Friday Fun…Name Your Cookie!!!

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Friday Fun…Name Your Cookie!!!


Ohh…I love this time of year and one tradition that Larry and I both love…baking (and eating) Christmas cookies!!! 


This week I made 2 dozen small Holiday Carrot-Raisin cakes that I’ve given out for over 30 years. When I began making them, they didn’t even have Cuisinarts so I had to shred the carrots using a cheese grater!



I know many of you don’t bake (yes, you Nina Hollander, Broker!!!) but I ask you..what is your favorite Christmas cookie(s)?


Me? I absolutely love Spritz cookies, Iced Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies,  and Mexican Wedding Cookies. 


As a kid, I left out a plate of cookies for Santa along with a calendar with my birthday circled on it. I have no idea why I did that but…I did. 



In Delray Beach, a group of us had a cookie exchange party at the beginning of December. Two rules…they had to be homemade and NO chocolate chip cookies. One year, and I’m not kidding, we must have all been drunk when we made our batches because all of the different cookies were just awful!!!


Want to know what the Top Christmas Cookies are in your state??   (in Texas, it’s the classic sugar cookie!)

Or…how about the history and culture of the Christmas cookie? 

Want some Christmas Cookie Recipe ideas??  Here are the 100 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes from the Food Network.


So come on…let us know what your favorite Christmas cookie is and share a photo of cookies you’ve made if you want!


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Comments (25)

Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

The baking skills skipped my generation but lucking my mother and daughters partake.  Last night, we were treated to "snow balls"...  historically known as rum balls but somewhere along the way the rum disappeared (hmmm.... I need to go find that!). 

Dec 16, 2022 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Brenda Mayette I remember having rum balls years ago!!! I may have to try making them. 

Dec 16, 2022 06:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I use to make Mexican wedding cakes but it's not my kids favorites so I've dropped making those. Growing up we did the Spritz cookies which I loved but the kids just can't get into them. We always do sugar cookies and let the kids decorate them!

Dec 16, 2022 05:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX the Mexican wedding cookies and spritz cookies are our favorites. It's funny how the different generations like different cookies (and desserts.)

Dec 16, 2022 06:58 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - as for baking cookies, not so much (as in not at all, for me) but when it comes to choosing a favorite.  I say "yes, please" or "more".   Why choose a favorite.  I ask again.  Why indeed???

Dec 16, 2022 05:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Michael Jacobs I agree...why choose a favorite! I do love sugar cookies with icing  but I get bored putting the icing on. 

Dec 16, 2022 06:59 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I rarely make Christmas cookies, but now you have me thinking about them.

Dec 16, 2022 06:20 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox Hope you'll make really gets you in the spirit. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:00 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Every year my friends would have a Christmas Cookie Party and it could not be store bought. The one person that did bring something from the grocery store brought chocolate chip!

Dec 16, 2022 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 oh no!!  In our cookie exchange group, you had to make the cookies!  Nothing purchased. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:20 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy I like spritz cookies.  We are a little behind on things this year.  Phyllis would participate in these every year.

Dec 16, 2022 06:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Grant Schneider We're running behind too. I love spritz cookies with coffee. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:21 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love the Christmas snickerdoodle for my home state of MD. Pretty and delicious... and I'm thinking maybe you circled your birthday hoping Santa would make a return visit that day lol! 

Dec 16, 2022 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe you're right!!! I'm sure that's why I did it. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:21 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I do not love baking, but I will put myself in the category of those who love

Dec 16, 2022 07:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty LOL that's ok. I'm sure bakers love it when people like to eat what they bake. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:22 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yum, yummy. Kathy Streib. I can taste your cookies right now. I love eating them this time of year, but I don't need to put on any more weight. I used to bake years ago when our daughter was growing up. My favorite are oatmeal cookies with raisins. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Jerry Newman i love oatmeal raisin cookies too and I may make some after the holidays. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:23 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and you and Larry did a great job with the cookies.  I am down to the last 30 cookie tines for my past clients to bake tomorrow and deliver on Sunday!


