Nov 28, 2018 • By

Creative cookie hacks for the holidays

With December drawing near, holiday cookie baking season is officially here., and are filled with easy-to-access cookie recipes boasting holiday spirit for all taste buds. But there’s still something special about pulling out that ingredient-stained family cookbook, with recipe notes scribbled along the pages, passed down from generation-to-generation.


Cookies of all kinds have been a key part of our history. In fact, around this time last year our Archives team featured some of our old cookie kits that were holiday hits. Check out the video, here.

From creating classics like Russian Tea Cakes to adding pizzazz to pre-made Pillsbury dough when you’re short on time, our recipe content – in print and on digital platforms – truly has something for everyone.


Russian Tea Cakes with a twist on toppings

Both Betty Crocker and Pillsbury have “cookie countdowns” going on right now. All you have to do is sign up on or to receive a recipe in your email inbox once a day leading into the holidays.Pillsbury-Cookie-Countdown

While we have endless cookie content available at our fingertips, it’s still fun to learn about baking best practices during face-to-face interactions in the kitchen.

So, for our “A Taste of General Mills” podcast this month, I caught up with Cathy Swanson Wheaton, the executive editor behind many of your favorite Pillsbury and Betty Crocker cookbooks, to hear her secrets for cookies that look and taste great.

During our oven-side chat, Wheaton shares her personal and professional perspective on all-things cookies. You’ll learn about:

-Current trends and twists on the classics
-Simple mistakes that have big consequences during the baking process
-Creative cookie decorating ideas when you’re short on time or ingredients
-Swanson Wheaton’s favorite cookie-baking traditions


Cathy Swanson Wheaton (left), executive editor behind many Pillsbury and Betty Crocker cookbooks, talks cookies in the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

Listen (16 min)

SHOW NOTES – Episode 39: November 28, 2018

Link: Russian Tea Cakes 

Link: Betty Crocker’s Classic Sugar Cookie recipe

Link: Pillsbury cookie dough 

Link: Betty Crocker’s 24 Days of Cookies 

Link: Pillsbury’s Cookie Countdown

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