This post has been sponsored by Starbucks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ya know the feeling when something sparks your inner holiday spirit? That’s what happened with the Starbucks® Holiday Blend! One sip of this limited edition ground coffee and I knew that gingerbread cookies had to be made… stat. After heading to my local Kroger store right down the road, I had everything I needed to bring an extra festive touch to my holiday coffee  —like the Starbucks® Holiday Cookie Straws and some creative gingerbread cookie ideas. So come along with me as I do some holiday baking with my new favorite seasonal coffee blend in hand.

 

 

For many of us, the holidays are a time where we reflect on family traditions and make all the festive plans. Gingerbread is one of those things that triggers the inner nostalgic child in me. So it seemed fitting to share my ideal holiday baking setup with you all. If baking treats and goodies is as big of a deal as it is in my house, then you know that setting the stage is just as important as the recipe you choose. So I popped on my favorite holiday playlist, brewed myself a cup of Starbucks® Holiday Blend, and got baking!

These gingerbread cookies paired with Starbucks Holiday Blend and cookie straws are perfect for surprising seasonal house guests with. They’re even great for creating a thoughtful gift basket for your neighbor. Let’s share these ways to elevate your holiday cup of coffee with everyone, shall we?  

If you’re looking to recreate this festive holiday baking scene simply head to your local Kroger banner store to pick up the baking ingredients for your favorite gingerbread recipe, jars of Kroger brand vanilla frosting, Starbucks Holiday Blend—also available in K-Cup® pods—and Starbucks Holiday Cookie Straws.

Gingerbread Idea #1

 

Starting off with my personal favorite—these gingerbread men wrapped around Starbucks Holiday Cookie Straws. Before baking, wrap the arms around the end of a wooden spoon to create the perfect space for a post-bake cookie straw. Once cooled, you can slip in a Starbucks Holiday Cookie Straw, add it to your cup of Starbucks Holiday Blend, and you’ve got yourself maybe the most festive cup of coffee ever to grace the month of December.  

 

Gingerbread Idea #2

 

If you’re looking for an idea that’s ideal for the masses—maybe your favorite girlfriends are coming over? Opt for these simple snowflakes. All you’ll need is a snowflake cookie cutter, vanilla frosting, and festive sprinkles if you so choose. Whether you have your guests decorate their own or you make them ahead of time, setting each cookie on top of the mug and adding a Starbucks Holiday Cookie Straw is a great way to make a cup of Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee feel even more festive.

 

 

I hope these ideas got you thinking of how you can use Starbucks Holiday Blend to bring the flavors of the holidays to your day. Whether you’re drinking a cup while snuggled up by the fire—gingerbread cookie in hand—or it’s your holiday baking companion, there’s something about the smooth maple notes of this medium roast that will have you singing your favorite holiday tune in no time.

 

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