The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour 2016

The Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour is a Lawrenceville institution and holiday tradition. The Cookie Tour had its beginnings as a holiday open house at Jay Design Soaps & Gifts in 1997. Driven by the spirit of collaboration, the event grew to include more than a dozen businesses, and cookies were added around 2000. Today, the Cookie Tour has become Lawrenceville’s signature business district event, one which helps the business district grow economically, attracts new visitors and exemplifies the strong spirit of community in Lawrenceville.

Next Pittsburgh summed it up perfectly in a 2014 feature:

“Equal parts cookie crawl and buy local movement, the free, family-friendly event showcases Lawrenceville’s thriving Butler Street business district.”

How it Works

This is a free and family friendly event. The self guided tour allows you and your friends and family to stroll through the neighborhood, checking out each shop and sampling cookies at your own pace. Just grab a map and go!

Each shopkeeper has their own hours. While the tour is generally 10AM to 6PM Thursday through Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday—be sure to check the map for each stop’s location and hours.

Here is a digital PDF of the 2016 Joy of Cookies, Cookie Tour Map.

It’s a bigger file so please be patient. You can find printed versions in participating businesses and various Pittsburgh locations from now until the tour. You can also find this map in the November 30th edition of the City Paper!

During the Tourjoy of cookies cookie cup


The Joy of Cookies Cookie Cup is a new trophy awarded to the people’s choice for best cookie on the tour. Find out how to participate! 


Thanks to Lawrenceville United for organizing this year’s Light Up Lawrenceville event Thursday, December 1st from 6–7pm in the Allegheny Cemetery Driveway on Butler Street. This evening is a celebration that involves treats, carols and, of course, the annual tree lighting to launch the holiday season.


Get around by hopping on and off one of two Molly’s Trolleys from noon–6pm—generously provided by The Foundry at 41st and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Trolley stops, where limited parking is also available, are designated on the Cookie Tour map. The trolley will also stop near participating shops. Snack while you ride on free samples of Snappers are also available on each trolley.

Stop in The Cookie Mall from 10am–2pm at the Boys & Girls Club, 4600 Butler Street to buy homemade cookies from local nonprofits and get a picture with Santa (12–2pm).

Getting around on two wheels is also an option using one of the two Healthy Ride stations in the neighborhood. Have your own bike? There’s two new bike corrals: one at 42nd Street and Penn Avenue and the other at 42nd and Butler Streets.

dark chocolate snappers


Also on Saturday December 3rd, Edward Marc Chocolatier has generously provided samples of their popular Snappers. Find Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Snappers and Original Milk Chocolate Caramel Snappers at a few select locations along the tour, including on each of the Trolleys driving along Butler Street and during picture’s with Santa at Lawrenceville United’s Cookie Mall from 12PM to 2PM. Available while supplies last and first come first served.

For more information contact Genevieve Barbee-Turner at or call 412-621-1616 x102.

Thank you to our sponsors

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