Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway

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!

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to fill a cookie tin or a

 quick bread to share with family or neighbors, you’ll find something to

satisfy your 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’!

Use 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.

Chocolate Cherry Christmice | © #nobake #treat #recipe #christmas #foodgift

Chocolate Cherry Merry Mice

Serve up sweet treats and smiles with a no-bake, fun addition to your holiday cookie tin.

Warning: Friends and family may think they’re too cute to eat!

No Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars | © #foodgift #easy #nobake #recipe #peanutbutter #bars

Easy and Irresistible No Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars

Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers, these no-bake bars come together in 15 minutes

to make an irresistible dessert and easy food gift.

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 #baking #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 and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

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

To help bake your spirits bright . . .

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

One baker will receive a set of 6 Baking Spirits Bright Paper Loaf Pan Gift Sets;

3-piece cookie cutter set; Mrs. Claus Bake Shop cocktail napkins;

red and white chevron stripe kitchen towel and decorative sprinkles

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A second baker will receive a Bake Shop 17-inch cookie sheet,

cooking rack, spatula and 2 cookie cutters

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A third baker will receive a car with Christmas tree kitchen towel;

Rae Dunn Holly Jolly and Be Merry 12-piece Baking Cup and Pick Set;

Bake Shop 2-piece spatula and cookie cutter set

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A fourth baker will receive a 9-inch square nonstick cake pan and Christmas tree dish towel

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A fifth baker will receive a 9 x 13 baking pan and set of Rae Dunn Ho Ho Ho Baking Cups

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A sixth baker will receive an Eat, Drink and Be Merry embroidered kitchen towel:

6-piece set of loaf baking pans; Candy Plaid Foaming Hand Soap;

Maggie Lyon Peppermint Crunch and candy cane and gingerbread man cookie cutters.

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

A seventh baker will receive a truck with tree kitchen towel;

6-piece paper loaf baking pans; Bake Shop truck with tree spatula and cookie cutter;

Martha Stewart gift tag set

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

An eighth baker will receive a 6-piece oven safe loaf baking pan set;

Berries & Pine Foaming Hand Soap; red & green plaid kitchen towel;

Bake Shop 3-piece cookie cutter set

Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway | © #christmas #baking #recipes #cookies #nobake #foodgifts

And a ninth baker will receive a 17 x 12 silicone baking mat;

Christmas tree kitchen towel; set of 2 Christmas tree spatulas

and cookie cutter and reindeer and snowflake cookie cutter

Serve up sweet treats and smiles with Chocolate Cherry Mice! A no-bake, fun addition to your holiday cookie tin | © #nobake #treat #recipe #christmas #foodgift

 To enter this giveaway for a 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 5th.

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 and check your spam folder.


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 🎄Happy Baking!

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  143 comments for “Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Baking Recipes 2nd Annual Giveaway

  1. Kathy Menold
    November 28, 2022 at 6:25 am

    Christmas would not be Christmas if I didn’t bake Noel’s a rich shortbread cookie with dried cranberries, pecans and or dried apricots. It’s an easy slice and bake cookie that can be made ahead and stored in fridge till you have some spare time to bake them.
    I 📌several,of your recipes and will try some. this season. Such a generous give away. Thankyou Mary.

    • Kathy E
      December 3, 2022 at 7:38 am

      Making the coconut dear father’s favorite
      One cookie looks better than the other

  2. Dorinda Selke
    November 28, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Hi there Mary ~ Happy Christmas season to you ! I wanted to sample all your cookies right through the screen. My personal favorite that I make every year without fail is a decorated sugar cookie ! It’s even better now with my grandkids helping. Hugs, Dorinda

    • Mary
      November 28, 2022 at 10:48 am

      Christmas Mice are something that I cannot leave out at Christmas. The penguins made with black olives are another favorite. Thank you for all of your beautiful posts. Mary

  3. Lynne
    November 28, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Cookies are a Christmas must! My favorite is candy cane cookies.
    Looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

  4. Dorinda Selke
    November 28, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Hi Mary ~ I am a very long time subscriber of “Home is where the heart is” blog ~ Hugs, Dorinda

  5. Cathy
    November 28, 2022 at 6:38 am

    My FAVORITE Christmas cookies is a Mexican wedding cookie also known as a Russian teacake!

