Behind The Butter

ready to roll

I just pulled my first batch of holiday cookies out of the oven and I have a huge cheesy grin on my face.

December is my very favorite month for many reasons, cookies obviously being one of them. As a baker of sorts, I wait patiently (hah) all year for this month so I can let my cookie obsession loose.

Oh, it’s going to be crazy, friends. Get ready.

I stand before you today though with a plee for requests! Is there a favorite holiday cookie that you’d like to see on the blog?

I need ideas.

I shall not bake in vain.

Help me help you.

Asking me what my favorite cookie is is like asking me who my favorite child is.

Just kidding!

I have always loved gingerbread though. The real, old fashioned stuff. The gingerbread that you know that Pa walked back in the snow from the general store to bring to Laura and Mary on Christmas.

I also love rosettes, and every December my mom and I baked them in the shapes of stars and snowflakes on the traditional rosette iron that my grandmother had passed down to us. When the cookies had puffed up into a golden caramel color, we quickly peeled them off the iron and then dusted them quickly with powdered sugar as white as snow.

On that note, we start tomorrow. Be here bright and early with your game faces on. I don’t want any whining or tears.

There’s no crying in cookie baking.

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122 Comments

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    Shannon
    December 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I would like the recipe of the cookie on your blog today. Looks great and we have a annual cookie making day with friends this Sunday. This looks like a perfect one to make! Thanks

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    jenna
    December 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    πŸ™‚ yes! let the baking begin!

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    Samantha Ullrich
    December 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself – I loveeee cookies. Baking them, eating them, eating them while baking them, and giving them away. My sister and mom get together every year just to bake Christmas cookies – the same exact ones every year. I would love to share my favorite recipe with you blog but don’t have the recipe on hand! How long will you be cookieblogging for?

    I might actually make an addition to our annual cookie list (if my mom and sister let me!). I made your Bohemian Wedding cake a few weeks ago and had extra molasses on my hands so I made some ginger-spice cookies. They were a hit! I highly recommend them.

    and I guess I have to say it.. I love your blog! It’s absolutely adorable. I’m sure I’ll be back everyday to see what cookies your readers are sharing. Happy baking and holidays!

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    Lauren Z.
    December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    What’s your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe? I have tried a couple of different ones, and sometimes they turned out hard as a rock, and others they turned out softer. Can’t wait to see all the cookies to come!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Yipee! I <3 holiday cookie baking!!

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    Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous
    December 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see what cookies you’ve got up your sleeve!

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    Lauren
    December 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Jenna, this post made me cry. My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago and was a fantasic baker. One of her specialities was rosette cookies. After reading that you are planning to make them, I’ve been inspired to try them too. I’m not sure they’ll be as good as grandmas, but I am sure she’ll be looking down at me making them and smiling.

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    Amanda (Eating Up)
    December 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so excited I don’t even know where to start! There are so many delicious options. I’m okay with having this problem.

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    Katie
    December 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite cookies around the holidays are anise toast cookies. I don’t know why, but it’s the only time my mom ever bakes these. They are subtle and not overly sweet, with a distinct flavor. They are the best warm and soft out of the oven with crispy edges!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Hmmmm…. this is a tough one. Picking my favorite cookie is hard!

    For me, it all goes back to simple shortbread. That does it for me every single time. πŸ™‚

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    Laura
    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    My mom always asks what my favorite cookie is so she can make it when I come home but I can never answer her. My brothers always request kiss cookies which are a staple for my family and Christmas. Last year, my mom and I made snickerdoodles but it was a different recipe (than the ones I’ve normally had) involving almond extract and lemon. It was with that cookie that I got hooked on the almond flavoring and have been searching for the perfect almond flavored cookie every since. Any suggestions? I’d love to bring a recipe home to bake with my mom this Christmas!

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      Jess
      December 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      Oooh yes! Almond-flavored cookies, please!

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    Heather
    December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love snickerdoodles….cant get enough of them, but only if they are super chewy

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      AshleyH
      December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

      I second this!

