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Homemade Holiday Cookies

If there's one time of year when cookies take over the kitchen, it's the holidays.

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Ginny 
Jul. 17, 2009 7:40 am
Never store different kinds of cookies together in a container - limit one kind per container. If stored improperly, their flavors will mingle together and their distinct taste will be changed. Some cookies have more moisture and will make your crisp cookies limp and crumbly if stored together. After going to all the work to bake cookies, you want their flavors and textures to remain true and unchanged.
 
yummy in my tummy 723 
Aug. 23, 2009 1:06 pm
Christmas is my favorite holiday
 
Edith Anderson 
Sep. 4, 2009 3:20 pm
I love Christmas with all the great grandchildren and the rest of the family round me also with all the goodies that they love
 
patsy 
Sep. 18, 2009 4:01 pm
I love all the recipes for cookies i like to make all different kinds every year. That is i enjoy baking. And i send the cookies out of state for the holidays and they just love all the cookies i send them
 
Betty k. 
Oct. 4, 2009 11:32 pm
I am always looking forall kind of cookies.I make about 30 tins of cookies for the elderly people in my town for christmas gifts, i have about 70 cook books .. thank you Betty K..
 
Janice 
Oct. 17, 2009 11:40 am
I've always been famous for my Christmas cookies at work. I love to try new recipes & my husband is looking forward to "cookie baking season". I usually make about 10 - 12 different kinds so I have a nice assortment to serve & give away.
 
Roro 
Oct. 22, 2009 11:04 pm
I am 72 years old... I have neveer mixed a batch of cookie dough and baked in on the same day. Clean up is much easier if you mix about three or four different kinds of cookies on one day. put in plastic bags, and freeze, (well marked with instructions) Then on a day when you have a few free hours, take a bag out of the freezer, and roll out and cut; or drop cookies onto cookie sheets and bake them. I always have a few batches of rolled out Gingerbread cookie dough in my freezer, I roll it between two long pieces of plastic wrap.. then roll it up and place in 2 gallon zip lock freezer bags. We eat gingerbread cookies all year long. When you want to cut out the cookies, just let defrost for about 40 mins, and unroll the batch, remove the top plastic and cut them out.
 
Roro 
Oct. 22, 2009 11:08 pm
I have over 50 cookie tins for storing holiday cookies... when i have made up all of my cookie trays and delivered them, I wash each container, and then i use my steam cleaner on them..so there won't be any contamination. let dry, cover and store till next year.
 
michele 
Nov. 26, 2009 6:38 pm
HOME MADE CAME BACK IN2 VOGUE BY POPULAR DEMAND... I'm a 1965er, our mother always baked when we were school age, rare was an Oreo in her kitchen until I was 17. My girls seldom had a store bought cookie, I've always baked...our favourites: Whipped shortbread, Soft Ginger Cookies & Jumbo Raisin Cookies. Every now & then I buy the odd pkg of Oreos. At 30 I found out I have type 1 diabetes. I still bake same as always. If I'm going to enjoy a rare indulgence, a home baked treat is the one to merit the extra insulin injection. My mother is now 62, a few years ago she took early retirement in the Okanagan Valley (BC Canada) & has a mini orchard, a little piece of paradise. She bakes more now than before, she completely indules her family and there's no need for an Oreo. There's nothing like home baking. Health wise...it's better to eat the refined sugar & the white flour without the preservatives...and best of all home baking is enjoyed most in the warm kitchen it
 
Judi 
Dec. 1, 2009 7:52 am
I am 63 yrs. young and I have learned to bake from my mother and grandmother, I have adjusted some recipes as the years came out with new products, but the love and family that go's along with it is the same and never changes that.
 
Virginia 
Dec. 25, 2009 11:21 am
I love to bake traditions that my mom baked as me and my sisters and brother enjoyed growing up. I still bake her famous coffee cake for Christmas morning. She is 93 now but stills gets to the kitchen to make some of our favorites. She passed to us her amazing legacy-her love of family and baking.
 
Aug. 9, 2010 5:01 pm
I love Christmas. I get excited just thinking about it!!
 
Oct. 5, 2010 10:39 am
I love Christmas is my favorite season of the whole year! I´m planning to give all my friends and family cookies!
 
