10 on Tuesday: Favorite Christmas Cookies

10 on Tuesday: Favorite Christmas CookiesToday’s 10 on Tuesday topic (from CaroleKnits, as usual) covers something well-established as one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: cookies. Really, the only hard part of this is limiting the list to 10!

1. Chocolate Crinkles. Pretty sure these are the #1 favorite of about 90% of my family, too.

2. Gingersnaps. As I mentioned on Sunday, I’ve already made my first batch of these this year — though probably not the last.

3. Tadelles. I don’t think this is the real name of these cookies, because I can’t Google them and get anything like the recipe I have, but they’re the yummiest cake-like lemon cookies with frosting. (I need to post this recipe — I will own them on the Internet!)

4. Spritz cookies. I don’t make these every year because I find the cookie press to be a bit of a pain, but sprite and her mom always make some, so I get to eat them whether I do the work or not.

5. Pizzelles. Though I am not usually a huge fan of anise flavor, I do love pizzelles — so crispy and delicious.

6. Buckeyes. My grandma used to make these. I need to find her recipe and start making my own.

7. Thumbprint cookies. Again, another cookie that I don’t know if this is the real name. I’m referring to the little butter cookies with the “thumbprint” of apricot or raspberry jam in them.

8. Peanut Butter Blossoms. It’s been ages since I’ve made these — another of my gram’s signature cookies. Might need to add them to the list this year.

9. “Laura Shaller’s Mother’s Cookies.” These are lemon-iced, cut sugar cookies from a recipe we got from a grade-school friend of my sister’s. We do not ever simply call them lemon cookies. Weird, eh?

10. Cannolis. Yes, I know these aren’t technically Christmas cookies, but when I was a kid, my dad had a client who brought them to us around the holidays (along with the aforementioned pizzelles) so I always associate them with Christmas.

What are your favorites this time of year?

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4 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Favorite Christmas Cookies

  1. Mary Billingsley December 11, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    I made your ginger snaps for a cookie exchange on Sunday!

  2. Eileen December 11, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    So I have (electronically available) Grandma’s peanut blossom recipe, as well as her jewel cookies (with cherry in the center), and the buckeyes. Oh, and her fruit balls recipe too.

    Tadelles are Italian and the recipe is from the mother of a child I taught in Sunday School when I was in high school. (I know who it is, but I won’t name her in the blogosphere without permission).

    I wish we had recipes (and equipment) for the pizzelles and cannolis. The cannolis with candied fruit, not chocolate chips, are my favorites.

    Finally, to your list, I’d add: cranberry orange drop cookies (got the recipe from the butter box ages ago), Irish cream delights (from Penzey’s), and Jen’s kolachky cookies.

    Now I seriously must get baking!!!

  3. Common Loon December 12, 2012 / 7:36 am

    Great list! Please do post recipes.

  4. Wendy Voelker December 12, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    When you say “tadelles”, maybe you mean “anginetti”? Google and see. My former mother in law used to make those, and they are good. She called them “lemon turds”, as she is very classy.

    I would love your grandmother’s Buckeyes recipe – because soon I will be a Buckeye myself.

    My favorite cookies are (in no particular order): Russian Tea Cakes, Cherry Poppyseed Thumbprints, Chocolate Chip Shortbreads, Pfeffernusse.

    I have lots of baking to do…and little to no enthusiasm for doing so.

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