    Thanks for your generous giveaway opportunity! Merry Christmas!

  6. November 28, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Oh, my goodness! What a plethora of goodies! My favorite cookie to bake over the Christmas season is a very simple sugar cookie that my son and I make and decorate together. So many happy memories we’ve made over the years baking together! I subscribed to your blog a while back, and I just pinned several of your recipes from this post. Thank you so much for offering this generous giveaway! God bless you with an amazing Christmas!

  7. November 28, 2022 at 6:48 am

    WOW! What a giveaway!! My fav thing to bake this time of year is my Cranberry Orange Nut Bread! I may have to try it with pistachios…One year I made 12 loaves for family and another bunch of loaves for friends…I have been a subscriber for many years…glad to see Nigela’s recipe here! GOOD LUCK TO ALL! And thanks for another exciting giveaway!

  8. November 28, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I pinned the Reindeer Corn Snacks…I make my own Cracker Jack and thought this might be a good addition to my candies! Thanks again!!

  9. Rosalie
    November 28, 2022 at 6:56 am

    What beautiful cookie displays!!! Our family favorite are coconut macaroons with mini chocolate chips, they never last long. Thanks for sharing all these recipes!!

  10. Vicky Dickens
    November 28, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Oh my! What a fabulous opportunity you’ve given us. As a long time subscriber I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a huge giveaway!
    Christmas wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t bake everyone’s favorites … cheese and sausage balls and monkey bread.
    Thank you for the chance to be a lucky winner!!

  11. Melanie
    November 28, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Oh my goodness! What a beautiful post! I wish I could try each and every cookie. Your presentation is just beautiful. My go to Christmas cookie each year is my moms sugar cookies. I miss her so much and this is one way I can bring back some of the wonderful Christmas memories that I have of her. Thank you for this generous give away.

  12. Lauren S
    November 28, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Wow Mary, you are so generous to offer so many lovely giveaways! My favorite Christmas cookies are Walnut Keyfleas. They are delicious! I have been a subscriber for many years. Thank you for all your lovely posts.

  13. Lauren S
    November 28, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I pinned the Cinnamon Apple Fritter bread. It looks so yummy!

  14. Dorinda Selke
    November 28, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Hi Mary ~ I pinned a delicious cookie recipe from your post ! Hugs, Dorinda

  15. Rita C.
    November 28, 2022 at 7:32 am

    You are so generous with not only your gifting, but with sharing your talent! Having been a lucky recipient last year, I’m excluding myself, but so enjoy your variety of recipes and gift-giving combinations. I need to make those snowball cookies. That recipe takes me back to nearly 40 yrs ago in my first house, and baking up a storm. 🌲❤️ God luxk to all your readers!

  16. November 28, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Hi Mary thank you for compiling this list! I see some goodies I definitely want to try. I always bake giant ginger snaps for Christmas. Makes the kitchen smell all warm and spicy!

  17. November 28, 2022 at 7:40 am

    I pinned reindeer snack mix!

  18. Linda
    November 28, 2022 at 7:44 am

    My favorite cookie is white chocolate macadamia nut. My family loves my mini pecan pie bites. Thank you for the chance to win one of these goodies.

  19. November 28, 2022 at 7:53 am

    My grands would love the reindeer snack, looks like I need to make it for them!

    • Donna C
      November 28, 2022 at 9:58 am

      I love a cookie recipe called “Mom’s Yummy Cookies” – made with honey graham crackers.

  20. Kathy
    November 28, 2022 at 7:54 am

    My favorite is sugar cookie cut out I made them with my Mom then again with my boys then my granddaughters, what great memories with flour and sprinkles all over.

  21. Deb
    November 28, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Yes Im a subscriber!

  22. Deb
    November 28, 2022 at 7:59 am

    My favorite thing to make is a Christmas roll cake. But I’d like to try several recipes you posted today.

  23. November 28, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Mary, all your cookies and treats look scrumptious. My favorite cookie is the old standby, Oatmeal Raisin”. We have a recipe my Grandmother used and have kept it in the family.

  24. Deb
    November 28, 2022 at 8:06 am

    I pinned orange coconut snowballs.

