Christmas Cookies Inspired by Starbucks

I am somewhat addicted to Starbucks. Which is a little strange considering I'm off caffeine and am lactose-intolerant.  So, that's me, ordering a decaf and popping a Lactaid.  Ah, middle age.

Anyhoo...that's also me in the drive-thru.  Besides being off caffeine and lactose-intolerant, I'm lazy.  When my sweet Mr. E doesn't pick up morning Starbucks, I'm typically hiding out in the car, checking twitter while I cruise through the drive-thru line.

BUT, every now and then...when my hair looks good...I go IN Starbucks.  And that is where I saw these cute and simple holly mugs.  Now, a normal person would look at them and think, "hmm...that would make a nice gift for Aunt Suzy."  And crazed cookie-maker (me) looks at it and thinks, "I must make that a cookie."

And I did.

Starbucks Holly Mug Cookies: you will need...

With a #2 tip, outline the square in green icing. (Forest green would be pretty here, too.)

Thin the green icing with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer icings to a squeeze bottle.

Fill in the squares in green.  Use a toothpick to spread to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Wait at least 1 hour.

With a #7 tip, pipe holly berries on the cookies in white icing.  Use a #2 tip, outline holly leaves.

Thin the white icing with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer icings to a squeeze bottle.

Fill in the leaves in white.  Use a toothpick to spread to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let dry overnight.

Time to add some sparkle!!!

Mix 1/4 tsp. meringue powder with 1/4 tsp. water.  With a small paintbrush, apply to the holly.  Sprinkle on the disco dust, then shake off the excess over the coffee filter.  (The filter will act as a funnel to put the excess back in the container.)

Use a dry paintbrush to help remove the excess. Disco dust will get everywhere!

So, thank you Starbucks....for the decaf hazelnut cappuccinos AND the inspiration!  See y'all at the drive-thru! 


  1. Those are so cute! I'm a bit of a Starbuck's addict too, it's my favorite place to study and do school work. They always have the cutest mugs and things, I love that you turned that decoration into a cookie!

  2. Love them Bridget! I saw them too and had the same thought! They have so many cute designs this year! I am currently working on my version of their holly :)

  3. Bridget- Once again.. I am enamored with your blog. My son is in the kitchen and he looks over my shoulder and asks, "are those cookies." I told him he had to check out all of your cookies.. but as only a tween boy will do.. he says, "wait, mom.. i have to catch the Bronco (Denver) highlights." Maybe I should make a tebow cookie! xo always... laura

  4. simple, striking, and gorgeous! love the "disco dust" and i chuckled to myself when i totally related to your drive-thru/go-into-the-cafe decision making criteria! haha

  5. These are very nice for Christmas complete.

  6. These look beautiful. You make it seem so easy!

  7. ordered several decorating things from your list, cookie dough is in freezer...just waiting on meringue powder to arrive so can try some Christmas cookies with your ideas. years ago, did flow designs on cakes but have never tried it on cookies and excited to see the results. thanks for inspiration!

  8. Those are SO cute. I have my eye on a mug at Starbucks, but I haven't caved and bought it yet. ;)

  9. These are so fun! And absolutely beautiful!

  10. I love disco dust. I want to put it on everything.

  11. Hi Bridget!
    I absolutely love your cookies, you are the best!
    I am planning on doing some to give away this Christmas, but I have never decorated cookies with icing (not really a habit here in Portugal!). So I have been absorving information from your blog and I'd like to ask you just this (I didn't find it in any of the f.a.q.'s): do you let the cookies dry overnight out in the open air or do you store them in any container?


  12. These are beautiful, Bridget! And when I see them I think they'd make a great gift with the mug for Aunt Suzy! :)

  13. I am the SAME WAY!!

    Can't do more caffeine than what is in a soda, so when I go to Starbucks, it's always decaf for me.

    I can do dairy but only in SMALL does. Lactaid stays in my purse at all times...because an impromptu ice cream stop is always my undoing. Ah...the joys of getting older!!

