Baking Spirits Bright: Holiday Baking Recipes

Find 20+ recipes to bake your spirits bright and make your holidays extra sweet! Additionally you’ll find some easy no-bake treats and food gift ideas too.

Find 20+ recipes to bake your spirits bright and make your holidays extra sweet! Additionally you'll find easy, no-bake treats for bars, snack mix and cocoa mix too. #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

Whooooo’s ready for some holiday treats to bake and give?

Easy Owl Cookies, a hoot to make! | © #cookies #recipes

There’s nothing like the aroma of sugar, vanilla and orange zest wafting in the air to put you in the Christmas spirit so I’m sharing a round up of goodies to sweeten your December! Whether you’re looking for a treat to enjoy, fill up a cookie tin or a special loaf to share with neighbors or loved ones, you’ll find something to satisfy their sweet tooth, including some easy no-bake treats!

Click on the links in red for the complete recipe. You’ll find the baking giveaway details at the bottom of this post.

These Melted Snowmen are fun to 'build'! Start with your favorite cookie as a base. Add melted white chocolate chips for 'snow'. Peanut butter cups provide the snowman's hat with mini chocolate chips eyes and an orange sprinkle for a carrot nose! #christmas #cookie #snowman

Melted Snowmen Cookies

These Melted Snowmen Cookies are fun to ‘build’! Start with your favorite cookie as a base. Add melted white chocolate chips or almond bark for ‘snow’. Mini peanut butter cups provide a snowman top hat with mini chocolate chips eyes and an orange sprinkle for a carrot nose!

Christmas Wreath Macaroons | © #Christmas cookies #recipes #glutenfree

Christmas Wreath Macaroons

Christmas Wreath Macaroons are as fun to decorate as they are to eat!

Only four ingredients plus sprinkles for this recipe.

Like all macaroons, as they’re flourless, they’re gluten-free.

Chewy, Chunky, Sweet + Salty Smorgasbord Cookies | © cookies #recipes

Chewy, Chunky, Sweet & Salty Smorgasbord Cookies

The ultimate chewy, chocolate chip cookies, packed

with sweet and salty mix-ins for a smorgasbord of flavor!

Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies | © #christmas #cookies #redvelvet

Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy and festive Christmas cookie that uses a short cut!

Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints | © #cookies #recipes

Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints

Red Velvet = Christmas to me! These festive red velvet cookies are infused

with a burst of peppermint flavor and white chocolate centers.

Bourbon-Pecan-Gingerbread Cookies for Santa | © #cookies #recipes #bourbon

Bourbon-Pecan-Gingerbread Cookies

These spirited cookies combine the flavor of gingerbread and bourbon

in a fluffy muffin like texture. Make the dough ahead and chill 4 up to 12 hours.

Easy Owl Cookies, a hoot to make! | © #cookies #recipes

These Easy Owl Cookies are a hoot to make!

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make a parliament of owls!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies | © #cookies #recipes

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

White chocolate, dried cranberries, pecans and oats make this a satisfying and delicious cookie

to add to your holiday baking! Drizzle with additional melted white chocolate if desired.

Nigella Lawson's Christmas Chocolate Cookies | © #christmas #cookies #recipes

Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Chocolate Cookies

These chocolate shortbread cookies have a chocolate glaze with with decorative sprinkles.

They’re easy to whip up or in Nigella-speak, a “doddle” to make. :)

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread | © #apple #bread #recipes

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread

A reader favorite recipe and a delicious to enjoy or give for the holidays!

Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Loaves | © #recipes #foodgift #christmas #baking

Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Loaves

The red and green from the cranberries and pistachios make these mini loaves of bread merry and bright,

as well as sweet, tart and nutty. A perfect little loaf to give or enjoy for the holidays!

Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze | © #recipes #foodgift #christmas #baking

Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze

Welcome cranberry season with Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Glaze.

The crunchy streusel topping and orange glaze makes this quick bread a moist

and flavorful treat anytime you slice it!

And some no bake treats. . .

No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs | © #cookies #nobake #recipes

No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs

 I made countless dozens of these cookies in my former life and they are always a crowd-pleaser!

They can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to gift and serve.

An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars | © #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

An Easy No-Bake Treat: Christmas Peanut Butter Bars

An easy, no-bake treat that is both naughty and nice!

Nice, since they’re so easy to make and naughty, because they too hard to resist!

Easy Christmas Santa and Snowman Bark | © #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Easy Christmas Santa and Snowman Bark

This easy no-bake treat comes together in under an hour to enjoy,

gift and share with friends and family.

Reindeer Corn Snack Mix | © #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Reindeer Corn Snack Mix

An easy, no-bake treat that’s perfect for last-minute gift giving and holiday snacking!

You can whip up a batch in about 20 minutes, almost as fast as you can say

“On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen . . .”!

Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters | © #christmas #easy #nobake #recipes

Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

An easy sweet treat that’s no-bake and comes together in 5 minutes!

Perfect for sharing with neighbors, teachers, friends and gifting for the holidays.

