Growing up, one of my favourite things about the holidays (you know besides the snow and pretty decorations and presents) was all the Christmas cookies! My Nana would make batches upon batches of her famous shortbread cookies and when I got older, I was allowed to help. Some cookies would be for us to eat, some would go into tins for friends and some would go to her church for the annual bake sale (and sell out fast).
While shortbreads were her speciality (with little pieces of maraschino cherry on top) my favourites were always her oatmeal lace cookies and custard creams.
Nana turned 96 this year and while she doesn’t bake anymore, her handwritten recipes mean that we can still enjoy a plate of cookies together on Christmas Day that taste just like the ones she used to make.
Nana Ted’s Christmas Cookies
Interested in trying those famous shortbreads? I shared the recipe here.
Do you have any holiday baking traditions or favourite family recipes that have been passed down?