  25. November 28, 2022 at 8:35 am

    So many mouthwatering holiday treats Mary, this is an amazing round up! Your giveaway is so generous and you’ve found so many adorable things for holiday baking! I have been a lucky winner several times so I won’t enter today, and just enjoy the pretty photos and wonderful recipes!

  26. November 28, 2022 at 8:46 am

    My favorite Christmas cookies are peanut butter no bake cookies!

  27. Nancy Harding
    November 28, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Melting Moments are my favorite holiday cookie – I color the dough for maximum “holiday-ish.”

  28. November 28, 2022 at 8:47 am

    I am a subscriber/follower of your blog

  29. November 28, 2022 at 8:48 am

    I pinned the cinnamon swirl apple fritter bread!

  30. Mary Anne McWhirter
    November 28, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Forget Cyber Monday….just give me Mary Monday to start my week off perfectly!!!!! You are so incredibly amazing and inspiring and Ii have gotten and continue to use so many ideas of yours that have become family traditions! So my favorite Christmas cookie to bake is gingerbread men with my grandchildren…We call it Gingerbread Baking Day with the Grandchildren and have done this since they were very little. They get there and their place is set at the table…complete with homemade apron hung over the chair…Santa hat or reindeer headband..cute gingerbread plates and mugs with hot chocolate and baking and decorating ingredients and rolling pin ready to roll! They love and look forward to this every year….and they are 16 and 14. We would love some new inspiration or tools to use this year! Thanks as always for the daily dose of happiness you bring to so many of us! Merry Mary Christmas!!!!! Let the baking begin.

  31. Cindi
    November 28, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Mary…Perfect timing as I am baking this week to mail treats to the grands! Can’t wait to try several of these. Plus I always make a small gift for my bookclub and the cocoa is perfect! I posted a picture of the melted snowmen cookie on Pinterest. Your ideas are always so creative. Thank you! Peace.

  32. Jan
    November 28, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Our family favorite baking includes cornflake green holly wreaths, Russian tea cake cookies, Amish sugar cookies and a few different new magazine/ or Pinterest picks each year. This year it’ll be the coconut wreath macaroons from your site.

    • Colleen
      November 28, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      I LOVE the eat drink and be merry embroidered dish towel!! Where did you purchase?

  33. November 28, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Mary, I just love reading your posts. I love your imagination and fun play to entertaining and cooking. My favorite Christmas cookie is one I have been making since I was a young girl with my mother. I continue to bake it each year, it is a Molasses cookie from my great grandmother ( 120 years old) always brings wonderful memories when I bake them. Tradition!
    I pinned and am an avid subscriber to your posts.
    Thank you Mary and Happy Christmas Season.
    Smiles, Sue

  34. Debbie
    November 28, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Everything looks so delicious. You’ve just given me the perfect easy snowman cookies to take to a luncheon!!!

  35. Kathryn Larson
    November 28, 2022 at 9:23 am

    My favorite thing to make at Christmas is my Moms recipe for caramel corn…it’s totally addictive and friends need neighbors demand it! , lol. I pinned 3 of todays recipes and look forward to trying them. Thanks.

  36. November 28, 2022 at 9:43 am

    My favorite holiday recipe is my great grandmother’s fig cookies. Every year my mom and I spend a couple of days making these labor intensive treats.

  37. Linda
    November 28, 2022 at 9:47 am

    What really nice gifts. My favorite receipe at Christmas is jam blackberry cake with Carmel icing.

  38. Patricia J Jones
    November 28, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I want to make all the cookies and bread. I will only skip the peanut butter ones because I am allergic. The cranberry cake will be just for me! My favorite recipe in the past was thumbprint cookies with Nutella. Can’t wait to try your thumbprint cookies. I will share this on my Facebook page and not for the first time.

  39. Suzyque
    November 28, 2022 at 10:08 am

    I have tried many of your recipes over the years and impressed my women’s group with them! My favorite Christmas cookie from childhood (and really the one my Mom made most often) is sand tarts. Mom always made them in a crescent shape.

  40. Barbara
    November 28, 2022 at 10:13 am

    We love Hermits, with lots of candied fruit and molasses. The flavor and texture takes us back to an old world Christmas. The scent makes our holiday home light gleam. Tradition and family is all Important this time of year.

