My favorite Christmas cookies are my mothers. She makes two that I love. Peanut butter kiss cookies and butter horns. Butter horns are her specialty. She makes them for the holidays but also for special occasions at her craft shop. Butter horns are sweet and crunchy. They are a classic holiday treat. I have included her recipe here.
My family and I spent some quality time together over the last week making Christmas cookies for a family cookie exchange that took place over weekend. This is our first annual family cookie exchange and hopefully not the last. I wanted to create a new tradition we can share as our children grow.
My daughter is 5 and she enjoys helping, and this time that involved applying flour to her face like makeup. It can, at times, be difficult to allow a child to help in baking or preparing meals. That being said, I think it is important to let go of perfection and allow them to get in on the action. As we prepare these cookies together I am transported back to moments in my own childhood where we worked together to prepare our Christmas cookies. I hope that I can provide similar fond memories for my daughter.
There are special things that you can do to enhance your traditions to make them feel even more special. Designing an invitation for our little party made it feel more official (even though it was really just a little addition to our normal Sunday dinner get together). I also placed my cookies in an inexpensive jar that I found at Tuesday Morning with a twine bow. This jar can be used by my family members during the year to come and hopefully they will think of me when they use it.
Holiday preparations are time consuming and I find that I can easily fall in to Grinch mode. Checking boxes as I complete tasks becomes more important than enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Having a child is an important reminder that this is a magical time for everyone. Take a moment and enjoy the holiday. Speak nicely to yourself and recognize the good things taking place around you.
Traditions are important – you are not just making cookies, you are making memories and creating your own legacy.
Links below are for the Christmas cookies I made this year, do you have any good cookie recipes to share?