As December wears on, holiday baking kicks into ever higher gear and I start to bring out more and more cookie recipes. Baking Christmas cookies has been a tradition of mine for as long as I can remember. This probably is not surprising, since I have a baking blog, but it’s worth noting because there are some recipes that I will always make for the holidays even if a bake dozens of different cookies. I bake butter cookies – which I often turn into spritz cookies by using my cookie press to pump them out into interesting shapes – and I bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. A newer tradition of mine is to bake and decorate lots of gingerbread men, too, but those spicy cookies don’t have the same long track record as the butter and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies do. I also always bake at least one loaf (often many, to give as gifts) of Orange Cranberry Bread.
What are your must-bake recipes that have become part of your holiday traditions? A specific type of cookie that you leave out for Santa? A batch of homemade cinnamon rolls that you eat on a lazy weekend brunch with family, that out of town relatives expect to enjoy?