  41. Clara
    November 28, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Mary, All the baked goods look delicious. My favorite cookie is the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe and fudge. Your smorgasbord cookies are similar and I’m going to try baking those this year. Clara❤️

  42. Mary
    November 28, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Mary , I love to bake and my favorite Christmas cookie is sugar cookie cutouts and decorate them . You always have great recipes and I pinned your no bake coconut-orange snowballs and look forward to making them !!!

  43. Mary L
    November 28, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Spritz cookies are a must around our house at Christmas time. I like to make them in the shape of a tree and add sprinkles to each one. Love your photos, absolutely beautiful!!!

  44. Clara
    November 28, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I pinned several recipes and your post reminded me to include nut clusters on my to do list along with peppermint bark. Clara❤️

  45. Mary Couillard
    November 28, 2022 at 10:36 am

    I “bake” homemade Cracker Jacks! A family favorite! It is especially nice when my son continues his tradition of stirring the popcorn, which has to be done every fifteen minutes.

  46. November 28, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Mary, so many beautiful cookies and darling ideas. I love the melted snowmen!!! I often bake my grandmother’s tea cake cookies which are simple sugar cookies to roll and cut into shapes. So good! I like them plain, not decorated, but of course the decorated cookies are so pretty! Happy Baking!

  47. November 28, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful pics of Christmas cookies. You always inspire me. For many years I made cut-out and iced Christmas cookies with my grandmother’s tea cake recipe. Don’t do those much anymore, but do make son’s favorite cookie, soft Pumpkin Cookies with orange icing. I sprinkle them with red and green sprinkles to make them look “Christmasy.”

  48. Cherryl Gilker
    November 28, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Love all the yummy cookie pics. You always inspire me. For many years when my son was small, we made and decorated cut-out Christmas cookies with my grandmother’s tea cake recipe. Now I make his favorite Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Icing. For Christmas I sprinkle them with red and green tiny Christmas tree sprinkles. Thanks for all the great give-away items!

  49. Linda L Hovgaard
    November 28, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Nothing says Christmas like a chewy Ginger cookie. (Actually I like Ginger Snaps too!) That heavenly smell wafting through the house while they’re baking is wonderful during the holidays. And taking a bite of that chewy, spicy, sweet treat followed by a sip of a steaming mug of hot coffee or apple cider is the perfect accompaniment to a roaring fire!
    Thanks for all the treat recipes Mary and Happy Holidays!

  50. cegilker
    November 28, 2022 at 10:54 am

    P.S. I pinned your Apple Fritter Bread recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  51. Linda L Hovgaard
    November 28, 2022 at 10:57 am

    All of your treats sound amazing – I pinned the Bourbon Pecan Gingerbread Cookies with Bourbon Glaze, the Chewy Chunky Sweet and Salty Smorgasbord Cookies, the Cranberry Orange Pistachio Loaves and the Collection of all the Recipes. Thanks so much Mary! Happy Holidays!

  52. Marcie S
    November 28, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I’m a long time subscriber of your blog and enjoy it so much. I like to make gingerbread boys and girls for the holidays for sweet treats, and Chex Mix for a savory treat. I pinned the Cranberry Orange Pistachio Loaves recipe and the Pecan Bourbon Balls recipe to my Pinterest board “Recipes – Christmas”. Thank you for offering us such a generous giveaway. May your Christmas season be blessed.

  53. Betty Thompson
    November 28, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I’ve been a long time email subscriber and look forward to the holiday recipe bundles every year. Last year I made the Cranberry Orange Bread for gifts and they were well received. Hard to choose a favorite holiday cookie, but Jam Thumbprints are a favorite, so I want to try these pretty Red Velvet Thumbprints this year and the Apple Fritter Bread. Yum!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  54. Bonnie Pace
    November 28, 2022 at 11:21 am

    My favorite cookies to bake are Rollo Soft Chocolate chip! Soft and chewy with pudding in the recipe!