Pecan Bourbon Balls | © #christmas #nobake #recipes

Pecan Bourbon Balls

An easy no-bake Southern treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or for Christmas gift giving!

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix | © #christmas #nobake #recipes #foodgift

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix

Quick and easy for seasonal sipping and ideal for gift giving!

 Homemade Vanilla Extract | © #christmas #recipes #foodgift

 Homemade Vanilla Extract!

It comes together in five minutes and is ready to use in two months, improving as it ages.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

‘Tis the season to bake and give and I’m sharing some Christmas baking love with a giveaway!

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

One baker will receive Santa oven mitts, a set of Santa paper loaf pans for baking and gifting, Rae Dunn Ho Ho Ho spatula set and Christmas sanding sugar.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

A second and third baker will receive a Christmas truck with tree spatula and cookie cutter, set of paper loaf baking pans, Believe in the Magic of Christmas kitchen towel and holiday sprinkles.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

A fourth baker will receive Rae Dunn Fa La La spatula set, decorative sprinkles, paper baking/snack cups, and a red metal 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

A fifth baker will receive Ralph Lauren oven mitts, a plaid handle whisk set, plaid and check paper baking/snack cups, decorative sprinkles and buffalo check mitten spatula.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

A sixth baker will receive a pair of Christmas kitchen towels, tartan plaid mitten spatula, a 10-piece set of cookie cutters, red baker’s twine and sanding sugar.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

A seventh baker a holly oven mitt set, paper loaf baking pans, Merry, Cheer & Believe spatula set, baker’s twine and sparkling sugar.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

An eighth baker will receive sparkling sugar, a 3-piece cookie press set, a 4-piece mini spatula set, snowflake paper loaf baking pans and a Santa baker Christmas ornament.

Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway | © #christmas #holiday #baking #giveaway

And last but not least, Lola and Sophie wanted join in the fun and share a Cookies for Santa Dog Toy and their favorite Sweet Potato Dog Treats with one lucky pup!

Lola and Sophie | © #dogs #christmas #bichonfrise

To enter this giveaway and chance to win and bake your spirits bright:

🎄 Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas cookie or recipe to bake for the holiday season.

🎄 Subscribe by email and let me know by comment. Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

🎄 For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post and leave an additional comment telling me so.

(The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo.)

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight December 8th.

Note: Your email address is never shared and used only to contact you if you are a winner. I recently had two winners I was unable to contact. Make sure you’re providing your current email address in the comment field so I can get in touch with you.


Find 20+ recipes to bake your spirits bright and make your holidays extra sweet! Additionally you'll find easy, no-bake treats for bars, snack mix and cocoa mix too. #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts
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 🎄Happy Baking!

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  135 comments for “Baking Spirits Bright: Holiday Baking Recipes

  1. Ellen
    November 29, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Thank you!! I’m adding some of these to my recipe file!!

    • Jolene M
      November 29, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks for the delicious recipes. I will definitely try the Christmas wreath macaroons. One of my favorite things to bake during the holidays is a chocolate covered cherry cake. It reminds me of the chocolate covered cherries my mom would buy during Christmas.

  2. November 29, 2021 at 6:26 am

    My favorite thing to bake is my Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread…I bake a loaf for everyone of our children’s households…along with numerous cookies and fudge…peanut butter fudge is their favorite…and I am a subscriber.

  3. November 29, 2021 at 6:28 am

    I pinned the Baking Spirits Bright Giveaway collage…GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

  4. Debbie J
    November 29, 2021 at 6:38 am

    This really gets me in the holiday baking mood! What a generous giveaway! My favorite cookie for holiday baking is “ Santa’s Whiskers”. I got this recipe years ago at a Cookie swap. It’s a shortbread type with red and green candied cherries and pecans, rolled in coconut (whiskers). I’m a long time subscriber. Merry Christmas Mary!

  5. Debbie J
    November 29, 2021 at 6:39 am

    I’ve pinned several of these – red velvet peppermint, gingerbread bourbon and the smorgasbord cookies are just a few. Thanks again!

  6. Kathryn Larson
    November 29, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Thank you for these recipes…I’ve pinned several to try this season. My plan is to make lots of cookies and then do small bags that I will donate to Feed thy Neighbor, where I volunteer by cooking, to give out to the homeless and those who need food.

  7. Robyn Smith
    November 29, 2021 at 6:50 am

    I’m not much of a cook or baker but I have tried several of your recipes with my grandkids. They got very creative with your spider cookies. I think for Christmas we’ll make the melted snowmen cookies and see where they take those.
    I really enjoy your blog.
    Merry Christmas

  8. Robyn Smith
    November 29, 2021 at 6:54 am

    I pinned several of your recipes. I think I’ll make the dark chocolate nut clusters for gifts

  9. MrsSW
    November 29, 2021 at 7:00 am

    After 60 years of baking Christmas Treats my favorite is Toll House Chocolate Chip.
    Thank you for sponsoring this generous give-away, Mary.


