Christmas is coming….FAST!

 

This is one of those years; Thanks giving was so late that we leapt right into the Christmas season before the turkey had even cooled down! I’ve barely used all the Thanksgiving leftovers and now it’s time to think about Christmas goodies.

On the other hand, it’s hard not think about Christmas goodies…mmmmmm. A few years ago, we posted Thirty-one days of delicious Christmas cookies and I plan to revisit those recipes this year. Obviously I’m a little bit behind schedule since it IS December 11 already. So today is a huge bonus day for cookies. Check out some of our favorites:

#1 Grandma’s Dutch Jan Hagel cookies (What I love best about these is that they remind me of my Grandma. 🙂 Second best, they require no special ingredients so I’m always ready to bake them!)

#2 Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies (These are really my go-to cookie during the Christmas season. Always favorite, always delicious. This is the cookie that feature at my annual Women’s Sanity Night.)

#3 Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (also my go-to recipe all year round. These are just the best.)

#4 Snickerdoodles (who doesn’t remember eating Snickerdoodles as a kid?)

#5 Mint Brownies (my two favorite dessert flavors in one place.)

#6 Dreamsicle Fudge (this one will change your life. Just try it.)

#7 Buffalo Chip Cookies (the name alone makes me giggle.)

#8 Peppernuts (or Pfeffernusse)

#9 Gumdrop Pfeffernusse (my all-time favorite Pfeffernusse recipe, thanks to Auntie Karen)

#10 Raisin Pfeffernusse (you can eat these by the handful, but probably shouldn’t!)

#11 Anise Pfeffernusse (classic, traditional little peppernuts)

Phew, I’m caught up now.

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I’m pretty easily distracted these days but I will try to keep current on the cookie posts. This time of year is the perfect time to practice your kitchen arts and bless the socks off the people in your life who like good food!

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Christmas Cookies: More Goodies to Share

Christmas is a week away and the need for goodies seems to be escalating! So back to the 31 Days of Christmas Cookies project I go.

Of course, the very first treat on my list is yesterday’s recipe for Banket Bites.

Day 18: Banket — the Grandma recipe of all time in our family

Day 19: Almond Bars — These bars are the richer, more decadent relative to Banket

Day 20: Dream Bars — Oh. my.

Day 21: Sherri’s Sugar Cookies — Simple and buttery; the best recipe I’ve found for sugar cookies

Day 22: Amazing Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies — almost terrifying in their decadent goodness

Day 23: Coconut Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies — a favorite recipe from Auntie Karen

Day 24: Nell’s Lemon Bars — my own dear Grandma’s specialty and one of my favorites

And if you’re still trying to do last minute gifts out of your kitchen, my friend Sarah has some great ideas:

So many delicious recipes, so many gifts to make, so little time…..

ornaments and Christmas cookies

Barb

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Christmas Cookies: checking in here and there

We’ve been snowed in for two days and this really is a perfect time to bake. So check out the next round of Christmas cookies in our 31 Days of Christmas Cookies Project:

Day 12: Mexican Wedding Cookies — a Christmas cookie standard where I come from

Day 13: Spritz Cookies — these are really fun to do with the kids

Day 14: Scottish Shortbread — simple+buttery+rich=delicious

Day 15: Hello Dolly Bars — a recipe from my Grandma’s recipe box

Day 16: Swedish Sandbakkles — holiday goodies from a different tradition

Day 17: Peppermint Bars — one of my sister-in-law’s favorites

Anniversary Christmas ornament

We’d love to hear from you, our readers, with YOUR favorite Christmas cookie recipes. What are the goodies you ate as a child, dream about as an adult, plan for all year long?

Barb 

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More Christmas Cookies

I’m catching up with our 31 Days of Christmas Cookies project from last year and have a couple more to share with you today. These Christmas cookies are delicious and definitely add to any gift basket, Christmas party, potluck, or cozy evening by the fire!

Day 7: Buffalo Chip Cookies — love it when my friends hunt me down to share their cookie recipes! This is one of ’em.

Day 8: Pfeffernusse (or Peppernut cookies) —  ALL of Auntie Karen’s traditional Pfeffernusse recipes are just delicious and have become an integral part of our Christmas treat selections.

Day 9: Gumdrop Pfeffernusse —  This is my very favorite variation of all. And if case you were wondering, you pronounce Pfeffernusse like FEFFER-NESSY.

Day 10: Raisin Pfeffernusse — These are classic Pfeffernusse. Keep in a bowl on the kitchen counter throughout the Christmas season.

Day 11: Anise Pfeffernusse — The sharp anise flavor is a great contrast to the cinnamon and peppermint flavors that dominate Christmas baking.

Christmas Angels

Barb 

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31 Days of Christmas Cookies

We’re deep into final exams, Christmas concerts, swim meets, Christmas parties, and SNOW! I want to remind you all of the special 31 Days of Christmas Cookies project that we did last year at Christmas time. I was browsing through all the things I WANT to be baking right now. I’ll be real honest with you: I haven’t baked a single thing this past week. I just haven’t had time. If I can make it through the middle of next week, I’ll be able to jump back into some serious Christmas baking. In the meantime, let me just remind you of a few of our favorites!

Day 1: Grandma’s Dutch Jan Hagel Cookies — these are perennial favorites and so fast and easy to make.

Day 2: Soft and Chewy Crackle-top Molasses Cookies — the very best molasses cookie recipe I’ve found.

Day 3: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars — my go-to recipe when I need to bring a dessert type snack somewhere.

Day 4: Snickerdoodles — aromas and flavors from my childhood!

Day 5: Mint Brownies — combines two of my favorite flavors in the world.

Day 6: Dreamsicle Fudge — this yummy fudge is a delicious treat for folks who aren’t fans of chocolate. It’s also a delicious treat for all the rest of us!

That’ll get you started…I’ll be back tomorrow!

Christmas decorations

Barb 

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