Cookies For An Irish Christmas

Baking This Week?

I’m sure I’m not the only one baking this week. While most people make the same traditional cookies and cakes that they make every year, I’m betting a number of you are like me and ready to try something different. I have some Irish friends who are amazing bakers. If you’ve ever stayed at a B&B in Ireland, you know how good the Irish are at baking. I thought I’d try to find out what the Irish might be whipping up in their kitchens this week.

It would be almost unthinkable in America to celebrate Christmas without homemade cookies. While there are plenty of Irish recipes for delightful Christmas cakes and puddings, there are also some tantalizing cookie (or biscuit if you prefer) recipes to try as well. Here are just a few you may want to pop into your oven to serve with your Irish coffee this Christmas.

Irish Lace Cookies

photo by Vegan Feast Catering

photo by Vegan Feast Catering

I admit I’ve seen these on cookie plates in the U.S. midwest, so I don’t know where the recipe originated, but don’t they look yummy!

These cookies are thin, crisp, and equally good with coffee or a glass of cold milk. This recipe calls for Irish oatmeal—nothing speaks to me of a misty Irish morning more. If you, like me, think chocolate makes everything better, you can drizzle them when they come out of the oven.

Irish Lace Cookie Recipe

Ginger Snaps

If you equate ginger with Christmas, and don’t have the patience to make gingerbread men or houses, this might satisfy your craving. Nothing is better, in my opinion, with a nice cup of Irish tea than a few gingersnaps.

Irish Shortcake Petticoat Tails

Irish Petticoat Tail Cookies

photo by H is for Home

Looking for something a bit different that not everyone will be serving with Santa’s milk? Try these, so named because the edges are made to resemble the lace on a petticoat. (You might have to explain that to the younger generation.)

Irish Petticoat Tails Cookies

Do you have a favorite Irish cookie recipe? Please share in the comments!


Cindy ThomsonCindy Thomson’s love of Irish history inspires much of what she writes. She is the author of eight books, including her newest set in the early Middle Ages, Pages of Ireland. Her first novel, Brigid of Ireland, was published ten years ago. She continues to write both fiction and non-fiction stories set in Ireland, writes regularly for genealogy magazines, and has recently begun doing research-for-hire, helping people uncover their Irish roots. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband Tom. They have three grown sons and new granddaughter. Sign up for her newsletter: or follow her on Twitter: @cindyswriting or Facebook:


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  1. My Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook (no copyright information but it must be at least 50 years old) has the following regarding Petticoat Tails:
    Brought from France to Scotland by Mary, Queen of Scots. The French name “Petits Gateaux Tailles” means “little cakes cut off.” But the name came to be pronounced as it sounded to the Scotch and English..”Petticoat Tails.”
    They are delicious, wherever the name arose!

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