Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Christmas Cookie Round-Up

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I don't bake a lot of Christmas cookies these days. I try to gauge the number and type I do make based on the number of people we'll actually be entertaining during the holiday season. Truth be told, I prefer to make cakes or pastry for our guests because there are rarely leftovers to snack on. Cookies are an altogether different story and Bob and I, both infirm of purpose, end up eating way too many of them when they are in the house. Having said that, I know it wouldn't be Christmas without a cookie or two, so, I've gone through my recipes and created a list of those I'd be likely to serve this season. The list is neither extensive nor unusual. As a matter of fact, it is terribly old-fashioned and if you link to the stories and recipes that accompany the pictures, you'll find that most of the cookies come from old-world kitchens. This year I plan to limit myself to three types of cookies. One of them will, of course, be rosettes, but the jury is still out on what the other two will be. They haven't spoken to me yet. I'll keep you posted.






Pan de Polvo (Mexican Wedding Cakes)











Bittersweet Chocolate Snowballs











Moravian Spice Cookies













Florentine Lace Cookies












Pfeffernusse











Rosettes











Lebkuchen Bars












Speculaas











Linzer Cookies











Swedish Ginger Crackles









This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

58 comments:

lostpastremembered said...

There are so many to choose from! My mother always made 20 kinds of cookies and shipped them off to friends and shut-ins at her church. It was an enormous undertaking but it also gave her a lot of satisfaction. Thanks for all the great cookie ideas!

Lucia from Madison said...

Very inspirational post. Getting ready to jump into cookie production.

Elin said...

Mary...you have given me so many ideas what to bake for Xmas :) Thanks, hugs for sharing such delectable cookies with us.
Have a blessed weekend,
Elin

Gloria said...

Is a lovely round up Mary! Lovely post! gloria

nesrin said...

Alles sieht ganz lecker aus. Grüsse...

Nancy and Vijay said...

So many of my favorite cookies! I too try not to make cookies too often, last week I made some for Vijay to take to work. Not only were there none left to take but I didn't get any pictures for the blog :) Thanks for posting these Mary. Have a wonderful weekend.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Lots of lovely creations! I particularly like the chocolate snow balls; indulgent and snowy looking

bellini valli said...

A great lineup of treats. I'd be hanging around the sweets table if I were there for Christmas.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

These all look heavenly! I am always looking for new cookie recipes this time of year! Have a wonderful weekend :-]

Kim said...

I really like all the cookies you're presenting! I'm a huge fan of gingensnap, so I think I'm gonna try the sweddish ones!

tasteofbeirut said...

some of these cookies are my favorite as well! thanks for reminding me that I need to start baking as well! (too much to do!)

Pondside said...

I just sent this to my daughter-in-law who is hosting her first-ever cookie exchange. I love the sound of the Chocolate Snowballs.

amanda said...

Thank you for the comment! These cookies look yummy-- they are definitely what comes to mind for "classic" Christmas cookies. I might be trying a few of them this year.

The Words Crafter said...

MMmmm, my mouth is watering. These all look fantastic and I've actually had all of them before. I've never tried to make them, though. My mother was the cookie maker. I'm the brownie maker :)

I'll see if I can get my husband to make a batch of one of these-he's the new cookie maker!

Claudia said...

With this round-up I would be in great danger of snacking through the holidays without eating a meal. Happily, I have college students home to do that.Will be back for some recipes next week!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Such a variety to choose from. I especially love chocolate balls, think I might have to go with that.. hugs ~lynne~

Quay Po Cooks said...

Mary,
Thanks for this wonderful post. Have a beautiful sunday.

Jenn said...

What a great line up of cookies, Mary! They all look so wonderful. I need to add a few of these to my already growing list of cookies I want to bake this year!!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

WOW! What a line up of delicious cookies...You reminded me I need to get started on my baking!
You make me hungry!!!
Jil

Lucie said...

I love how different each cookie is--yet they would all seem so great together in a cookie spread! Thank you for the inspiration, Mary--chocolate crinkles and candy cane cookies are on my list this week!

EliFla said...

I vote: chocolate crinKles, Linzer cookies and rosettes!!! HAve a blessed nice weekend!! Ciao Flavia

Lisa said...

Looking at all your pictures I couldn't even begin to decide which one would be my favorite. I guess I'd just have to eat them all and call it good. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

Foley said...

So many great choices - need to try the spice ones for sure. Have never made rosettes but I love the way they look!
There is something to be said for the "old world" cookies!

Ginny said...

