My dress was scratchy and my tights were bunching up uncomfortably around my toes, but it didn't matter. It was the most wonderful party of the year.
The annual family Christmas party.
This wasn't just any Christmas party, and even my seven-year-old self knew it. This was special.
The first notable thing about this specific Christmas party was the number of people in attendance. My mother is one of seven children, my grandmother is one of eleven... and this party included the entire family. Little tiny Italian great-aunts as far as the eye could see.
Besides all the hand-waving and kisses on the cheek, putting all those little Italian women together in one place meant that the food. was. incredible.
But my favorite place to be was next to the dessert table, where my grandma had carefully arranged The Christmas Cookies- an assortment both colorful and delicious, ranging from traditional Italian pizzelles to Hersey-Kiss topped peanut butter cookies to sugar cookie cut outs.
It's twenty years later, and not much has changed-- the great-aunts have gotten even shorter, the number of people has grown a little as all my cousins and second-cousins and people-I'm-related-to-but-don't-know-how get married and have families of their own, and now I get to pick out my own tights... but my favorite part of every Christmas party is still the cookies.
This year, I want to add some new contenders to the platter with these twelve holiday cookie recipes from around the interwebs-- all sure to be a great addition to any family tradition.
Oak Hill Homestead
How Sweet Eats
Random Crafty Georgia Girl
Meemaw Eats -- oh, and read the story on this one-- it's heart warming.
The Pioneer Woman
Major Hoff Takes a Wife
Fresh Eggs Daily
shared by Two Peas and Their Pod
shared by Averie Cooks
shared by The Gingered Whisk
shared by Half-Baked Harvest
What are some of your favorite holiday cookie recipes? Any new ones you're adding to the lineup this year?
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