Baking Cookies ~ One of My Favorite Christmas Traditions

Ahhh, there's nothing better than Baking Cookies during the holidays with those you love most.  Working all the ingredients into something that is both beautiful and delicious is so satisfying. Baking Cookies is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. We've included our kiddos in the process ever since they were really little.
The Christmas before my MIL passed away we had the privilege of baking her "secret recipe" cookies with her. She was sworn to secrecy when she got them from a waitress at a tearoom in Wisconsin in the 1960s. She held to that promise for many years, but finally shared the recipes with us about a year before she died. I love that I get to pass down these special recipes to my own children.
Though my kids were very young, they still remember Grandma for her Christmas cookies. Here's a glimpse of baking cookies through the years.
That's my big, strong boy rolling out one of Grandma's secret cookie recipes...German Chocolate Crescents.
The kiddos are working together cutting out their favorites.. Grandma's Butter Cookies.
The Master Decorator is on task.
One year older, a little bit taller, but still making the Butter Cookies.
In case you're wondering... Yes, I did skip a year. Apparently, I didn't take any pictures of the cookie baking in 2010. And, no, my son didn't grow 10 inches over the two years... he's on a step stool.
Don't you just love how "thoroughly" the cookies are decorated? Would you like some cookie with your sprinkles?
Here's my boy this year, being a bit goofy. He worked hard cutting out and decorating these cookies. The Butter Cookie dough was a bit temperamental this year and caused some serious weeping and gnashing of teeth... and that was just me!
The happy cookie decorator did a fabulous job as usual.

In addition to all the other sweet treats we made, here are the cookies we've baked for this Christmas (clockwise from left corner): Chocolate Crinkles, Grandma's Butter Cookies, Drizzled Cinnamon Chip Cookies, Chocolate Ball Cookies{these disappear almost as soon as they are made}, and Santa's Snickers Surprises. 

There were 5 more cookies of my MIL's that I didn't get around to making this year. I will have to plan better next year to get in more of the cookies. I also need to experiment with some of the more difficult ones to see if I can figure out where I go wrong each year. Perhaps she didn't give us all the directions for the cookies, or perhaps it's just hard to duplicate the kind of love she put into baking each batch. Either way, it is my privilege and my pleasure to bake these little bites of goodness to share with my family and friends each year. I love bridging the gap of generations by keeping this tradition alive and well in my family.

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  1. Oh how all the pics of the cookies and the kiddos...sweeeet! xo

  2. Hi Nici, I've been following Moni for a few months and have been meaning to come by and visit for a while now. I'm sorry it's taken me so long! I love this post. The pictures of your kids over the years is so precious. How special that you are keeping your MIL's memory alive by baking her cookies each year. I'm sure it's something they'll always remember with fondness when they're grown. So nice to meet you!


  3. Lovely pictures !Nici really love your cooking for Christmas tradition! My children are well grown so....This is it!
    Warm regards ,

  4. I love seeing how much your kids have grown up over the years. It seems to happen so fast, it's wonderful you have this tradition each year with them. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  5. Lots of fun! Cute kids. They grow too fast!!

  6. What a wonderful photo collection of a sweet Christmas tradition! Thank you for sharing it at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures


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