  55. Cherry
    November 28, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Well if this doesn’t put you in the mood nothing will. I have used several of your recipes and all have been good. Fun too. Guess my favorite is a pumpkin roll but I do love all cookies. Thx for the opportunity. Cherry

  56. Bonnie Pace
    November 28, 2022 at 11:23 am

    I also pinned the Cranberry Orange Pistachio loaf recipe. I have lots of frozen cranberries that would be great for this!

  57. Lisa
    November 28, 2022 at 11:31 am

    My recipe for Taffy’s Star Cookies they are named for my cat who passed in 2006 i started making the cookies in 1996 and she was only 7 months old the recipe is over 125 years old it’s a lemon vanilla roll out cookie that you top with an egg wash they are the best i made them only in a star shape and i let her have a taste of the points i know cookies are not for cats but she asked so i let her taste it she talked to me and she never talked so ever since then i only make them as a star every christmas and i names them Taffy’s Star Cookies everyone tells me they are the best cookie they ever had i think it’s the love i still feel for her

  58. November 28, 2022 at 11:36 am

    An absolutely stunning visual posting to delight the senses. You’ve got me thinking cookies now :) I think my favorite are those owls – how cute are they! I’ll be trying the apple fritter bread. Have been subscribed for a number of years and pin a favorite – heavens yes and more than one :)

    • Debra Bartels
      November 28, 2022 at 11:50 am

      My favorite Christmas goodie to prepare is Hay Stacks. I’ve been making them for 40 years.

  59. November 28, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Love the orange snowball cookies. Made them for the first time last year for neighbor gifts and everyone loved them.

  60. Elizabeth
    November 28, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I love to make Cranberry Orange Shortbread cookies during the holidays. They are easy to make, can be frozen, sliced and baked as needed (great for when unexpected guests drop by) and best of all, delicious!!

  61. carol butts
    November 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    So many yummy cookies & breads. I am a long time follower. I pinned the little mice cookies. I plan to try to make all the cookies & breads for family & friends.

  62. November 28, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    I always make my favorite pumpkin bread for the holidays and I load them down with chocolate chips. I’ve been a long time subscriber and I pinned the Bake Shop cookie sheet with the spatula and cookie cutters. Thank you for always giving me inspiration!

  63. Thank you.
    November 28, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Barbara I always make some sour cream sugar cookies and decorate them. I have been with you for quite some time. I pinned the candy mice. I made them for my residents at a retirement home. Always enjoy your posts

  64. Betsy
    November 28, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Mary, I’m a recent recipient of your Halloween giveaway so I will excuse myself from this event. I think it’s simply the best when neighbors drop by with an assortment of homemade treats! You have provided a terrific assortment of treats for me to enjoy baking and sharing with friends and neighbors. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  65. Susan B
    November 28, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Mary thank you for your very generous contest. All the recipes look delicious, but my favorite is the Gingerbread Bourbon pecan cookies. They sound divine. My favorite cookie to make each year are the Argentine alfajores. They are crispy, sweet & gluten free too.
    Merry Christmas to you & your readers!!!

  66. Cheryl King
    November 28, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    My family always looks forward to the Neiman Marcus cookies, and homemade Chex mix. Subscribed! Pinned the cute cherry mice. Thanks for all the sweet ideas!

  67. Susan Gresik
    November 28, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    I want to make them all, but our favorite cookie is chocolate peppermint. Love receiving all your posts.

  68. Pat Semeraro
    November 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    My favorite treat to make is the chocolate cherry mice. I had such fun making these with my nephew one year. These are so cute and make everyone smile.

  69. Pat Semeraro
    November 28, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    I pinned a no-bake snowball cookie recipe – thanks!

  70. Pat Semeraro
    November 28, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    I have read your blog for many years and I subscribe by email now. Cheers!

  71. Nancy Thompson
    November 28, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    What wonderful recipes and visuals ! I am now in the mood to make Christmas cookies . Thanks Mary !!

  72. Sheryl Ramirez
    November 28, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    These all look delicious!!! Every year for Christmas, I have to make peanut butter fudge! My whole family loves it, and we can’t go through the Christmas season without a couple of batches! I’ve been a long time subscriber to your blog and look forward to every one!!! Thanks for the generous giveaways.

