Christmas Cookie Roundup

Christmas Cookies

Hi All!

It seems like forever since I last sat down to write, but it really has been just a matter of days. The business of the holiday season has gotten the better of me and I have been struggling to catch up with life.

My boys are finishing school work, papers and projects. I spent days and days on the phone scheduling an ACT test with special accommodations for one of our boys. We have had company coming and going, kids coming and going to school, church, work and holiday activities at all hours of the day and night.

St. Nick brought home a beautiful little kitty for us, but she has been very shy and has not adjusted to our crazy life just yet. I can’t wait to take pictures and tell you all about her, but it will have to wait until she is a bit calmer.

In between all the stuff of this crazy life, I have been focused on baking Christmas cookies.

Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday rituals.

I love being in the kitchen for hours creating special holiday treats.

I love listening to Christmas carols while I work on the Christmas cookies.

I love nibbling on the dough, as every good cook usually does.

Christmas pantry shelves

Just in case you were wondering, there are a number of  reasons I am not a food blogger:

1) Food is so very difficult to photograph and actually make it look appetizing. I have all the respect in the world for food photographers.

2) I have 4 men in the house that eat constantly.

2) My family is on a ” See Food” diet, if they see it or smell it, it’s gone. Have I mentioned that they eat CONSTANTLY??

3) If I had a bigger food budget, cooking would be more interesting to write/blog about. Ramen noodles just aren’t that interesting.

4) If I had a bigger kitchen, I would be more inspired to cook. Making meals for 6 or more people in a tiny 5 foot square space is cumbersome and irritating. My family loves to help, but 5 people of 6′ or more in that small space is just not fun at all. I dream of having a food blogger worthy kitchen. Sigh.

5) Keeping food in the house with teenage boys is next to impossible, but when it’s Christmas cookies, it’s really impossible.

I decided I would not let these things keep me from writing at least one Christmas cookie post.

My favorite Christmas cookies are the old fashioned Christmas Cut-Out Cookies that are featured in the photo at the top of this post. I love them dripping with butter cream icing and covered in sprinkles. It’s the one cookie I always bake regardless of my time or budget. You can get the recipe here.

I recently discovered how wonderful AllRecipes.com is. You can select your recipes and then down load a shopping list right to your smart phone. How cool is that?

I will be using this a lot more in the future to plan my weekly menus!

I downloaded a bunch of recipes from that site and baked up a storm this week.

We loved the Pecan Turtle Bars, they were super easy and quick to make. I froze a few of them for the holidays but we ate almost the entire batch before it even occurred to me. The calorie intake guilt is getting to me on this one.

The Orange Almond Biscotti was AMAZING. I made a double batch to give away to friends with some Starbucks Coffee. It’s one of my favorite gift combinations. Dunk them in your morning coffee and great things happen.

I want to try the Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti as well, but haven’t gotten to it yet. We sort of ate all the pistachios I bought. Will try again soon!

Another family favorite is the Mexican Wedding Cookie. They are light and tasty, you can’t go wrong with this one.

My last batch will be these Ginger Crinkles. Ginger and molasses are two of my all time favorite things.

Happy Baking!

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

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