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    Rebecca
    December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t know if these qualify as Christmas cookies, but I would like to see a recipe for rainbow cookies, they are also called tricolor cookies or seven layer cookies. As a kid I would get them all the time from the Italian bakeries in NYC but they do not seem to exist at all down here in San Antonio πŸ™

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      courtney
      December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh my roommate in college used to bring those back every time she went home to NYC for the holidays; they are AMAZING. I would love to have a recipe for those as well; good suggestion!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Oooh those look so pretty! I’d like to see your take on gingerbread people… maybe you could dress up a couple as Gingerbread Jenna and Gingerbread Almanzo?? πŸ˜‰

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    Beth
    December 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Yay for cookies and specifically holiday cookies! In my family we’re big bon bon people (an assortment of cookie/cake/peanut butter balls covered in chococlate!) However, if I were throwing out a suggestion to see on your blog – how about good ol’ fashioned snickerdoodles! Nothing says “holidays” like snickerdoodles – or maybe holiday bark! Can’t wait to see what you make.

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    Balanced Healthy Life
    December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I’m so happy its December too! I always bake too many cookies!

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    Ashley
    December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Hi! I just bought a piece of ginger (I think I was inspired by Rachael Ray…ugh) and I know I want to use it for cookies…PLEASE help!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
    December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Not sure if this is considered Christmas cookie, but I love Conga bars or 7-layer bars as some call them.

    OH, I know!! How about those Christmas cookies in the grocery store that come in a bag and are slightly gingerbready, but not full-blown (almost a cross between sugar and gingerbread) and come in diffrent shapes with crystalized sprinkles on them. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about!!! Could you, perhaps, re-create?!? I would love you forever and spend my days voting for you on Project Food blog.

    Did I just blog bribe you? πŸ˜‰

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    Lauren
    December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Jenna-this post made me cry. My grandma passed away a few weeks ago and was a terrific baker, and famous for her rosette cookies. You’ve inspired me to try your recipe and recreate them. I am sure it won’t be the same but I want to try.

    Rainbow cookies are something else that remind me of her that I would love to see on the blog. These are layer cookies with three colors of cake, covered in chocolate and chocolate sprinkles. Such a big part of any family celebration growing up.

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    Allison
    December 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Ha! Love it! I couldn’t bake all those cookies because I always, and I mean always, have to have at least one when it’s fresh out of the oven!

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    claire!
    December 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    peppermint bark!!!!!!!! which probably isn’t really a “cookie”, but i’m sure you could slap on a cookie bottom and call it a day.

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      andrea @ a cake for a wife.
      December 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      Oh my gosh, the idea of chocolate bark on a cookie base sounds amazing! This could be revolutionary.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    December 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I will gladly accept all cookie blog posts from you. I’m sure I will want to eat my screen.

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    Reeves
    December 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I would love an easy, baker friendly shortbread cookie!
    I love shortbread…really buttery and soft!
    I married in December-the hotel where we stayed packed us a “to go” box for our honeymoon flight…it was full of the most delicious, buttery shortbread!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    December 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    i love christmas cookies!

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    Gina
    December 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Hi there!

    I am interested in trying to make springerle cookies! Can you make those? Pretty please with sugar on top πŸ™‚

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    RhodeyGirl
    December 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I prefer to eat cookies, not bake them.

    WHOOPS!

    Have fun with your baking extravaganza!

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    Lisa
    December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Let the baking beging. I love making tons of cookies over the holidays, it is one of my favorite things I do all year, and each year I try to add a new cookie to my collection.

    I would really like to see Italian anisette cookies, they were a specialty my nonnie used to make, I have have been trying to recreate them, however, I haven’t gotten it quite right yet.

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Leave it to cookies always get me to come out of lurk-dom. πŸ™‚ Love you blog.

    My favorite cookies are dark chocolate sea salt. But if there was some way for that to involve nuts/peanut butter/something to make it even more healthy (dark chocolate, good fats from nuts… add a glass of red wine and it is virtually a health food!).

