I’m just going to confess to y’all that I am a chronic creature of habit. I struggle with this in many areas of my life, but particularly during the holiday season. For example, every Christmas I make the same cookies…year after year, always the same. But I think that is part of Christmas traditions, don’t you? We do all the things that we always do because they help us to remember…all those years cooking with mom, or with your grandmother…all your siblings packed into the kitchen…the chaos, the noise and the unbridled joy of Christmas from the perspective of a child. The old, familiar smells and tastes and memories come back to us in a flood of nostalgia. It’s why we bristle when someone tries to re-make a classic Christmas song or movie…who the heck approved A Christmas Story Two??? It’s sacrilegious!!!! And who could possibly believe that their ‘new hit Christmas song’ could compete with Nat King Cole….for the love, his middle name is King…you don’t mess with that!!!!
(please excuse my outburst….) 😉 😉 😉
OK…so I don’t want to be closed minded to new cookies added to my repertoire…or even starting new Christmas traditions, but I will always have to have the sights, smells and flavors of the old stand-by’s in the mix. So, we are going to try to share some of our most beloved Christmas cookie recipes with y’all and hope that it will inspire you to joy in the memories of the stand-by’s in your Christmas traditions, and maybe add some new ones along the way.
Baking cookies with my mama is one of my fondest memories from the Christmases of my youth. One year she got little hat boxes from the craft store and she decorated them to look like drums. She packed everyone of them with mountains of cookies and gave them as gifts to all our friends and family. I LOVE that memory!!!! It is so precious to me!! Here is a recipe that always makes me think of my mom. She made these every year and they were always so beautiful! I hope you enjoy them…I mean, it’s chocolate and peanut butter…what’s not to love?!
Do you have any Christmas cookie recipes to share with us? Maybe y’all can help us expand our cookie horizons….maybe…haha!
Merry Christmas and happy baking from the sisters at lifefullandfrugal.com.
God bless! ~Shanna
Peanut Butter Blossoms:
1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cup flour
Cream coconut oil (or butter) and sugars together, then mix in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Add salt, soda and flour and mix until combined. Roll dough into balls, about the size of a walnut. Roll in colored sugar and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. You need to gently push your Hershey’s kisses into the center of your cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. The cookie will blossom out beautifully and the chocolate will melt, gluing it in place. Allow them to cool so the chocolate will reset and ENJOY!