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How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

Read about our family Christmas cookie night tradition and explore ideas, including yummy recipes, to start your own family Christmas cookie night tradition with your kiddos that will leave them excited every year! 

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

Happy Wednesday!  If you are joining us from “What’s Up Wednesday” with Sheaffer and Shay, then welcome!  Today we are chatting about #1.  What We Are Eating This Week.  

The answer is #allthecookies.  Or as Lily kept saying, “Holy cookies!”

We love a good tradition around these parts.  Gracie will say, “Well Mommy we did it last time?!”  Which translates into doing anything once, if deemed worthy by my children, necessitates repeating  —-> tradition (anyone hear Tevye singing yet from “Fiddler on the Roof?”).  The truth is I don’t know if it is possible to have too many family traditions at this time of year.

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

So what is this cookie night tradition?  Ok, I wish I had never mentioned “Fiddler on the Roof” because now I am annoyed.  That song will be in our heads all day long.  My apologies.

how to start a family christmas cookie tradition

As a family we all put on our “working aprons” (as Caleb calls them) and bake Christmas goodies together which we then put into gift bags along with our family Christmas card to give away to neighbors, cleaning lady, piano teacher, school teachers, coaches, etc.

Lily confiscated Caleb’s apron, so he DIY’d his own!!  Bahaha.  Our kids legitimately get excited to put on these little aprons because it means they get to “help.”  What they don’t know is that they are each getting one of these monogrammed aprons for Christmas!  Also a great birthday idea.  No more dish towel aprons necessary!

How to start a Family Christmas cookie tradition

I bought these cute, clear snowflake treat bags in bulk on Amazon – a stack of taller bags (11″) that came with a red ribbon and then these smaller sized bags (5.5″) that are self sealing.

how to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Here is this year’s goodie bag stash!  Aren’t these holiday bags cute?

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Find them here!

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

#1.  Make A treat list

The first step is to decide what you want to put on your sweet treats list to give away each year. Ours varies slightly year to year, but always includes a mix from the list below.  *Keep reading for some of these recipes*

  • Chocolate covered pretzel sticks
  • Vanilla Christmas pudding cookies
  • Chocolate Christmas pudding cookies
  • Sugar cookies
  • Toffee crackers
  • Puppy chow

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

#2.  Create a master sheet from your treat list. 

Whatever recipes you put onto your list, get a blank piece of paper and copy all the  recipes onto one piece of paper and then put it into a protective sleeve.  (Also I love my cute gray leatherette recipe notebook from C.R Gibson!).  This way year to year you only have to find one paper in your cookbook to work off of instead of flipping back and forth through pages.

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I shared an example of this in my post “How to Host a Fondue Party” and showed you my Master Sheet for the annual event.  Anything I do on a reoccurring basis that involves recipes I create it’s “own sheet.”  Work smarter not harder!!

 

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

#3.  Aprons, music, go-time!

Like I said we all get our aprons on, blare our favorite Pandora Christmas station and get to work.

how to start a family christmas cookie tradition

This picture makes my heart so happy.  Mommy’s girls.

how to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Caleb working hard?!  The kids are told at the beginning they can have 3 treats for the evening.  Whichever they prefer but they each get 3.  I learned quickly to set a number or else 42 cookies later they are bouncing off the walls.

how to start a family christmas cookie tradition

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Zach decided to break out his festive Christmas pjs for this year’s cookie night.  Lookin’ good, babe.

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Crazy Lily girl.

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

Ok, let’s talk about our list!  Not all of these recipes have made it to the blog yet, but let’s take a sneak peak!!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Dip.  Snip.  Drizzle.  That’s about it for the pretzels!  I am planning on doing a post as there are some tricks to making it easier on yourself, but chocolate covered pretzels are so EASY and YUMMY!!

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

And they are gorgeous.  Is that weird?  We are talking about chocolate drizzled on top of chocolate here.  Definitely not weird.  I use the same process to make my chocolate  strawberries as well.  Post to come!

 

Christmas Pudding Cookies

How to Start a family Christmas cookie tradition

Ok, this cookie dough recipe has been my go-to for years.  I cannot even remember where this recipe started, but I have been making them since college.  I make a chocolate dough and a vanilla dough with, of course, pudding!  They are buttery, moist, and still one of the yummiest cookies I have ever tasted.

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

We make a vanilla and a chocolate dough and add mini-Christmas M&Ms.  The dough recipe is the exact same except one has vanilla pudding and the other has chocolate.  I have probably made at least a dozen varieties with this dough over the years.  The vanilla dough I have done toffee bits, chocolate chips, chocolate and mint chips, cinnamon chips, M&Ms and probably others that I can’t think of at the moment.  The chocolate dough is yummy with Reese’s pieces, Andes chocolate mint chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms…

Stay tuned for this yummy pudding cookie dough recipe that can be made at least a dozen ways!

 

Sugar Cookies

Somewhere in here you have to make it easy on yourself, SO, I buy sugar cookie mixes.  Yup.  Keep it easy.  Just make sure whatever boxed mix you get is the right mixture for roll-out sugar cookies.  We didn’t make these this year, but here we are last year!

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

I keep my Christmas cookie cutters in this adorable box I got at Michael’s Craft Store.

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Ah look how much younger Gracie and Caleb look!

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How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

Ok, so for anyone super confused as to why that kitchen looks different we moved this year into our third fixer upper.  First we renovated an old Victorian built in 1890, then we moved to a Colonial foreclosure(pictured above), then we bought our current, super cute little French Country Cottage fixer upper which we have totally renovated and will live in until we custom build in several years.

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

And that super cute cookie cutter box also functions as decoration!  I haven’t even done our official before and after foyer reveal yet in this house, so here’s a little Christmasey sneak peek!!

Toffee Crackers

How to start a family christmas cookie tradition

Last but not least, these toffee crackers are the Christmas cookie night winner EVERY YEAR.  A couple of the football coaches on Zach’s staff would always check to make sure their bag included the toffee crackers.  I think they may have resigned on the spot, otherwise.  Ha.  There is something about these sweet and salty treats that are hard to stop eating until you are on the verge of a hyperglycemic coma (ie: sugar coma).

How to Start a Family Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

We make one pan without any toppings and then another pan with crushed almonds.  You can add chocolate chips, walnuts, almonds or pecans.  Roasted almonds are absolutely fabulous on top.

It seems crazy to write a post about so many yummy recipes and not actually share one, SO click below for the Christmas cookie night winning recipe and gather your kiddos to start your own family Christmas cookie night tradition!

How to Start a Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

Printable Toffee Cracker recipe here!

Lily, I see you!!  Stay out of the Christmas bags!!

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And because I can.  Bahaha.  What a face.

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What Christmas cookie traditions do you have?!  I would love to hear!!

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How to Start a Christmas Cookie Night Tradition

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