Me & My Stitches

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Cookie Day

Every year our family gets together at our house to make Christmas cookies and candy.  This year was no exception!  We started earlier this year and we got lots done. Above, Mom is showing Jessica how to use the cookie press.  And below she was on her own.  She did a fine job!
Then Johnna took a turn...

Here's me making no-bake cookies (sorry about the sideways pic!).  That was one treat that DH remembers his mom making each year - so we made them in honor of her.
Lots of treats finished...

One family tradition is making anise cookies.  My grandma used to make tons of these ever year and send them to friends and family.  We always helped - but she was very particular and really didn't let us do much!  But the kids each got to make a fish - she let us press the dough into the molds and cut out around them by ourselves.  Here are bunches of pics of our anise cookies.  I think they taste terrible!!  But I love to look at them. They have such tiny, perfect detail - it's amazing.

The girls took a break to work off some of the cookies they munched on...

DH taught them how to do a line dance!
The cookie-making gang (except for my SIL who does not like to have her pic taken and is BEHIND the camera!)...We are showing off our candy cane cookies - another one that Grandma made each year.
It was a busy, productive, and very fun day!  Oh...and the hubby made us lunch!  He is very helpful and helped with all the cookies and got us anything we needed. 

Have a great day!!


  1. What a blast!! The anise cookies look fantastic and so delicate.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Looks like a ton of fun! The anise cookies look so wonderful. The best part of the holidays is the time spent with love ones!

  3. That's a good way to get the baking done!! I love the looks of the anise cookies. Yum!!!

  4. What a fun day, Julie! I absolutely love the cookie presses! I've been baking tons of goodies, too - today it's Buckeye's!

  5. Wow--that is a lot of cookies!! I've never used a cookie press--may I admit that it is probably because it looks like too much work? Don't know about the flavor, but the anise cookies look delectable!
    Cookie making at your house looks fun! : )

  6. Beautiful! (Family time and the cookies)
    Thank you for sharing ;-)
    Happy holidays!!

  7. Yikes - you all can make anything fun, can't you? ;o) Sounds like a wonderful, and memorable, day. And all those wonderful treats to boot! I agree on the anise cookies - my dad used to love them - and they look so amazing - but I'm not an anise fan (except, for some reason, I do love those little red hard candies!) Do you need my addy to send out a goody package??? ;o) Wishing you a week of holiday magic....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  8. Your anise cookies are the most beautiful cookie I have ever seen and eaten~they are fabulous....I just want to look at them instead of eat them, but then.....yummmm! Looks like a great family tradition you have going there!

  9. What a fun cookie baking day!
    And I think the prettiest cookies I have ever seen.
    I made the Toffee yesterday with your recipe. I havent tried it yet but it sure looks good.
    Love & Joy Friend

  10. Looks like an awesome time!! I can't believe how many treats there are!!! Wow!! Enjoy! :-) Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Julie!

  11. Oh my gosh, that is the best display of cookies I have seen! Nice going everyone!

  12. I know that I'm so late on commenting, but it looks like you had the best time making those cookies. And the anise ones - I love those and just love all the molds that you have. My kids hate them so I've never made them. Perhaps I have to come to your house next year! :o)