One of my favorite family traditions is getting together with my husband’s side for Cookie Day. It’s a marathon day of baking dozens of cookies and exchanging gifts. It’s something that Graham’s family has done for a long time and I’ve loved taking part in it since 2012 (if I am remembering correctly). This year was special because it was Victoria’s first time and we welcomed a few other new members as well, including baby Garrett.
Everyone selects which cookie recipe he/she/they want to make from a binder full of family favorites passed down from Graham’s grandmother. (At the top of my to-do list is to make a copy of that recipe book.) This year, Graham and I (mostly him) chose chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies and butter cookies for Victoria to decorate.
Cookie Day gets a little crazy, but in a good way. We make tray after tray of cookies and have to balance the use of a single oven (on most years).
We snacked on a delicious spread courtesy of my sister-in-law while we baked, but mostly we consumed sugar the whole day. ha!
At the end of the day we all fill cookie tins and to-go containers with our favorite cookies, and we have enough to last until the new year! Some of us also give cookies away to friends. We also have an ugly sweater cookie-decorating contest, which our nephew won this year. (My entry is at the top of this post; it’s actually not that ugly, if I do say so myself.)
I look forward to traveling to Louisville for a weekend almost every year for Cookie Day. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
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