More Christmas Addictions

While Trish admitted to having a Christmas decoration addiction, which I share, I have to admit to another Christmas related addiction. My name is Christie and I’m addicted to making Christmas cookies. I have no excuse. My kids only asked me to make three kinds of cookies, but I couldn’t stop at that.

So far, I have made chocolate chip cookies, mint M&M cookies, brownies with Andes Mints on top, two batches of pumpkin bars (the first batch didn’t make the Christmas cut and went to my son’s friends), and eggnog cookies. I still have the ginger snaps and the sugar cookies to get done this week. Now, if I didn’t work a full time job, plus have another writing contract to finish and have a 15-year-old part time, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But it is!

Of course, I will give a bunch of these away as presents to people I work with and my critique partners. But there is no reason I can’t just give them a card and a small present. It is what most people do.

I must pause for a minute to take another batch of eggnog cookies out of the oven.

Okay, I’m back now…did you miss me? The next batch is in the oven and I already put the powdered sugar on the finished batch. See what I mean? Even as I write this blog, I’m still making cookies. Even as I cleaned my house yesterday, I was baking cookies. This is out of hand!

Help!

But in case you share my addiction, here’s my eggnog cookie recipe:

Kringlas

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp nutmeg

¾ cup unsalted butter (not shortening or margarine)

1 egg

1 cup eggnog

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until softened. Add sugar and egg, beat until fluffy. Alternate the dd dry ingredients and eggnog. Chill 4 hours. Roll teaspoons of dough into pencil-like strips about 8 inches long and ½ inch thick. On an ungreased cookie sheet, form pretzel shape. This is how they’re supposed to be done. Personally, I roll them into balls and put them on the cookies sheet. The pretzel thing is a lot of work.

Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and nutmeg.

They are delicious.

So now, ‘fess up. How many other Christmas cookies addicts do we have here? I’m sure I’m not the only one. Any ideas on how to stop myself. Do I want to stop myself?

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74 thoughts on “More Christmas Addictions

  1. 1
    Jane says:

    Hi Christie,
    I’m addicted to eating Christmas cookies, but not at making them since I’m not a good baker. Those eggnog cookies sound delicious. A few years ago I found a recipe for pecan snickerdoodles online and I made my cousin make them for Christmas.

    • 1.1
      Helen says:

      Jane

      Have fun with the GR I am sure he wants to cool down after the scorcher he had here yesterday

      Helen

    • 1.2

      Jane, congrats on grabbing the GR! And the eggnog cookies are delicious!

    • 1.3
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! great grab on the Chook. Guess he wanted to do some Christmas shopping now that Hannukah’s over. (He celebrates everything – always up for presents and a party, that bird!)

      Or maybe he just wants to go skating and see the tree downtown. Hahah!

  2. 2
    Helen says:

    Christie

    Sorry I am not cookies I love but we don’t bake them here in Oz like you do for Christmas my weakness is baking Christmas cakes LOL and they take over 3 hours each to cook.

    I would love to make some of these receipes that you are all putting up if I can find some time because I would love to eat them.

    I am reading Betwichting the Duke at the moment and loving it Colin and Selina are so good.

    Have Fun
    helen

  3. 3
    Fedora says:

    I’m with Jane–I love eating cookies far more than I love baking them. This year, while we ARE making the annual multiple batches of chocolate graham toffee bark, I am cheating and baking cookies using premade cookie dough. I know it isn’t the same at all, but I just don’t have bandwidth for from-scratch this time of year. Drooling over your descriptions of your hard work, Christie! Mmm….!

  4. 4
    Mary Preston says:

    I eat cookies all year round. Too delicious to have just over the Christmas holiday period.

    Stop yourself? Good grief, why on earth would you want to do that?

  5. 5
    Barb says:

    Like Helen we don’t have cookies and i like christmas cake and make theose

  6. 6
    Anna Sugden says:

    Like the Aussie girls, we’re not big on Christmas cookies – probably a good thing for my waistline! My addiction, though, is mince pies! Warmed, with cream … love them! Hubby makes great ones, but the store-bought ones are so good too, we always have plenty in stock.

    • 6.1

      Anna, I have to admit, I’m not one for mince pie. I tried it once or twice but it just didn’t do anything for me. But my mom loves it.

    • 6.2
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Christie! i love, love, love making cookies. :> Like you, I can’t stop once i get started. Ginger molasses, chocolate chip, sugar, pumpkin bars, and so much more!!

      Love it!!

      Grins.

    • 6.3
      Louisa says:

      Oooh, mince pies! Yum!! My Mom makes them at Christmas. She uses the recipe she got from our next door neighbor in England. They’re quite good, but we all still admit the ones we had in England were THE BEST! Maybe it was the fresh cream!

