12 Days of Christmas with 12 Favorite Cookies

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“Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.”  Sandra Lee

Holiday cookie baking is a labor of love for me. Truth be known,  I am just more of a cook than a baker.  These cookie recipes are tried and true favorites of this reluctant baker. I hope you’ll find a recipe or two to try yourself.  To access the recipe, please click on the highlighted titles. Crank up the Christmas carols, roll up your sleeves and get your holiday baking on!

Cranberry~Almond Sugar Ccokies with Double Chocolate Drizzle


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Zucchini Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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“One day we came home from some errands to find a grocery sack of [zucchini] hanging on our mailbox. The perpetrator, of course, was nowhere in sight … Garrison Keillor says July is the only time of year when country people lock our cars in the church parking lot, so people won’t put squash on the front seat. I used to think that was a joke … It’s a relaxed atmosphere in our little town, plus our neighbors keep an eye out and will, if asked, tell us the make and model of every vehicle that ever enters the lane to our farm. So the family was a bit surprised when I started double-checking the security of doors and gates any time we all were about to leave the premises.”Do I have to explain the obvious?” I asked impatiently. “Somebody might break in and put zucchini in our house.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

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Many of us have been gifted more zucchini than we can use at one time or another and at this time of year, recipes for using zucchini abound.  This is one delicious way to incorporate zucchini into baking.  The chocolate chip cookies are soft, chock full of chocolate chunks and even the pickiest kid will not suspect the sneaky addition of a green vegetable in the batter!  The recipe comes from one of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, from her book Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which captures her family’s journey of living for a year on mostly locally grown foods.  The recipes are simple, wholesome and of course, seasonal.  The book will raise your consciousness of sustainable eating in a most delicious and entertaining way.  The cookies freeze well so when you are missing zucchini season in a few months,  you can whip these out of the freezer and fall in love all over again. Continue reading