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What Is Santa’s Favorite Cookie?

what-is-santas-favorite-cookie-1Families love leaving cookies and milk for Santa, which has me wondering, what is Santa’s favorite cookie? In order to make an educated guess on this, I did some Internet research about the history of leaving cookies and milk for Santa. According to SantaClaus.com, the first Christmas trees were decorated with apples, wafers and colorful cookies! Sometimes Santa would get hungry and take a bite of a cookie. Savvy children started to take note and began leaving Santa a plate of his own cookies so he didn’t have to resort to decoration munching. With this fascinating background information in mind, I’ve come up with a few ideas for Santa’s favorite cookies:

Sugar Cookies- Kids love decorating sugar cookies and, if I were Santa, I would be excited to see my face on cookies all over the world! Plus, the cookies Santa ate off the tree in the early days of the Christmas trees probably resembled sugar cookies.

Chocolate Chip- Chocolate chip cookies are the classic comfort cookie. Everyone loves it when their grandma makes them chocolate chip cookies, so I bet Santa has happy memories of chocolate chip cookies too!

Oreos- Oreo’s are America’s favorite cookie, so it’s a safe bet Santa loves these too, especially with a tall glass of cold milk! If Oreos are Santa’s favorite cookie, this opens up another mystery- does Santa dunk the whole oreo? Or does he eat the cream out of the center first?

what-is-santas-favorite-cookie-2Gingerbread Men- Gingerbread would also make a good ornament/cookie, so maybe Santa ate some of these off of a Christmas tree? Instead of leaving Santa a gingerbread man this year, I think I might make him a whole gingerbread house. I bet he’ll leave me some extra presents! Find out more about the history of gingerbread men in my Throwback Thursday Christmas Foods post.

If you want to leave Santa some of the best cookies he’s ever had, visit Wisconsinmade.com to shop for all of your cookies favorites!

What kind of cookie do you think Santa likes best?

 

 

 

 

Spritz Cookies

spritz-cookies-1 I had never made spritz cookies until my mom bought me a cookie press for Christmas.  As it turns out the cookie press is the gadget I never knew I wanted and spritz cookies are the Christmas cookie I never knew I loved.

My friends and coworkers warned me that spritz cookies are hard to master, but with a little trial and error and a giant mess in the kitchen I finally got the hang of them.

I used a recipe from Apple Betty & Sloppy Joe, a fun family cookbook with a quirky sense of humor.  Cute quotations from family members are sprinkled throughout the book, one of my favorites:

“Only the first three Christmas cookies are fun to decorate.”

If this is your philosophy on Christmas cookies, spritz cookies are for you since they come in fun shapes and don’t need additional decorations. Read on to get the recipe!

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies  should be in Christmas colors.  True or False?

For decades I have believed True. Christmas cookies should be white (ish) with red, green, silver, or gold decorations. Blue Christmas decorations are a novelty to which I’ve adjusted. Mauve and black are horrors. 

The only exceptions I make for non-white Christmas cookies are for ginger cookies. But these too must adhere to my standard of either glistening with white sugar or being shaped as men… and decorated with red, green, and white icing.

Chocolate Christmas cookies are OUT. Chocolate is marvelous…for Easter, or served in truffle form anytime.

But as I age, my mind (and hips) broaden. I’ve begun to accept other people’s tradition of baking chocolate Christmas cookies. And I will eat them. However do not expect a chocolate Christmas cookie recipe from me.

Instead, keep reading for an absolutely scrumptious recipe for cranberry (chip) cookies that are perfect for Christmas and all other seasons! Included is a reflective explanation of why these cookies contain chocolate chips.

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditionsAdvice from a Christmas traditions reformer:

  1. Have Christmas traditions. – They create happy memories and secure childhoods.
  2. Christmas traditions can be extremely simple. – Capitalize on this.
  3. Never start a Christmas tradition you can’t finish. – Think long term.

I love Christmas traditions. Seasonal repetitions of small acts heralding happy times are must-haves in life. Christmas traditions are celebratory routines. They give children a sense that life is stable, predictable, – and wonderful. They reinforce the important lesson that despite life’s challenges and sorrows, life continues and good things happen. Make sure you build Christmas traditions into your holidays.

Having said this, don’t go overboard creating Christmas traditions. You don’t need many. In fact, the fewer you have, the more special they become. I asked my daughter what her favorite Christmas traditions are and her first answer was, “Hanging up the cloth advent calendar Grandma gave me.” Who knew? It doesn’t get simpler than that. 

I know some women who make themselves frantic enacting too many Christmas traditions. Their traditions have become to-do lists that end up stressing out the whole family. Practice too many traditions and you’re sure to get your offspring running for the hills. 

So choose wisely. New parents, think now what Christmas traditions you’ll practice and consider if you can go the distance with them as your children grow. Keep reading for my own family’s informative story…and yes, there will be food.

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