A Christmas Cookie Making Tradition Continues

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I’m Thankful for our Christmas Cookie Tradition


My wife and I have a long-standing cookie-making tradition. In many years we made them all in one day, but often when visiting the grandkids, etc. we stretch it out to 2 days.


I learned about my wife’s German family cookie making, a tradition for generations (Honey Lebkuchen), when she and I first started dating, then lived together in Ohio where I was in grad school and she was at Proctor and Gamble. The cookie making is at Thanksgiving, and depending on the size of the cookies, you end up with around 15 dozen or so - this year we made 197 cookies.


We’ve made these cookies every single year since we started dating, about 40 years – that’s a lot of cookies with 15 dozen or so per batch. And part of the fun of making these cookies, in addition to eating them, is sharing with other family members and friends.


It’s quite a process and takes a bit of effort. I always mix the batter, prepared a day or two before making the cookies. Have you ever tried to stir in 15 cups of flour into a sticky honey/brown and granulated sugar/butter mixture? I have broken 2 wooden spoons in the past. It's definitely a workout for my right arm and shoulder.


An Aerial View of Round 2 of our Cookie Making Today

Honey Lebkuchen 2019


Once rolled out (my wife likes doing this) the dough is traditionally cut into diamond shapes. But when grandkids are involved some of the tradition goes out the window since they like using varied cookie cutter shapes. Each cookie gets 1 blanched almond before baking, and once cooked they are coated with a glaze of powdered sugar, milk, and lemon extract.


The cookies are kept in tins for a few weeks to season and soften – the cardamom, citron, and honey add a special flavor over time – but naturally no one wants to wait too long before testing them.


This year we made round 1 (80 cookies) with the grandkids at our home the day after Thanksgiving; my wife and I finished up round 2 (117) today.


We have a few other holiday traditions but this is one I particularly like due to family involvement, and creating something to share with family and friends. Since our kids grew up and left we sometimes also have friends over to make them (it’s a lot of work for 2 people!).


I can’t imagine a Thanksgiving or Christmas without this long-standing and tasty family tradition.


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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
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This is so sweet.  Your children hopefully will carry this on.  I can see where it would be a tradition that would outlast time.

Dec 01, 2019 05:26 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

I love your family tradition......40 years strong! I'm sure they are delicious and well worth the wait.

Dec 01, 2019 05:50 PM #2
Lisa Weiler
PM LLC - Los Angeles, CA
Interior Design Expert & Home Stager

That sounds like an amazing Christmas tradition.

Dec 01, 2019 06:12 PM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jeff What a wonderful holiday tradition.  May it continue for many years to come. I used to  make chocolate chip from scratch and it is a chore to mix it but so good. 

Dec 01, 2019 06:28 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jeff- I'm a big lover of traditions, especially one like yours. I used to attend a Christmas cookie exchange in Delray and had to make about 14 dozen cookies so I feel for you! 

Dec 01, 2019 07:41 PM #5
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Jeff,  Thanks for sharing this great family tradition.  It is interesting to see how two people come together and bring their family traditions.  Then some are adapted to make your own.

Dec 01, 2019 07:55 PM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Rose Mary Justice 

Not sure my kids are going to carry on the tradition on their own, although this was the 5th year we have made cookies together with them, but a number of others in the family make them. It's been fun to do, and to see who else in the family is participating.


Dec 01, 2019 08:30 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff that sounds like not only a very special tradition, but also a very tasty one 

Dec 01, 2019 09:55 PM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Jeff Dowler, CRS wow.... that's physical labor! good workout though..... I love holiday traditions....and I make braided rolls in mega amounts for friends and family....  yours is much more difficult!!

Dec 02, 2019 02:47 AM #9
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Wow Jeff Dowler, CRS your right arm must look like Popeye the Sailor man.....lol

Kudos on the 40 years of cookie making....

Dec 02, 2019 02:54 AM #10
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Jeff,

Sounds delicious! What do you think of Levain cookies in NYC. My friend from California begged that we took her there when she visited last year. I did not make it but she did. Wondering why it is popular. The shop makes the biggest and divine cookies, according to her.

Dec 02, 2019 03:32 AM #11
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. The cookie making tradition is on hiatus in our house. The grandson is allergic to eggs and very allergic to nuts of any kind. Enjoy your day!

Dec 02, 2019 04:32 AM #12
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I'm always impressed by anyone who does all that cookie baking during the holiday season, Jeff. If there's one thing I don't ever do it's bake cookies. I've yet to successfully make one! Gave up years ago.

Dec 02, 2019 05:54 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Mom used to bake cookies each year and they were always so delicious, there must have been 10-15 different types.

Dec 02, 2019 06:46 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

I never expected that this tradition would continue every year, but it's been great fun and they are really good cookies!


Dec 03, 2019 12:02 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lisa Weiler  - it's a bit of work but lots of fun, especially when you get others...in particular kids...involved.


Dec 03, 2019 12:03 PM #16
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