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Time for Christmas Cookies!

Tracy Byrne

Time for Christmas Cookies! | Cookie Tray 2015 | Pale Yellow

By Christmas cookie, I mean anything that can be served individually.  It's all about the cookie (treat) tray.  When I think of a well round Christmas cookie tray there are several flavors/textures I want to include: peppermint, gingerbread, orange or cranberry, eggnog, nutty, sugar cookies, and something chocolate.  Obviously I think about this a lot, there are many lists!  Above is 2015 cookie tray and at the bottom is the cookie tray from 2014.  I've been making Christmas cookie trays for at least 10 years.  The goal is to create a tray that is colorful and diverse in flavors and textures.  Here are some recipes to get your brains thinking!

Time for Christmas Cookies| Peppermint Blossoms | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Molassess Crinkles | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Shortbreads | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Tangerine and Cranberry Cookies | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Eggnog Shortbreads | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Sprinkle Sugar Cookies | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Slovak Crescent Cookies | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Red Velvet Blossoms | Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies| Boozy Eggnog| Pale Yellow
Time for Christmas Cookies! | Cookie Tray 2014 | Pale Yellow

P.S. - Here are some I'm considering for this year's tray!

Time for Christmas Baking

Tracy Byrne

Christmas Baking 2013 | Pale YellowHere is a look back at some goodies from last Christmas, it's time to start baking!

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow1. Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes - Using Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joes instead of Oreos make these cupcakes festive, delicious, and different.  Also posted one year ago!

Rainbow Cookies {updated} // Pale Yellow2. Rainbow Cookies or 7-Layer Cookies - An Italian/New York classic made by a mid-west transplant! Light, almondy, and moist because of the jelly between each layer.  One batch is a lot of work, but it makes about 7-8 dozen cookies

Pecan Bark // Pale Yellow3. Pecan Bark - My mom's recipe; her little twist on the classic saltine toffee.

Sugar Cookie Wreaths // Pale Yellow4. Decorate Wreath and Tree Sugar Cookies - Love the green color and the simplicity of the wreathes.  These cookies show a rare occurrence in my kitchen - restraint; simple is best.

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow5. Candy Cane Cheesecakes - Rich and creamy cheesecake flavored with peppermint and candy canes with an oreo crust; a delightful holiday treat.

Pumpkin Truffles // Pale Yellow6. Pumpkin Truffles - These are probably one of my favorites!  Pumpkin bread mixed with cream cheese and dipped in white chocolate, yummy.

Peppermint Blossoms // Pale Yellow7. Peppermint Blossoms - A simple twist on a classic cookie: chocolate cookies instead of peanut butter and peppermint kisses instead of chocolate.  Beautiful and festive.

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Santas // Pale Yellow8. Chocolate Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing - The Santas made from ice cream cones are totally adorable and there are also a few candy canes thrown in.  Chocolate sugar cookies make a great canvas.

And here are some more goodies!

Candy Cane Truffles // Pale YellowCandy Cane Truffles - Clearly peppermint and chocolate are the best and I love the combination!  I've made these treats for several years and they are always a hit.

Stained Glass Sugar Cookies | Pale YellowStained Glass Sugar Cookies - These go back to the early days of the blog, improvements noted.  Still a great cookie that looks lovely on a cookie platter.

Gingerbread Snowflakes // Pale YellowGingerbread Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing - Here are some soft gingerbread cookies.  A few simple decorations make these cookies fancy and special.

Eggnog Cookies // Pale Yellow Eggnog Cookies - I love eggnog and although the weaving part was too much work, the plain cookies were simple, little morsels of goodness.

Gingerbread Cupcakes // Pale YellowGingerbread Cupcakes - Tender, moist nuggets of gingerbread flavor with a simple frosting.  A great alternative to cookies for your holiday dessert table.

Red Velvet Cupcakes // Pale YellowRed Velvet Cupcakes - Red velvet cupcakes aren't necessarily Christmas, but their festive color make them perfect for the holidays!

It's time to start Christmas baking!  What are you making this year?