‘Tis the Season to Bake Cookies
My Grandma called cookies “the original comfort food”, and she meant it. There were always cookies at her house – especially at Christmas time, when she would bake countless dozens, pack them into little tins, and distribute them to practically everyone she knew. If she wasn’t going to see you until weeks after Christmas, she’d just put your tin in the freezer and – lucky you! – you’d be eating Christmas cookies in February. ♥️
Likewise, I don’t have one single memory of Christmas as a child (or an adult) that doesn’t include platefuls of my mom’s homemade Christmas cookies. That’s the thing about Christmas and cookies. Christmas traditions may vary wildly from family to family, but generally, cookies are involved.
Recently, a reader sent me a cookie recipe that’s been in her family for generations, saying “They take a few hours to make and are gone in a few minutes. My husband and grown children can’t get enough of them!” For many of us, it’s recipes like that make Christmas Christmas.
What follows is a list of some of my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Some are old, some are new, all are deliciously nostalgic.
If YOU, dear baker, have a favorite family Christmas cookie recipe that isn’t a closely guarded secret, I’d love nothing more than for you to share it too. Leave it in the comments if you dare so that others might have the privilege of baking it too. We may not all be able to get together for a giant cookie swap (how much fun would that be???) but, we can at least share a few of our favorites recipes.
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