Holiday Cookie Recipe: Kris Crinkles

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Ann Gardner
Where you’re based: Irving, TX
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since February 2010
Favorite thing about the holidays: People seem to be in a better mood, generally nicer, and more giving this time of the year.
On my holiday wish list this year: The past couple of years have been rough for me and my husband, so I’m going to be a bit selfish this year and wish for good health for me and our families… and world peace, of course.
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Ever since I can remember, the “official” start of the holiday season was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—my family would wait for Santa to arrive at the end of the parade and I looked forward to it every year. It was just one of those small, simple things our family shared together during the holiday season.

I’ve loved baking for as long as I can remember (check out the photo of me and my brother (below) decorating cookies when we were kids!) In fact, I went to culinary school and studied baking and pastry arts. Although I ultimately choose a career in design, I still like to bake. And nothing compares to the smell of something baking in the oven, especially around the holidays. My recipe for Kris Crinkle Cookies is one of my favorites—it fills the house with the warm scent of spices and gingerbread. It’s an easy recipe that’s perfect for cold, wintry days (and I promise they taste as good as they look!).  —Ann

Click through for the recipe and to download the recipe-card printable… 

Recipe: Kris Crinkle Cookies (click to download the 4″ x 6″ recipe card)
I actually used my “The Night Before” and “By The Fire” holiday-card designs as a starting point to create this printable recipe card. Enjoy the cookies and happy holidays from my family to yours!

More Holiday Ideas:
• DIY: Three Easy Holiday Gift-Wrapping Ideas
• How to Tie the Perfect Bow
• Ribbon and Wrapping Paper Guide


  1. great post, Ann! And how cute is that photo?!

    • Thanks, Sandy!

  2. Melissa

    can’t wait to make these Ann!

    • I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, Melissa. They go pretty fast at our house.

  3. Renee Pulve

    I love learning more about my fellow Minties! And the fact that you studied baking and pastry arts is so unique!!! Great idea for the downloadable recipe card too 🙂 Love it Ann!

    • Thanks, Renee!

  4. Kerry

    These look yummy! 🙂

  5. What a great story and recipe Ann! Hope your holidays are healthy and happy. 🙂

  6. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Can’t wait to try these, Ann!! Great post.

  7. Louise Willemsen

    What a fabulous recipe, I made these today and they are delicious 🙂

    • Glad you like them, Louise!

  8. Melanie Severin

    Yum, you had me at cookies! Great post, Ann – and love that pretty recipe card too!

    • Thanks, Melanie!