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Family Tradition: Cookies! 
Dec. 16, 2010 6:15 pm 
Updated: Dec. 20, 2010 2:58 am
My family is big on tradition.  We tend to celebrate our holidays in the same fashion year after year.  I know that for me, if we didn't do that, it just wouldn't be Christmas!  I've also come to realize that most of our traditions revolve around food.   The biggest tradition we have is all the cookie baking that goes on. 

Each year shortly after Thanksgiving it begins.  Between myself, my sister, and now my daughter we make around 20 different kinds of cookies.  We all make a batch of chocolate chip since everybody loves those!  We each have our standard "must haves"that we make.  Mine are chocolate/butterscotch pinwheels, magic cookie bars, and pecan tassies.  It just wouldn't be Christmas without them. 

As I bake a batch of cookies they go into the freezer awaiting Christmas Eve.  Nobody is allowed to eat them until that time.  Then, Christmas Eve morning I pull out all those filled tupperware containers and haul them to my mom's house.  There my sister and my daughter will also have their tupperware containers filled to the brim with all their goodies.  We make up huge trays full of cookies for our Christmas Eve celebration, dividing the rest of the cookies among each other.  The next day everyone gathers at my house where once again there will be a huge tray of cookies for munching. 

This year I have already made:  Chocolate Chip, No-Bake, Pecan Tassies, Magic Cookie Bars, Snickerdoodles, and Peanut Butter Blossoms with Hershey Kisses.  I still need to make the Pinwheels and Jelly Thumbprints.  I'm going to try a few new recipes this year: Lemon Cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, Smores Campfire Cookies by What's for Dinner Mom, and Peppermint Puffs.

I have made the Smores cookies before and we loved them, but the rest of the family has not tried them yet.  I think they'll be a hit. 

Once the holidays are over we all have lots of cookies to enjoy for days to come.  It's so nice to pull out a few cookies from the freezer, grab a cup of hot tea or cocoa, and relax in front of the fireplace with a good book or a good friend.

