I haven’t made Christmas cookies for years. But this year I got the bug.
When I was little, my mother would spend days making Christmas cookies, one or two kinds at a time. Each batch would go in a layer in her giant Tupperware container, and into the freezer. I loved helping to make the cookies. At Christmas she would unpack them and make plates with all of the assorted cookies on them, then they’d be sent out to family and friends.
One of the things I bought when I was first on my own was that same big Tupperware container. At the moment it is in the freezer, filled with a lovely assortment:
|Chocolate Crinkles, my favorite of them all.|
|Frosty Date Balls. Stop snickering. My mother and I now call these “tulip bulb cookies”, after an unfortunate incident involving a bad oven thermostat.|
|Coconut Diamonds. Another of my favorites. I should make these more often.|
|Great Scots. I liked these a lot as a kid, but now I find them a bit too sweet. Accidentally putting in too many butterscotch chips didn’t help.|
|Sugar Cookies. For these, I used Larry’s mother’s recipe. He’s happy.|
Of course, my mother made many others. Thumbprint (Bird’s nest) cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Spritz cookies (I loved helping decorate these), pinwheels and candy cane cookies were always part of the assortment. I think she made some kind of crescent-shaped cookies covered with powdered sugar, too. There were probably others that I don’t remember. Most of the recipes came from (of course), the Betty Crocker Cookie cookbook.
This year I’ll be surprising my mother with a plate of assorted cookies on Christmas Eve.