Saturday, December 8, 2007

Advent Calendar - December 8, 2007

Christmas Cookies

Did your family make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?

Here is a brief summary of contributions from fellow bloggers and links to their individual posts:

In an amusing and detailed submission, Colleen presents Advent Calendar December 8: Cookies posted at The Oracle of OMcHodoy.

I was wondering when we'd have our first post mentioning Snickerdoodles and it is Becky with Christmas Cookies at kinexxions. She and her mom still make cookies together each year, but not as many as in the past.

Ever hear of a cookie called a "Chicken Neck?" Well you will over at Creative Gene where Jasia has posted Christmas Cookies, A Holiday Staple. There are some great memories and photos of old fashioned cookie cutters and a cookie press.

Candy instead of cookies were what Lori's family made during Christmas. In Christmas Cookies posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian she reveals that she is more of a "cookie baker" than her mother.

Janet recalls her mother making cookies such as "melt in your mouth" shortbread in Christmas Cookies. Over at Janet the researcher she also talks about a "cookie walk" which is a fun idea!

You will not believe the great recipe for a Christmas treat over at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. In Christmas Cookies and Chocolate Covered Cherries, Terry describes how "Sweetie" lured him with offerings of cookies, pies and these candies when they first met.

Apple serves up Noel Wreaths at Apple's Tree. She also mentions "cookie exchanges" as a great way of collecting different holiday cookie recipes.

A Christmas cake called "kifli" is presented by Lisa at 100 Years in America. In Kifli by any other name she offers fond memories of her Grandma's kifli's and the labor intensive process and love involved with their creation each year.

I think Steve's mother has the right idea over at Steve's Genealogy Blog. In Cookies Come in a Tin, Don't They? he reveals that his mom didn't make cookies but his family received lots of them during the holiday season. And he talks of Danish butter cookies that his grandmother would buy in tins and offer to him and his sisters.

Bill in COOKIES! posted at West in New England doesn't recall his mother really making cookies around the holidays. But what he does remember is his aunt's Italian cookies and other baked goods such as mandelbrot that his mother learned to make.

Diane at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' presents Christmas Cookies. She remembers brownies, bars and breads more than cookies but offers us a cookie recipe to try!

Could there ever be too much brandy in a brandy and chocolate cookie? Well judging from the reaction of Jessica's cousin as described in Cookie Baking ... posted at Jessica's Genejournal, there could be.

Yes rolling and cutting cookies is a labor of love. But I wouldn't have it any other way as I described in Gingerbread Cookies - It'll Cure What Ails You at Destination: Austin Family. This is a family tradition that I started 15 years ago (they have to get started somehow, right) and I talk about my yearly process of making gingerbread.

Randy is looking forward to Christmas cookies as he presents Day 17 - Christmas Cookies posted at Genea-Musings. As to whether or not he helps with the production, let's just say that every baker needs a taster, right?

Check back tomorrow for more submissions on the next topic: Holiday Parties

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