It's the chocolate snowballs for me! I've been spending quite a bit of time on your blog today! This post led me to the hot chocolate pudding type dish, which led me to the chocolate bread, which led me to the chocolate bread pudding, which I shall be making next week. My printer has been busy!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've added Chocolate Snowballs to my list Mary! Looking forward to making them:@)

Skip to Malou said...

great ideas for cookie making this Christmas. holiday cookies just like christmas lights and decors sets up the tone for the holidays... hmmm such joy.. utterly joy!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh what a fantastic collecction of cookies Mary!!
Love them all , always so delighting!
Also want to thank u for all ur love and support and its so wonderful to always have u around!

Lori said...

Wow this is quite an arrangement. I will be stopping in for tea. Got chai? :)

Mapi said...

I vote for them all, I can't choose, really!
I haven't started my cookies-baking spree yet, but it'll have to be soon, pretty soon!
Have a nice week-end.

Marydon said...

Oh, shoot! I've eaten 4 cookies while looking at yours! Soooo yummy!

Have a beautiful winter day ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Jan said...

Beautiful pictures and these look so good!

Erica said...

What a great line/up of cookies. They look so good, you have inspired me this Holiday with some cookie ideas. My Mom and Aunt use to bake lots and lots when I was growing up......Thanks for sharing your lovely and delectable cookies on your Blog, enjoy your weekend.

Kim said...

That is a terrific Christmas cookie roundup Mary. I would love to work my way through all of them, but the rosettes would probably be my favorite too.

Donnie said...

I'll be saving that link to find something special to make. thanks.

ann said...

I'm looking forward to hearing what cookies will be talking to you. That is a beautiful list of cookies, quite impressive. I'm enjoying your blog- a lot.

Julie said...

Many of these remind me of cookies from my childhood. I haven't planned our my holiday baking yet. Maybe tomorrow after we decorate the tree. Can't wait to see which ones you make.

Bella said...

They all sound delightful to me. I'm trying to decide which goodies I'm going to make this year, too. Like you, if we have leftover cookies in the house, we just end up eating them. It's best to keep them limited. :)

Barbara said...

That sure looks like a lot of cookie choices to me, Mary! I've been reading a lot about the snowballs, but everyone seems to be adding espresso to them, which is a super idea.
The Mexican Wedding Cakes are my daughter's favorite.
And I'd love to try the Linzer cookies. Yum!
Have a lovely weekend!

A Year on the Grill said...

just made some macarons today... love the look of those lace cookies

teresa said...

GORGEOUS! i love this time of year for cookies, they're all so pretty.

Rhonda said...

So many good cookies, so hard to choose! I'm having the same debate myself!

Kathleen said...

Wow what an incredible cookie line up!

alison said...

lovely round up!

Anna A. said...

Epic list of classic cookies, although I am not very family with the Scandinavian/German ones. Trade you for some Greek cookies?

Alessandra said...

What a selection!!!

Brava!


Happy Sunday, here it is almost gone!

Alessandra

MaryMoh said...

Lovely round-up of cookies. Love all of them...makes me drool :D Hope I have time to make some cookies this Christmas. My dad's not well again and I'm away. Looks like my Christmas will be rather quiet this year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Mary

Jeannie said...

What a scrumptious roundup of cookies! I love the Moravion spice cookies best!

Paula said...

verything here looks soo delicious!

have a nice time,
Paula

Dishesdone said...

I'd love one of each to try with a big, tall glass of ice cold milk! What a collection of cookies! Fantastic!

Faith said...

Your round-up is absolutely lovely, Mary. Ginger crackles are one of my favorites. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Nancy said...

This may be the year to make Florentine lace cookies. (Mental note, One Perfect Bite, my online cookbook.) As a matter of fact, I made Turkey Kale soup with left overs last night!

I'm still visiting around for Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful week.

Jamie said...

Another stunning collection of holiday recipes. Perfect! But how does one choose?

Beverly said...

Oh, I do know what you mean. But, truth be told, I want one of each.

Happy Pink Saturday, Mary.

Foodessa said...

Fabulous roundup and much more time needed to really appreciate all your creativity in the kitchen.

Next week, I'll be concentrating on making a few new cookies. I'll have to come back and take a better look at yours Mary.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

scrambledhenfruit said...

Lovely round-up of cookies. I try to make cookies and then promptly send them away so I won't be tempted to snack on them! I'm wanting to try the Moravian Spice Cookies. :)

Ken D Berry MD said...

The morning after all these delicious holiday cookies; you will need this delicious yet healthy breakfast smoothie. I call it "One Perfect Gulp!"

http://country-physician.blogspot.com/2010/12/tasty-healthy-quick-breakfast.html

EFT Therapy said...

This list is just great! Now I am very much confused on what to serve during the holidays.

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love round up posts! What a fantastic assortment - and what is more surprising to me is that I have never tasted most of them! I also make the lebkuchan bars (LOVE THEM)... and of course love anything ginger!
GORGEOUS!
Valerie

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