  7. 7
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I am not an addict to baking cookies, eating them perhaps but not baking them. My mother was the baker and even then she was a cake person. Frankly, I don’t want the people struck with this addiction to stop baking, does that make me an enabler?

  8. 8
    Melody May says:

    Yum cookies! I actually love cookies and all the other sweets that are associate with this holiday. I love the homemade candy too.

  9. 9
    pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Christie! I understand. Truly, I do. I start baking right after Thanksgiving and usually don’t stop until Christmas Eve. I’m a little behind this year (what with the retail job and all) so it’s a good thing I’m not scheduled to work today. I’ll be spending the day in my kitchen. Need to get those family cookie and candy packages into the mail!

    Stop? What is this “stop” of which you speak? I know not of this word. Baking is my therapy. It brings me joy. Giving it all away brings me more joy. Just call me the Christmas baking elf. ;-)

    Btw, thanks for the eggnog cookie recipe! Adding it to my list along with Jane’s Pecan Snickerdoodles (she posted the recipe in the comments at The Romance Dish).

    http://tinyurl.com/cet3qlq

    More YUM for the tummy!

    • 9.1

      PJ, you’re so right. Baking give me joy too. I don’t even eat that much of it. After smelling it all day, I don’t have the desire to eat it. But I do love to give it away.

      I post on FB that I was making the pumpkin bars and my niece replied that I had to bring some up to NY when I go up after Christmas.

    • 9.2

      PJ, you are an amazing baker and candy maker. I know your family must watch for your holiday packages!

  10. 10
    GovernessInRed says:

    Nothing better than cookies this time of year! My name is Miranda and I’m a cookie addict as well.

    Thanks for the cookie recipe. It sounds divine and so yummy!

    I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  11. 11
    Minna says:

    I’m more addicted to chocolate.

    • 11.1

      Minna, I’m currently surrounded by chocolate on my desk at work. One of our marketing managers sent a Harry and David tier box. No one else has room on their desk so it’s all on mine. So not fair!

  12. 12
    Susan Sey says:

    Oh I’m totally a cookie baking addict. This year, though, my mother in law is doing cookie duty. I thought I was okay with that after the Great Pie Debacle in which I committed to bake 18 extra pies for charity over the holiday season. But as it happens, pies & cookies occupy separate spaces of my heart, so I had to bake something snacky.

    I went with caramel corn and spiced nuts. Technically not cookies, but close enough to satisfy me. :-)

    I’m totally going to try those egg nog cookies, though. Yum.

    • 12.1

      Susan, the cookies are soooo good. You must try them. And I’m not sure I’d be doing all this baking if I’d had to make all those pies (I hate making pies)

  13. 13
    Janga says:

    Except for sugar cookies to decorate with the grands, my Christmas baking is limited to pies and cakes and breads. I am grateful that I have friends who share your addiction to cookie baking and that I can count on being gifted with some of the delicious fruits of their labor every year. I ate too many cherry nut cookies from one friend’s gift tin yesterday.

  14. 14

    HI, my name is Kim, and I am a baking addict. Not just Christmas cookies, although I freely admit Christmas lets me go CRAZY. I’ve lost count of how many batches of cookies I’ve made. Maybe 10? And. I’m. Not. Done. Mint Chocolate Chip, GIngersnaps, Eggnog, Butterscotch Shortbread. I need to make another batch of Gingersnaps for my dad, and maybe some pralines, and then I’m giving spiced nuts a try…

    Because I’m insane. But I do give a lot of them away. More than the kids would like me to give away.

  15. 15
    Connie Fischer says:

    I love a nice sugar cookie and perhaps a ginger snap. I enjoy making cookies with my grandchildren using their great-grandmother’s cookie cutters. However, anytime I cook or bake, I’m not really interested in eating much. I’m thinking it might be because the wonderful smells have satisfied my hunger. One thing I have to have at Christmas is peppermint bark. Oh, it’s sooo good!

    Have fun baking and Merry Christmas!

  16. 16
    Deb says:

    I don’t like making cookies, especially sugar cookies, because they take too long. I love to eat frosted sugar cookies…..I have adapted a couple of my fave cookie recipes into bars. Taste good, a lot less time to make.

    I do like to make Scottish Shortbread or Danish Puff or Blackberry-Almond Bars even though they can be time-consuming to make.

  17. 17
    deelynn says:

    My oven is on constantly the month of December. Standard are chocolate chip…hubbys favs…oatmeal…my fav…peanutbutter…grandkids fav. Then there are the bars, snack foods and banana bread. At this moment, all the chocolate chip, peanutbutter and oatmeal cookies are gone and the banana bread has been given out. Time to start over….

  18. 18
    May says:

    I share your cookie addiction! Love your cookie recipe and will try it out later this week!

