If one of your favorite Christmas traditions involves re-watching 2003’s Elf, you’re going to love this news. This holiday season, Elf-inspired cookies will be an official thing, courtesy of Pillsbury. The brand is selling ready-to-bake sugar cookies printed with Buddy the Elf’s signature green hat.
People who grew up in the ’90s probably remember the pre-packaged Pillsbury holiday sugar cookies. The dough, printed with festive images like reindeer, came in a long tube and you could slice it into individual cookies.
Pillsbury still makes the cookie tubes, but only in a plain, non-printed version. Fortunately, the holiday cookies aren’t gone entirely—they’re just pre-portioned. (And as someone who’s recently baked Pillsbury’s ghost-printed treats, I can confirm the taste is just as good as it was back then.)
This holiday season, a new Christmas cookie will be joining its Pillsbury counterparts at supermarkets!
What Do the Elf Cookies Look Like?
Elf fans will remember that Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy, wears a green and yellow outfit. He’s decidedly out of place in New York, but Buddy’s outfit, along with his upbeat personality, gave him a place in plenty of fans’ hearts. It’s only natural that Pillsbury decided to honor the character by featuring his adorable green and yellow hat on the sugar cookies.
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(Prefer to decorate your own desserts? You can’t go wrong with this adorable elf cookie recipe.)
When Will They Be Available?
Instagram users have reported seeing the Elf cookies in at least one Walmart location already, so it’s possible the retailer is getting an early start on the holiday season. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Elf cookies are available at your Walmart right away—it’s only October, after all. The treats are also listed on Target.com, though the website says the cookies aren’t in stores yet.
And if you’re not an Elf fan, don’t worry. Pillsbury is still offering sugar cookies printed with reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen. Whatever type of cookies you plan to leave out for Santa (or eat yourself!), the Elf cookie news is a welcome reminder that the holidays, and cookie season, are almost here.