Milk and Cookies for Santa


I put some milk & cookies out for Santa in anticipation of his arrival. . .

 Thanks to our annual cookie exchange, Santa has lots of variety this year . . .

  Adorable and classic Spritz Cookies. . .

. . .or tray full of other varieties to satisfy his sweet tooth!

My vintage-inspired chalkware Santas, along with my Great Aunt’s Santa mugs & bowl made the trek to the table~

The varieties of cookies for Santa to choose from are as overwhelming for him, as they were for me, deciding on one to bake. . .

Fortunately I had some cookie inspiration from Nigella. . .

Still it was difficult to decide on one variety, so I chose two :)

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks~ a new Santa favorite~ easy and one that I’ve bookmarked to make! Recipe courtesy Whipperberry here

Jam Thumbprint Cookies, recipe courtesy Ina Garten here


And Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars~ if you don’t have this recipe committed to memory, you can find it here :)

 Thanks to everyone for baking their delicious cookies this year~ Santa is most appreciative!

 And thanks to Annie, our gracious hostess for inviting us to her beautiful home!

The winner of Nigella Christmas is Pattie at Olla-Podrida! Congratulations Pattie~ email me with your address and I’ll get your cookbook in the mail!

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 A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

  Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday~

Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday~

Vintage Inspiration Friday~

 The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

StoneGable for Christmas in July~

  47 comments for “Milk and Cookies for Santa

  1. December 19, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Lucky Santa! What a lovely table and delicious looking cookies. It made me smile to see the mugs and plates, as I have the same ones. It looks as if we’re both Fitz & Floyd fans, which reminds me that I need to get these out. Happy Holidays, Mary!

  2. December 19, 2011 at 12:45 am

    so love those mugs! Too cute.

    – The Tablescaper

  3. December 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Another pretty table Ms Mary!!!! I LOVE iced sugar cookes the most! My Daddy always wanted the spritz. I bet you had a wonderful time & thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas sweet friend. I’m so glad to have found you in blogland this year! It’s so amazing to have new friends & what a fun year we’ve had this year. HUGS!
    Charlene & Elle (She sends hugs to your girls too)

  4. December 19, 2011 at 12:57 am

    This is so cute, Mary. I think I might have some of those mugs at home, packed away someplace.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. December 19, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I’m not sure what is more enticing–the Santa collection or the cookie assortment! Great vintage Santas trekking across your table, and red velvet cookies? I will have to give those a try! Thanks for sharing! Your photos are always so beautiful!

    Merry Christmas, Miss Mary!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  6. Pondside
    December 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

    So many sweet Santas and yummy cookies! I haven’t baked even one yet – this week I’ll make the house smell good though!

  7. December 19, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Love those mugs and love those cookies! Just made my Spritz last night!! Beautiful Christmas post Mary!!

  8. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    December 19, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Lovin’ your cute Santa table Mary! All of the cookies look great, I’m very fond of spritz. Merry Christmas Week:@)

  9. December 19, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Very pretty tablescape and I love all the cute Santas. And those cookies all look so yummy. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  10. December 19, 2011 at 8:15 am

    If I had been at your house, I fear there would have been no cookies left for Santa!!! Looks Marvelous!!!!! Merry Christmas!

  11. December 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I saw some of those vintage mugs last week. I should have gotten them because they are too cute! I’m going to pose as Santa and come to your house to sample your gorgeous cookies!

  12. Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    December 19, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I am THRILLED to have won the cookbook, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thank you SO MUCH! You appear to have a no reply blogger email address so I can’t figure out how to get my contact information to you. May I ask you to email me with your email info? Thanks.

  13. Annie La Vigne
    December 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

    A very festive Second Annual Cookie Exchange. Thank you for the gorgeous fresh arrangements in the Fitz & Floyd cookie jars that are featured in your photos once again this year. Wonderful…A

  14. December 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations to Pattie. Looks like the cookie exchange was a great success. Santa should be very happy! Thanks for the links. My mouth is watering! (Love Fitz and Floyd, but you already know that … everyone already knows that!!!!!!!!!!!) Merry Christmas!

  15. December 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Magic Bars are my fall back recipe and Red Velvet Cookies would not last in my hands five minutes. Beautiful tablescape too!

  16. December 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    like looking at my childhood… i grew up with those mugs 50 plus years ago, set out for santa with spritz cookies… if only i was as tiny and small as i was back then ;-)

  17. December 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love Santas and my tree is full of them. What a wonderful collection of Santas, mugs and cookies!

    Merry Christmas to you!