  19. 19

    Christie, I love baking cookies. It’s kind of a challenge in our small kitchen, but we used to do more of that when the boy was in school. Now we cut back to avoid gobbling the cookies immediately. :-)

    Those eggnog cookies look fabulous, and I can believe they’re labor-intensive!

  20. 20

    Woe is me. I too am a cookie addict, but in support of my husband who believes modern wheat is terrible for one’s health – we are trying to be wheat free here. Do you know how hard it is to make cookies without flour? (sigh).

    I may have to sneak out and buy some cookies that I can munch on the side. After all, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without sweet, calorie-laden, melt-in-your-mouth cookie goodness.

  21. 21
    catslady says:

    No, I’m not addicted but you make it enjoyable for those of us that don’t. I don’ do a lot of baking anymore since it’s mostly just the two of us and cookies are way too tempting to grab one or two or three… lol

    • 21.1

      LOL catslady, if I didn’t give so many away, I probably would stop. Except my family would kill me because every loves my cookies when I go up to NY. I’m not allowed to show my face up there at Christmas time without cookies.

  22. 22
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Christie! i actually posted my post up under Anna S’s where I meant to say that I like mince pies. Snork!

    Got so excited about the cookies….

    Grins.

  23. 23
    Beth Andrews says:

    Christie, I’ve pretty much gotten over my addiction to Christmas cookies – though now I’m addicted to making candy and fudge :-) Not sure I’ll have time to make all the sweets on my list but I’m going to try *g*

  24. 24
    EC Spurlock says:

    I am a cookie baking addict all year round (the boys nag me to keep that cookie jar filled – even bought me a clear one so they can check the level) but especially at Christmas! Like you I give a lot of them away to friends and neighbors (if the boys don’t eat them first!) I usually do 6 batches plus peppermint bark but I’m cutting way back this year due to lack of time. So I’m only doing the two must-haves (grandma’s sugar cookie recipe and thumbprint cookies with homemade jam) and two other easy ones. Although that eggnog cookie recipe looks really tempting…

    • 24.1

      EC, my sister does a fantastic peppermint bark that I can’t just quite do. I must go to her house and see what she’s doing that I’m not. My boys are as cookie crazy as they used to be.

  25. 25
    Pat Cochran says:

    I love sugar cookies, my sugar cookies. I
    used a recipe with just a hint of lemon
    and my FIL loved them. I lost some of my
    recipes in a move and can’t remember
    the measurements, alas!

    Pat Cochran

  26. 26
    Kim says:

    I usually buy Christmas cookies. It’s just too much work to make them.

  27. 27
    chey says:

    This year we’re trying to cut back. Only made 2 kinds of shortbread, rumballs, peanutbutter slice and Christmas cake.

  28. 28
    Barbara Elness says:

    I go so far as to collect recipes, but that’s where it ends. I’m not a baker, so I don’t have any trouble resisting the Christmas cookie baking urge. I leave all that to my son’s girlfriend, it’s her turn. :D

  29. 29

    Barbara, even if my son’s girlfriend wanted to make cookies, I would still do it.

  30. 30
    Louisa says:

    You are my hero, Christie! I NEVER bake Christmas cookies! Then again, I spend my entire day running a bakery and during Christmas I have to come up with clever and new ways to display cookies, to decorate cookies and the SELL cookies as Walmart ALWAYS sends too many!

    My Mom is my baker! And I cannot WAIT to snarf down a dozen or so of her potato chip cookies on Christmas Eve!

  31. 31
    Kaelee says:

    I used to be addicted to making Christmas Cookies. I used to make a lot of them and gave out tins and tins of them, Now the younger generation makes them when we have a family get together. I bring salads. I know ~ I’m a grinch!

  32. 32
    Alisa says:

    Saturday, my 2 daughters and their cousin and I spent like 4 hours in the kitchen baking cookies!!! then Sunday they wanted to make more. I let them have at it. I was just there to supervise. But as long as they were having fun I didn’t care.

  33. 33
    gamistress66 says:

    I’m a former addict :) I use to sped a full wknd baking up cookies (about 8-10 different kinds) but when I was getting stuck with too many since the family wasn’t together as much over the holidays w/ the kids grown, the office downsizing & more working remote, everyone complaining about diets, it got too depressing to think about all those lovely cookies I slaved over going unwanted & unloved so I started backing off to where now I make some simple cookie or two in december for my own enjoyment or to take to the office luncheon but thats all. while I miss some of the pleasure of baking & having a variety of cookies to enjoy I’ve managed to adjust, some day, when your ready, you can too :)
    till then have fun :)

  34. 34
    Shadow says:

    I love cookies! Your making me hungry. lol Yum! Thanks for the recipe! So gonna try these. Thank you!

  35. 35
    leahluvsmedieval says:

    I love eating the yummies that my family members make but I was definitely NOT a baker in my past lives!