Holiday Treats

It is that time of year again when we begin to think about what we are going to give to our neighbors, teachers, mail person, delivery drivers, sanitation workers, etc.   How often is your garbage bin/recycle bin filled to the brim and you wonder if they are going to take it?!  Well, show them a little love and they are more likely to be your friend and take it.  Small gestures make a big impression.  Sometimes time gets away from me and I end up handing my mail carrier and garbage collector a Starbucks or Peet’s card, but I do try to bake a few goodies for my special neighbors and favorite teachers.  Here are some old favorites and a few new ones I would like to add to my list this year.  I hope this inspires you to bake a few goodies this holiday season.

These gooey bars have to be one of my all time favorites.  I could eat a pan full of these and I’m not kidding.  They are called seven layer magic cookie bars and here is the recipe from

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You can never go wrong with lemon bars can you?  Always a hit and so easy to make.  This was one of my favorite recipes to make as a teenager and it still is.

This lemon bar recipe is from Betty Crocker… just can’t mess with the classic Betty recipes !

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Love these cookies and so easy to make.  Peanut butter blossom cookies….another classic from rockstar Betty!

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Another take on the classic blossom cookie.  This one is from Hershey and it is called, red velvet chocolate blossoms.  I love the holiday look of these cookies!

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And another variation….. this time it is a coconut macaroon blossom cookie.

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How adorable are these?!  Another blossom cookie you say….. this one is called the candy cane blossom cookie, this is a great looking Christmas cookie, isn’t it?!

If you don’t want to deal with the whole frosting process with traditional Christmas cookies, I think this would be a great alternative and just as festive.

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Remember these classic pecan powdered sugar snowball cookies.  So easy to make and the perfect little gift.  I think these are especially fun for young children since the recipe is so simple and it involves making the cookies into balls.  This recipe is from Southern Bite.

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The traditional raspberry – almond thumbprint cookie.  It’s a classic, right?!  I normally don’t drizzle the icing on top, but it certainly looks pretty!  This recipe is from Allrecipes.

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Chewy gingerbread cookies.  Yum.  I haven’t made these in forever and I’m definitely going to try this recipe from Betty!  And here is another recipe from a blog I follow, Oven Hug.  A delicious gingerbread man recipe that is adorable and it looks delicious!

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Buckeye balls or buckeye cookies.

These are no bake cookies/balls that are super easy to make.  They are delicious and very easy to package to give away as gifts.  Another great recipe from Allrecipes.

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The classic sugar cookie recipe.  This is the tried and true Betty sugar cookie.

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Just in case you need some cookie cutters Williams Sonoma has a nice selection.


And Sur la table has a nice selection of cookie cutters as well.  Great price too!


Woo hoo I am on a roll with two posts in less than a week!  So much fun to share!

I hope you picked up a few new ideas.  Please let me know what you like to bake for the holidays.  Do you give holiday treats to your teachers, delivery people, and garbage collectors?

If your garbage person comes early in the morning, as mine does, I just leave a little gift bag on top of the can the night before.  I know they love driving up to these sweet little gifts around the holidays.

Just in case you missed my “Favorite Things 2016” post from last week you can check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by!

About Ms B in the Bay Area

A San Francisco Bay Area lifestyle blogger Food-Travel-Fashion

6 comments on “Holiday Treats

  1. April, Great cookies here! I love trying a new cookie each year. My usual is biscotti, but they take a bit of time. I’d love to try one of the blossom cookies and those bars. Thanks for all these great ideas. Hope you are enjoying the season. I’m feeling I need to slow down and try to enjoy some of these traditions! Have a great weekend! xo Kim

    • Hi Kim, I’ve never made biscotti but I’m sure it is a hit with your neighbors and friends. 🙂 I’m glad you picked up a few ideas and I hope you get a chance to make one of the blossom cookies. xo

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