Oct. 5, 2010 10:40 am
I love Christmas is my favorite season of the whole year! I´m planning to give all my friends and family cookies!
 
yumyumeatemup 
Oct. 20, 2010 5:20 pm
I am so looking forward to making so many of the delish receipes,especially the Cookies for Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year. Peace.
 
yumyumeatemup 
Oct. 20, 2010 5:25 pm
Roro, loved your tips on cookie baking.The one for make ahead dough and storage is wonderful. I will use this for my pre-school class for Christmas Gingerbread people. You must be a wonderful Baker.
 
Nov. 9, 2010 5:22 pm
Is there a better time of year for baking yummy cookies?? My family and freinds look forward to all the baking and all the wonderful smells coming out of the kitchen. I love Christmas!!
 
Dec. 1, 2010 12:00 am
Most of my family lives on the East Coast and I used to spend too much money buying gifts that maybe they didn't need. Now for the past two years I bake cookies and small quick breads and send them out by mail. What a hit that's been. I buy different size canning jars and pack them full. The jars are always appreciated for misc. storage. I'm getting ready to start mailing my first boxes out and then bake somemore. Thanks AR and love reading all the comments on the recipes.
 
Dec. 1, 2010 12:12 am
Most of my family lives on the East Coast and I used to spend too much money buying gifts that maybe they didn't need. Now for the past two years I bake cookies and small quick breads and send them out by mail. What a hit that's been. I buy different size canning jars and pack them full. The jars are always appreciated for misc. storage. I'm getting ready to start mailing my first boxes out and then bake somemore. Thanks AR and love reading all the comments on the recipes.
 
Dec. 1, 2010 12:12 am
Most of my family lives on the East Coast and I used to spend too much money buying gifts that maybe they didn't need. Now for the past two years I bake cookies and small quick breads and send them out by mail. What a hit that's been. I buy different size canning jars and pack them full. The jars are always appreciated for misc. storage. I'm getting ready to start mailing my first boxes out and then bake somemore. Thanks AR and love reading all the comments on the recipes.
 
Dec. 1, 2010 12:13 am
opps, just getting the hang of this blogging skill.
 
donna 
Dec. 7, 2010 6:50 am
ilove your recipes
 
Keep it simple 
Dec. 8, 2010 10:37 am
Roro, Great cookie tips! I was tired after mixing up two batches last night. Make the dough now, freeze it to bake later makes more sense than thawing out freezer-burned baked cookies, too.
 
sport 
Dec. 9, 2010 11:21 am
I agree. I make cookie dough, divide it in thirds and shape each third into a roll. I wrap each roll in plastic wrap and seal it in a freezer bag. I label the bag with the cookie name, date, and baking instructions. When I want fresh baked cookies, I take out as many rolls of dough as I want and bake it. One roll (depending on the recipe) can make as many as 18-20 cookies.
 
Wahine 
Jan. 20, 2011 11:43 am
Roro, Great ideas! I'm almost 70 and still open to new recipes and ideas!We have 8 grandchildren (all cookie monsters) LOVE to bake for my family! Enjoy reading all recipes...this site is awesome!!
 
LindaD 
Apr. 9, 2011 12:11 am
Great ideas! I baked at Christmas and made up gift tins for the Seniors and shut-ins in the Church neighbourhood. The yourh group decorated coffee tins and we spent 2 weekends in the church kitchen making cookies which we divided up into the tins. These were then delivered along with boxes of tea bags, individual packets of hot chocolate or hot apple cider. These were warmly received and greatly appreciated. For some folks it was the only thing they received for Christmas. Now we get together once a month and "bake", pack the cookies in plastic bags and deliver to the same folks. They already have their cookie container so they just store them in there. Chocolate chip is the favourite and we make 10 different recipes. The other is thumbprint cookies of any kind, chape and size. We have some pretty little thumbs. About 80% of our ingredients are donated and I buy the ones we are lacking. There is never a shortage of bakers or decorators. It is great fun and our cooking crew
 
campstamper 
Aug. 31, 2011 8:38 pm
My daughter-in-law taught me something, she works fulltime and has 13 year old triplets. When she makes cookies, she drops them on cookie sheets and puts them in the freezer. Once frozen, she takes the frozen dough and put it into freezer containers and she always has cookie dough ready for the kids or unexpected company.
 
tamtam 
May 23, 2012 4:48 pm
everyone has so many great ideas i'm glad i joined this site!
 
Dorothy 
Aug. 10, 2013 10:20 pm
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to send more savory items in the mail. I have a friend who has moved but they don't really have a "sweet tooth" so cookies aren't really a treat. Any suggestions?
 
 
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