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    Elise
    December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    pinwheels! my mother has mastered the art of getting them to work every time. I, however, cannot.

    and to be festive and cultural: alfajores.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Oh how I love holiday cookies! There is nothing better! (though I feel like I say that a lot πŸ™‚ )

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    Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow
    December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Girl, you crazy! Cookie crazy and I love it.

    Will be waiting with baited breath.

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    Laura
    December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Like others, I’d enjoy a good snickerdoodle recipe! Also, I remember eating some really yummy brownie/cookie bars. It was a brownie-esque bottom (much thinner and a little crisper than a brownie, though), a thin layer of mint cream, and a top layer of a fudge-like frosting (it firmed up and wasn’t gooey like regular frosting). If you have any idea what I’m talking about, I’d love to see it on the blog! πŸ˜‰

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Woo! This will be awesome! πŸ™‚

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    Andi
    December 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Impressive. My answers (before reading the whole post) were: rosettes and gingersnaps (which are, I admit, different from gingerbread, but certainly related!). I make gingersnaps every year, but I haven’t made rosettes since I was a wee girl cooking with my mother.

    I have a couple of rosette irons, but I am intimidated by the prospect of hot oil. I’d love to make some, and an instructive post which tells me that I will not set my house on fire would be super-helpful.

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    Kerry
    December 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I want to learn how to make a really good macaroon. I also love anything that involves butter, salt and caramel – can you do something with that?

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    December 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    To say I’m excited would not only be an understatement, it would be a lie. I’m beyond myself with ecstatic joy. I just might have to watch Little Women tonight to really get my head in the game πŸ™‚

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    Paj
    December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    PfeffernΓΌsses please.

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      Erinn
      December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      PfeffernΓΌsse=Christmas in my family! My Oma and mama make them every year. I also buy bags and bags of them from an awesome German market in Carlsbad, CA called Tip Top.

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      Nakia
      December 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      I second that request!

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        Kelsey
        December 2, 2010 at 5:57 am

        PfeffernΓΌsses=best. Please feature these.

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    samantha
    December 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    peanut butter blossoms are my absolute favorite! chocolate + peanut butter = always a winner. i would loooove to see your take on them! maybe with a snappy twist?!

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      Pam (Holistic Health Coach)
      December 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      Those are my all time favorite Christmas cookie! My sister makes them every year.

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      Kim
      December 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

      My request is peanut butter and chocolate, too, but I’d love to see you take on the infamous Ohio Christmas cookie – The Buckeye!

      These are a must around the holidays in central or Southern Ohio. I just stumbled across a great recipe for them in the Brooklyn Bakery Baked’s new cookbook at Barnes and Noble this week (which reminded me of you since they just opened a bakery in South Carolina too), but I’d LOVE to see a Jenna version.

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    Jessica
    December 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Traditional Italian Wedding Balls. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to what you’ll make!

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    Sarah
    December 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I hope you have a shortbread recipe up your sleeve for this holiday season!

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    Mom
    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Cookie cutters are enroute!!

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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    December 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I sense a kindred spirit! I too, just pulled my first batch of christmas cookies outta the oven. Love. It.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    December 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I would love a Florentine recipe. I love them, but they intimidate me a bit.

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    December 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I know I already requested this on facebook, but I’m submitting here too. Snickerdoodles, Jenna, snick-er-dood-les!!!

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    Lauren
    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I love molasses cookies around the holidays – my mom always makes them taste so good!

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    Kelly
    December 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Shortbread cookies!!!

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    Clare @ Fitting It All In
    December 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip is a fav – but I love interesting combinations. A mint chocolate cookie? Coffee chocolate?

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    Rebecca
    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    lemon bars!

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    courtney
    December 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I would love to see a recipe for eggnog cookies! An old friend used to make them; they were kind of like sugar cookies but with eggnog flavoring, and then they were iced with some sort of eggnogy icing… so good! Can’t wait to see all the cookies you come up with, Jenna!

