The criteria for selection is, of course, appearance and taste first and foremost, but I also try to choose cookies that have a decent shelf life and travel well since we send them to friends and relatives far and near. (Other than the jam thumbprints, all the cookies will last in an airtight container for several days.)
So here are the recipes I chose for this year's cookies, along with my piece de resistance, a beautiful snow-covered cake. And yes, the recipes all call for real butter, sugar and flour, along with our fresh eggs. I don't cut corners when it comes to baking. It's the real thing or nothing. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Egg Nog Cookies
Lemon Wreath Cookies
Raspberry and Mint Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
Gingerbread Molasses Cookies
Snowflake Sugar Cookies
And finally, my piece de resistance, a snow-covered vanilla cake. I added 1 Cup of sour cream to a boxed vanilla cake mix and replaced 2 teaspoons of the water with vanilla extract and baked according to the box instructions.