Friday, December 23, 2016

The Gift of Christmas Baking!

I have been baking my head off this week -
and thought I'd share what I am giving friends,
 neighbors and family.

I *always* make decorated sugar cookies and Russian Snow Balls.
Those are my two standard staple cookies for sure.

I love love love the smell of ginger cookies baking.

One of these days I intend on mastering the art of decorating with royal icing.

Practice, practice, practice, right?

I made a bajillion each of : decorated cut-out cookies, 
snow balls, chocolate peanut crunch balls,
amd Oreo snowmen truffles.

(My daughter made the chocolate one with candy cane on top.)

Some of these were quite labor intensive to make,
but I had lots of fun doing so.

But it sure helps me get into the spirit of the season.

All of our pretty snow is gone now.

We won't be having a white Christmas after all. :-(

I think our last snow storm just came in too early!

Here is my post on the last snowfall if you missed here. 

Here is where I found the recipe for those cute snowmen truffles.

And they're perfect alone as a tiny token to give someone.

It is especially well-received when in its own wee gift box
tied up with string.

Merry Christmas!

As always, thank you so much for your visit!


If you missed my last post: I shared the cute pics
 of my first grand daughter sitting on Santa's lap here.
She is just too sweet!



  1. Busy woman, I also make the cut out cookies and I'm pretty lazy about frosting them so they all look pretty much the same. Cute snowmen cookies. Have a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Look so yummy - I've finished my baking and I even tried some piping of the frosting this year - it worked out pretty well once I figured out how to keep from running my hand or the bag back across the piped frosting.

  3. This is time consuming for sure. You did a good job.

    Charlotte Moore

  4. When my first batch of cookies this week failed, I lost all will to live and bake any more. Now I am down to Christmas Eve day and I must do some baking asap.

    Your cookies are so pretty! You mean you haven't mastered something? I can not tell; they all look fantastic. Love the little snowmen and I would want an entire herd. =D

    Merry Christmas, Michele, to you and all your family.

  5. The snowman is so cute and I love the bell...makes me remember sugar cookies from my childhood. I baked some yesterday and it really does make your house smell nice! Have a wonderful day! Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh! Those look so good. I LOVE a good frosted sugar cookie! My "signature" cookie is Ginger Dreams- my grandmother always made them, too. They are quite heavy with spices and then topped with a buttercream frosting with a walnut or pecan in the center and then sprinkled with nutmeg. My mouth is watering just writing about That snowman is just darling! Happy Christmas Eve day! xo Diana

  7. I agree, baking does get me the in the spirit, too, Michele! Your cookie treats all look beautiful. I'm wishing that I was your neighbor and would be receiving one of those beautiful trays, or one of those darling snowmen!! Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  8. Yesterday my grandchildren were here and had our annual Cookie Bake Day! It was so much fun. 3 of my grands spent the night. Your cookies look TOO GOOD to eat.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,Michele.

  9. Michele, you and I really, REALLY should be neighbors, because mastering the art of making royal icing is on my bucket list as well! Your cookies are beautiful as-is, though, and I'm sure they are delicious. That little snowman treat in the single box is absolutely adorable. (Just typed "adorbs," which I'm pretty sure I've never said in my LIFE. Did I get that fun word from you?) Anyway, just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

    1. I got it from my daughter Evelyn - what they say always seems to infiltrate my vernacular. : - )

  10. Beautiful, all so beautiful! That snowman is adorable in that pretty little box making its way to a blessed recipient.
    If you're looking to move there is some wonderful property for sale right next to us, 209 acres could be yours and we could be the best of neighbors. We'll bake cookies together and have a delightful time for sure.
    You have such a glorious giving heart, my friend.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family~

    1. I'll call the moving van first thing Monday morning. : - )

      Next to you and all that beautiful acreage? How is that a bad plan????

  11. Your colourful Christmas cookies made me smile, Michele! My favourite is the Oreo snowman. It's almost too cute to eat!

  12. Your cookies are all so beautiful!! Love the cutouts and how pretty they are decorated. I only got one batch of cookies made, but we for sure weren't suffering in the sweets department!! xo

  13. What a wonderful selection of cookies, I just don't know which one to choose, you were a busy little elf indeed!
    Happy New Year from Normandy, thanks for joining us for Mosaic Monday this week.


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