Santa’s Top 10 Favorite Cookies That Can Be Made Ahead of Time!

santas-top-10-pin.pngI don’t know if Santa will be visiting your house anytime soon but I think he just might stop here for a handful of cookies. My kiddos love the tradition of leaving cookies for Santa although I suspect that it may be because they get to help sample the cookies.

This year I was determined to have a little bit less stress around the holidays but sometimes life seems to just happen around you. Our new house has been one thing after another and I really wasn’t sure just what else might happen before Christmas so I really tried to get things prepped ahead of time.

One thing I did was to make a TON of freezer meals, 35+ Freezer Meals In One Day!, and I also worked on adding printable recipes to all of my existing recipes on the blog as well as to the new recipes I’ve been posting. I’ve also gotten all of my recipes from my recipe box scheduled to post and I will continue to work on some of the others I have scattered around and packed up just as soon as I can.

This is so much easier than trying to keep your screen open in the kitchen… I apologize that I didn’t do this earlier! I also went ahead and made a bunch of Freezer Cookies! (Working on that post too!) 

I’m not completely against using store-bought cookie dough but I feel that homemade is ALWAYS better if you can. With these recipes, you CANI normally like to roll most of my cookie dough into small balls and flash freeze to make it easier to only pull out what I need. You may want to experiment with these recipes or divide them into smaller batches before freezing. Check out this article HERE for more information about freezing different kinds of cookie dough!

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Funnel Cakes

I went to a vendor event recently and they had funnel cakes… I LOVE FUNNEL CAKES, so of course, I had to get one but then after seeing how much they cost I remembered I had a recipe in my old recipe box so I can make them at home.

My older kids loved funnel cakes too so we made them on a fairly regular basis before moving to Florida. I know they aren’t the healthiest treat but they will be OK for every now and then. They can be a little tricky to make as you really need to swirl the batter to get the right texture but once you get the hang of it you’ll find that they are fun to make.

I know that traditionally they are sprinkled with 10x sugar but you can also try them with fruit and whipped cream or a Cinnamon Sugar mixture.

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Lemon Cake Bars

I got this recipe from a co-worker a long time ago. I was pregnant at the time and these were one of my biggest cravings! (I don’t know if the pan is meant to be an 8×8 or 9×9? or maybe even a 9×13… I really can’t remember for sure)

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

I have a few recipes that call for caramel sauce and this homemade version is just so much better than the store-bought kind! It is pretty simple to make as well! Continue reading “Homemade Caramel Sauce”

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I believe these are the cookies my little brothers had nicknamed ‘Cowboy Cookies’ but I’m not sure. I do know that they are really good and these can be made into gifts by layering the dry ingredients in a jar and attaching a copy of the recipe to the jar with a little bit of ribbon.

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Pumpkin Pie Filling From Scratch

I know that this time of year there are ao many pumpkin-related recipes going around but Pumpkin Pie is a big tradition around here so I wanted to share our recipe. You can put this into a store-bought pie shell or try your hand at a made scratch from pie crust as well. Continue reading “Pumpkin Pie Filling From Scratch”

Blueberry Yum-Yum

Ohhh my! This recipe came to mind when I was posting the Blueberry Pie Filling recipe. This recipe was given to meal a while back when I lived in NC. A dear lady would always bring this to our church dinners and it never lasted long.

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Mama’s Banana Split Dessert

I had a mother-in-law who liked to make this recipe for get-togethers. She never would give me her secret recipe but I convinced a friend to give me hers. Try this drizzled with some Homemade Caramel Sauce for an extra special treat. Continue reading “Mama’s Banana Split Dessert”

Pies, Puddings, and Desserts

There’s nothing that can turn a good meal into a great meal like a delicious dessert. Here are a few of our favorites. Continue reading “Pies, Puddings, and Desserts”