I have a fettish for Christmas cookie cookbooks and magazines. I might have mentioned that before in our favorite cookie recipes post. I just love staring at all the pictures with my kids and picking few new recipes to try as we celebrate Christmas. Really? I just love Christmas baking. I get the itch to start baking on Thanksgiving afternoon!
Just typing up this post is making me want to go start baking again!
Aside from the joys of eating cookies during the holidays, spending time together with your kids actually baking cookies, and teaching them to read recipes and check for doneness and clean up the mess together is precious family time your kids will love.
Here are some ways you can use Christmas cookie cookbooks to make memories!
- Host a cookie exchange. Pick one cookbook, and have each person choose one recipe from the book to make for the cookie exchange. Everyone makes four dozen, and everyone takes home four dozen different cookies! What could be more fun?
- Go through the book of your choice with your kids and have each of them pick a new recipe to try.
- Take a plateful of cookies to each of your neighbors and friends with a little note of blessing.
- Buy little treat bags or cute Christmas plates, and hand out homemade cookies to Sunday School teachers, school teachers, piano teachers, and coaches.
I’m pretty excited about this list of Christmas Cookie Cookbooks, partly because I am sharing a few of our favorites and partly because a few of these are on my wish list!
Taste of Home Ultimate Cookie Swap – This magazine is one of our favorites and their cookbooks stay on our shelves long term! This is where my favorite sugar cookie recipe ever came from!
Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies – My red checked Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook is my standard for all things in the kitchen, and everything we make we love.
Just in case you want to read to your kids about making cookies before you make them, this fun cookie story book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a great way to do just that!