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    Camille
    December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I have already lifted your chocolate chip cookie today πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see which recipe I need to steal tomorrow!

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    Cheri
    December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Anything almond-y!

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    Kelly
    December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I am excited!! I love baking cookies for the holiday season and would love some new ideas. For some reason I can’t keep gingerbread off my mind lately so I would love a good gingerbread recipe!!

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Gingerbread is my FAVORITE and during my time in Korea, it was nowhere to be found, sadly. I’ve only ever made it from a box mix and while delicious, it would be a million times better made from scratch. Help!

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    Kathleen
    December 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I miss my Great Grandma’s giant/chewy Snickerdoodles, nobody could find the recipe after her passing πŸ™ I’ve attempted to recreate them, but no such luck in finding a match. Gingersnaps are a second favorite.

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    Kasey
    December 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Favorite cookie is a tough one! “Cookie” was actually my first word (after mamma & daddy). Gingersnaps are always a favorite this time of year πŸ™‚

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    Jen
    December 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I have no time with work. But I have no idea what a snickerdoodle even is?

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    Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    December 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Sombrero cookies!?!? (PB Hershey kiss – so simple but so good!)

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    Katie @ www.princessofpavement.com
    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love gingerbread! But sadly my husband does not πŸ™ Although, that could be better for me, yes, yes it is πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to see all your Christmas cookie concoctions!

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    Amy
    December 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    How about back to basics: the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

    We tend to go crazy and bake the traditional dozen or so different kinds of cookies but I would love nothing more than to be able to bake the perfect chewy, chocolatey cookie.

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    Char
    December 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh, Oh, Oh please please please make sand tarts–they are my absolute favorite and a tradition my mom and I made growing up-complete with cookie cutters and decorations! Mmmmmmmmm….

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    Cara Craves...
    December 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Chewy gingerbread is most definitely my fav.

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    jessica
    December 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    My favorite cookie recipe to make during the holidays are Espresso Double Chocolate Chunk cookies. Maybe not really traditional but these are the BEST!

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    Sharon
    December 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Some ideas for baking this month:
    1) Good old fashioned Christmas sugar cookies with frosting and decorations.
    2) Agree w/ the gingerbread; love it!
    3) Petit fours!
    4) Anything that involves chocolate and candy canes or peppermint flavoring

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    December 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    PFEFFERNEUSSE!!!! They’re not just fun to say, but they’re delicious πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I spelled that right…

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    Leigh
    December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I just love the way you write!

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    Jessica
    December 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Anything that involves Nutella!! I have yet to find a great cookie recipe that uses Nutella.

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    Lydia
    December 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I would love to see a pomegranate, dark chocolate combo in a Christmas cookie. The color is so christmas-y!

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    Ashley (whole.ier)
    December 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I love the Florentine tea cookies. I tried to make them once but they didn’t taste at all like they do at Publix.

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    Elizabeth
    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    how about a peppermint mocha type cookie? I love the coffee, but I figure if I’m gonna eat all that sugar, I want DESSERT.

    My mom would make chocolate crinkle cookies from this old betty crocker cook book but somehow hers always tasted SO CHOCOLATEY and mine never taste quite chocolatey enough…

    I also agree with the perfect chocolate chip cookie… too many cookies out there are SAD failures at chocolate chip cookie-dom. These don’t have enough chocolate, those are dry, these are TOO cake like, those are too thin and crispy…

    The perfectly soft (but not too soft) chewy (but not too chewy!) chocolatey chip cookie.

    And maybe a biscotti recipe if you have time.

    xoxox
    E.

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    Coco
    December 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Oatmeal cranberry cookies!!!

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    katie
    December 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Reading through the comments, I vote SHORTBREAD and something eggnog flavored πŸ™‚

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    Rachel
    December 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    If you recreate the Girl Scout Samoas, I might explode.

