I love our little blue and silver tree. My grandmother had a blue and silver tree. As a kid, I loved it, and now a bunch of the ornaments are on my tree. I haven’t actually started making anything for Christmas yet, but I have been mulling over my cookie list for months. Thanks to the internet, I know I am not the only one. Every year I make a few tried and true recipes like chocolate crackle cookies. I always make something with lemon and something with jam because these are my favorites. This year I want to incorporate some savory things too. I think parmesan crackers would make perfect gifts. I also want to make some kind of candy. Here is my potential list so far:
Chocolate Crackle Cookies: I have tried a lot of recipes and I can say without hesitation that Martha Stewart’s is the best, especially if you replace the cocoa with Godiva Hot Chocolate mix. They come out perfectly chewy and melt in your mouth good.
Italian Knot Cookies: I lost this recipe years ago. My parents are moving, and it turned up under a floor to ceiling bookcase. Weird.
Crunchy Pretzels: I haven’t found a recipe for these yet. I just had this idea that pretzel nuggets in mason jars would make a cute gift.
Peanut Brittle and/ or caramels: I would prefer to make caramels but brittle is so easy to make. This will be a decision made based on time but I would love to make the optional caramels from last months Daring Bakers.
Sugar Cookies: I have no loyalty to sugar cookie recipes. I am looking for a new one to try thing year.
Lemon Cookies: I may actually make glazed mini cupcakes out of Ina Garten’s Lemon cake. I made something similar last year that turned out well.
Amaretti Cookies: I make these every year. They are super simple and have a great texture from finely ground almonds and egg whites.
I am leaving the door open to making a few more types of cookies. Maybe something with coconut? Or maybe jam drops of some kind? Or maybe I should just make some chocolate chip cookies and call it a day.