christmas cookies

Are you a crazed Christmas cookie baker?  Do you have certain types of cookies that you bake year after year?  Recipes that have been passed down in your family?

I bake every year.  I usually cram it into one day and than regret it about 2 hours in.

Every year I make Jam Kolaches.  They are the passed down recipe.  And although I never really learned to make them with my great grandma + grandma I always feel close to them when I make these.  It’s a tradition that I don’t want to break.  I was thrilled when I found this post on Kolaches last week.  It is gorgeous.  There is even a beautiful video.

Other cookies I make every year are:

// sugar cookies [ they always end up being a major undertaking] // peanut butter clusters
// 7 layer cookies
// haystacks [instead of chow mein noodles I use potato shoe strings]

These peanut butter cup cookies look pretty great too.  Why not add a cookie to the Reese’s that I eat almost everyday [news years resolution – stop eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

What cookies do you like to make?  Do you have any family recipes that are near and dear?

images | Jessica Comingore |Six Sisters Stuff via Pink Wallpaper | la la Lovely |



  • Mary
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 8:02am

    I have started baking every year too, but I haven’t found my go-to recipe. I’m still trying new recipes every year. I’d actually love to find a couple to stick with. Maybe I’ll check yours out! This year I made lemon-coconut snowballs (SO good!) and cranberry-white chocolate chip cookies. I took them to a cookie swap and now have tons of different kinds, which is fun.

    Our traditional family recipe is my dad’s fruitcake. He made it every year and mailed it to everyone. My brother now does it. Every bite reminds me of my dad. Love.

  • Trina
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 10:08am

    Oh, lemon coconut snowballs sound so good. I love coconut! I love how food is such a personal thing and just smelling a certain something brings those that are gone so close by.

  • Miz.November
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 8:55am

    I’m a sugar cookie girl. I’m always looking for the perfect sugar cookie recipe. And I love me some sprinkles. I ate two of my little cousins famous peanut butter kiss cookies yesterday (pb cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle) and a piece of fudge. I never eat fudge! This is so gonna show up on my skin!

  • Trina
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 10:11am

    I know it is hard to find that perfect sugar cookie recipe. I have finally found one that I think I’m going to stick with. I have finally learned to make the dough the day before and refrigerate it so it is easier to work with. This was a major game changer for me.
    Yes, those pb ones you are talking about are the blossom ones that I make every year too. I remember one time someone’s mom brought them to school and they were decorated like rudolph and the tip of the hershey kiss was red. I’ve never decorated mine like that cause I”m too lazy but I honestly still make these cookies because of that really strong memory that I have!
    oh and fudge I forgot about fudge… I always love a bit at Christmas!

  • Christina
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 10:21am

    Beautiful pictures Trina. I have never had or heard of Jam Kolaches. Look delicious!!

  • Trina
    Commented on December 20th, 2011 at 10:27am

    They are Polish cookies and they are made with cream cheese so they are not to sweet. The jam really stands out as the sweet bit!

  • Elaine Power
    Commented on December 21st, 2011 at 4:26am

    Yummy !!! Chock chip are my fav to make :)) But then ginger nut are yummy too oooh which are my fav cannot decide :)))

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Commented on December 24th, 2011 at 9:22am

    Your cookies look so good! My grandmother made pizzelles every year, so I still do that. My mother makes this stuff called mandel bread. I just love getting in the baking spirit this time of year!

  • Christine
    Commented on December 29th, 2011 at 3:24pm

    SO glad someone else loves kolaches. I think all of the eastern europe eats them .we are hungarian & my mama puts poppy seed spread in them. delicious.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 2nd, 2012 at 1:19pm

    Yes…. my grandma was Polish…and for me it is def a tradition! Love them!

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