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    Joy
    December 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I would love a good recipe for spritz cookies — my mamma used to make them and I have tried and they’re just not right

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    Ashley
    December 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    how about pfeffernusse cookies?

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    Kelly
    December 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    My mom’s favorite cookies are the thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam – and I would LOVE to know how you would make them!!! (And maybe make them FOR her this year!) πŸ™‚

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      Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
      December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      AH!! Kelly–MINE TOO!! I just read your comment after I posted. My mom always made thumbprints rolled in walnuts with raspberry jam and it is the first cookie that comes to my mind this time of the year. So funny how food hold such memories.

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    Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    December 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    haha I love this post! I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful cookies!

    Even though it’s not a “christmas” cookie, I would love to see a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie… It’s probably my favorite and I always forget just how much I love them until I take a bite. ::swoon::

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    Cynthia
    December 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I love gingerbread too. So delicious!

    My grandmother also makes these cookies that are like the little wedding cookies. They are so tasty. They are covered in powdered sugar and have nuts in them. Yummy.

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    Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve already started too haha. I live for this time of year. I almost cried when I ran out of all purpose flour and realized I had 1 stick of butter left tonight. My favorite is one my mom always made–Thumbprints rolled in walnuts with a raspberry center. Buttery goodness.

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    Cathy
    December 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    So excited to follow along! I’m also plotting my first Christmas cookie baking day of the year. And I’m not sure I can pick favorites, I love them all πŸ™‚

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    karent
    December 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    can you freeze all cookies? How about ones with the jams?

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    Steph
    December 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I LOVE almond crescent cookies – YUMMMMM

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    Beth
    December 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I would argue that there are occasionally tears in baking πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to see what you bake up! Cookie season is the best!

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    Leticia
    December 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Pilsbury makes a box of cookies called ‘Almond Crescents’. My mom and I love to have them with coffee on cold winter mornings while I am home from school. If you happen to have a recipe for them, I’d love to learn how to make them at home!

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    Rika
    December 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’d love it if you can make rugelach(sp?) with raspberry or chocolate(, or both!) filling! but it has to be the doughy kind and not the crispy blah kind. πŸ˜€

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    Nelly@CrazySexyFit
    December 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    PFEFFERNUSSE.

    That is all.

    πŸ˜€

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    Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I’m going to my annual family cookie exchange next weekend and have Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Cups on the agenda. Have you ever made anything like these before?
    http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/pepper-jelly-cornmeal-cups/

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    Lisa A. A.
    December 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Christmas cookies two evenings in a row @ our house! My excuse is I do it for the kids and hubby… well, that’s what I say, anyway!!

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    louise
    December 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    YUM-YUM cookies!

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    Faith @ lovelyascharged
    December 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    They may not be “holiday” cookies, but I’d LOVE to see white chocolate macademias!

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    Hilary
    December 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Growing up, my Mum always made this white meringue-y cookies with chocolate chips and/or raisins in them. They were divine. Very simple. Maybe from Bon Appetit?

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    December 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    So glad you’re in all your cookie glory this month!

    Rosettes, a thing of my childhood that i remember my mom freaking out over if they were burning..and they go from fine to charred in about 4 secs flat sometimes.

    I too love gingerbread.

    And all xmas cookies, caramels, candy, jams & jellies, I grew up in a house with true holiday baking going on and the memories are just great!

    πŸ™‚

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    Moni'sMeals
    December 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    let the baking games begin!

    I say the 7 Layer Magic bars, you know, the ones with condensed milk, coconut, pecans, chocolate chips, graham crackers. those are the best!

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    Emily S.
    December 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Moravian Spice Cookies!! Have you ever been to Old Salem? I think you would like it.

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    Lindsay
    December 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I’m so excited! I was sending sets of cookies to my friends and family as a Christmas gift, and now I’ll have some inspiration!

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    Rachel
    December 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve been a lurker up until now…but I LOVE baking so I had to cast my vote for cookies!