  10. Denise Jarrell
    November 29, 2021 at 7:04 am

    What a fabulous give away…really gets me in the mood to bake! Thank -you! I pinned the give away picture and have been a subscriber for a long time. I love your website! I love making bourbon balls and old fashioned Christmas wreaths using cornflakes and marshmallow.

  11. MrsSW
    November 29, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Pinned: Owl Cookies – so cute – and the Chocolate Nut Clusters.

  12. Teresa Cline
    November 29, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Oh what feast for the eyes and tummy and I’m craving a slice of your Cranberry-Orange-Pistachio Bread this morning! My favorite treat to bake and give year round is 7 Layer Cookie Bars. They’re easy and loved by everyone and you can put a Christmas spin on them by adding red and green M&Ms to the layers. Thank you for your generosity and a chance to win. Your post puts me in the Christmas spirit and I’m ready to crank up the Christmas music and ready to bake! Teresa

  13. Teresa Cline
    November 29, 2021 at 7:25 am

    I’m a long time follower and pinned your Pecan Bourbon Balls and Reindeer Corn Snack Mix to my ‘Food Gifts’ Board. Thank you again! Teresa

    • Debra Bartels
      November 29, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Fruit cake that I learned to bake from my mom is my favorite Christmas recipe. I mix it in and old tin wash tub that belong to my grandmother. The recipe makes three cakes so I’ll be gifting two of them. Oh the memories it brings back of those two special ladies. I have so enjoyed your post over the years and seeing your sweet pups. I’m always pinning your recipes and have made many. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    November 29, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I have made for many years pumpkin bread and wrapped and tied for gifts to my friends along with a container of cream cheese, yummy.
    Love your posts, girl!

  15. KathyP
    November 29, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Holy Wow Mary! What a generous and fun giveaway with so many adorable kitchen tools for merry baking! I’m drooling over you yummy looking recipes too. My go-to cookie to bake at Christmas is Mexican Wedding Cookies, loved by all but especially my hubby. I’m an email subscriber and love seeing your tables, recipes and sweet puppies. Thank you for putting me in the Christmas spirit this morning and the chance to win. 🎄❤️🍪👩‍🍳

    November 29, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I pinned the pecan bourbon balls, and love those dishes!!

  17. KathyP
    November 29, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I pinned your recipe collage and Christmas Wreath Macaroons. 🎄❤️

  18. Pat Marino
    November 29, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Thank you for these awesome recipes. My favorite Christmas treats to bake (with my best friend baking buddy- we get together every year) are the pecan tassies and Italian cuccidati cookies. A lot of work, but so worth it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  19. Jerrie Stanton
    November 29, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Mary, Your seasonal posts and round ups are my favorite! I’m blown away by all the holiday baking goodies you found and are offering. I’d like to tag along with you when you shop. :) Peanut Butter Blossoms are my family’s favorite cookie any time of year. So easy and irresistible for peanut butter chocolate lovers. I’m a long time follower. Thank you for sharing your creativity and generosity. Jerrie

  20. Jerrie Stanton
    November 29, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I pinned your round and giveaway collage. Thanks for the chance to win. Jerrie

  21. Jan Ferris
    November 29, 2021 at 7:53 am

    What a yummy post, Mary, and so many fabulous giveaways!! I’m a subscriber, and my all-time favorite Christmas cookie is my grammy’s decorated sour cream sugar cookie cutouts. It just isn’t Christmas without them!

  22. Marty Koons
    November 29, 2021 at 7:57 am

    What an awesome giveaway! My favorite Christmas cookie to make is Almond Crescents AKA Mexican Wedding Cookies.

  23. Nancy M
    November 29, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Wow you shared so many great recipes. Thank you. And the giveaway is so nice. I am already a subscriber. So I’ve been gluten free for 7 years now which puts a damper on some of my favorite cookies or baking. My daughter loved to experience making her own recipes and some for me and I miss that now that she works full-time in a bakery. So I’m always still trying gluten free recipes from others online but honestly I’ve not found a favorite. One of our family favorites is the peanut butter and chocolate buckeye balls and I can thankfully eat those. One of my other favorite is pecan sandies (we call them) like a shortbread type cookie rolled in powdered sugar. My daughter was able to make those gluten free. Only problem with her experimenting is she would fail to write down her recipe. Oh I reminder a date nut ball my aunt use to make and I loved that as a kid. It’s a fun memory. 🎄☺️

  24. Marty Koons
    November 29, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I pinned several of your recipes to my Recipes – Christmas Pinterest board…the Red Velvet Thumbprints & Bourbon Pecan Cookies…also the apple bread recipe to my Recipes – Bread board. Love the melted snowman cookies – I pinned that one a few years ago and made them with my granddaughter!

  25. November 29, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Good morning, Mary! This round up of sweets is making me hungry. I could have one (or two) of each. Orange coconut balls will always be one of my faves. My beloved Mother always made them. Happy Monday♥️

    • November 30, 2021 at 6:32 am

      Wow, Mary, what a fabulous roundup and such generous giveaway! Count me in! I think my favorite would be the orange coconut balls. They’re lighter than a lot of sweets. I made them eons ago (like you, in a former life), and still love them. Of course I am a subscriber!

