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Christmas Kitchen Joy 
Dec. 11, 2010 10:45 am 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2010 12:22 pm

This Christmas season I am thrilled to have my 21 year old son helping me prepare all the seasonal goodies.  Every year I take a huge (and I mean the biggest you can buy--trunk size) rubber made type container filled with Christmas cookies, candies, breads, and chex type mixes up north to my mom's for the Christmas week.  Also make several containers to give to friends and neighbors.  Most recipes are doubled and tripled.   It is very daunting, but, I've been doing it for the past several years and it is expected now.  To be quite honest, I was going to take this year off.


My son said he would help me if I would still do it.  Wow!  What a memory....I have never had any help in this area and actually having him working with me gives me new energy.


Here is what we are making.  AR=recipes from all recipes.



  • Cinnamon Crackle Cookies (AR)

  • Andes Mint Cookies

  • Cranberry Orange Cookies (AR and one of my favorite AR recipes)

  • Cranberry Biscotti (AR and one of my mothers favorite, a yearly request)

  • Holiday Wreaths (the corn flake/marshmellow)

  • Cracker Toffee Cookies



  • Raspberry Ribbons (AR)

  • Nuts & Bolts (old family chex recipe)

  • Banana Bread

  • Snowballs (aka Russian Teacakes)

  • Molasses Sugar Cookies (AR)


Making Together:

  • Baklava (AR)

  • Rolled Sugar Cookies (AR)

  • Peanut Butter Balls


Well about $200 in ingredients later we are on our far the Baklava, Biscotti and Nuts & Bolts have been made.  I hope to add some pictures to this blog and keep an update on how the goodies are coming along.

Preparing Baklava
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Molasses Sugar Cookies
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Cinnamon Crakle Cookies
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Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
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Andes Chocolate Mint Cookies
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Nuts and Bolts
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Dec. 11, 2010 11:27 am
That is awesome - kudos to your wonderful son for offering! That's a whole mess load of cookies, yall are going to have some very happy friends and family. Can't wait to see pics if you decide to upload them! (And coming from a mom of all boys also - I really hope mine get this type of initiative once they are older!)
Dec. 11, 2010 11:33 am
Glad you mentioned liking the Cranberry Orange Cookies. I was unsure about making them this week for a cookie platter. I think I'll give them a try!
Dec. 11, 2010 11:34 am
yes, Faith, this is the first year where I'm not doing Chrismtas prep alone! I tried to take pictures of the first batch of stuff--but, the battery on the camera died (it figures!)...hope to get some pictures soon.
Dec. 11, 2010 11:36 am
oh my gosh imateacher...they are my favorite cookie recipe on AR. I can only make them this time of year because fresh cranberries are seasonal around here (I know several people used dried for this recipe, but, personally I prefer the tartness of the fresh). These are proably be one of the last cookies we make, because I think this taste better the fresher they are.
Dec. 11, 2010 9:09 pm
Goodness gracious Tizzy, you are doing us all Proud! What a terrific DS you have raised as well! Nice boy to help his Mama out when she needs a bit of a break. Good for him! My mouth was watering of course as I was reading your words. Thanks you for sharing and I am looking forward to your photos.
Dec. 12, 2010 5:06 am
What a wonderful way to have some "bonding time" with your 21 yr. old son! I have a 21 yo and while he can find his way around the kitchen, it's usually just to find the dishes & utensils to scarf up what mom has already made! :-) Your list of goodies sound phenomenal, too!
Dec. 13, 2010 5:20 am
Thanks ladies, I hope to enjoy some time with him. But, he does really enjoy baking and is possibly going to take some courses in culinary arts.
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