    I would vote for anything with chocolate and peanut butter. My mom always makes bon bons (I think some people call them Bonz-eyes) but hers have Rice Krispies in them! Yum!

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    Jane
    December 1, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Is it possible to do a peppermint chocolate cookie? Maybe with Andes mint chips?

    Also- my family’s favorite Christmas recipe for gifts is Chocolate Bread. It goes against my natural inclination never to use a box mix, but the moist wonderfulness is completely worth it! Here’s the recipe:

    Chocolate Bread

    2 boxes German Choc. Cake Mix, or any choc. Flavor
    2 sm boxes Instant choc. Pudding
    8 eggs
    1 16 oz. container sour cream
    1 Β½ cups water
    1 Β½ cups veg oil
    2. oz. bag choc. Chips
    Mix ingredients in order given, pour into greased pans.
    Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, adjust for pan size
    4 – 8.5 x 4.5 x 2 large loaves
    Freezes well

    The Oh Baby Bars look like magic, by the way.

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    Hannah L. (Hannah Lives)
    December 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    The one cookie that I look forward to every holiday season (because I can never get it any other time of year), aside from rosettes (which is definitely a favorite), is Krumkake! Double Yum!!

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    Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    December 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I really like the eggnog cookie idea! I’ve never had anything like that ….they sound so good and would be a hit at parties!

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    Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    December 2, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    Something with cherries, coconut and almonds!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 2, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I can’t wait to get my bake on! I have some cookies in mind, but I’m excited to get some ideas from you too. πŸ˜€

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    kaila
    December 2, 2010 at 6:38 am

    i am in the show “A Little House Of Christmas” (based on the stories of Laura Ingalls!!!). we are coming in to the homestretch of our rehearsals and open next week to an audience of 700 school kids! the theatre company i work with is a proffesional theatre company that puts on shows targeted towards school age children and their families. The show is really coming a long. I am playing mary and one of the things i do in the show is bake gingerbreads!!! hahaha! I just thought i would let ya know. The ingalls had such an amazing family…..i definitely get why you love them so much!

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    Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life
    December 2, 2010 at 6:39 am

    The last quote made me think of Tom Hanks saying in a League of their Own – “There’s no crying in baseball!!!”
    Ah great movie

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    Nicol
    December 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I can’t wait to see your creations!!

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    Allison W.
    December 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

    My faves are the peanut butter cookie with a hershey kiss in the center, but I think we always used a mix….how about a homemade version?!?!

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    Nancy in Naples
    December 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Love this post, Jenna . . . made me smile for sure today πŸ™‚

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    Danica
    December 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Can you please make molasses cookies! the crinkley kind with raw sugar in the cracks!

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    Amber K
    December 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Since this is my first gluten-free holiday season I am attempting to experiment with gluten-free cookies. I made some yesterday that were okay, but not great. If you happen to know of any allergy-friendly recipes, I’d love to see them!!

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    The Healthy Apple
    December 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Oooo I’m so excited to see your cookie creations! I love gingerbread cookies…yumm…

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    JessicaEn
    December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Does peppermint bark count?! I hope so πŸ˜‰

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I loved this post! My favourite cookies are gingerbread or anything with almond meal – like a really moist biscotti. Game face is on πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

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    Peggy DiPietro
    December 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I try to make one cookie a day all the way up to Christmas day. I have been doing this for years. Just took a batch of Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti out of the oven. The house smells wonderful! Can’t wait to get some new recipes from you.

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    Julie
    December 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    If you make my suggestions, will you send me a box of cookies? Please???

    I’d love to try these:
    Cinnamon Stars: Zimtsterne
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_37287_RECIPE-PRINT-FULL-PAGE-FORMATTER,00.html

    “These are a classic German Christmas cookie; you’ll find them in most every household as soon as St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6) rolls around. These gluten-free cookies are kind of like a cross between a macaroon and a meringue, with a hint of nutty spiciness. We find them truly addictive. They’re designed to keep for a long time, they’ll get chewier as time passes.”

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