  73. Sue
    November 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    I just finished making a delicious cookie for a Christmas gathering next week. It’s a chocolate cookie with a peppermint kiss in the middle of the warm cookie. After it cools and sets, both milk chocolate and white chocolate are drizzled on top. I have pinned the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bar recipe.
    Thanks for this start to my baking season!

  74. November 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    My favorite Christmas cookie/candy recipe is Creole Kisses made of cornflakes and meringue. I also make a Carolina Trifle… it’s become a tradition!

  75. November 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  76. Joy Breedlove
    November 28, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    What a lovely give-away! My favorite treat to make for Christmas isn’t sweet, it’s the classic sausage and cheese balls. My family loves them. But my daughter made an eggnog cake at Thanksgiving that may well become a family favorite, too, so I think that would be my choice for a sweet treat.

  77. Joy Breedlove
    November 28, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    I subscribe by email. Thanks!

  78. Joy Breedlove
    November 28, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    I pinned your “20+ recipes” picture to my Christmas Pinterest board.

  79. November 28, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Your cookie look wonderful! I will probably end up pinning them all but for now, I pinned the Christmas Mice!

  80. Rosa Garrett
    November 28, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Mary! Thanks for the chance to win these incredible gifts. My favorite Christmas cookie is shortbread with sprinkles. :)

  81. Leah
    November 28, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Your post is the perfect kick-off for the Christmas season! It’s not Christmas at our house until we have fixed rum balls and a “showstopper” cake – usually a Lane Cake or Yule Log. But, I’d be happy baking everything on your roundup. In fact, I may make one of your recipes tonight…as post-Thanksgiving-dessert-withdrawal treat! Thanks for the lovely post and incredible giveaway!

    • November 28, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      Oh my goodness, Mary, you are to generous in your giveaways. I have been a lucky recipient before so I will pass. I just bought some coconut to make my macaroons, but I may have to make your darling wreaths. I’d like to make every single recipe you’ve shared on your round up! Thank you! ❤️🎄❤️

  82. James Potter
    November 28, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Our Holiday tradition with the grandchildren is a Christmas Tea. I bake a basic sugar cookie recipe using holiday cutters and mix up colored frosting. The children have a blast decorating the cookies and then we serve them with tea. I hope they will never outgrow this tradition (my husband hasn’t!)

  83. Donna
    November 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    One of my favs are those Owl Cookies, made them last year and I got great comments about them. Thanks.

  84. Donna
    November 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I pinned the peanut butter bars & I appreciate your direct and straightforward directions.

  85. Lanita Anderson
    November 28, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    So many great ideas and inspiration, Mary!! My favorite recipe to make for Christmas is Christmas Kiss cookies and chocolate fudge.

  86. Lanita Anderson
    November 28, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a longtime subscriber to your blog and I posted on my Pinterest page….thank you for the opportunity!

  87. Mary DeVine
    November 28, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I’m a subscriber, I pinned the red velvet picture and I love to make peppermint pinwheel cookies! Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Rhonda Copeland
    November 28, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without baking! My favorite cookie is short bread dipped in chocolate 😊 all of your recipes look delicious. I pinned 3-4 and can’t wait to try them.
    I enjoy your post and look forward to seeing your creativity. Thanks for sharing

  89. November 28, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    My favorite Christmas time cookie is the spritz…it’s small, buttery and easy to make!

  90. Pamela
    November 28, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    My daughter and I make gingerbread cookies every Christmas and use coastal cookie cutters to create and decorate octopi, crabs, lighthouses, and sand castles. It’s amazing how festive they look and how good they taste. I already subscribe.

  91. Cyndi Raines
    November 29, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Mary, all of these yummy pictures has my mouth watering, lol ! I want to try your coconut orange flavored snow balls this year. We always make thumbprint cookies and Russian nut balls (aka Mexican tea cakes). Good luck to all those who enter. I’ll pass as I’ve been blessed by your generosity before. Thank you Mary, I cherish my gifts from you.♥️

  92. Katwell321
    November 29, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Merry Christmas! My favorite all time cookie would have to be a Snickerdoodle. And my favorite Christmas tradition is decorating sugar cookies with my grandkids.

  93. Michele Klein
    November 29, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I love Russian teacakes but am the only one in the family so have to wait and make for company!

