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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

These sour cream sugar cookies are an old-fashioned favorite! Pillowy soft and topped with a simple frosting, add your favorite festive sprinkles make these delicious cookies fit for any occasion. During Elle’s first Christmas season, I felt a real sense of urgency when it came to our new family’s Christmas traditions.  I’ve had family recipes …

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These sour cream sugar cookies are an old-fashioned favorite! Pillowy soft and topped with a simple frosting, add your favorite festive sprinkles make these delicious cookies fit for any occasion.

Three sour cream sugar cookies, topped with Christmas sprinkles, on a white plate.

During Elle’s first Christmas season, I felt a real sense of urgency when it came to our new family’s Christmas traditions. 

I’ve had family recipes that have been a part of our traditions for decades (hello, pumpkin roll and Nana’s easy cheesecake!), and I wanted to include Eric’s family traditions and recipes, too. 

Eric and I found this recipe for his grandmother’s sour cream sugar cookies while thumbing through a lovely recipe book his aunt put together of all their family recipes. 

His grandma wrote on the recipe card, “This is the one! Soft, beautiful dough – tastes good, too!!” She even added a cute little smiley face.

That review obviously sold me – these had to be part of our family’s Christmas traditions.

Now, years later, our family has grown and many things have changed, but some things stay the same: these soft sour cream sugar cookies are still a beloved part of Eric’s grandmother’s legacy and are a recipe I hope to pass on to our girls someday.

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Almond Crescent Cookies

Almond crescent cookies are a buttery holiday classic. With a crumbly texture, delicate almond flavor, and sweet powdered sugar coating, they are an elegant cookie that the whole family will adore! How do you feel about butter cookies? I personally love them and all of their variations. From spritz cookies to thumbprint cookies to the …

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Almond crescent cookies are a buttery holiday classic. With a crumbly texture, delicate almond flavor, and sweet powdered sugar coating, they are an elegant cookie that the whole family will adore!

Almond crescent cookies arranged in a pile on a marble board. Powdered sugar is being dusted over the top of the cookies.

How do you feel about butter cookies?

I personally love them and all of their variations. From spritz cookies to thumbprint cookies to the traditional Danish butter cookies – heck, I even love the ones you buy in the blue tin!

I think they’re just about the best Christmas cookies around, too. They are so decadent with their rich, buttery flavor and delicate, short texture. A plate of butter cookies really does make any holiday feel more special.

If you’re like me, you have to give this recipe for almond crescent cookies from my great aunt Tudy a try!

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Clothespin Cookies

Clothespin cookies are an old-fashioned favorite that your family will love! Tubes of pastry are filled with buttercream frosting and dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet, tender holiday cookie. This post contains affiliate links. There are some holiday cookies that are simple enough, sometimes I make them at other times of the year as …

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Clothespin cookies are an old-fashioned favorite that your family will love! Tubes of pastry are filled with buttercream frosting and dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet, tender holiday cookie.

White cake plate piled with clothespin cookies. A hand is dusting powdered sugar over the top of the cookies.

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There are some holiday cookies that are simple enough, sometimes I make them at other times of the year as a special treat.

We’re talking recipes like peanut butter blossoms, chocolate crinkle cookies, spritz cookies, and orange cranberry cookies

And then there are a handful of holiday treats that take a little more time and effort that I only make once a year at most, but everyone is glad when I do.

Clothespin cookies are one of those recipes. They definitely take a little more patience to make than some of my other recipes, but they’re an old-fashioned Midwestern favorite that our family loves.

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Date Cake

Date cake is a simple and delicious dessert. Flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar, this cake is an old-fashioned holiday favorite. At our house, we love recipes that remind us of family and bring back childhood memories, like my nana’s pumpkin crunch cake or the no-bake cookies my mother used …

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Date cake is a simple and delicious dessert. Flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar, this cake is an old-fashioned holiday favorite.

Two slices of date cake stacked on a white plate.

At our house, we love recipes that remind us of family and bring back childhood memories, like my nana’s pumpkin crunch cake or the no-bake cookies my mother used to make my brother and me. 

This recipe for date cake has been in Eric’s family for years and it’s one of his absolute favorite desserts because it reminds him of his grandma. 

In the very early stages of our relationship, Eric sent me a photo of this cake and asked me to go on a date with him. Looking back, I think his little pun and love for cake might be what sealed our fate.

Eric has such fond memories of his grandma making the holiday season extra special – merrier, brighter. 

One of his fondest memories is her Christmas Eve buffet featuring a delicious array of food like sweet meatballs, pumpkin roll, cranberry chicken and this date cake, all made with grandma’s TLC.

This is such a special recipe in our family that I can’t help but share it with all of you. Perhaps it will even become a part of your own family’s holiday traditions!

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Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Fried cake doughnuts are dipped in a chocolate glaze and topped with your favorite sprinkles. These chocolate glazed donuts are perfect for a weekend breakfast or a fun dessert. This post contains affiliate links. I think we all have recipes that remind us of our childhoods. For me, it’s recipes like my Nana’s pumpkin crunch …

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Fried cake doughnuts are dipped in a chocolate glaze and topped with your favorite sprinkles. These chocolate glazed donuts are perfect for a weekend breakfast or a fun dessert.

Three sprinkle-topped chocolate glazed donuts stacked on a piece of parchment paper, with more donuts and sprinkles in the background.

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I think we all have recipes that remind us of our childhoods.

For me, it’s recipes like my Nana’s pumpkin crunch cake, honey bun cake, or chocolate zucchini bread.

For Eric, it’s his grandma’s chocolate glazed donuts.

I don’t make donuts all that often, but for some reason, fall seems like the perfect time to make them. Maybe it’s because I automatically associate fall with apple cider donuts, or maybe it’s just that they’re such a comfort-food breakfast.

Overhead view of sprinkle-topped chocolate-glazed donuts scattered on a wire rack.

In Eric’s book, a donut is not a donut unless it’s dipped in chocolate. So these sweet little cake donuts are dipped in a chocolate glaze – and topped with some sprinkles, of course!

Eric enjoyed chocolate glazed donuts every Christmas during his childhood, and they even graced the breakfast table after a special sleepover. 

I hope you use this recipe to make some special memories of your own!

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Wassail

Lusciously spicy Holiday Wassail is perfect for your Christmas party.

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Wassail may be a traditional holiday drink, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it all autumn long! This warmly spiced hot mulled cider comes together in minutes and can be heated on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Three mugs of hot wassail garnished with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks with a dutch oven full of wassail in the background

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