12 Days of Christmas Cookies

12 days of christmas cookies

Today we kick off our 2016 (and first ever installment) of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. This post will be updated daily for the next 12 days with each recipe – enjoy!

The Inspiration:

When our very own Becky Low was 19 years old, she remembers a Christmas celebrated at her family’s Hi-Low Cabin in the Beaver Mountains of Southern Utah. With snow lightly falling, she could smell the pine wafting into the kitchen from their freshly cut Christmas Tree, and Becky was ready to make cookies and candy – enough to fill every tin and box in Beaver.

Becky still enjoys making Christmas cookies and carves out time to do so each year. This year, inspired by her friend, Camellia, who, to the delight of friends, family and office co-workers, has an annual tradition of baking and giving the “12 Days of Christmas Cookies,” Becky would like to share a new cookie recipe for the next 12 days. Our recipes are a collection of staff favorites – some with great stories and tradition behind them. We hope these recipes bring smiles to your faces and inspire you to bake, enjoy, and give.

Baking Management:

Enlist Friends! 12 batches of 12 different types of cookies can be a lot of work, so instead of trying to do it all yourself, enlist friends. Designate a time to get together and exchange cookies

Save Some: Christmas is about sharing, so share your favorite homemade cookies with friends and neighbors, and keep 12. Place 12 cookies (or a few of each variety) in a fun Christmas Cookie Tin. On Christmas Eve, as you set out Santa’s cookies and milk, open the tin and enjoy cookies and memories with your family.

Give Some: Make as many cookies as you like (or have time for) and give some. When Becky’s friend Camellia first started her tradition, she would box up 3-4 different cookies and give them away. Use a variation, give cookies away for 12 days. Christmas doesn’t have to end on December 25th so extend your giving into the New Year as you visit with friends and family during the holidays.

Baking Tip:

• To roll out dough evenly, place dowels or pencils to the side of your dough. These will act as a guide and will allow you only to roll the dough to the desired thickness

The Cookies:

On the 12th Day of Christmas Cookies…

Gingerbread Men Cookies - Dairy Council of UT/NV Recipe - Kayli Cummings

Gingerbread Cookies

These soft gingerbread cookies are a tradition in Kayli Cummings’ family. Kayli is part of our Dairy Council team and works on events, school initiatives, and manages our social media. Every year, she and her family make a batch of Gingerbread Men and decorate them using frosting or other goodies.

Kayli Cummings and family

On the 11th Day of Christmas Cookies…

powdered sugar cookies

Yia Yia’s Powdered Sugar Cookies

“Yia Yia” is an endearing name for Grandma in the Greek Tradition, and Lacey Papageorge, a past Utah Dairy Ambassador and current school mentor shares her Grandmother’s recipe for these beautiful and traditional cookies – also known as “wedding cookies.”

On the 10th Day of Christmas Cookies…

coconut lime snowball cookies

Coconut Lime Snowballs

These Coconut Lime Snowball Cookies are perfect for the holidays. Plus they don’t have any nuts, so they are a great option for those with nut allergies. Thank you to Kami who works with us as a school mentor for sharing, and thanks Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod for the inspiration.

On the 9th Day of Christmas Cookies…

Deb's sugar cookies

Debbie’s Sugar Cookies

From our Office Manager, Debbie come these delicious sugar cookies – officially known as: “You’re-going-to-make-those-sugar-cookies-this-year-aren’t-you??!” And they really are THAT good. Per Debbie, they require GENEROUS sprinkles.

Debbie Family

On the 8th Day of Christmas Cookies…

Dairy Council of Utah Nevada - Recipe - Grandma's Spice Cookies

Grandma’s Spice Cookies

A traditional Dutch cookie, these spice cookies are truly delightful. Not too sweet, the combination of spices and texture combine for the perfect cookie. Thanks to our own Tim Pierson who works in the areas of nutrition research and business development for sharing a family tradition for Day #8 of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

Tim Pierson - Amsterdam

On the 7th Day of Christmas Cookies…

No bake fudgy oatmeal cookies

No Bake Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies

From Connie Mickelson, one of our school mentors, comes these delicious and easy cookies. With chocolate, oats and peanut butter, they are sure to please!

Connie Mickelson

On the 6th Day of Christmas Cookies…

Date Roll Cookie

Date Rolls

A childhood favorite of Mike Kohler’s, his grandmother used to make these cookies on holidays and special occasions. He loved them so much that he would sometimes hide the tray, so his Grandmother started a tradition of making Mike his very own batch on his birthday.

Mike Kohler

On the 5th Day of Christmas Cookies…

mocha cookies

Mocha Cookies

These chocolatey cookies get a special twist with a rich mocha frosting. Top with a *kiss* or walnut half for a beautiful cookie. Thank you to Libby – our general manager in Nevada for sharing this traditional recipe with us for Day #5 of our 12-Days of Christmas Cookies. Enjoy!

lIbby riding

On the 4th Day of Christmas Cookies…

white chocolate ginger snap cookie

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Snaps

Several years ago, Becky received one of these cookies beautifully wrapped in cellophane from Holly Hopkins, one of our school mentors who works closely with Fuel Up to Play 60. They are soft, chewy, and  just the right blend of spice and sweet. And these cookies make great gifts!

Holly Hopkins School Mentor

On the 3rd Day of Christmas Cookies…

Reese's Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Jenn Harrison’s favorite cookies prove that sometimes simple is best! These cookies combine great flavors for an ideal, cozy treat. Bake them with your kids and enjoy with a glass of milk.

Jenn Reese's Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

On the 2nd Day of Christmas Cookies…

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

From one of our staff dietitians and communications lead, Kristi, who says, “these cookies are a treat! Something about the powdered sugar, the jam, the little hole cut into the top – they feel special. They have always been a family favorite, and we seek them out at bakeries. Last year, we decided to make make them ourselves for Christmas and determined that it would be a new tradition. Our 3-year old helps cut out the shapes, if he doesn’t eat all the dough first!”

Baking Linzer Cookies with Kids

On the 1st Day of Christmas Cookies…

chocolate crumble cookies

Scottish Chocolate Crumble Cookie

A family tradition of our Utah State Dietetics intern, Sandra Reynolds, these cookies have a shortbread crust with a gooey, rich, chocolatey center. They are delicious, not too sweet and a great addition to your holiday baking tradition.

frosty the snowman cookie

The Melted Frosty

Not officially in our 12-days of Christmas Cookies, we wanted to share a bonus right at the beginning. This cookie comes from Becky and it is perfect for kids of all ages. It is a basic snickerdoodle recipe with a bit of added cocoa, decorated like Frosty the Snowman.

Becky Low
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