Favorite Finds: 10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I’ve done a terrible job this holiday season.  Our Christmas tree wasn’t up until Tuesday, the ornaments are still in boxes, our stockings were hung {with care} from the highchair, the two decorations on display were gifts we’ve received this past week, and I’ve done absolutely zero holiday baking.  Usually Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving in our house.  Next year I’m going to go all out.

Aside from the decorating, the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends.  To share and engage in traditions that have been passed on from one generation to the next.  I’m not the best baker, but that doesn’t stop me from baking Christmas cookies.  It’s the experience that I love.  There’s something so magical about being in the kitchen, surrounded by sugar, and singing along with Mariah Carey.  I’m so excited by the thought of having Evie {standing on a stool} next to me in years to come!

10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I vividly remember my momma baking two types of Christmas cookies: chocolate crinkles and gingersnaps.  She’d arrange them nicely on a tray to take with her to her cookie exchange parties and would come home with buckets full of assorted iced, powdered, crinkled, and sprinkled cookies.  Throughout the following weeks we’d take a few bites of each, as if we were sampling a box of chocolates.  The bright green Corn Flake wreaths and butterscotch haystacks were always my favorites.

Tip: When searching for chocolate crinkle cookie recipes I learned that some people use Devil’s Food cake mix.  I’ve never tried it, but it could be helpful if you’re in a crunch for time.

This weekend Ryan and I are devoting our time to all things Christmas.  Taking Evie to meet Santa, shopping, decorating {even if it’ll be up for only a week}, wrapping, and baking.  Below I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite classic Christmas cookies.  Each recipe can also be found on my Holiday Pinterest board.

1.  Cocoa Crinkle Cookies by HERSHEY’S Kitchens

Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

2.  Gingersnaps by Chef in Training


3.  Christmas Cornflake Wreaths by Tastes Better from Scratch


4.  Butterscotch Haystacks by Nutritious Eats


5.  Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing by Sally’s Baking Addiction


6.  Spiced Gingerbread Man Cookies by The Comfort of Cooking


7.  Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms by How Sweet It Is

peanut butter blossoms

8.  Almond Spritz Cookies by A Girl’s Guilty Pleasures


9.  The Best Snickerdoodles by Averie Cooks


10.  Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate by Just a Taste


Question:  What’s your favorite classic Christmas cookie?

Question:  Do you have any family traditions that you look forward to every year?

— Allison


Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review

Finally.  It’s only taken me two weeks to write this post, oye.  Over the past couple of months I’ve received a handful of great products to review {and giveaway!}.  I planned to write the reviews the weekend that Evie was born…  In addition to attending our childbirth class and having our maternity pictures taken…  But evidently our little girl had her own agenda.

Over the past two weeks Ryan and I have been learning how to live with a newborn.  For example, it’s absolutely adorable when Evie smiles and giggles, but that typically that means she’s about to unload.  And sometimes she’ll unload mid-diaper change which means we’ve been averaging a load of laundry a day.  In terms of food, she’s a good eater.  So good that she’s hungry every 1.5 – 2 hours {with a few longer stretches at night}.

Between diaper changes, outfit changes, feedings, burping, and cuddling, the morning turns to night and we’re getting ready for a repeat tomorrow.  A baby gives a whole new meaning to the word “busy,” but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I love being a mom.


With the cooler weather rolling in and a limited amount of time to make breakfast, I’ve eaten a bowl of oatmeal {in bed} every morning for the past two weeks – with the exception of pancakes two days :)   Oatmeal is comforting, hearty, and warm…  What more does a new mom need on a crisp fall morning?  Besides a cup of coffee.

Oatmeal is a blank canvas and can be jazzed to suit almost anyone’s taste buds.  My personal favorite is cinnamon raisin swirled with plain yogurt, some type of crunchy sprinkled on top, and a spoonful of peanut butter that melts all over.



Most recently the crunchy I’ve been digging on top is Hemp Hearts.  They’re small but mighty and have a delicious nutty flavor.  Although they initially reminded me of bird food, they’re easily my favorite seed – sorry chia and flax.



So…  What is hemp?  What are Hemp Hearts?

  • Hemp is a super plant and every part of the plant can be used to make food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel, and more.
  • Hemp Hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds, located at the top of the hemp plant.
  • Hemp Hearts are ready to eat straight from the bag – there’s no need to cook or grind them.
  • Hemp Hearts are easily digestible.
  • Hemp Hearts are a complete {vegetarian} protein.  One tablespoon contains 10g of protein.
  • Hemp Hearts are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.  One tablespoon contains 1g of fiber.
  • Hemp Hearts provide a great dose of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Hemp Hearts are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, D, and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Hemp Hearts are an excellent source of long-lasting energy.







Wanna try Hemp Hearts for yourself?  Manitoba Harvest is offering a 5lb bag to one lucky winner!  How to enter {the contest will be open through November 30th}:

Get creative in the kitchen and tag @manitobaharvest, #hemphearts, and #sweatpink in your Instagram and/or Twitter post for an automatic entry.

Also, Manitoba Harvest is offering 20% off everything at Manitoba Harvest with the code: HHSweatPink14.

Question:  Have you tried Hemp Hearts?

Question:  What’s your favorite source of vegetarian protein?

Disclaimer:  I received a sample of Manitoba Hemp Hearts to review through Sweat Pink.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

— Allison


WIAW: Pumpkin Waffle French Toast

If you’ve ever been pregnant I hope you will support me when I say PREGNANCY BRAIN IS REAL.  I feel like a total airhead.  I could have sworn that I published this post yesterday.  I thought I was going to be super awesome and post super early for a change, so everyone could drool over my delicious breakfast recipe…  But that never happened because I never hit “Publish.”  Face palm.


Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!



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breakfast: frozen berries {great way to save $$$!}, turkey bacon, & Pumpkin Waffle French Toast with peanut butter chips


mid-morning snack: peppermint tea, Blue Diamond Almonds, & a pear


lunch: an orange, cooked peas + carrots, an avocado + turkey wrap, & baked chips


afternoon snack: an apple & Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bar {salty + sweet = heaven}



stressful day = a trip to Target for nursing bras & junk food



dinner: after spending 2+ hours at Target, dinner at 9PM was burrito night {Monday} leftovers & a couple of Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies + cookie dough ice cream




Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.

Toast waffles in toaster until crispy – you don’t want soggy french toast.  While waffles are toasting, whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium, shallow bowl.  Dip waffles into batter to coat each side.  Use a fork to poke holes into the waffles so they can absorb as much batter as possible.

Cook waffles for approximately 2 minutes on each side or until light brown.  Serve with a little butter and syrup or Trader Joe’s peanut butter chips for maximum deliciousness!

Question:  Do you believe in pregnancy brain?

Question:  Waffle french toast.  What?!

— Allison