Sunday, November 11

Eat Christmas Cookies, A Food Blog(ga) Event

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See the regularly updated cookies here.

One of the disadvantages of living in Southern California is that it never feels like Christmas, even at Christmas. When my mother came from Providence one December, she noted, “They have Christmas lights on the palm trees out here.” “Of course,” I replied, “where else would they put them?” “Well, that’s just silly if you ask me,” she added.

She has a point. Sparkling palm trees just don’t have the same effect as those big old-fashioned multicolored lights peeking through the snow on pine trees and holly bushes.

There must be something programmed in me though, because as soon as the sky turns grey and the air has a chill (as it does today), I inexorably start lighting Home for the Holidays candles and sorting though Christmas cookie recipes.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Charlie Brown Christmas special or eating cookies. Like Charlie Brown says, it’s not about who has the shiniest Christmas tree (or Lexus as it were), it’s about the true meaning of Christmas -- eating. Well, more like the warm feeling you get inside, as when you share and eat Christmas cookies.

So, find your Traditional Holiday Music Channel, light your Christmas candles, and start baking. Beat your egg whites into stiff peaks of snow. Dip your cookies in chocolate so shiny smooth you could ice skate on it. Then send them to me. Well, don’t actually send them to me, send them to your mom or your son or your neighbor. Then send me the link.

Click HERE to see the cookies, updated regularly.

Here’s how you can participate:

1. Post about a Christmas cookie from now through December 24th at midnight PST. Please try to send them by December 17th because I will be posting your recipes as I receive them; the earlier you send them, the more likely someone else will see your recipe and try it before Christmas.

2. Within the post, please link to http://foodblogga.blogspot.com and to http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2007/11/christmas-cookies-from-around-world.html
and place the Eat Christmas Cookies logo.

3. Email your entry to foodblogga [at] yahoo [dot] com, and put Christmas Cookies as the subject. In the e-mail please include:
  • Your preferred name
  • Your blog’s name and URL
  • The URL of your entry
  • The name of the cookie
  • Where you live
  • If you’d like a picture to accompany your entry, then please attach a photo of your cookies.

4. Don’t have a blog but would like to participate?

(That means you Cheryl and Auntie Diane)

No problem. Just email me your name, location, recipe, and brief description or story about the cookies. Please attach a picture to the email if you’d like it to accompany your recipe, and I will post it to the website.

5. Questions? Email me.

56 comments:

Asha said...

Great timing and theme Susan. I am baking some cookies(nothing fancy!) and posting one on the 19th Dec. anyway for Christmas. I can send it to you, hope 19th is okay too!:))

Susan said...

Sounds great, Asha! Any time before the 24th is fine. I just figured the earlier the better so people can have the recipes to make for Christmas. I'll update the page as I receive them. Thanks!

T.W. Barritt said...

Great idea, Susan! I'm with you! I've been stockpiling CDs and Christmas books since early October, just waiting! We're on the same wavelength (you, me and Charlie Brown). I've got an interesting holiday cookie for you!

Jennifer said...

Oh, fun! I need to get in Christmas mode, and this might be a great way to help.

Susan said...

T.W.-Fantastic! I can't wait to see it!

Jennifer-I think it will. :)

I've received a couple of questions by email and thought I'd share. Cookie bars (such as date nut squares) are fine as are cookie-like pastries.

BaL said...

This is such a lovely event!!!

Although I'm not a Christian, I love X-mas period.

In fact I do love all holly days of every part of the world :) Cuz people always give thier most potisive feelings to the univers on such days, and goodness which is so precious to me...

I will willingly join this event of yours, Susan. I'll start searching some nice recipes in a few min.s :)))

Love...
Banu

Susan said...

Banu-
Thank you for the lovely note.
Of course one does not have to be Catholic or Christian or Italian or even a Patriots fan to enjoy Christmas cookies....

I am not even sure what "cookie" traditions there are for other cultures or religions. I hope someone informs us. :)

katiez said...

Yes, we've been having the Christmas cookie discussion. With just 2 of us I have to limit the variety - one favore for mon mari, one for me and one joint...
One must plan.....

BaL said...

Susan, I will try to search for it.

Now shortly I can say that Muslims (in Turkey) mostly bake -not cookies- but "baklava" on Ramadan Bairams, or in other religious festivals in Turkey. Maybe you know or not but as Turkey is dşfferent from other Muslim countries, I cannot say that this is a tradition of Islam. Just we do so here in Turkey :) I don't know the others...

There is also another "traditional" special dessert which is cooked during Ramadan in Turkey. It is "gullac" which is made of a very thin dough of starch, milk, and some nuts, and sometimes rose syrup.

