I lay out the ingredients on the dining room table. This does not include all of the refrigerator items: three dozen eggs, four pounds of butter, ricotta cheese, and a pound of cream cheese.
Peanut Butter Balls have been on our family cookie tray since I was in high school. They are always a family favorite. This is always the first Christmas treat I make. Friends from Ohio call them buckeyes, but to us Illinoisans they will always be Peanut Butter Balls. :)
My nephew Turtle-nose helped me decorate sugar cookies on Christmas Eve. It was a wonderful afternoon. All the baking was finished, we had the Christmas music cranked up, it was pouring the rain outside, and I was so happy and content spending the afternoon with Turtle-nose. (Big Bear and I have called my nephew Turtle-nose since he was a toddler.)
These cookies are a family tradition. I remember my mom making them when I was little. Both of my grandma's LOVED when mom would bring them for Christmas.
I can't believe what a hit Snowballs are on both sides of the family. They are always the first ones gone from the tray. They are so stinkin' easy. I always double the recipe.
This was the NEW cookie of the year - every year I try one new cookie. I saw this recipe on a blogger friend's site. I wanted to make them for Thanksgiving, but didn't get the chance. I made them for Christmas. Turtle-nose was baking with me the day I made these. He hardly let me take a cookie off the baking sheet before he had to try them. When he tried these he literally hit the floor. He fell in love with this cookie.
I didn't add any sprinkles before baking because I was going to add the lemon glaze that came with the recipe. Later that afternoon my dad and brother stopped by. Turtle-nose made them try one of these cookies, and all three said they were perfect just like this. My brother said he couldn't wait to have a cup of coffee and some of these! :)
Thanks L for the AWESOME recipe! These are a huge hit in my family
Christmas Wreath cookies are so easy to make, and they look so great on a cookie tray!
These nuts are a HUGE hit everywhere I bring them. Big Bear calls them Christmas Nuts. I usually make several pounds during the holidays!
Cherry Winks have been around as long as I can remember. My grandma made these, and they are a family favorite on my side of the family. This is one cookie that will be around for a long, long time. This year Turtle-nose made these with me. He tried one, and they are now ANOTHER favorite of his. :)
There are a few cookies I forgot to take pictures of while baking. I labeled them on the trays below.
These are the two trays I took to my parent's. The quality is not the best because I forgot to take a picture, so my nephew (Frog-face) took it from his iphone.