Grandma's Favorite

Merry Christmas Cookies are up near the top of holiday traditions that can’t be skipped. You can forego the Christmas cards, hanging the lights outside, or going to the Nutcracker. But, the cookies cannot be overlooked. You might bake only 3 or 4 types of those little sweet treats. You might even pick up a batch from the grocery store bakery! That’s okay. If you do get out the flour and the sugar, chances are your choices include those your mama, grandma, or great-grandma baked in their kitchens all those years ago. I believe making my mom’s cookies keeps her memory a part of our family’s Christmas. And, that’s important to me.

Christmas Cookies from Mom’s Recipe Box

Mom's Gumdrop Recipe

The cookies I remember Mom making most clearly are her Gumdrop Cookies. She made them bite-sized with just gumdrop in each cookie. So good! Especially with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk. Here’s a photo of the copy she made for me. What a treasure!

I remember Mom using a bag of mixed gumdrops and her using all of them, except for the white and black ones of course! I use red and green ones. It saves a step or two. Her recipe calls for shredded coconut and the fam around here isn’t crazy about that ingredient.

Snowball Cookies are another delicious Christmas cookie memory. They are round balls of yummy pecans (or walnuts) baked and then rolled in powdered sugar. They look like little snowballs but were packed with so much sweet flavor.

Snowball cookies...yum!

I’ve been searching for the original family recipe and haven’t been successful, but have found this recipe that is VERY close to the one Mom used.

Swedish Cream Wafers are melt in your mouth, rich and filled with creamy frosting (some red and some green of course!) Here’s Mom’s recipe for the cookies. I think her sister Martha shared the recipe with her. The left side of the card’s words are missing, but this is another well-known treasure of a recipe, so I can easily fill in the blanks. These are so good. So good.

Mom's Swedish Cream Wafter Vintage reipe.

Betty Crocker’s Top Vintage Picks

If there ever was a vintage name, it’s Betty Crocker! And, the bakers there have been sharing regular emails with their top vintage Christmas cookie recipes. I chose three from Betty Crocker’s Playlist.

White Chocolate Haystacks no-bake crunchiness.

White Chocolate Haystacks are no-bake treats with chow mein noodles and peanuts and white chocolate. Delish! Here’s the Betty Crocker recipe if you’d like to try them. Haystacks were probably near the manger 🙂

white buttery cut-outs (Betty Crocker)

Next up is the Christmas Butter Cookie Cut-Outs another star in the Christmas cookie line-up. You NEED a yummy sugar cookie recipe for all those cookies you’ll be decorating with the grandkids or kids! Here’s the recipe for this rich concoction. And, look at those lovely decorated creations. We lean more toward the more colorful red and green cookies, but these are very pretty don’t you think?

Okay, finally I’m including Betty Crocker’s updated list of 16 Ridiculously Easy Christmas Cookies. Some old favorites are included that have been simplified to fit our busy lifestyles. I’m excited to try a few. I imagine they’ll be great for baking with kids too. Have fun! Betty took vintage and made it simple and quick.

Chocolate Chip Reindeer Cookies
These are Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Chip Reindeer Cookies. How fun!

Sharing and Updating the Traditions

Do you have any ‘vintage’ cookie recipes that have been passed down? Please tell us about them in the comments. You don’t need to share the recipe unless you want to. We’d just love to hear the story! Or, maybe you’ve updated a recipe like Betty Crocker did to suit your family’s taste a little better or just for ease of baking. We’d love to hear about those as well.

The first Christmas.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2: 6-7 NLT

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    1. Bonnie! Such a blessing to have that tangible reminder of those special people in our lives. I LOVED my mom’s lemon bars! Your kind words mean a lot. Thanks!

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