Christmas is for Cookies (A Recipe Round-Up)

Serving suggestion: dip the gingersnaps in coffee for a fake gingerbread latte.
Serving suggestion: dip the gingersnaps in coffee for a fake gingerbread latte.

I’ve been a little remiss in my Christmas baking this year — other than a couple of batches of gingersnaps (which are so quick and easy they’ve become my go-to “I need cookies for a party in an hour!” recipe) I haven’t done any of my baking at all. I’m planning to catch up over the weekend, and in case you are too, I thought I’d compile the Christmas cookie recipes I’ve posted over the years all in one place — along with adding another family favorite I’ve not shared before.

Chocolate Crinkles

“I don’t know how Aunt Anne’s recipe differs from others — all I know is, these are the tastiest version of these cookies that I have ever eaten.”


“My only tweak is more of a suggestion… Make two batches; one to share and one to keep – they’re that delicious.”

Chocolate Chip Macaroons

“For some reason, I wanted to make macaroons, which I had never made before, and started googling around for a recipe. I couldn’t find one for which I had all the ingredients…so I combined a few…”

(I had actually forgotten about this recipe until my friend Mary texted me about it tonight, and now I want macaroons like whoa. Officially on the list for this year.)

And now for the “new” recipe…



1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 egg
11⁄2 cups flour
11⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄4 cup milk


Mix all ingredients well. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool and frost.

Seriously. That’s all I have for instructions. Clearly I’ve made these enough times that I don’t need details. But, if I did, it would be to cream the sugar and shortening, then add egg and lemon extract combine thoroughly. Dry items next, then the milk. Drop spoon-sized balls onto a cookie sheet.

With regard to frosting, I usually just throw powdered sugar, a little butter and milk and some lemon extract into a bowl and mix it up, adding more of whatever until it’s the right consistency and tastes like I want (nice and lemony). It’s more art than science. And involves a lot of tasting, so it’s a win all around.

I’d recommend doubling the recipe because this only makes about two dozen cookies and you will want more.

Happy baking!

Weekending, Holiday Style


As Sunday night rolls to a close, here’s a snapshot of the weekend that was…

  • Celebrated my friend Laura’s birthday with a happy hour at Lola’s.
  • Did lots and lots of laundry.
  • Bought and decorated my Christmas tree. (More on that later in the week.)
  • Put up the rest of my Christmas decorations.
  • Painted my fingernails with glitter polish. Twice. My nails are now highly festive. And polished for the first time since probably the ’90s.
  • Went to the grocery store. (And schlepped what felt like 50 pounds stuff home. Baking season is no joke.)
  •  Baked my first batch of gingersnaps of the holiday season.
  • Attended sprite and Rudi’s annual tree-trimming bash, which was — as always — a great time, with many of my favorite DC people.
  • Listened to Christmas music. And maybe danced around my apartment a little.
  • Switched my throw pillows to the Christmassy covers I bought in Thailand some years ago. (This was especially exciting because I thought I had lost them, but found them a month or so ago when looking for something else.)
  • Played too many games of Words with Friends while watching too many Law & Order/SVU/Criminal Minds re-runs. (Yeah, I squeezed some “typical weekend” in around the holiday goodness.)
  • Put on the crockpot to cook tomorrow’s lunch/dinner while I sleep. (Technically, I haven’t done this yet, but if I put it on this list, I have to do it before I go to bed, right?)

Weekending along with Pumpkin Sunrise.