I will search , and write a post about the thing you asked in details on my blog soon then :)

cinderelly said...

this sounds fun! i just returned from lunch at a favorite shop with my mom and sister, that was all decked out in christmas things, so i feel a little christmas-y at the moment! (i was mourning the passing of halloween!) i have gotten out of the habit of making cookies, (i was eating them all!) and recently had a cookie craving for snickerdoodles!

Homesick Texan said...

I grew up in a place where it was not uncommon to wear shorts and sandals on Christmas day. So I am still amazed and thrilled that coats, scarves and the possibility of snow make up the holiday season here in NYC. A white Christmas is more than a dream! Though if I'd grown up with proper-Christmas weather, I'd miss it too. That said, Christmas lights on palm trees sounds rather festive. What a sweet (no pun intended) event! I can't wait to see all the recipes.

Meeta said...

Growing up in the Middle East we would actually spend Christmas day at the beach LOL! Love the event idea Susan. Look forward to all those cookies!

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a beautiful and useful event, Susan!
I can't wait to take part in it!

Jeanne said...

Funny - I was just looking at the contents of my (bursting at the seams) storecupboard this weekend and thinking "what can go into cookies?" I'll definitely come up with something between now and Christmas!

And as for the Christmas/weather thing - I think it's programmed into you as a kid, because for me it doesn't feel like Christmas when it's cold and grey! My favourite Christmas memories involve swimming between the courses of the Christmas meal.

Go figure :)

Abby said...

Ahhhh! I can't believe it's time to start baking! Gosh I hope I can get some done to take part! I HAVE been gathering recipes, but I'll have two jobs at least through December. Ahhhh!

And I see a pretty new picture!

linda said...

Lovely idea! Count me in...

Cris said...

Great! Will think of something!!!

Susan said...

Katiez-I know, there's two of us here as well. So Jeff will be bringing a lot of cookies to the office!

Bal-That is simply wonderful of you! I can't wait to see your post. You've quite inspired me!

Cinderelly-Ooh, Snickerdoodles!
That's one cookie I never make. Why not? They're so good!

Lisa-It's all relative, isn't it? I can't wait to them too!

Meeta-That's what I can do now!

Patricia-I can't wait to receive your yummy entry!

Jeanne-That is too funny. I guess it's whatever we get used to. Can't wait to see your cookie creation!

Abby-I hope you find the time, but if not, no worries!

Linda- Great! Thanks!

Cris-I'm sure you will! Thanks!

Anali said...

Oh my goodness! I hate to be a grinch, but I can't quite handle Christmas yet. I need to wait for Thanksgiving first, but it sounds like a great event. I'll be one of the late entries. ; )

bazu said...

This is wonderful, Susan! This is the year when I promised myself to get started baking early and give all my friends and family cookies and other baked goods as gifts. Your event will be much appreciated! Oh, and I'll do my best to contribute as well.
Well, I'll be in CA this Christmas, so it looks like lights on palm trees for me, too! Cheers!

sra said...

The logo's really lovely, Susan, did you make it yourself?

Susan said...

Anali-Late entries are fine too. :)

Bazu-You've got lucky family and friends!

Sra-Yes, thanks so much!

Toni said...

I grew up in the east, too, where Christmas meant snow and pines and such. But when you think about it, I'm guessing that Bethlehem probably has more palm trees than pine trees, so maybe it's not quite as whacky as it might seem at first.

Great idea for an event, Susan! Can't wait to read the recipes.

Siri said...

Hey Susan, was wondering if I have to submit "baked" cookies only? Wondering because I plan to make spicy fried stuff..we eat this instead of cookies at home... :))

Chris said...

OOOH! I can't wait....thinking...thinking...what to bake...I am so excited!

Kara said...

Looking forward to the event... Christmas cookies and the traditions associated with them were a staple in my house growing up. I'm still trying to use up the rest of my pumpkin puree but Xmas cookies are next!

Do they have to be original recipes?

Scribbit said...

Okay question (and tell me no if it's no) can we submit older posts on Christmas cookies? I have a praline cookie recipe that I love . . .

Susan said...

Toni-You've got a point, there. :)

Siri-Spicy fried stuff sounds good to me. :)

Chris-I am too-thanks!

Kara-No, they don't have to be originals. Maybe you'll be making some kind of pumpkin cookie? ;)

Michelle-Sure. No problem. Who could turn down praline cookies?

SteamyKitchen said...

I know exactly what you mean! Living in Florida, we don't get the "winter" feel either.

I'm going to start listening to xmas music tomorrow.

Pip said...

I came to California once, it was only November but Christmas decorations where almost all over and... I agree with you, it's not really Christmas without pine trees and snow!
I like this christmas cookies event! I'll bake some for sure! :)

Happy cook said...