  26. Ann Woleben
    November 29, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Mary, all of these recipes look delicious! I printed the recipe for No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs. My favorite Christmas cookie each year is a simple sugar cookie recipe. My young nieces come for the day and we have a lot of fun baking and decorating the cookies. Then we end the afternoon by making a Christmas craft.

  27. Karen
    November 29, 2021 at 8:13 am

    As usual, your blog has perfect timing! Every year, I bake homemade goodies for neighbors and friends but my arsenal of new recipes has just about run dry. When I bemoan this fact to hubby, he insists I make the “tried and true” treats everybody loves but I like baking (and eating!) new recipes. Over the past few years, I’ve made a few of your recipes and they never I’m looking forward to making new treats. The challenge now is: How do I pick which one(s) to make? Wish all of life’s problems were this sweet, right? Hope you, hubby and your fur babies had a happy T-Day! xo

  28. Ann Woleben
    November 29, 2021 at 8:14 am

    I pinned the photo and recipe of the No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs. I want to bake these for gifts. Thank you for the recipes and for an opportunity to win a giveaway.

    • Amy Kaminski
      November 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Mary! My fav holiday cookie is peanutbutter kiss cookies but my family loves loves loves cream cheese spritz. I make cookies every week but these two I only make for Christmas to keep them special.

  29. Cheryl
    November 29, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Oh wow! Such a wonderful giveaway! Your photography is so beautiful and everything looks so delicious. Can’t wait to get baking! A favorite in our home at holiday time Is gingerbread men!

  30. Court Wilson
    November 29, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Great Christmas recipes! I can’t wait to try a few. My favorite Christmas cookie recipe is for thumbprint cookies. My nana made them every year.
    I’m a subscriber

  31. Court Wilson
    November 29, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I pinned this post. 😊

  32. Cindi
    November 29, 2021 at 8:29 am

    I pinned your melted snowmen cookies to Pinterest. Might make some and mail to the grands who all live out of state. I may need to live to be 100 at least to do all the things I have saved in Pinterest.

    My favorite goodie to bake is simple but delicious chocolate chip cookies and lavender tea bread but each year I try something new too. I saved several of your recipes and can’t wait to try. Peace.

  33. Linda
    November 29, 2021 at 8:29 am

    My favorite it pecan snowballs, and ranger cookies. I bake several tins for friends and co-workers for my job and my husbands, so I do a big variety and but these are my two favorites, well chocolate chip too. Snickerdoodles, my husband makes a sage cookie that’s really great. Oh, so many I just can’t decide. My daughter discovered a new to us cookie recipe last hear, Mexican hot chocolate shortbread. When she and her friends do their gift exchange, they request this cookie. It is so good. My father-in-law owned a business and at Christmas would delivery tins and platters of cookies and I used to help. Now we keep up the tradition with our own co-workers.

  34. Nancy Shelton
    November 29, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Definitely my mother in law’s fruitcake cookies! Chewy and chock full of pecans and spices. The first time I tasted them was over 50 years ago, and I ate them as fast as she took them out of the oven. And no, I don’t care for fruitcake, but these are delicious!

  35. Nancy Moore
    November 29, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Hi Mary! I always make lots of little gingerbread kids with my grands! We do this every year. I have been a longtime subscriber to your blog. Love all your wonderful pictures! I pinned the cinnamon apple fritter bread from this post too. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  36. Ann
    November 29, 2021 at 8:48 am

    My favorite cookie is called Fingertip cookies. My kids still request them every year even though they are adults with grown children. They are butter pecan shortbread cookies rolled into fingertip shapes, baked and then rolled in powdered sugar. I follow you and have pinned several of your recipes. My husband’s favorite of your recipes is your cinnamon rolls. I make them for him regularly.

  37. November 29, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for all these yummy recipes! My favorite cookie recipe for the holidays is one I call Snowball Cookies. They only have a few ingredients and are melt in your mouth delicious. My family’s favorite is peanut butter kiss cookies. I pinned several of your recipes and am a long time follower of your blog.

  38. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    November 29, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Even though I haven’t made them yet, I can tell from the recipe that the Bourbon Pecan Balls will be my favorite thing to make this holiday season.

    Lola and Sophie crack me up with their headbands. No matter the season, Lola is sitting up and tolerating her headband well (no doubt in anticipation of her reward) while Sophie appears to be “over it”.

    I am a new subscriber.

    Thank you, Mary, for all the wonderful recipes! We got snow this weekend so I’m in the baking mood!

  39. Lanita Anderson
    November 29, 2021 at 9:01 am

    My favorite Christmas cookies to bake during the holidays are Peanut Butter kisses – a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss in the center. My adult sons and my husband request them every year! I’m also a subscriber of your blog and love all the great ideas and inspiration!

