Advent Calendar 2010: December 8 – Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Did your family or ancestors make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?

I wasn’t going to bake cookies this year, but the sentimental side of me could not resist! I made the Christmas cut-outs as noted below but also made an old favorite Hershey “Kiss Cookies” and two new cookies, “Candy Cane Blossoms (found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette online edition food section) and Lemon Ricotta cookies (found on

[This following post is excerpted from a previous blog post from December 2006]

One of my favorite traditions is baking Christmas cut-out cookies, using a recipe that my dad’s sister Betty (Auntie B as I called her) used and passed down to us. Ever since I was a young girl I have looked forward to this tradition every year. I have many fond memories of baking these cookies, especially with my “Auntie” – my father’s other sister (Sr. Camilla) when she came home to Pittsburgh from Texas during the holidays. Here are a few photos of one of our baking sessions during Christmas 1972. I still have the same cookie cutter too! Great memories!

I included this recipe in the GeneaBloggers Holiday Cookbook 2009, and it is also available in my book, Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions. You can also link to it at my December 20, 2006 post.

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