Holiday Cookie Baking

There’s nothing quite like a day of holiday baking with family. The smiles. The laughter. The memory making. It serves as a great reminder of all we have for which to be thankful.


My fave? Molasses-ginger cookies, hands down. This year we tried a Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookie recipe from Martha Stewart.




They were quite good, but not as good as my grandma's. Is any recipe ever as good as grandma's?

We also baked a few family faves. It's not Christmas until we've made Spritz Cookies. I like the traditional Betty Crocker recipe, likely because that's the one my mother always used. I try to limit food coloring, but green Christmas-tree spritz cookies are essential. We also always add almond extract.

Photo credit ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com.

For a few years now we've been baking Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies and Melted Snowman Truffles. They're cute and taste good; how can you go wrong? The Melting Snowman Truffle recipe came to us by way of Cookies & Cups. It's a fun recipe to make with children, especially if your kids actually enjoy getting their fingers dirty rolling out the cookie balls!

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are a bit easier to make, and equally fun to try with children. You have to work quickly once they come out of the oven in order to get the antlers (er pretzels) to "stick", but that's not half as challenging as keeping the kids from eating all the M&Ms before they can become reindeer noses! Thank you, Budding Baketress, for the great recipe!

My cousin always brings "mug huggers" for us to decorate. They are simply adorable. In the process of making these this year we learned an interesting fact about Royal Icing. My cousin had run out of cream of tartar so we were wondering if it was actually necessary and, if so, what purpose it served. The frosting was quite fluffy when she brought it, and when we added the creme of tartar it deflated. Sure enough, according to Google that's one of it's purposes. It also gives the icing that lovely gloss. Who knew? In any event, adorning these little houses with sprinkles in always a highlight.

 

Do you bake for the holidays? What's your favorite cookie? Let us know in the comments.

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