  40. Lanita Anderson
    November 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I also pinned the great inspiration from this post to my Holiday Recipes board on Pinterest. Thanks again for all of the great ideas and wonderful recipes!

  41. Julianne McCahill
    November 29, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for all the beautiful ideas! My grandson loves owls so I’m excited to make the owl cookies for him! My favorite Christmas cookies are my mom’s Swedish Cookies!

  42. Julianne McCahill
    November 29, 2021 at 9:12 am

    I pinned the owl cookies!!

  43. Linda
    November 29, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Wow you really got me in the baking spirit. On Saturday I did make my annual fruitcake. My dear father waited patiently every year for his fruitcake. He is no longer with us but I still make it every year as a tribute to him. I feel like he is with me while I bake it. Luckily my son in law and his father and a few friends love it. My favorite cookie is my white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. Thanks for the inspiration.

  44. Helen
    November 29, 2021 at 9:28 am

    I like to gift loaves of Poppy Seed Bread with an orange glaze!
    My family always looks forward to me making Martha Washington Candy during Christmas!

  45. Susan B
    November 29, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Mary so many delicious goodies!!! I pinned the Coconut Snowballs because I love coconut cookies.
    But, my favorite Christmas cookie recipe comes from a 1985 issue of Woman’s Day, Poppy Seed Pillows. The dough is made with cream cheese and butter and the cookies melt in your mouth. I have many fond memories of baking those cookies with my Mom and sister. You’ve inspired me to set a date to bake with them this year. Blessings to all and thank you for the give away.

  46. Trish
    November 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

    What a lovely giveaway! I have several favorites I do every year, but I guess it’s just not Christmas without making sugar, chocolate sugar, and gingerbread cookies! And maybe this year I’ll try some of the ones you listed. Thanks Mary for your wonderful posts and including Sophie and Lola.

    • Claudia Tatum
      November 29, 2021 at 10:30 am

      Good morning, Mary!! What a wonderful post. My favorite thing ever is to have our annual cookie baking day with my only daughter, and 3 grand daughters. A Christmas tradition that my precious mother started when I was a young little girl at 3. I was taught to cook/bake alongside her guiding my little hands and always bragging about my creativity to my daddy. Wonderful memories.

      Now at 68 years young, I still have a passion for anything involving being in kitchen with my apron on. I am a long time follower and pinned your cookie collage. Want to try several of the recipes. My family favorite is my great grandmother’s fruit cake cookies, and my mother’s famous peanut butter divinity.

      Thank you, for the opportunity to enter and MERRY CHRISTMAS, to you, and yours!!!

  47. Susan Gresik
    November 29, 2021 at 10:08 am

    My go to christmas recipe is lemon bars, my husband’s favorite. I also love almond crescent cookies.

  48. Chloe Garden
    November 29, 2021 at 10:28 am

    What generous gifts! Thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to win them. I’m saving the pistachio bread recipe although I might try making it with pecans instead. I don’t use Pinterest much, but I pinned the picture of Lola and Sophie because they always make me smile. I love your recipes because they always work, just like Ina Garten’s.

  49. Linda
    November 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

    My mother would bake a chewy mincemeat cookie during the Holidays and send them to veterans serving our country. Maybe it was the endeavour that she was serving our soldiers, the spicy Holiday aroma filling our home while they were baking, savoring every delicious bite of these chewy cookies or all of the above but to this day these are still one of my favorite Christmas cookies.

  50. Linda
    November 29, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I pinned your collection of the all recipes to my Christmas board because the entire collection is desirable. I also pinned the Smorgasboard Cookies to my cookie board.

  51. RhondaCopeland
    November 29, 2021 at 10:56 am

    All the recipes look great, can’t wait to try them. My favorite Christmas cookie is frosted sugar cookies in tree shapes. Love your post☺️

  52. Mary D.
    November 29, 2021 at 10:57 am

    My favorite cookies to make are swirl cookies in cinnamon and wintergreen. Unusual flavors for the season, but my favorite! I pinned the Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints cookie recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Mary D.
    November 29, 2021 at 10:58 am

    I pinned the Red Velvet Peppermint-White Chocolate Thumbprints cookie recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Rhonda
    November 29, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Pinned your cranberry white chocolate cookie recipe😁

  55. Babs
    November 29, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Love all the cookies and treats, really like the macaroon donut wreaths they look so festive on a cookie tray. I like to make Lebkuchen (German Spiced Christmas Cookies). thank you Mary for helping us count down to Christmas with fantastic recipes and great decor Ideas….

  56. Barbie
    November 29, 2021 at 11:16 am

    PS we have a Pembroke wells corgi named Gracie June Bug, that loves sweet potatoes

  57. Patty Williford
    November 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

    What wonderful recipes and Ideas you have given us on this post!!! I want to try them all!! My favorite cookie recipe is Cherry Noels that I bake every Christmas. I have been a subscriber for several years now and so enjoy your posts!!! Merry Christmas!

