The 12 Cookies & Candies of Christmas (Part 1)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of cookies and candies each year for Christmas.  I give them out as gifts to friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses and employees.  I serve them for dessert on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and send all of our relatives home with dozens of them.

Back before I had children I would start making dough the weekend after Thanksgiving, freeze it and bake all of the cookies the week before Christmas.  Now that we have 4 children, I have very little room in my freezer for cookie dough.  This year, I’ll be making the candies first because they keep longer and then I’ll be making the cookies closer to Christmas.

Every year there are few cookies that always make the list.  Then I try a few new recipes that I’ve gathered throughout the year.  Finally, I’ll pull out a couple of recipes that I’ve made in years past, but not every year.

What’s on the list for this year?

The favorites that I make every year (I’ll post the recipes as I make them):

  • Sugar Cookies
  • Gingersnaps
  • Biscotti
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Swedish Almond Butter Cookies

The repeat offenders that I’ve made several times over the past 15 years or so (I’ll post the recipes as I make them):

  • Chocolate Mint Creams
  • Church Windows
  • Chocolate Walnut Fudge

The newcomers that I can’t wait to try (click on the name to find the recipe):

  • Crockpot Christmas Crack
  • Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
  • Cream Cheese Mints
  • Poinsettia Cookies (This one isn’t really a newcomer to our family, but I’ve never made it before.  My grandmother used to make them when I was little.  My husband was describing a cookie that his mother used to make which sounded similar to my grandmother’s cookies, so I decided to give these a try this year.  I’ll post the recipe when I make them.)

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe?  Leave the recipe in the comments or post a link to it.  I would love to try them!

Happy Baking!

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