On the First Day of Christmas Cookies…
which isn’t the same as the Twelve Days of Christmas because now is the time to plan the all important cookie baking, so the cookie days must come before Christmas.
The actual Twelve Days of Christmas are AFTER Christmas ending with Twelfth Night or Epiphany. But you knew that. And I just made up the Christmas Cookie Days. No partridges, no pear trees, not a goose or a hen, French or otherwise, a-swimming or a-laying or a-leaping or a-milking. Just cookies.
Ah…the Cookie Days of Christmas!
After the Pie Ways of the Autumn, it is time to bring in Winter with hot cocoa and cookies. Cookies also travel well, for cookie swaps and impromptu parties and any other sort of gathering.
Cookies are a great little nibbles while watching Christmas Specials on TV – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (from 1964)
or White Christmas
Cookies aren’t the only baking for Christmas, but at the ancestral home, they were defiantly a constant.
Some, like Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy and not necessarily holiday specific. And have great back-story. More on that after the holidays.
Sugar cookies are also easy and adaptable. Stir N Drop Sugar Cookies are easy and if you use red and green sugars, festive. Or there’s the prepackaged route.
Gingerbread has a long history with the holiday, so that will be an upcoming story.
Oh, Joy! Chocolate Coconut Macaroons with Almonds are a Christmas cookie.
Shortbread will count as a cookie for the holiday, as will brownies.
Then there’s a long list of Italian cookies…..
As for other Italian cookies….there are Susemielle (made with honey – that’s the mielle) which are also known as S-Cookies – but so are so many others…..
and there are also Wine Cookies… Biscott di Vino, which are cookies made with wine, not necessarily cookies to go with wine…..and little chocolate cookies with nuts and raisins inside…
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies….assorted Cornmeal Cookies.…..
The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies are only suggestions. Mere suggestions. No Pressure.
Take a deep breath and ponder – Why isn’t there a “It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas” song?