  58. Patty Williford
    November 29, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Mary I pinned all the recipes to my Christmas board because I always bake and give as gifts. Thank you for your wonderful ideas!!

  59. Clara
    November 29, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Mary, The baked goods look delicious! The mitten shaped spatulas are adorable! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Clara ❤️

  60. Sheryl R
    November 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    What a deliciously beautiful collection of recipes! My favorite sweet to make for Christmas is peanut butter fudge. My family HAS to have it or Christmas is not complete!

  61. PatinCal
    November 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    You have the BEST giveaways! I’ve pinned two photos and still wish there was a way to subscribe, but no matter how many times I try, it just doesn’t work for me.

  62. Sheryl S
    November 29, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Mary! I’m a long time subscriber/follower of your blog. I LOVE everything you do. You have a wonderfully creative mind!! Would love to win one of your giveaways – they’re all adorable!

  63. November 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    What gorgeous giveaways! And timely as I began my Christmas baking today. I have been an enthusiastic subscriber for YEARS and have made so many of the recipes you shared again above. My favorite was the Cranberry Orange Pistachio loaf. It bakes up so festive and sprinkled with chunky sanding sugar it just sparkles! It’s a gift I have been proud to share. I pinned the first image to share all the recipes and said I’m made many of them and love them. Merry Christmas!

  64. Rebecca Meyer
    November 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Our favorite Christmas cookie are thumbprint cookies, using my grandmother’s recipe. We put pink and green frosting in the print. Last year I made your cranberry orange quick bread as gifts for elderly in our church and it was HUGE hit!

  65. Martha B
    November 29, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    My favorite Christmas cookie is the Thumbprint cookie.

  66. BonnieBee
    November 29, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I pinned your Bourbon-Pecan Gingerbread cookie recipe.. wouldn’t want to lose that receipt!!!!

  67. BonnieBee
    November 29, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    My dad’s favorite is “Tea Time Tassies” mini-pecan tarts.. …so that has become my favorite in his honor!!!

  68. BonnieBee
    November 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    I am a long time subscriber.. how could I not look forward to your posts.. they are always DIVINE!!!! Sending wishes for a very Merry & Blessed Christmas season…

  69. November 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I like making mini red velvet cupcakes for parties at Christmas. I have pinned a lot of your recipes as well as tablescapes. I always get inspiration from you!

  70. Gail Williams
    November 29, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    I am a subscriber and I always enjoy the emails that are sent out out, especially from Lola and Sophie. My favorite holiday culinary gift giving is a boxful of homemade candies; peppermint bark, chocolate, caramel, pecan drops, and cashew bear claws

  71. Debbie Jones
    November 29, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Mine and my families favorite cookie is the no bake choc and peanut butter oatmeal cookies.I pinned your Christmas bark so I can make some! I eat way too many cookies so this year I will not make quite so many.

  72. Martha B
    November 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    I pinned your photo to Pinterest!

  73. Martha B
    November 29, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    And of course I’m a subscriber.

  74. Patricia Schaeffer
    November 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Mary your owl cookies were my grandkiddies favorite cookie last year. This year my daughter has moved to Kentucky so I HAVE to make the Bourbon ginger cookies. The recipe looks great!!!
    I am a BIG FAN of your recipes ( almost as much a fan as I am of your tablescapes ) One of my favorites is your lemon chicken noodle soup….since I never liked
    chicken noodle soup that is really sawing something! The addition on fresh lemon is amazing.
    Thank you
    Pat Schaeffer

  75. November 29, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    What a sweet :) giveaway Mary!! You found so many cute things! I love the cute spatula sets…I had to stop reading in the middle of this post and go get a cookie!! Yours were making me drool! Tis the season for cookies! So cute that Sophie and Lola are joining the giveaway too~ Happy baking!

  76. Marcia Mitchell
    November 29, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Love making Red Velvet Whoopie pies and pecan pie bars. Just pinned your dark chocolate nut candy recipe. Looks yummy!

  77. Sarah A Sieling
    November 29, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Sarah S.
    I pinned your recipe for the Apple Fritter Bread. I made it last year to share and everyone loved it.

  78. Sarah A Sieling
    November 29, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Sarah S.
    I think my favorite cookies to make are the sugar cookie cutouts that my mother always made. Decorative icing is always fun.

  79. Sarah Sieling
    November 29, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Sarah S.
    You have so many yummy recipes, it will be a task deciding what to make for neighbors and friends this Holiday season.

  80. Cheryl King
    November 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Oh what fun! At our house they are just called THE cookies, but it’s the Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe that went around the interwebs so many years ago. Top of everyone’s list, and even my son’s co-workers try to make sure he brings them some. Subscriber, pinner, and all that. Thanks for the great contest.

  81. Mary V Driver-Downs
    November 29, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I love all these great ideas. You are such an inspiration. I am making several of the recipes for a christmas market at our town square!

  82. broccoli45
    November 29, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Mary this is a generous giveaway, HAPPY HOLIDAYS

  83. Marion
    November 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I am a subscriber. A most generous giveaway.

