The 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies Is Here!

I very excited! Starting today, I will be hosting a blog hop with more than 30 other bloggers for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies (& Sweets!). Started by April of Abby Sweets Blog and hosted by her for the last three years, I’m taking over this year because her time for blogging has changed and she’s not blogging as much these days. I remember coming across the blog hop last year when it was nearly over and made a note that I wanted to join in this year. Who knew I’d end up hosting it myself?

I know you’re probably freaking out right now saying, “What?! It’s only twelve weeks until Christmas? No way!” Plus, here in Texas we’re still having 90 degree weather! But it’s true! Actually Christmas is a little more like 13 weeks away but we’ll be ending the blog hop on December 15th so that hopefully everyone will have a freezer full of cookies to pull out for all those special holiday occasions and be able to enjoy the festivities without feverishly baking late into the night. And this year, Hanukkah starts on December 20th, just a few days before Christmas so whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, feel free to join us! And I have a confession. I know most of the time I blog about making healthy food choices for your family. But the deal is, I have a HUGE sweet tooth and look forward to the holiday season to get into the kitchen and bake away. It’s also a great way to get the whole family together to bake.

Why start baking now? It’s is not meant to creat panic, but rather calm! Being the meal planner that I am, making holiday treats ahead of time makes sense. Plan ahead and fill your freezer for holiday gatherings, hostess gifts, teacher treats, neighbor gifts or whatever! And like I mentioned yesterday, you can even bake up all these treats and organize a bake sale to benefit a great cause of your choice!

Now on to the first recipe from me!

Snowmen and reindeer cookies-a fun treat!

Snowman & Reindeer Oreo Cookies
My mom passed along this cookie idea when my children were very little. She had had them at a holiday meeting and thought they were way too cute! And they are! They are perfect for little hands because there is no oven involved. As you may guess, my kids helped with these. These were all really easy and quick to make so you can easily add them to your holiday offerings even at the last minute. Enjoy!

Here are the instructions on how to make the Oreo cookie treats.

Step 1: Gather your ingredients
one package each white chocolate and mint chocolate covered Oreos
mini-M and Ms
regular M and Ms (not pictured–I forgot)
pretzel twists
cookie decorating icing (or any icing of your choosing in a pastry bag, etc. so you can squeeze it out in small bits)
mini-chocolate chips (also not pictured–oops!)
chocolate icing for mouth–you can use any kind just be sure it is NOT the decorator gel because that will not dry

Step 2: Squeeze a tiny bit of white icing onto the cooking where the eyes and nose are to go.

Mini chocolate chips for the eyes

Step 3: Add mini chocolate chips for eyes and orange mini M and M for “carrot” nose

Add some icing to attach the nose.

Step 4: Add a little bigger bit of icing to sides of cookies for “earmuffs”. Add regular sized colored M and Ms to make earmuffs

Add the ears--any color!

Step 5: Add chocolate icing for mouth and your done!

Ta-day--finished snowman cookie!

Reindeer cookies are basically the same but you will use the icing to “glue” on the broken pretzels to make the antlers and use a red M and M for the nose instead.

Add pretzels for antlers.

Add the faces.

Add the noses.

Finished reindeer cookies--cute!

JOIN IN THE BAKING!
If you’re a blogger, there’s still room to join. And if you’re not a blogger or just not up for blogging about it, then join us anyway and fill your freezer. Every Thursday from now until December 15th, we’ll be bringing you lots of new inspiring recipes. Put on your baking cap and collect all those recipes from your recipe box, magazine cuttings, cookbooks or online. Now is the time to make those cookies you’ve always wanted to. And feel free to make a bar or even a candy—any sort of sweet treat will do! If you’re interested, just leave a comment here, add your blog to the linky.
EDITED on 10/4/11 TO ADD: Link-ups require approval so if you don’t see your link appear right away, that is why. When adding a link it MUST be a post dated 2011 and your post must mention the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies blog hop. No links from previous years to any old random Christmas cookie recipe just to get extra traffic to your blog, sorry! If you want to join the blog hop for future weeks and add the thumbnails to your blog for future weeks, please email me and I will send you the code to use. Thanks so much!

