Cookies for Santa

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

santa-cookies

When Mini SGCC was a little girl, there was one Christmas Eve ritual that we never missed.  We would always bake one special kind of cookie for Santa Claus to enjoy as a snack when he stopped by our house during the night.   We had a special plate designated just for him and would leave the cookies on it, along with a glass of milk, under our tree before we went to bed.   We figured that with all of that racing around on his sleigh and heavy lifting all night long, he could probably use a little sugar rush by the time he got to our house.  After all, Santa is no spring chicken anymore!

On Christmas morning,  Mini SGCC would rush out to see if the cookies were gone, thus verifying that Santa had indeed been there.  I remember one year we forgot to take the cookies off of the plate.  Mini SGCC was a little upset.  She assumed that Santa didn’t “eat” them because he didn’t like them.  After that, we were never allowed to make that same cookie for Santa again.

I’m not sure where the tradition of baking Christmas cookies began.  Some say that their history can be traced back to medieval times in Europe.  Whenever and wherever the practice originated,  baking Christmas cookies has become a cherished holiday tradition for families in just about every corner of the world.  It’s a lucky thing for Santa too.  He must make out like a bandit!  Winking smile  

Xmas-Card-Photo-2002

In the aftermath of Mini SGCC’s accident, there hasn’t been much opportunity for cookie baking.  Too many doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions and other running around have gotten in the way.  I have been able to make a few bathes of cookies, here and there, but not nearly what I usually do.  I’ve also had to pack up most of my makeshift photography studio for the time being.  Bella has been banished to my bedroom so that she doesn’t accidentally knock Mini SGCC down.  So, the cameras, lights and fragile props had to be moved to higher ground.   It’s definitely not an ideal situation for a food blogger!

Fortunately, I have some great Christmas cookie ideas from the SGCC archives to share.  I hope that you enjoy them and are inspired to go forth and bake!   I also hope that I’ll be back soon with some new recipes to share.

linzers

 

doublechocopeppermint1

 

cherry-almond-biscotti-7

 

WorldPeacecookies

 

thumbprints2

 

rugelach

 

sugarcookies

 

caramel-crunch-bars

 

sables

rhubarb-crumb-bars

16 responses to Cookies for Santa

  1. On December 21, 2011 at 7:04pm, Kathy said...

    Thanks for posting Susan… she is adorable and I hope on the road to recovery… seems like it may be longer than expected, so sorry! BTW the cookies looked great and I bet even better to eat!

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:27am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Kathy! We’re getting there. :)

  2. On December 22, 2011 at 12:01am, Katrina said...

    Yum! Santa is lucky this year! So many yummy recipes to choose from :)

  3. On December 22, 2011 at 1:28am, Rosa said...

    What a great array of cookies! They all look fabulous.

    As a child, I also used to leave cookies and a glass of sherry for Santa…

    Happy Holidays!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:35am, Susan said...

      Sherry? Hope Santa wasn’t too drunk to drive his sleigh! Lol! ;)

  4. On December 22, 2011 at 10:55am, Emily said...

    Wishing you and your family much health and happiness for 2012!

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:35am, Susan said...

      Same to you, Emily! :)

  5. On December 22, 2011 at 3:42pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I would not waste a single one of those beautiful cookies on Santa! He’s already overweight. Send them over here!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:36am, Susan said...

      Hehehe! Agreed! :D

  6. On December 22, 2011 at 4:52pm, Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

    I can’t even choose my favorite, they all look so good!!

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:36am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Lori! :)

  7. On December 22, 2011 at 11:33pm, Jill Mant (SaucyCooks) said...

    Ok, so if you see a blonde woman coming down your chimney Saturday night, it was only to grab the cookies! These look amazing!

    • On December 23, 2011 at 10:37am, Susan said...

      Bwuahahahaha! Thanks! :D

  8. On December 23, 2011 at 10:53am, LizA said...

    We’ve done the same with our kids, but now that they are teenagers, the mystery and glee that is childhood has gone. I miss that part.

    I’m glad to hear the healing continues. A better and blessed New Year to you and your family. There will be time for cookies and blogging when all is well again. :)

  9. On December 26, 2011 at 9:39am, Susan said...

    Congratulations on being chosen as one of PBS’s best 11 food blogs for 2011. How great1

  10. On January 04, 2012 at 5:11pm, The Food Hunter said...

    any chance you can send me one of each :-)

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