My mom and I enjoyed making spritz cookies nearly every Christmas when I was growing up. Bringing out the cookie press and creating those delicious little tree-shaped cookies was one of my favorite parts of the holidays. Mom had an old Mirro brand cookie press where you manually twist the screw to squeeze the dough out through the shaped portion. We once bought a battery-powered model so we'd only have to press a button, but it never worked quite as well. Back to the tried-and-true model we went. I was so excited the year Mom told me I could have the cookie press. It's all still there - the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I make this recipe each year from a photocopied handwritten copy of my husband's grandmother's recipe. It's extra special to see it in her own handwriting. I am amazed to see that it looks a great deal like my mother-in-laws writing, but it's not, it's her mother's. Amazing how much we are like our family and how a part of them is in us. It also makes me think about how important traditions really are and how as mother's we pass them down from mother to daughter for generations. Our own family has only been making these cookies for a few years now, but Christmas just wouldn't be the same now Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When I first married my husband, I experienced some rather unique family favorite recipes, one of which being peppernuts. What are peppernuts? Peppernuts are small little cookies, about the size of your thumbnail that are totally addicting! Peppernuts derive from a German heritage and supposedly came to America sometime in the mid-to-late 1800s. Seeing that my husband’s family is mostly Mennonite Brethren, you can easily see where the connection might lie. Traditionally, these little cookies are served during Christian time. Some recipes (although not this one) call for small amounts of Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I have a dear friend who shared this recipe with me roughly 20 years ago. It is old, simple, and has 6 ingredients; a reflection of less complicated and sophisticated times in our culture. Don't be fooled. This tiny little cookie is amazing, and has taught us a couple of great lessons during the holiday season. First off, it is not shortbread, but rather more like butter in cookie form! Let's start with the ingredients, okay? Butter Cookies 1 pound butter 2 cups powdered sugar 2 egg yolks 4 cups flour pinch of salt 1 tablespoon vanilla Mix all ingredients except flour and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Coffee brewing...check...Christmas carols playing...check...frilly girly apron on...check...kitchen set for baking Christmas cookies...double check! Every year at the first part of December, I send my husband and kids out on a "date with dad", unpack my collection of red and green sprinkles, and open my home to a small handful of girl friends all eager to bake...and chat...and bake some more in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season. It has been our annual tradition for the past four years. We have a small selection of cookie recipes that we bake each year and a stash of new Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Garnish 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut Preheat oven to 350F. Bake uncovered on ungreased cookie sheet 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Once cooled, ground in food processor. Cookies 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon rum extract 2 1/2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup caramel apple dip (16oz. container) or 1 cup dulce de leche In large bowl, beat butter and 2/3 cups of sugar with electric mixer on medium until smooth. Add egg yolks, rum Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Growing up at my house, Christmas meant two things: It meant that Mom would pull out the big box with the craft paper, glitter, and glue, and it meant that we would bake Candy Cane Cookies at least once during the holiday season. Candy Cane cookies are wonderful, minty but not too sweet pieces of Christmas yumminess. There were times when we would need to bake a second batch just before Christmas, to bring to the big family dinner because my sister and I had eaten the first batch. Now that I'm grown with kids of my own, the tradition has carried over. Half of our kids are all grown up and yet Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
There is one recipe in my family that makes it Christmas. One recipe that if you didn't make it you may have a riot on your hands. In our family it is my Grandma Koons' Butterball recipe! Some may call them snowballs but my Grandmother always called them Butterballs (because half of the ingredients is butter). My Grandmother (Gram-Cracker) and I were very close. She was hysterical, loving and tough lady - and I am proud to say I'm her Grand-Daughter! So you can image that this recipe (including the recipe card she hand wrote) are very near and dear to my heart. When Carlie asked Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When we started having children, my husband and I really began to think about the traditions that we wanted to establish with our family each year during the Christmas season: decorating the tree, an Advent wreath, Christmas Eve… As we slowly began to merge traditions we each had growing up, there was one thing that became a Christmas Eve staple – Grandma’s Molasses Cookies. Many years ago my husband’s grandmother wrote the recipe for me, and it has become a treasured recipe for our family. Now every year for Christmas Eve, I mix up a batch of the molasses cookies, set the batter in the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
One of the perks of being a military family is that you get to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures. My children have enjoyed learning about different countries, foods, cultures, worldviews, and more on our moving adventures through the years. One of our favorite traditions during the holidays is making cookies together. I try to keep things simple and make only a few kinds. We have made gingerbread cookies in the past, but they really weren’t a favorite in our house. My kids would rather roll and cut out sugar cookies because, as they describe it, “the dough Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.