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers shown below to see what they’ve baked up today!

26 comments
Anita Johnson
Anita Johnson

Thank you for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies! I love trying different recipes and can't wait to make a couple different ones with my four little great nieces! They will love them!

Tina @ MOMS CRAZ COOKING
Tina @ MOMS CRAZ COOKING

I would love the info/emAil on the blog hop for the Christmas cookies! Tinahudgens@aol.com

Pamela
Pamela

These are so cute! I never got to look at all of the blogs from last week. I love this idea, though. These would be great for the kids! Thanks for sharing!

Heather Capewell
Heather Capewell

This is a wonderful idea, and I'd love to know the details and possibly join.

Christi B
Christi B

I'd like to join the bloghop too! And everyone's right, those cookies are just adorable!

Jamie
Jamie

Thank you so much for hosting this year. Your cookies are adorable and perfect for kids to help. They really put you in the holiday mood.

Andi Winslow
Andi Winslow

Hi Brenda, I would be interested in your cookie baking. Would it be possile to be included. Thank you andi PS your little cookies are very cute

Denise
Denise

Possible duplication here but I do not see that my comment took. I found you on the announcement of the upcoming Halloween blog hop. I am super excited about it because I love Halloween. I must admit your Christmas cookies are adorable. My favorite is the snowman. I love Christmas too of course. I hope you will stop by my blog and see my Halloween related post. It relates to my hair jewelry. http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com

Denise
Denise

New follower here. I actually found you on the announcement of the Halloween blog hop that will be happening soon. I'm excited about that because I love Halloween. I must say these are super cute Christmas cookies. Of course, I love Christmas too. I think my favorites are the snowman!! Adorable. I hope you will stop by my blog and check out my post. It relates to my hair jewelry with a Halloween theme. http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com

Hannah
Hannah

Hey Brenda, I was wondering if I could join in on this, just let me know! P.S. Your cookies are ridiculously cute

Kita
Kita

Holy freaking adorable, Batman! These cookies rock!

Laurie
Laurie

I would love to join..sounds like so much fun!

Sue
Sue

Hi Brenda, It has been "one of those weeks", but I am still working on getting a cookie done and posted:) I noticed that there is a link for my blog with a thumbnail of my Jumbo animal cookies, but I did not link it(link #25). Somehow when you set up the linky party, did it accidently get added? I saw that you had this same thumbnail included when you sent out the email which included the sample linky party. I clicked on the link and it goes directly to my blog's home page. I'd appreciate it if you would delete it, so as not to confuse anyone:) Thanks! Sue of Munchkin Munchies

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Hi everyone! I'll be contacting each of you later this evening with more details about joining. It's been a super busy day! Can't wait to see alll the great ideas from everyone!

Cheri
Cheri

I would love to join. I have only been blogging for a couple of months, so I like to have a good excuse to bake. Thanks for organizing this.

Emily
Emily

I would love to join in on this! Please send me some info on how to do it. This sounds like a lot of fun.

Steph@stephsbitebybite
Steph@stephsbitebybite

I did this last year and would LOVE to do it again!! Can you send me the details?

Erin @ Making Memories
Erin @ Making Memories

I did this last year and loved it! I wanna join!!! How fun (and a little freaky that it's that time again!)

Trisha
Trisha

What a fun, festive treat for kids of all ages!

Trisha
Trisha

Brenda, thank you for hosting this years Christmas Cookie Party. I can't wait to see what the next couple of months have in store!

Stacy R.
Stacy R.

Hello, I LOVE the 12 Weeks of Cookie idea. This is right up my alley! I would love to participate. I'm not sure if I just link up next week, or if I am supposed to contact you first. Thanks for hosting such a fun blog activity. I have been thinking about blogging again. I'd lost my blogging mojo over the summer. Suddenly this morning I am very excited to get started again. I just love this idea. Stacy

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

You bet! I will email you the details. And thanks for the compliment on the cookies. They are so much fun to make!

Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)
Meal Plan Mom (Brenda)

Hi Stacy! I'm glad you'd like to join us! I will send you an email with all the details and get you set up. Enjoy the recipe hopping today!

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