2011 Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap



It is time to bake cookies! And make candy! And bake sweet breads and sweet treats!

My favorite time of year - Winter Holidays - is here! Sunday the 27th was the first Sunday of Advent and in Holland the celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas is already begun! It is high time to warm up the oven and bake up some yummy goodness!

So many of you have treasured family recipes for cookies or candy or other treats baked only at this time of year. Won't you consider sharing one or two of your favorites right here on the 2011 Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap?


Cookies in the tin are Lebkuchen.  The recipe I use is here on King Arthur Flour.

Can you even believe that until I was a young wife and mother, I thought the only three kinds of cookies in the world were chocolate chip, sugar cookies and Windmill cookies! It is true! When I discovered there were recipes for millions and millions of other cookies I nearly exploded in my eagerness to try baking every single one of them!

It was not unusual for me to bake 15 to 20 different cookies every Christmas. Cookies are definitely the fattest section in my recipe file and to this very day I am constantly on the lookout for new cookies to try.

Your favorite cookie monster - me - and my virtual family of friends who have their own cookie monsters to bake for would love it if you would share your favorites with us.

It is easy to do! First, share a recipe (with a picture if at all possible) on your own blog. Then return to this post to link back to your blog post. I am again using my favorite linking system inlinkz link tool to facilitate the linking process.

Below the recipe thumbnails at the bottom of this post, you will see a little blue froggy. Click on the froggy to install your link. You will be directed to provide the URL to your recipe post, provide the name of your recipe, and then select an image to appear as a thumbnail.

If you are not a blogger and have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to me in an e-mail and I will share it here on Gingerbread Snowflakes - giving you full credit, of course.

The linking system will be active throughout the month of December and will close on December 30th. However, just like last year, the links will remain and can be accessed at any time you like by clicking the button on the side bar.

And speaking of last year - there are some very yummy cookies in that collection, believe me!


Please don't be afraid to add a cookie that has already been posted because recipes are all a bit different and each will appeal to different cookie monsters! Two recipes for Gingerbread Men were shared last year and believe me - they are both equally delicious! I am making both again this year - One for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) and one for St. Lucy Day (December 13th).

Thank you to all who are returning to join in again this year and welcome to all who are joining in for the first time!

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YUMMY! I can't wait to try

YUMMY! I can't wait to try out some of these tempting treats! Thanks for hosting this, Pam!

Season's Greetings! This is

Season's Greetings!

This is my first time here (Sister Diane sent me), and I've shared three cookie recipes. I just posted a yummy fudge recipe last week - please email me if you'd like me to share that as well. I'd be happy to. :)

Okay, what day is it? Is it

Okay, what day is it? Is it the 10th?! And have I just now gotten here?

I am ready to swap, Ms. Pam! And I'm going to go get the recipe I have in mind, and find my photo of it. And I may even leave TWO! It's madness, I tell you! But I'm in a Christmas mood today. And It is lovely to catch up with you.

Thanks for all the goodness you share on your site. I look forward to drop by to see everyone's recipes.


I'm with dabbiebaby - can you

I'm with dabbiebaby - can you please post the recipe for that second photo?? It looks yummy!!

Would you post the recipe for

Would you post the recipe for the bar cookie in the photo above? They look great!

Thank you - they are great! 

Thank you - they are great!  The whole batch disappears in just a few days at my house!

They are called Lebkuchen and the recipe I use is here.  http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/lebkuchen-recipe

Apparently the longer these sit in an air tight container, the better they get - I have never had the chance to find out!  Be sure not to forget the apple slice in the container to keep them moist and soft.

Basically they are a dense, spicy cake like cookie with a brandy/powdered sugar topping.

I'm in awe of you lot in the

I'm in awe of you lot in the US - you do cookie baking so much better than we do in the UK! I have no idea where you all get the inspiration from. I'll have to try some of them out this year.