Cookie Day!






It would be an understatement to say I look forward to Cookie Day every year the way some people do the Super Bowl. My Mommom, my aunt, and I spend a day together, baking hundreds of cookies in various Christmas-y shapes. From my post two years ago: “This is my favorite family tradition, and I look forward to her green cookies every year. My mom-mom is probably my favorite person on earth. She’s so sassy.” Nothing about that statement has changed!

Growing up, these cookies appeared at Christmas for me to devour, without an understanding of how much work goes into making them. And then a few years ago, I started helping. My Mommom makes the dough a day or two in advance of Cookie Day, and then the three of us spend a day baking them. Tradition dictates that we first have a big diner breakfast, to fortify ourselves for the long day of standing at an assembly line like little elves: someone stamps the cookies onto the baking sheets (using a cookie press), someone decorates, and someone monitors the oven, rotating sheets and putting the cookies on a cooling rack. We listen to Christmas music while we stamp out little green Christmas trees and little red wreaths.

Oh, did I mention we’re Jewish?

We love Christmas, but more specifically, we love cookies. Even more specifically, I love these green cookies. Sure, nothing about them is remotely healthy (I like to picture my insides turning green when I eat them, which is a likely consequence considering your tongue actually does if you eat enough in one sitting) but since when are the holidays about moderation?

Christmas Butter Cookies (or Mommom’s Green Trees)

1/2 lb. softened butter
3oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. sifted flour
Food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat butter until whipped. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Mix while adding sugar. Blend egg and vanilla.
3. Add food coloring if desired (pretty much mandatory).
4. Slowly add flour, with mixer on lower speed.
5. Use cookie press and decorate.
6. Bake 10 min, until bottoms are light brown.

Enjoy, kiddos!

12 thoughts on “Cookie Day!

  1. Oh hooray! I love cookie day! I’ll confess, I’ve been thinking about it off and on for the past week, wondering when it was “going down.” Love this tradition.

  2. O ho ho! Papa Noël is coming! Quel surprise Erin! C’est la première fois que je vois une recette dans ton blog. Ces petits sapins ont l’air délicieux! Il reste qu’une semaine pour les vacances de Noël ! xoxo

  3. a day spent in the kitchen baking cookies is a day well spent! what i love best though is how you’ve adopted this tradition despite religion or precedence – just an opportunity to be with your mommom and to be a part of that 4000 cookie (wut?!) legacy. i jumped back to your original post and i know what you mean about the distinct flavors, i always swore that superman ice cream (colored blue/red/yellow) definitely was NOT vanilla with food dye. so are you going to share the red cookie recipe? hehehe ;)

  4. yay! the green cookies! for some reason i think of this tradition you have at the holidays since you shared it a couple years back. for me the holidays are really about those types of traditions that you can count on year in and year out. that’s really what makes the holidays so wonderful. xoxo

  5. i have actually never seen a cookie press like these in real life! if i had seen something like this tree or a wreath at the antique store, you bet i would be bringing that home and make some cookies with them.

    i love that you’re jewish and you still enjoy xmas cookies and christmas music. i always thought i have the best of both worlds, being raised christian and marrying a jewish fella. but, anyone could be this lucky and chose whatever traditions that they would like!

  6. My mum had that exact same mix-master! And those cookie presses can still be found on ebay in original boxes for about $30
    What a lovely tradition to have with the women in your family. I like how in America it’s referred to as ‘the holidays’ – feels so much more inclusive.

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