  94. November 29, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning,
    I love to make 7 layer bars, as it has been a family tradition. What great recipes you have posted here. Thank you!

  95. November 29, 2022 at 10:27 am

    I am an email subscriber!

  96. November 29, 2022 at 10:32 am

    I pinned your no bake Coconut Orange Snowballs.

  97. Denise R
    November 29, 2022 at 10:51 am

    An annual tradition started by my mom, long ago, is baking Mexican Wedding Cookies aka Snowballs around our house.

  98. Linda D.
    November 29, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Mary – another great collection of treats!! I make your bark for just about every holiday – my grandkids love it! I’m sad that the chocolate graham crackers are no longer available. When I couldn’t find them just before Easter, I thought perhaps it was a supply chain issue, but still cannot find them and Honey Maid does not show them on their website, so I guess they have been discontinued. Have not found another brand, so have been using the cinnamon ones. I put them on the pan upside down, so the cinnamon side hits the tongue when eating. The grandkids still loved them!

    As I received one of your wonderful prizes last year at this time, please do not put me in the running for this one.

    Have a wonderful Christmas Season, and thank you for all of the wonderful recipes and decorating ideas throughout the year!!

  99. Katie
    November 29, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite cookies to make for Christmas are sugar cookies! It’s a tradition I have done with my daughters since they were very little. We use different cookie cutters and decorate to our hearts content! Merry Christmas!

  100. Katie
    November 29, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I pinned the smorgasbord cookies & the owl cookies! Can’t wait to try them!

  101. November 29, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    So fun looking back at all your hard work and delicious moments!

  102. Jennifer H
    November 29, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    I pinned the chocolate peanut butter swirl bars. I have a friend who cannot have gluten so these look like a nice treat. Thanks!

  103. Jennifer H
    November 29, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve been an email subscriber for years. Keep all the great ideas coming! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  104. Jennifer H
    November 29, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    My favorite cookie is a butter cookie with icing. It’s my mom’s recipe and I have lots of great memories making them with her.

  105. Christine Steller
    November 29, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    I’m a longtime subscriber! Thank you for always inspiring me with your recipes and decor!
    My mother began a tradition of making Christmas cookies when I was little. It has continued through the years with my now grown daughters, my daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, and now my granddaughter! My favorite cookie is oatmeal scotchies! My father and I always tell everyone they’re terrible, so no one eats them! Lol!

  106. Paula shoaf
    November 29, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    ~ Hi Mary ~
    You always have the best recipes, and your give away gifts are so very nice! You have a kind soul!
    I always have to make my mom’s cookies out of a cookbook from the 50s! it is just a simple little buttercream cookie with a red cherry, just a very special memory!
    Take Care!
    Paula from Indiana

  107. November 29, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Yeah! In looking at all your treats in this post I have happy memories of making so many of them. You have been my go to place for great recipes for so many years! Hugs! My fav Christmas goodie is from my childhood – Brownie Meltaways! Mmmmmm! Thank you for the giveaway and yes, I’ve been subscribed to you through e-mail for many years! Merry Christmas! A fun aside…I just checked my e-mail and found this while I have cookies in the oven! :)

  108. Marion
    November 29, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    My favorite cookie is the Linzer tart. I am a subscriber.

  109. Marion
    November 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    I pinned the number 1 gift giveaway.

  110. November 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I am a gingerbread lover and that is my favorite cookie.

  111. Joan
    November 29, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    The pfferunuese Cookie is the best and my favorite.

  112. Carolyn Barber
    November 29, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you for all the fun ideas for baking. We have a family baking day and decorating the sugar cookies and gingerbread men is the favorite. Making the Christmas mice is fun too. I pinned the peanut butter bars and coconut macaroons. Happy Holidays 🌲

  113. Debra Laporte
    November 29, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Mary my favorite cookie is an Italian anise cookie that was passed down from my great grandmother. It is not Christmas if there are no anise cookies to share with family and friends

  114. PatinCal
    November 29, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    I don’t have the recipe, but my favorite of favorites was my mother’s REAL mince meat pie. Yum!

  115. Kathy M.
    November 30, 2022 at 4:35 am

    My favorite Christmas cookie is an old Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish cookie recipe called Sand Tarts. They are not very hard to make and everyone loves them.
    I pinned the chocolate cherry merry mice. Such a cute idea!