  84. Marion
    November 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    I pinned the red velvet chocolate cookies.

  85. Joan
    November 29, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    What a wonderful holiday giveaway.

  86. Pat
    November 29, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    My family loves the no bake chocolate peanut butter bars. I am already a subscriber to your blob post and I have to say it’s my favorite!

  87. Pat
    November 29, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I pinned the picture of Lola & Sofie. I will be getting a new puppy in March to help me celebrate my retirement! She should be available by then.

  88. Linda
    November 29, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    My favorite cookie at Christmas is the powdered sugar wedding cookies. And the candy would be fudge. Such a wonderful array of gifts. So thoughtful of you to give away. And Ofcourse my two Golden Retrievers would love the sweet potato treats. Iam going to pin the adorable doggies that you have. Merry Christmas !

  89. November 29, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I love making snickerdoodles at Christmas. Always reminds me of home.

  90. November 29, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Such wonderful cookies and the giveaways are so generous. I love Triple Chocolate Turtle cookies. Of course i cannot pass up most cookies. I am a subscriber. Your sweet fur babies look adorable. Bella and Dante would love to play.

  91. Donna
    November 29, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    I have made 2 of these treats using your recipes. The owl cookies were so fun.

  92. Donna
    November 29, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I pinned a couple photos, will hopefully try the coconut orange snowballs. Everything you photograph looks so great. Such great gifts you have put together, wow.

  93. November 29, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for rounding up all your treats for us, Mary!! You’re so thoughtful that way. What a fabulous and generous giveaway! I’m already a followers and subscriber of yours. May you have a happy week! ❤️🎄❤️

  94. Amy Kaminski
    November 29, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    I pinned the cranberry pistachio bread recipe and look forward to making this for Christmas breakfast!

    • Diana Moore
      November 30, 2021 at 12:34 am

      I’m a subscriber from way back. Great posts and I’ve pinned to save four of the recipes. I’m making the Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters. Yummy, easy no-bake.

  95. Jennifer Galindo
    November 29, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    My favorite are raspberry thumbprint cookies.

  96. Peggy
    November 29, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    My daughter (who is 47 years old) reminded me last week that her favorite holiday recipe that I make is Paula Deen’s Thanksgiving Pie, it is very good. I just recently lost one of my beloved dogs, Sadie, but still have Sophie to love and I really enjoy seeing the pictures of your pups all gussied up. Thank you for the great recipes, I made one of your cookie recipes last Christmas that had a little alcohol in them for the neighbors, they were a hit! I am a subscriber. Happy Holidays!

  97. Vicki
    November 29, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I pinned this post.I make Swedish Oatmeal Bars.They are just a little something different.These all look so good.Think I might try the Red Velvet/Chocolate Chip.These are all such great give aways.Thank you very much…good luck to everyone.Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday Season.Merry Christmas !

  98. November 29, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Mary!
    Your beautiful posts and clever ideas always make every season bright!
    I’ve already pinned the Coconut Macaroon recipe, and love the miniature wreaths…perfect for an afternoon Christmas Tea.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  99. Leannne Evans
    November 30, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I love Mexican Wedding Cakes. I am a subscriber and pinned the cinnamon swirl bread.

  100. November 30, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Oh, and I pinned the cinnamon apple fritter. I really need to bake that for my guy. It is always his choice at the donut shop. I can always add extra glaze. 😉 And whether or not a winner, I would really love to know where you found all these great gift ideas. HG? They’re all so awesome, just like the recipes.

    • November 30, 2021 at 6:47 am

      Hi Rita, The Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread is a reader favorite and Will would love it. I hit the Christmas baking jackpot at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago, such cute stuff! :)

  101. Tina
    November 30, 2021 at 7:07 am

    My favorite sweet treat to make at the holidays would be fudge!! I make several varieties, and they are always enjoyed by family and friends. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways, Mary!!

  102. Cindy
    November 30, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I can’t wait to make the reindeer snack mix. Your recipes always look so delicious! Thank you for the inspiration,

  103. Kim G
    November 30, 2021 at 8:57 am

    What a fantastic giveaway Mary and you have definitely put me in the Christmas spirit! My beloved mother in law always made cheese straws topped with pecan halves for Christmas and I’m carrying on her tradition as she is no longer with us. Thank you for all your beautiful posts, I’m a long time follower.

  104. Kim G
    November 30, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I pinned your Christmas Wreath Cookies and beautiful collage. Thanks again!

  105. Megan
    November 30, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I just found you through Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and I’m in awe of your beautiful blog and delicious recipes! Our family favorite Christmas treats are old fashioned sugar cookies with sprinkles that the grands all love help baking. I just signed up to follow.

  106. Megan
    November 30, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I pinned your Orange Cranberry Pistachio Loaves for another entry.

  107. Ricki Treleaven
    November 30, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Now this is a round-up post after my own heart! I’m going to come back alter this week and pin several of these. I really love thumbprint cookies: They’re one of my favorites. My very favorite is chocolate crinkle cookies because they are easy, and I like how they look with the powdered sugar.

