12 Days of Christmas Cookies – A Look Back

Our Top 12 Christmas Cookie Recipes

A few years back the Live Pretty team held a marathon Christmas cookie baking day in early December when we made all of our favorite Christmas cookies for our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series.  This year, while we take a break to play in the kitchen and enjoy family, we hope you make some of these awesome, homemade and family favorite Christmas cookies to share with those you love (or horde and enjoy yourself) throughout the holiday season!

So, as a recap, here are our Top 12 Christmas Cookie recipes, or the Live Pretty 12 Days of Christmas Cookies:

1. Good Luck Nut Crescents
These nutty, buttery crescents simply melt in your mouth.

2. Nut Horns
Nut Horns are a classic around our family – they even stick around in the freezer for munching on between holidays.


3. Christmas Tree Pressed Cookies
A Wilton cookie press is an essential and awesome investment that any Christmas cookie maker should pick-up – just one tool can make three of our top 12 cookies including this one – the kid favorite Christmas trees.


4. Lemon Cheese Pressed Cookies
This is by far the adult favorite pressed cookie. The lemon and cream cheese combo is just so luscious, balanced and sweet.


5. Rita’s Ricotta Cookies
Fights break out among both the young and old/older over who gets the last of these cookies each year and who gets to take home some of these sweet and soft Italian favorites.


6. Macaroon Kiss Cookies
I think these are my personal favorite – the coconut and chocolate are such a wonderful combo and they keep really well, making them the perfect gift cookie.


7. Grandma Rose’s Sugar Press Cookies
Our Grandma Rose did all the cookie essentials wonderfully, and this sweet cookies with a touch of nutmeg are no exception.


8. Aunt Jackie’s Apricot Rolls
These are an old world favorite and can be made with poppy seed or nut filling, but Apricot is by far our family’s favorite. There are many fond memories of munching on these Christmas morning while opening gifts.


9. Flora’s Fudge
Flora, the fairy of Sleeping Beauty fame, shared this recipe in a children’s magazine when my sisters and I were little.  Since then this easy fudge recipe has been made with love and ease for family and friends.


10. Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
“Oh my” is really all you can mutter when you bite into one of these cookies that combine the holy trinity of sweets – chocolate, caramel and pecans.


11. Chocolate Mint Surprise Cookies
Bite into these cookies (which are also awesome for milk dipping) and enjoy a melted Andes candy in the middle.


12. Aunt Olga’s Cut Out Christmas Cookies
These are the BEST sugar cut out cookies out there, no exceptions.  They are a perfect cookie project to take on with the kids.

We hope you find one (or a few) here that you can make this year to enjoy and share.  Happy holidays!



Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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One Response to “12 Days of Christmas Cookies – A Look Back”

  1. kim — January 15, 2016 @ 2:52 pm (#

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Cold Dough Cookie recipe. I have been searching for this since Christmas 2000. My mother and her best friend made them every year. When I was of age, I was permitted to assist. Unfortunately, I never copied the recipe. I assumed that Mom would be around for many years and I’d have plenty of opportunity to get it. This wasn’t the case. I’ll spare you the family drama, but the 2 relatives in possession of it aren’t giving it up. On a whim, I googled “cold dough Slovak cookies” and poof! There you were! I’m going to the Strip District (I’m in Pittsburgh!) tomorrow for walnuts from PennMac. I’m baking these next week. It’s supposed to be in the teens, with snow. This is just the project I need! Thank you again. It might seem silly to attach so much emotion to a cookie, but this cookie is Christmas to me.


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