The Best Holiday Cookies Recipe

With the holiday season just around the corner, nothing makes our homes fill with warmth and comfort more than holiday baking aromas and the promise of sweet treats to come! From fruit pies, bread, and cookies, the baking is sure to bring the holiday spirit into your home and make your family smile. You would probably agree that one of the best smells in the world is the aroma of warm cookies baking in the oven. We absolutely love experimenting with cookie recipes and perfecting them so every time you visit the Inn you try something new, or an improved old favorite. The Old Harbor Inn is known for our “bottomless cookie jars”. There are always yummy cookies baking in the oven. Our cookies are as much a unique signature of the Inn as our breakfast. Our goal is to make our guests feel right at home and what better way to show our love than baking you your favorite cookies!

You do not need to scroll through old books, magazines, and online to find the perfect holiday cookie recipe. We’ve done all the work for you! Just purchase our best-selling Cookbook and you will find many amazing, easy to follow, and delicious cookie recipes to try this holiday season. Even though we love all of our holiday recipes, the one recipe that we make every holiday season is our signature Holiday Cookies. They are easy to make and last a long time! 🙂

Whether you’re making cookies for your family, friends, cookie swaps, or just as a treat to enjoy by the fireplace, there is always a good reason to whip up a batch of cookies during the holidays. Fire up your oven and get ready to spread some holiday cheer.  Put your favorite Old Harbor Inn apron, pour your favorite wine or hot cocoa in one of our OHI mugs, put some Christmas music on and roll up your sleeves and start baking.

Start with preheating the oven to 350 degrees and grabbing all the ingredients listed below:

The Old Harbor Inn Holiday Cookies


1 cup Crisco

1 cup of sugar

4 eggs

4 cups flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1 cup milk

1 tsp. Anise Extract


2 cups confectioners’ sugar

½ tsp. Anise Extract

1-2 tbsp. milk


Cream sugar and Crisco. Add eggs and cream together. Add flour, baking powder, milk, and anise and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoon cookie scoop on a prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. While cookies are warm dip them in the icing and decorate with sprinkles, candies, or nuts of your choice. Makes 3 ½ dozen cookies.  

Cookies are the best part of every holiday and everybody loves to cuddle up by the fireplace with hot cocoa in one hand and a freshly baked cookie in the other. No matter what type of holiday cookie you are in the mood for, trust us – you will find it in our cookbook. Try some of our favorites the Chatham Snowball Cookie, Raspberry-Almond Thumbprint Cookies, Judy’s Pecan Tassies, and Mrs. Cross’ Snickerdoodles.  For a limited time during the holiday season, we will be offering our Baker Bundle Kit. The kit includes the Old Harbor Inn Cookbook, Apron, Spatula, and FREE shipping (priced at $50.00)! The perfect addition to your holiday baking! Give the perfect gift this holiday season purchase one of our discounted Gift Certificates and include the Baker Bundle Kit! For more information call us directly at 508-945-4434 and let our professional team wrap your presents for you!

Happy baking!

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