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12 Nostalgic Days of Christmas: 5 Classic Christmas Cookies {Day 5}

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I’ve never met a Christmas cookie I didn’t like.

Well, that’s not true.  Christmas cookies with coconut I can do without. And candied fruit cookies.  Not a huge fan.  

But all other Christmas cookies. I. Love. Them.

My grandmother (we always called her Grandma Bear) loved to bake Christmas cookies.  I swear she must have started in mid-November to make all the dozens of cookies for the family. The anticipation waiting for her cookies to be delivered was almost unbearable. Every day starting early December we would watch out the window, waiting for the mail truck.

Then finally, when the box arrived we would cheer and run around like lunatics until we settled down.  We’d carefully unpack the tins and shoe boxes of cookies from the delivery box, mouths watering and tummies rumbling at the prospect of putting away 3 or 4 scrumptious cookies right then and there.

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#nationalcookieday: Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

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In honor of National Cookie Day, and as a way to counteract all the butter and sugar we consumed yesterday with our Spritz Butter Cookies, I decided to whip up something a wee bit healthier today. And since I started baking these at 8 in the morning (and wanted to eat them shortly thereafter), what better kind of cookie than one we could eat for breakfast? There’s no refined sugar or flour in these Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies, so it’s practically like eating oatmeal, right?

The flavor of these cookies is a little reminiscent of a traditional, nostalgic oatmeal raisin cookie—which I love—but with an updated flavor profile that includes the sweetness from bananas and the tartness of dried cranberries. As an added twist, I dusted the tops of these with just a small pinch of salt, which gave them the perfect balance of sweet and salty and crunchy and YUM.

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Nostalgic Saturday Sweets: Spritz Cookies {Recipe}

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Every year when December rolled around, my brother, Kurt, and I would eagerly wait for the arrival of a package. Normally it would show up on our doorstep a few weeks before Christmas, wrapped in brown Kraft paper and haphazardly taped and postmarked. Kurt and I would see our address written in our grandmother’s cursive, and just like that, our stomachs would start growling, and we would salivate in sweet anticipation.

Because we knew what was inside: cookies. And lots of them.

After hauling the box in the kitchen and extracting the brightly colored tins, we’d open them to find a smörgåsbord of baked goods. Wax paper lined layers of cookies laced with sugar, chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, sprinkles, nuts, and butter stared up at us, taunting us with their sweetness. What would we pick first? And how could we pick just one?

We never picked just one. Thank goodness she sent multiple tins.

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