  18. December 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I haven’t even started baking cookies yet…..Just returned from an emergency trip to the mainland and am still getting over jet lag.

    As usual, the subject of your post does not disappoint. Gorgeous and delicious. When I had my kitchen shop in Miami I sold Fitz & Floyd and love so much of their stuff!

    Will have to seriously look at those red velver cookies!

    Merry Christmas, Mary!

  19. December 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Goodness me so many cute Santas! Have a good Christmas and I look forward to following you in 2012.

  20. Valerie
    December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    You set an inviting table. The cookies look delicious. Merry Christmas. V

  21. December 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hope to bake cookies on Thursday. This post is full of inspiration! Gee, those little Santa mugs take me back to my childhood. I wonder if my sister rescued them from our mother’s home when she moved? Another lovely post, Mary. Thanks for sharing your Christmas baking. Holiday Hugs ~ Sarah

  22. December 20, 2011 at 4:49 am

    What a wonderful collection of Santas! I grew up with those mugs many years ago(yikes…they are now considered vintage!!!)and still love them. I also loved Jain’s remark “if only I were as tiny and small as I was back then”…I echo that remark.
    Very fun post!

  23. December 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    If Santa doesn’t eat all those cookies, I’ll be happy to help!

  24. December 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Lucky Santa! Everything looked so festive. I might give the red velvet cookies a try. Thanks!

  25. December 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Such a beautiful table setting. And the cookies look good! Merry Christmas!~Ames

  26. JDaniel4's Mom
    December 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Santa must love visiting your house.

  27. December 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Love this table with the Santa plates and cute little mugs. The cookies all look delicious! Merry Christmas!

  28. FABBY
    December 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I’m loving your Santa tablescape, everything is adorable, like your plates and mugs. Visiting you from TT at Susan’s. Like those cookies too! Very Merry Christmas.

  29. December 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    If I wake up Christmas morning and find there are no presents under my tree, I will know it’s because Santa stopped at your house first!!! :-) Beautiful cookies presented on a beautiful table! I used to know how to make spritz cookies, but I haven’t tried in so long and no longer have the apparatus. That used to be so much fun! If I pick that back up again, though, I will rival Santa for tipping that scale! :-) Have a wonderful, safe, and loving Christmas!

  30. December 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    One of the very best gifts I have received is YOU, Mary! I am so grateful that found your blog and continue to get excited EVERY time I see a new post! I love the F and F Santa plates and all of your Santa figurines are fabulous!!!! You know I appreciate them since I collect Santas! Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases and blessings in the new year!!!! XO, Pinky

  31. December 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    So pretty.. love the santa plates.. and the delicious looking cookies.. oh my to be Santa! This is fabulous.. Merry Christmas, xo marlis

  32. December 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Cookie party on the boat. Save some red velvet cookies for me. Looks fun. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

  33. Tess
    December 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Adorable table!! Looks like the cookie elves were busy!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  34. Upinthecosmos
    December 22, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Those Santa mugs & plates are adorable & the cookies sound awesome!

  35. Riet
    December 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I love love your santa’a and all your cookies make my mouth water

  36. December 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, my goodness! Santie is going to be in sugar overload! I love your sweet table and those little tiny Santie mugs are darling as well as your pretty vintage Santies! Your table is marvelous.
    Be a sweetie and Merry Christmas,
    Shelia ;)

  37. December 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Cute table…love the Santa mugs. Great looking cookies…
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mary!

  38. December 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I adore all the Santas on your table! I’ve always wanted to host a cookie exchange. . .maybe next year.

    Merry Christmas,

  39. December 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Very fun. With all those cookies, Santa won’t be able to get back up the chimney…but then, wait! You don’t have a chimney on the boat, do you?! Merry Christmas!

  40. December 23, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Those cookies look very tempting! Enjoy your celebration!

  41. December 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I love it all, but especially Santa on the donkey.


  42. December 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    This is wonderful, love all the vintage Santa goodies! thanks so much for sharing the fun! Merry Christmas, xo

  43. December 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  44. January 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Heck with Santa! I want to have those cookies and milk!


    What a beautiful and delicious post…in all ways!

    Sending you warm wishes for a 2012 filled with creativity, joy and peace!

    Hugs and A+

  45. July 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

    The little ones in my family would love this…

  46. July 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Came over from Y’s blog hop to say HI again. This is such a cute table and since I haven’t had breakfast yet it is making me HUNGRY!!!! XO, Pinky

  47. glendachilders
    July 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Santa must have loved that beautiful tray of goodies.

    Hopping over from the Christmas in July blog hop – #57.


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