National Cookie Day

As today is National Cookie Day, I wanted to share some of my own adventures in cookie baking over the past two years.  My own Christmas cookie adventures began in earnest when our long-time bakery shut its doors forever and left many of us in dire straits for decorated Christmas cookies.  This had been a tradition for me for a number of years, and I was not ready to give it up.  So, I embarked on making my own decorated cookies for the first time with some success the first year and even better success last year.

I have not worked on further honing my cookie skills since last Christmas, due to my weight loss effort.  It was a necessary sacrifice and one that I was more than willing to make this year.  But, it’s time to once again start baking cookies for gifts, and I am so ready to get going once again!  Last year, hubby and I embarked on a cookie decorating day where he helped me “blitz” the decorated cookies mostly in one day, and we had a lot of fun together.  As it turns out, he has a great artistic flare for decorating cookies, too.

I have linked to my cookie posts at the bottom of this post, as there are links to many of the recipes I used in those posts, in case you are also ready to embark on your own Christmas cookie adventures soon!

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Decorated Christmas Cookies
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Decorated Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies 2
Decorated Christmas Cookies
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Decorated Christmas Cookies
Christmas Snickerdoodle Cookies
Christmas Snickerdoodles
Tangy Lemon Glazed Cookies
Tangy Lemon Glazed Cookies – a new family favorite
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Savory Breakfast Cookies
Savory Breakfast Cookies
Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies – Ghirardelli recipe
Stained Glass Cookies
Stained Glass Cookies
Ginger Crinkle Cookies
Ginger Crinkle Cookies
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Linzer Sandwich Cookies
Linzer Sandwich Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies
Peppermint Almond Cookies
Peppermint “Snowballs” – made from Candy Cane Cookie recipe
Decorated Christmas Cookies
Decorated Christmas Cookies
My Christmas Cookie Trays for Gifts
My Christmas cookie gift trays – 2012

See my note below about the pretty cross cookies, please! 😉  Also, the reindeer cookies were made from my peanut butter cookie recipe.

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My Christmas cookie and candy gift trays – 2013
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My Christmas cookie and candy gift trays – 2013
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My Christmas cookie and candy gift trays – 2013

One note – I love baking the pretty decorated cross cookies (pictured in the 2012 trays).  A word of caution, though.  They tend to break easily when included in a tray of other cookies, it seems, so I wrap them individually now with a cardboard backing when giving them with the gift trays.  After going to all the effort to make these pretty cookies, I want the recipient to get them in one piece.  I allow one cross cookie per person, and I include a handwritten note that this is a “special” cookie for them and include the verse, John 3:16, in my note.  They can certainly freeze their special cookie to eat at Easter, if they prefer, as long as it is properly wrapped, but so far, I think everyone has eaten their cross cookies for Christmas.

My previous posts on Christmas Cookies:

Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies – 2013

Happy National Cookie Day!  I’m ready to start baking again!

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