Dec 16, 2022 07:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Good grief Will Hamm I don't make that many!!! I did 21 mini carrot cakes this week and I thought that was a lot. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:25 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy mine are rum ball cookies.  My wife makes fudge for Christmas and gives it to family and friends.  The list of who she gives it to keeps on getting longer and longer, because more people ask for it, and the kids of families she gives it to, ask for their own when they get to be older and go away to college.

Dec 16, 2022 09:02 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I'll bet her fudge is really good!!!  I'm making it tomorrow but it's a pretty easy version. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:27 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Don't know if I will do any baking this year.  Dietary restrictions in my family have made it difficult.  I used to buy a box from my favorite bakery, but they closed down too.  Maybe I'll make some tea cakes, they don't have too much sugar in them.

Dec 16, 2022 12:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Tammy Lankford, we give so many of them away because that way it spreads the calories and sugar. LOL  

Dec 16, 2022 07:30 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I looked at the link for Mexican Wedding Cookies, which is my family's favorite.  My mother-in-law made them at Xmas.  She called them Italian Christmas cookies.  But I think it was a similar recipe.  I lost the recipe, so I might check this one out!  

Dec 16, 2022 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Larry  calls them Four O'Clocks!  I've heard them called another name but can't remember what. Give the recipe a try and if that doesn't work, text me and I'll shoot you the recipe I use. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:31 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

We love giving out cookies every year but this year we're not making any.  Bakery all the way so pics from me today.  But ohhhhh man they are good.  I typically don't like cookies much but there is one with coconut and a hint of dark chocolate....OMG that is too good.  Coconut is good for  you, right Kathy!!

Dec 16, 2022 01:44 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker I read a study several years ago about coconut and it being beneficial for the brain. I'm learning to like coconut!!!  However if you put dark chocolate with it..hey !!!

Dec 16, 2022 07:34 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

LOL I knew the dark chocolate would make you a fan!!!

Dec 16, 2022 08:16 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE a good cookie just like the next guy, and I LOVE a beautifully presented, colorful plate of Christmas cookies. However, baking cookies at Christmas time just isn't a tradition in my family. 

One year I remember making an assortment of cookies for a Christmas Eve I was hosting and I tried several new recipes...all turned out delicious and I've saved the recipes. But I have yet to ever make any of them again. HaHa.

I think all the work and expense and the fact they just aren't good for you (especially when you have a large quantity for so few people that gather in my family) it just isn't a priority.


Dec 16, 2022 03:04 PM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I think I love giving them out to friends and family more than I do eating them!  A few and I'm done. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:36 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have never refused any type of chocolate chip cookie and if none are available just try the rest to find one I don't like

Dec 16, 2022 03:34 PM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva I love a good homemade chocolate chip cookie!!! Are you the cookie monster??

Dec 16, 2022 07:40 PM
Ed Silva

Kathy Streib   I'm not a cookie monster but I do have a part time gig delivering goods on Dec 24. Often there are cookie snacks left out for me and that is my downfall, Hoo. Hoo, Hoo

Dec 17, 2022 05:14 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those cookies look scrumptious, Kathy.  I like most any kind of cookie.  I haven't met one I didn't like.

Dec 16, 2022 05:14 PM
Kathy Streib

LOL Myrl Jeffcoat I love almost any cookie that's homemade!

Dec 16, 2022 07:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 16, 2022 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat appreciate it. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:42 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank so much for sharing this post, I learned a lot Kathy 🎅

Dec 16, 2022 10:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a tasty post for the holidays!

It seems the Classic Peanut Butter Blossom cookies are a favorite of a number of states, including CA and FL!

My favorite are the German Honey Lebkuchen we make every year at Thanksgiving as a family - we still have part of a canister of them at our house - saving them for Christmas weekend!


Dec 18, 2022 12:36 PM