    Love these cookies, especially the sparkle. Adorable!!

  14. You are right, it does make a great cookie! Love the sparkle.

    By the way, I found a Starbucks that's only 30 minutes away so if you do ever get to visit, at least Mr. E. won't have as far to go to get you your decaf as I had originally thought! LOL

  15. Oh I've got some catching up to do over here!
    Starbuck's needs to market these adorable cookies!
    How COOL are you seeing a mug and turning it into a cookie~
    That is awesome!
    I had no idea you were caffeine free~lactose free!
    You little FREE~BIRD you! ;)
    Can you believe I've been SUGAR~free for 8 days!
    I even made all those cupcakes last night and didn't lick my finger not once~MIRACLE!
    I feel so much better~
    my jeans fit better and my face looks rested.
    But everything HAPPY to eat has SUGAR!!!
    What's a girlie to do?
    I promise I won't be SUGAR~FREE when you come visit! ;)
    Teresa + Bridget = SUGAR~FUN/rush!
    I was going to ask you...
    when you see and meet me for the first time....
    will you be inspired to make a COOKIE after ME?
    Make sure it has PINK pom~pom balls on it somewhere!
    Hugs and LOVE from Bainbridge to Texas!
    Gotta scoot to yoga~

  16. I feel your woe. I myself can't handle caffeine or milk. We should have a frequent buyer card that gets stamped for every time we buy Lactaid.

    These cookies are darling. I fear I would get out of hand with a pot of disco dust.

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

  17. I'll take your cookie version over the mug any day! :)

  18. Haha - I was thinking trying these in red, for the Starbucks Christmas Red Cups

  19. So pretty!! I think the cookies are actually prettier than the mug, but don't tell Starbucks!

  20. Gorgeous! I watched Callye on Martha today and they talked about how they all see the world as cookies...
    I want to live in your world...starbucks and cookies, sigh :)

  21. I love the flooding technique! Definitely on my list of holiday baking experiments this year!

  22. PLEASE figure out how to make Starbucks holiday gingerbread and post... I NEED it the other 10 months of the year!

  23. Lovely cookies! Some red would really make them stand out! Tasty too I'm sure.

  24. Another triumph in sugar!

    I put all your great cookie decorating advice, tips and tricks to good use this weekend to make Christmas snow globe cookies. I hope you felt the love and gratitude being sent your way!

  25. Bridget, have you ever tried their soy? I don't do dairy, and soy is my number three choice (coconut milk, almond milk, soy), but it's all that I drink at Starbucks! They use an organic vanilla kind. I usually get a soy latte and it's perfect, but right now I've been adding one pump of gingerbread to be festive :)

  26. definitely captured the graphic perfectly!

  27. Your cookies like always is AMAZING!!! I just love the way you design them :))
    Best wishes!

  28. These are so adorable! Love the sprinkles!!

  29. These are darling! You are so creative.

  30. These are ADORABLE! And I agree with Teresa... as a Starbucks addict I can say they SHOULD market these. :) Now I have to ask.... HOW did you become caffeine free? I'm in awe! That's quite a thing to accomplish.

  31. These are so pretty! I am obsessed with the mugs at Starbucks. Every year I say I'm going to buy myself one of the red mugs that look just like their red cups, but I haven't done it yet. I had my eye on the holly mugs, as well. :)

  32. GORGEOUS!!! There is something about classic beautiful... elegant simplicity. Its not easy to do, but you do it well!

  33. Do you always use UN-BLEACHED ALL PURPOSED FLOUR in your recipe? Also, is there a difference? By the way.....YOU ROCK!! :-)

  34. Brilliant! I love mugs from Starbucks, but I hadn't seen that holly one. Love these cookies!!

  35. I love how you see the world thru your cookie glasses!!!

    these are adorable Bridget!

  36. so cute that i may have to change my cookie for this weekends cookie swap! I went through a lactose intolerant phase, and it was such a bummer to pop that pill. Hopefully it will pass for you!


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