Christmas Cookies and Cake


'Tis the season to bake! I collect recipes all year, just waiting until it's time to bake for the holidays.

Each year I try new recipes, except that I always do make a traditional frosted sugar cookie. The shape and color frosting on the sugar cookies is different each year however.

The criteria for selection is, of course, appearance and taste first and foremost, but I also try to choose cookies that have a decent shelf life and travel well since we send them to friends and relatives far and near.  (Other than the jam thumbprints, all the cookies will last in an airtight container for several days.)

So here are the recipes I chose for this year's cookies, along with my piece de resistance, a beautiful snow-covered cake.  And yes, the recipes all call for real butter, sugar and flour, along with our fresh eggs.  I don't cut corners when it comes to baking. It's the real thing or nothing. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Egg Nog Cookies

Lemon Wreath Cookies

Raspberry and Mint Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Traditional Shortbread

Gingerbread Molasses Cookies

Snowflake Sugar Cookies
Decoration Inspiration

And finally, my piece de resistance, a snow-covered vanilla cake.  I added 1 Cup of sour cream to a boxed vanilla cake mix and replaced 2 teaspoons of the water with vanilla extract and baked according to the box instructions.

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Everything looks wonderful! Merry Christmas!

  2. Lovely!!! Merry Christmas Lisa!!!

  3. So pretty!

  4. Oh, Lisa! These are absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing the recipes on Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. Oh my goodness so much yummy in one place. So happy you had a delicious holiday. thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  6. Hi Lisa,

    Everything looks so delicious! I'm co-hosting this week with Katherine at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will stop by for a visit. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  7. Everything TASTED AMAZING! See you soon!

  8. That bundt tree cake is simply amazing! I will definitely be searching that one out!

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying the beginnings of 2013!!!