It’s Christmas week!! We’ve got Bing Crosby crooning on vinyl, stopping only to swap him out for Nat King Cole. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, my favorite candles are lit, and twinkle lights have replaced the nightlight in the kids’ room. Our halls are {pretty much} decked, {a few of} the presents are wrapped, and there are {lots of} cookies in the house.

So. Many. Cookies.

Last week I had TWO cookie exchanges, and lemme tell you – my friends know how to bake. There were stuffed snowballs, lace cookies, red velvet crinkles, and fudge. There were muddy buddy cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, spritz cookies and nutella no-bakes. My take-home tin was a sight to behold (and yes, almost all of them made it home.)

After sampling the grown-up cookies, of course we had to make our own too.

 

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tell me you see ernie and bert sitting on his decorating station. so funny!

We’ve got a gingerbread house waiting to be all dolled up, and last night after baby sister went to bed my boy and I baked and frosted classic sugar cookie cutouts. I took a deep breath and handed over the sugar shakers to my 3 year old, and he had the BEST time!

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his guys. i die.

You could say we’ve had cookies on the brain. And on our plates. We’ve been eating them. A lot. I’m not even a little sorry. Tis’ the season!

I was thinking about how much fun it would be to hear about your favorite Christmas cookie, to share a couple with you, to hear the story behind the treat. Since I can’t send you all a tin full of delicious treats, I thought maybe we could have a ‘virtual’ cookie exchange, right here, over the fence!

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I’ve got a link-up tool below for you. Consider this your invitation to share your favorite Christmas cookie recipe! It can be the link to a post on Facebook, a link to an image on Instagram, or a blog post. Doesn’t even need to be a new one – just link up whatever you’ve got! I do hope you’ll join me here, right at the fence, and  share a favorite recipe. In case you need some inspiration, here’s a favorite of mine. We have these every year, and this recipe is my beloved grandmas. You use the pretty little tins (like these) to bake these Scandinavian treats.

Grandmas Sanbakkels

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
2-1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients, in order, thoroughly. Press a small amount into tins. Place tins on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let tins cool for a few minutes, then carefully remove sanbakkels from tins. Place on cooling racks and let cookies cool.

A few links for more inspiration:

Now you’re inspired, your mouth may be watering, and I can’t wait to read your recipes! Dig out those recipe cards, link up, click around, and get baking =)

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