Merry Christmas, Dear Reader! Today, I am posting a complete list of all 24 of my 24 Cookies of Christmas series in one single post. I just want to make your Christmas baking as easy as possible!
Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “But, Lord Byron, today is Christmas Day; shouldn’t our baking be done already?” Well, my Dear Reader, while that may be true for some of us, it’s certainly not the case for everyone.
Who’s ready for a lesson in Christmas celebrations? Let’s see… some churches (mainly Orthodox churches) use a different calendar for their religious celebrations. Orthodox Churches in some countries such as Russia, Ukraine, and Serbia, continue to use what is often referred to as the old Julian calendar, so they celebrate Christmas on January 7th.
Most Greek Orthodox people celebrate Christmas on December 25th, but some still use the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7th as well. Even some Greek Catholics celebrate it on January 7th.
In Armenia, the Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas on January 6th, the same day as it celebrates the Ephiphany.
You might think that Christmas ends when you take the Christmas decorations down – but it doesn’t! After both Christmas and the Ephiphany have come and gone, the end of Christmas celebrations come on February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas, with Candlemas.
Candlemas, also known as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple or the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, is the when some Christians remember the time when Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Jewish temple in Jerusalem to give thanks to God for giving them a son. It’s a very important day in some Orthodox and Catholic churches.
The name Candlemas comes from Candle Mass because in many Candlemas services, the candles are blessed to be used in churches during the coming year or are given out to people for them to use in their homes and private prayers.
In many Catholic churches, it’s a time when people remember and renew promises they’ve made to the church and celebrate some of the prophesies which were given about Jesus. In many churches, an all night vigil is held on the night before the candle blessing ceremony. In the morning, the candles are blessed and are given out to people.
So, you see, Dear Reader, there are many who have not yet reached Christmas Day and will still require some great tasting Christmas recipes to accompany their celebrations! Without further delay, here are Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas series in the order in which they were originally published.
A popular Christmastime treat in Newfoundland, Jumbo Marshmallow Balls are cookies that make you feel as though you were eating candy. Serve whole or sliced, but best when frozen!
A light and fluffy peanut butter cookie with a milk chocolate rosette center, which has been rolled in sanding sugar. Christmas Peanut Butter Rosettes will add lots of festive colour and flavour to your holiday baking!
Nostalgia gets an update with these Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies. Take a classic peanut butter cookie and add cream cheese to get a lighter, flakier, tastier update on your favourite childhood cookie.
Christmastime is synonymous with cookie cutter cookies. Crispy Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies are a simple and inexpensive way to add a special touch to a deliciously classic cookie.
A deliciously simple cookie bar which uses the most inexpensive ingredients; this traditional Newfoundland confection earns a five star rating every single time!
A triple layer square which boasts a coconut and chocolate flavour combination, Queen Anne Squares are an extremely popular Christmastime time confection!
Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies are sugary, buttery, shortbread cookies, topped with royal icing and a festive candied cherry center.
A sweet, moist, coconut and vanilla flavoured center, covered in a chocolate coating, Chocolate Coconut Balls are an easy, no-bake holiday favourite!
Homemade sweet treats can’t get any easier than a fudge recipe. Rocky Road Fudge Squares combines traditional Rocky Road ingredients like chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows!
Some flavour combinations work very well together and chocolate and orange is no exception! Chocolate Orange Cookies are light and airy and bursting with bright citrus flavour!
Traditional food – the food we grew up eating – always tastes better at Christmastime. Homemade Newfoundland Jam Jams, a molasses and jam sandwich cookie, is no exception!
Star Anise Cookies are rustic and simple cookies that are filled with the familiar licorice flavour we all know and love. Not super sweet, these cookies pair very well with the icing drizzle, and uses only common pantry ingredients!
Holiday baking should be delicious, indulgent, and easy! Nutella Holiday Truffles are all of those things and more, like delectable, luxurious, succulent, tantalizing, delightful, and more!
Christmas is all about tradition, both the new traditions and the old. This Traditional Christmas Linzer Cookies recipe, an old world cookie confection, originating in Austria, is a vital part of holiday traditions for many families.
Often prepared and eaten at Christmastime, Russian Christmas Tea Cakes are made from a mixture of nuts and coated twice in powdered sugar.
A delicious red cookie dough is rolled into powdered sugar to create these puffy, moist, Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies – the red and white lends itself well to holiday baking!
A soft, chewy, moist center with a sugary, crunchy coating; Irish Ginger Cookies are golden nuggets of cookie perfection with the deep ginger flavour we all love.
Soft, moist, and fudge-like; these Iced Gingerbread Bars taste like the familiar flavours of Christmas, but have the texture of a dense, chocolaty brownie.
Chocolate Toffee Candy has it all – chocolate, crackers, toffee, and pecans – it’s a decadent, indulgent, holiday treat that every loves to eat too much of!
Fast, simple, and easy – just the way Christmas baking should be! Sheet Pan M&M Chocolate Holiday Bars are festive, fun, and family-friendly!
A simple mix, roll, and bake cookie with a deep, rich chocolate flavour. Christmas Funfetti Cookies are ideal for holiday baking with kids!
Butter, flour, and sugar are the main ingredients in these Blue Christmas Butter Cookies. Your Christmas will be anything but blue though after you bite into these cookies!
Chocolate and peppermint go together like bread and butter. Peppermint Chunk Fudge is the perfect unison of them both; consider this fudge recipe a gift from me to you!