With Christmas fast approaching it is time that many of us get our aprons on and get ready to spread some holiday cheer. Cookie baking and sharing is a time-honored holiday tradition. Christmas cookies have been passed to friends and neighbors in America since the early 17th century. Children first started leaving cookies out for Santa during the great depression of the 1930s to provide an extra treat in tough times. This certainly has been a tough year worthy of some sweet treats. If you are trying extra hard to get on Santa’s good side, then this year you need to impress him with a cookie that is unlike any other he will get on his sleigh ride journey from home to home. We have searched near and far for cookie recipes that are certain to impress with their flavor and uniqueness.

Pepper Nuts

These tiny little cookies come to us from Germany where they are known as Pfeffernusse (say that five times fast). These have all of the warming flavors of the holiday season and are perfect for someone who may want just a small bite… or twenty-three small bites. These babies are seriously addictive! We like to gift them in a mason jar with a bow on top. This simple gift full of complex flavors and baked with love is great for anyone on your list! 

Gingerbread Christmas Cards

What better way to say “Seasons Greetings” than with an edible card? While the gingerbread cookie is nothing new for holidays, this creative take on the recipe that shows you how to turn them into cards is very unique. This is a great activity for you to do with your family and is a special way to share your love with those who you cannot be near to this holiday. Tip: put fragile on the card when you send them in the mail. Or, even better, drop them off on the doorstep. Who wouldn’t love a secret Santa this year!

Cranberry Orange Cookies

These tart treats are a delicious alternative to the overly chocolatey cookies that make up most holiday trays. Decorating these cookies is simple and great fun to do with any kitchen helpers you might have, big or small. This is sure to be a holiday favorite for years to come. These classic holiday flavors come alive in this cookie that pairs perfect with a glass of eggnog. We recommend adding a bit of extra orange zest if you love the fresh citrusy flavor as much as we do. 

2020 has certainly been a unique year in more ways than one. What better way to say farewell to this year than with a plate of unique cookies that will bring all the joy that this crazy year needs. You are sure to impress your friends and family with your quarantine cooking skills when they get a chance to try these cookies. Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a plate full of cookies so get your apron on, preheat your oven, and bake your heart out!