As I sit here in southern Minnesota on a wintry morning of -25 degrees with a -45 wind chill, I am thinking how Christmas will be here in less than a week. I spent much of yesterday baking my annual family favorite Christmas cookies. These recipes, handwritten on well-worn cards, are a family tradition stored in my mom’s recipe box. I lost my mom this past April and as I was baking yesterday, I couldn’t help but reminisce all the years we baked these Christmas cookies. They are very simple recipes coming from a very simple life. Here are my family Christmas Cookie favorites. 

Cherry Wink Cookies


  • 12 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Maraschino cherries
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • Cornflakes to roll


  • Combine butter and sugar together.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, cherries and nuts.
  • Mix. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
  • Roll into balls and then roll into crushed cornflakes
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes

Fantasy Fudge

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup margarine or butter

2/3 cup (6-oz can) evaporated milk

Combine sugar, butter and milk in saucepan. Bring to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add 12 oz. chocolate chips, 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 cups marshmallow creme (7 oz). Add nuts are optional. 

Pour into butter greased 9 X 13 pan and let cool.


Russian Teacakes

1 c. butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar.

Mix together butter and powdered sugar. Add 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir

Add in 3/4 cup. chopped nuts, 2 1/4 c. flour and 1/4 tsp. salt.

Chill dough. Roll into 1″ balls. Placed on engrossed baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar when hot. Roll again when cookies are slightly cooled.


Cutout Sugar Cookies

This recipe is from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.

2/3 c. butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 egg

1 tbsp. milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 cup flour

Mix butter and sugar together. Add in egg, milk and vanilla. Stir. Add in baking powder, and flour. Let dough chill for an hour. Roll out and use cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. May frost and decorate cookies when cooled.

Banana Bread

banana bread
Banana Bread

We also made banana bread where you can find the recipe here.

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