource for staying healthy during the holiday sugar rush and all year long. So go ahead and have a cookie every once in a while. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Cookie Monster's Famous Sugar Cookie Dough
Cookie Monster shares his ultimate sugar cookie recipe just in time for the holidays. Get more Sesame Street recipes at SesameStreet.org.
Get the Recipe: Cookie Monster's Famous Sugar Cookie Dough
Candace Cameron Bure
The star of Full House — and now Netflix's Fuller House reboot — is also a New York Times best-selling author for her book, Reshaping It All, which chronicles her lifelong struggle with food. She is an avid supporter of many philanthropic causes, such as Skip1.org, Compassion International, Sheraton House and Children's Hunger Fund, and she's also the national ambassador for National House of Hope. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Candace Cameron Bure's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies
Candace loves this cookie. She says: "My BFF, Dilini, and I LOVE sweets and will go out of our way to find the good ones. Every time I'm in Napa, I have to get a chocolate cherry scone from Bouchon Bakery and bring one back for her. One night in, we intended to bake traditional oatmeal raisin cookies, but I was craving chocolate. She had just bought dried cherries, so we decided to make a cookie version of our favorite scone. Score! I absolutely love texture in my food, so the whole-wheat flour and oatmeal along with the chocolate chips and cherries becomes a party to taste buds. Sometimes we'll even add flax seed for more texture. And, of course, being the mom that I am, I always make enough cookies and put them in my kids' school lunches the next day."
Get the Recipe: Candace Cameron Bure's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cherry Cookies
Mira and Paul Sorvino
Actress Mira Sorvino and her veteran actor dad, Paul Sorvino, worked together to raise awareness about diabetes through the campaign Diabetes Co-Stars. Mira won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award, among other honors, for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite. She also serves as the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the subject of human trafficking. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Mira and Paul Sorvino's Gingerbread Cookies
These easy-to-make, one-bowl cookies retain the deliciousness of holiday gingerbread memories, but without many of the carbs usually associated with them. And they avoid the use of artificial sweeteners. Almost all the ingredients can be organic to make them even healthier.
Get the Recipe: Mira Sorvino's Holiday Gingerbread Cookies
Tamala Jones stars on the ABC drama series Castle. The Los Angeles-raised actress began working in the industry as a teenager and since then has starred in hit comedies such as Booty Call, as well as in dramas. After suffering an aneurysm at age 23, Tamala became a huge advocate for women's health. Tamala's grandmother sparked the actress's passion for cooking, teaching Tamala her first recipe at 14. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Tamala Jones' Chocolate Chip, Pecan and Toffee Cookies
Tamala recalls her first cooking experience: "It all started when I almost burned down the kitchen making fries. I turned the grease on, then left the kitchen to watch television. The next thing I know, the smoke detector was going crazy and there were flames. Surprisingly, my grandmother was not upset at all. She explained that only when you're a pro can you leave the kitchen while cooking. Grandma decided to teach me some basics in food, and before I knew it, I was baking cookies and they were goooood! This recipe is the first thing I learned how to prepare. Enjoy!"
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip, Pecan and Toffee Cookies
Michelle Branch was 18 years old when her debut album, 2001's The Spirit Room, became a platinum seller. Following the release of her darker, more ambitious 2003 platinum album, Hotel Paper, and the birth of her daughter in 2005, she put her solo career on hold to team up with Nashville singer-songwriter Jessica Harp to form the country music duo The Wreckers. The pair decided to part ways just as their music was rising on the charts — an emotionally difficult time that Michelle documented on her deeply personal EP, Everything Comes and Goes. She is currently in the studio working on her next album. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Michelle Branch's Spiced Mexican Wedding Cookies
Michelle's cookies bring back memories: "Every Christmas my mom, my sister, Nicole, and I would make cookies for our Christmas cookie exchange. This one was always a favorite. As children, my sister and I had the perfect little hands to roll these quickly into balls. Don't wear black and try to sneak a bite of these, as they leave substantial evidence, aka powdered sugar everywhere!"
Former Executive White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses
After attending cooking school at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, Chef Yosses' first job was at La Foux d'Alose in Paris. Chef Yosses was the executive pastry chef at the White House from 2007 to 2014, where he worked with the first lady on her Let's Move! initiative to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. Get more info at letsmove.gov. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
White House Molasses Spice Cookies "Gingersnaps"
Cinnamon, allspice and molasses turn these crispy cookies into delicious bites that are Chef Yosses' take on the traditional gingersnap.
Get the Recipe: The White House's Molasses Spice Cookies "Gingersnaps"
Award-winning actress Linda Evans has personified beauty and grace to American television viewers for more than five decades, from her role as Audra Barkley on The Big Valley to the glamorous Krystle Carrington on Dynasty to Hell's Kitchen, which she won in 2009 in London. After Dynasty, Linda moved from Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest, where she began an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. She has returned to performing frequently, starring in the stage play Legends and winning the Hell's Kitchen competition while working under a Michelin-starred chef, Marco Pierre White. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
Linda Evans' Lemon Cookies
Trick out crunchy ginger thumbprint cookies with impossibly creamy lemon curd at your holiday cookie swap. The tart, cool and creamy lemon is an ideal match for the classic warmth of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
Get the Recipe: Linda Evans' Ginger Lemon Cookies
Lastly, the Angry Birds wish you an eggcellent holiday season! Get more Angry Birds here. Click to the next slide for the recipe.
One Flew Over the Bad Piggies' Castle Egg Yolk Cookies
Score with these sugar cookies courtesy of the uber-popular Angry Birds. Their secret weapons, aside from the egg yolks for richness, are cocoa, cinnamon and chili powder. Perfectly crisp around the edges and still chewy in the middle, these cookies will "fly" off your holiday cookie tray. Better bake extra so no one’s angry!