Happy Holidays to All!!
Dec. 16, 2010 7:17 pm
Hi Ann! I really enjoyed reading about your family's cookie baking tradition. I watched a cooking show today all about family cooking traditions. It reminded me of my own family's traditions and then I read your blog. I think too, that it's a bonding thing for families. If we skip one single tradition, someone will notice and say something. One of my traditions is baking cookies with the girls, making Chex Mix with the eldest boy and making egg nog with the youngest boy. The most wonderful tradition of all for my husband and me is Christmas Eve; we wait for all the kids with families to arrive. We put out a spread and welcome each at the front door with open arms like we haven't seen them in years. I love gathering my chicks at home for the Holiday. There's nothing better, nothing!!!
Dec. 16, 2010 7:51 pm
Ah, there isn't much family left for us so I really enjoy your family stories. My sister is a snowbird and the rest are gone. I've always made cookies for the holidays wouldn't be the same without them. In '07 while visiting my Aunt, I mentioned how much I always looked forward to her brittle at Christmas and that every year I always told people how wonderful her brittle was & how much I missed it. She then decided to open the vault and pass the brittle making torch onto me. Too bad we don't live closer we could swap-brittle for a sampler platter of cookies :)
Dec. 16, 2010 10:03 pm
Mother Ann, What a lovely nostalgic blog. Family traditions are so comforting. As a little kid, my sisters and I always waited for "The" phone call that would come sometime before Christmas from our Dad"s sister, Aunt Sis. She lived 6-7 hours away from us, over a snowy pass. The phone call would come and inevitably an arguement over whose Christmas tree was bigger would ensue. My sisters and I knew "It was on!!!" No matter what time it was, we would pack our bags, bundle up and load all our gear and gifts into whatever landyacht my father was driving that year. Oh, the excitement. Looking back, I can see that as I grew up my parents were crazy, but in a good way. That started the Christmas season for us kids, getting to see lots of family and exchange gifts, even if it meant driving all night going 20 miles an hour in white out conditions. I am proud to say, I have upheld the tradition. Have a blessed Holiday, Toni.
Dec. 17, 2010 2:40 am
Candice - I like how you greet your guests as if you hadn't seen them in years! Makes a person feel very welcome!
Dec. 17, 2010 2:41 am
CatHill, I was going to attempt brittle this year, but decided to wait until next year. My mom just had a tooth pulled and she wouldn't be able to enjoy it. If you have any secrets or tips for me, let me know!
Dec. 17, 2010 2:42 am
Toni Jo, the "crazy" traditions are such fun! That sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to get the season in motion.
Dec. 17, 2010 4:05 am
Traditions are like old shoes. You wonder why you put up with them but you won't do without them. Cookies at your house. Brittle a Cat Hill's, cookies, chex mix and egg nog at Candice's. Gonna be a long trip but I think I can get it done.
Dec. 17, 2010 8:16 am
I found these cookies this year.... they are, by far.. my entire families favorite. I had to make another batch because my husband kept eating them... grrr. They are festive looking and have a gorgeous flavor. If you love shortbread, you'll enjoy them... best of all, they are easy as can be to make.
Dec. 17, 2010 9:04 am
Hey Mother Ann aren't you suppose to be getting ready to go to the Eastern Shore about now? Love traditions too!
Dec. 17, 2010 10:03 am
Mother Ann, I do! That is if you want to make light, thin brittle! My cousins took Aunt Irene's brittle to school for teacher gifts. When she gave me the recipe and I made it for my cousins, one cousin said he'd run into teachers that received those tins of brittle and that still were talking about how good it was. Now my friends and neighbors are saying the same thing to me. I'm just glad my Aunt shared with me cause I really like it too! Drop me your email and I'll give you the "how to's". Cat
Dec. 17, 2010 10:04 am
Mother Ann, I do! That is if you want to make light, thin brittle! My cousins took Aunt Irene's brittle to school for teacher gifts. When she gave me the recipe and I made it for my cousins, one cousin said he'd run into teachers that received those tins of brittle and that still were talking about how good it was. Now my friends and neighbors are saying the same thing to me. I'm just glad my Aunt shared with me cause I really like it too! Drop me your email and I'll give you the "how to's". Cat
Dec. 17, 2010 10:05 am
Sorry about the double posting!
Dec. 17, 2010 10:32 am
Also, Mother Ann, Cat Hill has been giving your cranberry sauce enough raves to get me curious enough to ask you for the recipe. It really hurts me to be nice but here goes. Would you please sent the recipe to me at Thank you. Durn! That was a struggle!
Dec. 17, 2010 3:04 pm
Mike - sounds like one of those "Progressive Dinners" or in this case "Progressive Snacks". I'll leave the light on for ya! Maybe you'd be kind enough to bring along a few of your famous Reubens! And, when somebody puts out so much effort to be nice, I can't help but do the same - I'll e-mail you the recipe for the cranberry sauce. But, first, I have to give credit where credit is due. It's actually my older sister's recipe -the one my son went to visit last year and came home to inform me that Aunt Debbie is an awesome cook, I should take lessons from her (Nice kid, huh?!)
Dec. 17, 2010 3:05 pm
BellesAZ, those do look good. I saved the recipe and will try them. Maybe not at Christmas, but only because I have to stop at some point. :-) Thank you!
Dec. 17, 2010 3:06 pm
Dog Fish Head - Yes! We leave on the 27th so I have plenty of time. Especially because today was my last day of work until Jan. 3rd - Woo!Hoo!! I'm so looking forward to some good Chincoteague Oysters.
Dec. 17, 2010 3:07 pm
Cat Hill - I'd love some good hints! e-mail is: Just be sure and put peanut brittle in the subject line so I know it's you! Thank you!!
Dec. 18, 2010 10:12 am
No problem!
Dec. 19, 2010 2:36 pm
Love the nut tassies and the magic cookie bars! I've only made gluten free chocolate chip and gluten free peanut butter cookies this year. Hubby is GF so...I really just bake those for him. I'm thinking of trying my hand at fudge. I've never made it before. I think your family cookie tradition is wonderful, share the fun! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 19, 2010 8:56 pm
I've made the s'mores cookies and added coconut on top -- give it a try :)
Dec. 20, 2010 2:57 am
CA: Fudge would be yummy! I've found the easiest fudge to make is the one using the marshmallow creme, and we don't put nuts in ours. Merry Christmas to you!
Dec. 20, 2010 2:58 am
Cindy, I'll have to try the coconut next time as I made the s'mores cookies already. My daughter stopped by while they were cooling and sampled - she loved them.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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