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Does your family have special baking traditions for the Holidays? Well, my grandma makes homemade cookies-chocolate chip, spice, and peanut butter blossoms. This year, I helped her make them. I’ll start with the simplest kind, which is chocolate chip.

My grandma makes chocolate chip cookies all-year round, not only around Christmas. We keep them in a plastic container so they don’t get stale, especially in humidity during the summer. Here is the recipe:

2 ¼ cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

Combine and beat together till creamy:

1 cup softened margarine

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Beat in two eggs. Add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in one pkg. (12 oz.) nestles chocolate chips (We use mini chips). Place a scoopful on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Second, we made the spice cookies. These cookies are more for the fall and winter season. They will go bad quickly during warmer seasons. Spice cookies are my favorite.

1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 cup margarine

3 eggs

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. baking soda mixed in 3 cups flour

Blend together wet ingredients. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix well. Place by scoopful on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Finally, we have the peanut butter blossoms. My grandma usually only makes these during the holiday season. They include Hershey kisses on top, too.

Sift together:

1 ¾ cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

Cream together:

½ cup margarine

1/3 cup peanut butter

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar


1 unbeaten egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Blend in dry ingredients.

Shape dough into balls using rounded teaspoon for each. Roll balls in sugar. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove and top each with a Hershey chocolate kiss pressing down firmly so cookie cracks. Return to oven for 2-5 minutes.

I feel that baking with your families for the holidays brings people together. It is a tradition that many people have with their families. There are a few things about this time of year that I dislike, and I feel are disrespectful, though.

Have you noticed that more recently, people have become completely oblivious to the true meaning of the holidays?

For example, people look forward to the holidays not because of the actual holiday itself, but because they look forward shopping and the gifts they will receive. Commercials were talking about sales for Black Friday, not even acknowledging Thanksgiving. I’m mostly talking about Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s when I say “holidays”, but I was still pretty upset when I found out some stores were open all day on Thanksgiving starting sales for Black Friday.

I personally believe that this time of year should be spent gathering with families, and celebrating the holiday for itself, not the gifts you and others will receive from it.

So when the holiday season rolls around, just remember to be grateful for what you have!

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17 Responses to “Holiday Traditions”

  1. Dori Chau on January 18th, 2017 1:40 pm

    Great article Aimee! I love to bake and so does my family. These recipes sound yummy and I can’t wait to try the peanut butter blossom and the spice cookies!! They both sound DELICIOUS!!!!

    Aimee Quinlan Reply:

    Thank you!

  2. Gabriel Lembert on January 18th, 2017 1:44 pm

    This is a great article about how to make holiday treats! This is a recipe that I will definitely try! Nice article Aimee!

  3. Luke Lopez on January 20th, 2017 9:25 am

    Cant wait for my mom to read this!! She’s always snooping on the site every now and then… But, I will definitely use this on the holidays or just for a snack with friends. 😀 ;D

  4. Kenny Hui on January 20th, 2017 9:25 am

    This is a great article. I don’t know how to bake but this recipe seems delicious! 🙂 🙂

  5. Alexis deSuze on January 24th, 2017 1:25 pm

    Your grandmother’s cookie recipes sound delicious!!!?? I think that I will have to make the cookies ?, and try them myself. The spice cookies? sound the best of them all! Sometimes me and my mom try making our own cookies and cakes, so I think I will have to show her these recipes and we will make some cookies. Nice job Aimee!

  6. Sara Sierzega on February 6th, 2017 9:14 am

    After I read this it reminds me that I make these cookies every year. Anyway I love how you told the exact measurments when you told how to make the cookies. Great job Aimee. 😉

  7. Mya Miller on February 6th, 2017 9:19 am

    Wow these cookies sound good But I can’t eat them. I think you did a great job explaining this recipe. 🙂 My friend makes these cookies all the time.

  8. Ariel Navarro on February 6th, 2017 9:36 am

    These cookies sound DELICOUS!!!!!!! I don’t like many foods but I love making them. I’m sure my family would love them. I got to show my aunt these recipes. She likes to bake. Great job Aimee! :p

  9. Dash Alschuler-Pierce on February 7th, 2017 9:22 am

    I agree with you! Don’t look forward to presents and everything! And yes I do see that on black Friday that they don’t even mention Thanksgiving! IT’S MADNESS! And btw I love the picture! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Amazing! 😀

  10. Nicholas Simone on February 16th, 2017 1:11 pm

    I love this article. I wish I can have one of those cookies!!!! Finally I love that you tell how to make it.

  11. Gabriella Badolato on February 17th, 2017 9:22 am

    You are definitely correct about people not caring about the holidays, just the gifts. It’s awful that they only care about presents, I mean I do like opening presents, but I cherish the holidays and my family. I love my mom and dad and sister. The cookies are probably delicious. I’m going to try baking them. 🙂

  12. Chelsea Fraser on February 17th, 2017 9:24 am

    Mmm! These cookies seem delicious I wish I could have one right know. I think I might try these recipes. Thank you for this amazing review! 🙂

  13. Isabella Dewey on March 1st, 2017 9:17 am

    Those cookies look amazing I wish I could have one .Next time I make cookies I will make those . I love the review it was amazing like your cookies 🙂

  14. Bethany Kosinski on March 6th, 2017 1:08 pm

    Awesome article, Aimee! These cookies sound scrumptious! I think I would like Peanut Butter Blossom one the best, but all of them sound mouth watering. Also, I love how you mention the true meaning of the Holidays–family togetherness!

  15. Vincent Vacchiano on March 8th, 2017 1:03 pm

    Yum! All the details make me hungry. And I just might try one of those recipes… 😉

  16. Asha Gajraj on March 17th, 2017 9:08 am

    Those cookies sound delicious . I will totally try those spice and peanut butter cookies. They sound delicious and they look easy. Simple, but sweet!!

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