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 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 Christmas Cookie Recipe

The cookies I remember Mom making most are her Gumdrop Cookies. She made them bite-sized with just gumdrops 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 all of them, except for the white and black ones! 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 recipe treasure, so I can easily fill in the blanks. These are so good. So good.

Mom's Swedish Cream Wafter Vintage Christmas cookie 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 Christmas cookies

White Chocolate Haystacks are no-bake treats, chow mein noodles, 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) Christmas Cookies

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?

Finally, I’m including Betty Crocker’s updated 16 Ridiculously Easy Christmas Cookies list. 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 Christmas 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. Love this My Nana always made date squares and lemon bars, as did my mother. I have my Nana’s recipes for both.
    I’m loving your blog.

    1. Kathy Rowland says:

      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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