  108. Mary
    November 30, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Wow! What a generous giveaway! Thanks! During the holidays I love to make my aunt’s fudge and also mincemeat pie. Thanks for all the new recipe ideas. I am going to try the reindeer snack mix for a neighborhood party this weekend.

  109. Christie
    November 30, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Oh so exciting and you are my favorite blog and recently found. My favorite to make only because I started making these when my children were little and now adults and carried them into grandchildren making them with me are Buckeyes..and I can’t get away from making them every year at Christmas time. My daughter also now has made her share of them. Made to resemble the Buckeyes you find in Ohio. Delicious but oh so fat; but it’s Christmas time so it’s all good 😊😊😊

  110. Carolyn Barber
    November 30, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Our favorite Christmas cookie is the sugar cookie cutouts. We love getting together for Christmas cookie baking day. I pinned your melted cookie so cute!😍

  111. Donna
    November 30, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    I always make large batches of Hugs to giveaway at Christmas. Easy to make and only have 3 ingredients:the small square pretzels, striped Hershey Kisses, and M&M’s. Place a kiss on each pretzel, bake at 300 for 3 minutes, take out and immediately press 1-2 M&M’s on each, cool completely. I always use appropriately colored M&M’s for the season.

  112. Donna
    November 30, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I am a long time subscriber.

  113. Susan
    November 30, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Oh what fun this is! It totally takes me back to my childhood and fond memories of making sugar cookies with my mom in the kitchen, rolling out the dough, cutting in fun shapes and decorating with sprinkles. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I’m a new subscriber and look forward to your posts.

  114. Linda D.
    November 30, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    OMG!! You have really outdone yourself, Mary! I’ve pinned the collage with all the treats to my Christmas board, rather than pinning each recipe separately. I read the post and looked at the photos as I went thru, but have now gone back and looked at all the photos 3 more times – they just make me happy!! My husband and I have to stay away from sweets these days, but I spent many, many years baking thousands of cookies each Christmas season and giving away cookie trays to family, friends and co-workers. I honestly love a good chocolate chip cookie, but also enjoy almond thumbprint cookies – I would fill half with raspberry jam and half with green mint apple jelly. My husband loves butter cookies (pressed) and Mexican Wedding Cakes. My adult sons like most cookies, but especially like the Italian Filled Cookies – a recipe I got from my mother-in-law many years ago, and she got it from her mother-in-law.

    I LOVE all of the goodies you are giving away and need to get to Home Goods and see if I can get some of them – good stocking stuffers for my daughters-in-law and a few for myself!

    Thanks for such a wonderful post and for sharing so many wonderful recipes.

  115. Christie
    December 1, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Hello, I forgot to leave a comment that I pinned several of your cookies. I left a comment about my Buckeys earlier. Thank you and hoping you have a Jesus filled Christmas🙂

  116. Joanna Perry
    December 2, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    My favorite Christmas cookie to bake is the spritz or cookie press cookies. These are very nostalgic for me and they taste good and look festive. Also, butter cookies for cut outs are another favorite. I smiled throughout this blog post; it is pretty and happy. Thanks for the nice show.

  117. Joanna Perry
    December 2, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I posted the pecan bourbon ball pictures because I love teapots and this one is too charming. Love the cookies too.

    • Donna Hedgepeth
      December 2, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      I bake Apple Muffins from a recipe I have embellished over the years.. My daughter specifically asks me to make them whenever she comes home for a visit.. Your Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter bread sounds amazing. I plan to give it a try. Thank you for the recipes.

  118. Karenann S.
    December 2, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    My favorite Christmas cookie is Crinkle cookies. I love baking them and my kids love eating them!

  119. Karenann S.
    December 2, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I pinned your delicious cookie recipes on my Pinterest account.

  120. Karenann S.
    December 2, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I am a long-time subscriber and just love your blog!

  121. Edene Riggs
    December 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes–I pinned the White Chocolate Cranberry Bread–so pretty. My favorite Christmas recipe is iced sugar cookies which were a tradition in my family and we all got together to ice and decorate the Christmas shaped sugar cookies, starting when we were small children. I look forward to your posts and always enjoy them!.

    • December 5, 2021 at 12:23 am

      Oh Mary, what wonderful recipes, you never cease to amaze me with your unique recipes and ideas! I am a long time subscriber. I pinned your White Chocolate Cranberry bread and Apple Fritter bread, as well as the Wreath Macaroons . My cookie I try to bake every year are the Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses ones.

      Thank you so much for this generous “give away’! You are so thoughtful. Hugs to((Lola and Sophie ))


  122. December 6, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    This is such a sweet giveaway! I am sure that all of the winners will love these fun baking gifts.

  123. Cindy Bellwood
    December 7, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Everything looks so Yummy. I want to taste it all.

  124. Cynthia
    December 8, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    My favorite cookies to bake each Christmas would be Russian tea cakes. They’re especially good with black walnuts. Thanks for your posts! I enjoy them so much.

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