Wonderful idea. I am glad you are posting the recipes when you recieve them, so atleast if i didn't find any in my book i can steal one from your entries and make it :-)))))

Happy cook said...

One more thing does it have to be cookie can it be cakes too

Susan said...

Jaden-Oh, good!

Pip-I'm so happy to hear it--thanks!

Happy Cook-That's the idea! ;)I would like it to be cookies, but I'm open to different types of cookies--bars, biscuits,or mini pastry type cookies.

Chef JP said...

Your Christmas Cookie deal sounds like a fun event---my wife (who was the dessert chef at my restaurant) has a great recipe for Snicker doodles (which is Santa's favorite cookie)---I'll see if I can post that one. I posted a link to your Cookie event in my Friday blog round0up. Happy Holidays!

Julie said...

Great idea--and I love that you kept it simple and are going to get people posting their cookies ahead of time. As soon as I get back from our family thanksgiving the Christmas baking starts. I just freeze everything and defrost fresh cookies as I want them. I can't wait to start posting cookies!
Julie

Hillary said...

Can we post Hannukah cookie or generic cookie posts? :)

Gattina said...

now way I'd give it a miss!!! Susan, love this theme! In the past week I was looking for some fig paste for making cookies (I bet you'd guess what mine is :) :)
I agree on your seeing palm tree things in the Christmas season. In this city (almost the same... but there are maple trees as well). Luckily the maple suddenly turned their color last week.

Gretchen Noelle said...

I love Christmas baking. Looking forward to participating!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Susan, I will try to join.
I just ordered some new cookie cutters from eBay :)
Have a wonderful day, Margot

Deborah Dowd said...

What a great idea! Like a cookie swap without the calories!

Susan said...

Chef JP-And I've been looking for a good Snickerdoodle recipe. I can't wait! Thanks so much for including me in your round-up!

Julie-That's wonderful! I'll be looking forward to it. :)

Hillary-Sure! I'd love to see your Hannukah cookies. :)

Gattina-Ooh, fig paste. I like it already.... :)

Gretchen Noelle-Great! I look forward to receiving your entry! :)

Margot-I hope you do! :)

Deborah-I hadn't thought of it like that! ;)

I(dot)J said...

I'd love to participate. How do I link the photo of the blog (i.e. the red box) on my blog?

Susan said...

i(dot)j-You right click on the image, then click on "File," then "save as." You select a name to save the picture as, and save it to your desktop or a folder. Then you upload it just as you would any other image to your post. Let me know if that helps. You can also email me directly. I'm so happy to hear you'll be participating! :)

PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. said...

Trust my luck to get to know late! Great event...I've got some cookies posts which I'm gonna include in your wonderful event!
Cheers

Ann said...

Wonderful idea... I'm in!

Julie said...

I'm embarrassingly sentimental about Christmas music but I have a strict no-listening-until-the-day-after-Thanksgiving rule. And then I listen pretty non-stop thru Christmas.

I'm looking forward to seeing Christmas cookie recipes!

Susan said...

Passionatebaker.... and beyond-That's wonderful! Thanks!

Ann-Great! Thank you!

Julie-I save my Charlie Brown CD until after Thanksgiving, since it's my favorite. :)

Kristen said...

I would listen to Christmas music all year round if I could!
We have a radio station that plays Christmas music from Nov 1st through the New Year and I love it.

What a great event! Can't wait to participate.

Katy said...

Um, an excuse to bake Christmas cookies? Yes please. :-) Count me in, for sure!

Melinda said...

Hi - just discovered this event through the Daring Bakers. What a great idea! I love Christmas baking and am always on the lookout for more Christmas recipes. I've already baked my Christmas cake and pudding for this year, so now have plenty of time to try out new recipes. I've just made my aunt's Austrian lebkuchen biscuits for Christmas this year, so will post about them very soon and will send you a link. Thanks for hosting such a fun event! Melinda from Melbourne Larder

Susan said...

Kristen-I can't wait for your submission. With your baking skills, I know they'll be fabulous!

Katy-Yeh! Looking forward to it!

Melinda-I'm so happy to hear it! Thanks.

aparna said...

Have sent you an entry. Some great cookies so far.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Thank you Susan for hosting this event... :)

Margot

Larry said...

I love Christmas and "celebrate" year round ... thinking of the birth of Jesus. By the way, I am posting a Christmas sight based on the new book "A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts" which emphasizes a stress-free Christmas. I've posted a couple of recipes on this site. It is
www.christmas-scrapbook.info
-- check it out.
Larry
PS Christmas is not a day on the calendar but a frame of mind.

Christmas embroidery said...

Looks like great Christmas cookies.

Linda Williams said...

Nice Comments Cookies is the nice gift to give somone.

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