12 days of Christmas Cookies – Sugar Cookies with Autumn Walters

For today’s post, I invited one of my dear friends from Pure Barre, Autumn, to share her story. Autumn and I met one fateful day at the studio, and we were each other’s biggest cheerleaders as we attempted to hit 250 classes in one year. Over the years we have shared our love of Pure Barre, family, shared wedding visions, and most importantly: cookies! Continue reading “12 days of Christmas Cookies – Sugar Cookies with Autumn Walters”

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Cyclops Cookies with Martha Chambers

I realized in planning out my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies that precisely because of the fact that all of my recipes are stolen from her, I would be absolutely  remise if I didn’t feature my own mother! As the woman who taught me to bake, and the brains behind the entire cookie operation at our house, we need to hear from the master!

From Martha:

Within a few readings of Emily’s blog, one immediately notices that this girl loves to bake! She comes by it honestly as both sisters and her mom are happiest when we are baking – particularly when we get to give it away! Molly’s cakes are blue ribbon worthy and Merry Grace’s banana bread is “I’ll just have one more piece” delicious, but the real crème de la crème is our cookies!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

In looking through all of my family’s Christmas cookie recipes, I realized that most of them aren’t, in fact, very “Christmas-y.” Truly, what makes them Christmas cookies is just that we make them at Christmas. While this is totally fine, sometimes, you just want something that screams CHRISTMAS. These cookies do exactly that!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Thumbprint Cookies with Bobbie Hampson

My mother in law, Bobbie, is an extraordinary cook. She is the first person I’ve ever known to make cauliflower taste good, and there are some things that I know she makes that I don’t even try to replicate. It would be a fool’s errand! Over Thanksgiving, I of course asked her to teach me to make one of her favorite Christmas cookies: thumbprints!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Snicker-doodles with Gina Morando

For today’s post, I reached out to my oldest friend, Gina. When I first met Gina she was a 14 year old that didn’t have the slightest clue how to cook (she used to joke that she didn’t know you had to take the soup out of the can to cook it!), but she has blossomed into one of the finest I know! She bakes literally a dozen pies each Thanksgiving, just for people she loves! This past year, she has begun her own small business. I am so proud of her for taking this leap of faith, and if taste has anything to do with it, she’ll be a huge success! If you get a chance, check out her Instagram account, @BakedbyG, but be prepared to start drooling at the sight of her delicacies!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Angeletti Cookies with Shannon Varroney

Today I am excited to welcome by dear friend Shannon to my page! I have been enjoying Shannon’s out of this world baking for a long while now, and it was about time I asked her to share her secrets with the internet! She came over the other night to bake these with me, and even taught me a few tricks!

Below is her family’s recipe for Angeletti cookies!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Wreath Cookies with James Hampson

James Hampson is back to tell the tale of his favorite Christmas cookies – the wreath cookies!

From James:

Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of year. In fact, the only thing I am more excited about right now is the fact that my lovely wife thought I did well enough on my first post to ask me to write another one!

Like a lot of families, mine is full of traditions around the holidays. Once we’re done enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, we are all in on Christmas. First thing is first though, finding the perfect Christmas tree is a must. Then we begin playing Christmas songs on repeat. Of course, getting into the Christmas spirit also includes spending some quality time helping my mom (you know her as Emily’s mother-in-law, Bobbie) bake Christmas cookies. Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Wreath Cookies with James Hampson”