  116. November 30, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Mary, what a delicious round-up. I will have an orange coconut ball, always a favorite. I haven’t had breakfast so I am now craving sweets. Sorry I am late commenting. Happy Wednesday!

  117. Annette
    November 30, 2022 at 9:17 am

    I continue to look forward to your posts. This one is great! My favorite cookie recipe uses club crackers, topped with a caramel mixture, another layer of crackers, then topped with peanuts, chocolate chips melted and peanut butter. YUM!

  118. Michele Russell
    November 30, 2022 at 9:28 am

    I have been a subscriber for several years. What a great treasure trove of recipes, table settings, gardening, flowers and recipes! My favorite cookie to bake is Snickerdoodles.

  119. JO
    November 30, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Hi, Mary, I subscribed to your wonderful blog and enjoy reading it each day. I pinned Chocolate Cherry Merry Mice & Shortcut Red Velvet-Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes. My favorite cookie is basic sugar cookies for Christmas/holidays as I can make any shape & decorate as I please. 🎄🤶🎅

  120. Debbie Jones
    November 30, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Pinned the Christmas mice which I would love to make for my grandkids this year. The recipe for no bake cookies is a favorite with friends and family. I make them every Christmas and sometimes in between.

  121. Amy Kaminski
    November 30, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    By far my favorite Christmas Cookies are Cream Cheese Spritz cookies. I do them in all sorts of shapes, colors, flavors, etc. My family loves them and they are just the perfect little sweet with your afternoon tea. This is such a great post Mary. I look forward to it every year and just have to wonder when you will come out with a cookbook of your own. It would be great!

  122. Amy Kaminski
    November 30, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    I pinned the red velvet peppermint cookie recipe too!

  123. Mary Hennessey
    December 1, 2022 at 2:35 am

    WHAT AN AMAZING SERIES OF RECIPES,PICTURES OF ALL YOU BAKED AND PUT TOGETHER FOR OUR DELIGHT!!! What an unbelievably beautiful job you do no matter what your project is…I love it all!!! I run a program for children living with grandparents and we are going to attempt to make a number of this great snacks with our kids!! I live in a high mountain valley in Colorado so my favorite Christmas cookie is bisquichitos!!! I so enjoy your blog!! Have a lovely holiday!! Mary in Colorado

  124. Susan Fleming
    December 1, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Just subscribed! Thank you!!

  125. December 1, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    I like making gingerbread cookies

  126. Ellen K
    December 1, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    It’s no contest – my Mom’s soft ginger cookies! I subscribe by email and pinned your Santa and snowman bark.

  127. Tina
    December 1, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Oh gosh, I make so many favorites, that it is hard to choose. My favorite holiday cookies to make (and eat) are molasses ginger cookies. I also adore making fudge, especially my key lime pie fudge. The prizes are wonderful!! Merry Christmas!! Tina

  128. Marie
    December 2, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I couldn’t resist entering this generous giveaway. My favorite Christmas cookie is a decorated sugar cookie, particularly the beautiful ones that my daughter makes. Over the last few years she has perfected her decorating skills and creates beautiful works of art. But, a close second would be her delightful gingerbread men and ladies. Complete with unique outfits they are hard to resist. Merry Christmas. MM

  129. Mare
    December 2, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Whoops, of course I am a long time subscriber. Finding one of your posts in my mail is always a gift. Thank you. MM

  130. Patricia Schaeffer
    December 2, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Hello Mary
    I made your Owl cookies last Christmas and they were a big hit with my Grandkids.
    My cookie baking HAS to include Ina Garten’s rugelach cookies. We share the cookie baking with family members and usually end up with at least a dozen different varieties!

  131. Kelly D
    December 3, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Gingerbread cookies are my favorite.

  132. Kelly D
    December 3, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

  133. Kelly D
    December 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm
  134. Judy Raffl
    December 3, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Cream Cheese Kolachy like my mother made, especially the ones with apricot. I am a long, long time fan of your site.

  135. Chris Wasson
    December 5, 2022 at 11:40 am

    I love to make my cranberry salsa each holiday season. I never go home with any left.
    Merry Christmas!!!

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