Cookies. A basic dessert with a lot of possibilities: chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter, pistachio, biscotti, oatmeal, coconut, gingerbread, short bread, snicker doodle…and many, many more.

We have many traditions in my family (you’ll read about them all in this blog) and during the Christmas season, we always make Christmas cookies. I’m not talking about a dozen cookies, or even two dozen cookies; at the end of our baking quest we probably end up with about 20 dozen cookies. Now don’t go thinking we are all fat asses up in this house, we don’t eat all of them for ourselves! Most of the time we make them for other Christmas parties, give them away as gifts or take them to work!

Now I mentioned in my About Me section that I am a PR professional. When I heard we were decorating our tree at work, I knew I had to make some holiday cookies. I decided to keep it simple with a sugar cookie recipe, but had a little fun with colorful frosting and sprinkles.

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One tip to remember about cookie dough. It can get very soft, very fast. So make sure to make your dough at least an hour ahead of time, so it has time to chill in the fridge. If you are short for time, make the dough the day before and freeze it!

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I used tree, snowmen and star cookie cutters!

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Sugar cookies are great because they are like a blank canvas – decorating is the perfect activity for kids! Not that I have any..god no..too soon.

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Other holiday cookies in my family include Pizzelle, Drop Cookies, and Biscotti.

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Happy baking… and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!