Fourth Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Day

What started as a new tradition for my mom and I in 2015 has now become such a special holiday event for our family!

The past three years, my mom and I have baked cookies together to give to our neighbors for Christmas. This year, my daughter (<–it still feels so weird/amazing saying that!) and sister joined in on the fun!

Sisters with baby daughterMother and daughters

My sister, Sadie, and I slept over my parents’ house on Friday night last week and spent Saturday baking, laughing, snuggling Sadie, and listening to Christmas music. Oh, and thinking about how next year, Hannah’s son or daughter can join in on the fun!

Here’s what we baked this year:
-Gingersnaps
-Cornflake Wreaths
-Pretzel Hugs
-Sugar Cookies
-Chocolate Crinkles
-Cranberry Bars
-Peanut Butter Blossoms
-Jam Thumbprints
-Turtle Thumbprints

Cornflake wreathsChristmas snowflake and peppermint sugar cookies decorated

While us girls were baking, Jimmy and Hannah’s husband, Josh, went hunting. It was Jimmy’s first time hunting and said he loved it! He saw a doe and already can’t wait to hunt with Josh again soon.

Aunt Hannah and Grandma Lisa took great care of Sadie. It was really nice to have extra hands to help out with my little chicka. Sadie thoroughly enjoyed all the attention and snuggles.

Baby on girls lapChristmas cookie baking

We stopped baking mid-day to run out and grab a few cookie tins (and coffee!) and got right back to work, rolling dough, decorating, and baking until dinnertime.

The boys showed up with pizza and we all enjoyed our evening together, packaged up our creations, and headed home all sorts of tired and happy from such a fun day.

The treats that were the biggest hits this year (we haaaad to test everything, you know πŸ˜‰ ) were the pretzel hugs, cornflake wreaths, and gingersnaps!

Christmas cookies in a tin

After church on Sunday, Jimmy, Sadie, and I bundled up and gave the cookie tins to our neighbors. It was so fun bringing Sadie with us this year and our neighbors enjoyed seeing her in her Sunday best!

I just love this tradition. From spending the day baking with family, to giving to our neighbors, it’s a special day I really look forward to each holiday season.

I even filmed a video (not quite a vlog, it just has music and no talking for once, lol) of the day to remember it and I’ve already re-watched it a few times to relive the day again.

And for old times sake, here’s links to the past few years of Christmas cookie baking:
Cookie Day 2015
Cookie Day 2016
Cookie Day 2017

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

19 comments

  1. Yum! I’m hoping to bake some cookies this weekend but I have to track down the recipe first. Thank goodness for technology so my mom can send me a picture of the recipe once she finds it πŸ™‚

  2. Those cornflake wreaths look really cute and tasty! I baked some chocolate chip cookies today, but I really like the frosted cookies with the little pearly decorations on them. That cookie you have pictured with the blue frosting on it looks good too.

  3. I love this tradition! So much fun together for you four (and next year FIVE)! πŸ™‚ This makes me wish I lived closer to my mom and sisters.

    The cornflake wreaths look amazing! I’ve never seen cookies like that. May I pretty please have your recipe?

    I love all the dancing with Sadie! So cute! And her little hat is precious!

  4. What an amazing time!! You all made some seriously beautiful cookies. YUM! And Sadie seems to really be enjoying her time too πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, Allie! ❀

  5. Awww, Allie!! I love this tradition!! How fun that your sister & her new babe will be able to join next year, too. πŸ™‚ All of the treats turned out so pretty & that was so sweet of you to give those cute tins out at church!! What lucky neighbors you have!

  6. Seriously wish I was your neighbor! Haha. Those cookies are so varied and there’s something for everyone! I’d eat them all though πŸ˜›

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