Christmas Cookbook Giveaways!

In celebration of the holiday season, CookThatBook will be giving away a copy of Gourmet Magazine’s “The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009” and Alice Medrich’s “Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies”. To enter for a chance to win, post a comment below telling me about your favourite treat to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Be sure to stipulate which of the cookie books you would prefer to receive. On December 14th I will draw two names randomly from the list of comments. A huge thank you to the folks over at Thomas Allen & Son, Ltd. for donating copies of the books for our giveaway!

In our house the month of December is all about cookies. With Christmas carols blasting and holiday decorations perfectly in place, I don my festive apron that almost borders on being tacky and head into the kitchen. Each year I am full of excitement at the possibility of discovering new recipes, but also indulging in traditional favourites that only make an appearance at this time of year.

Followers of this blog will already be aware of my obsession with baking. I love the structure and regimented exactness that is required (can anyone say anal Capricorn?!) which allows me to completely zone out and focus on just one task. But there’s something special about Christmas cookies in particular. They hold an extra dose of magic! Yes they’re fun to make and delicious to eat, but they are prepared with the sole purpose of being shared with family, friends…and of course the big man himself; Santa. In fact, the whole concept of leaving cookies for Santa is believed to have started around the time of the Great Depression. Parents were looking for a way to instil values of generosity and sharing, even during difficult times. Hard to deny that there’s something infinitely uplifting about being the recipient of a batch of freshly baked cookies. They have the power to warm your soul.

As a child I remember leaving out plates of cookies I had baked with my mother and being so excited on Christmas morning when all that was left were crumbs. (Whew – he liked them!) Now when I bake cookies with my own children I see that same excitement in their eyes; the sparkle of holiday magic.

Here are the showstopper cookies that will be featured in our house this holiday season. And yes I realize as he reads this list Mr. Spock is preparing his annual speech about how I always get carried away and make a ridiculous amount of cookies. Bah humbug sweetie! You try cutting down on this list:

Chocolate Mint Cookies
Whipped Shortbread
Butterscotch Cookies
Butter Tarts
Mincemeat Tarts
Gingerbread Cookies
Sugar Cookies


31 comments on “Christmas Cookbook Giveaways!

  1. Paula Thomas on said:

    My favorite treats for Santa are various colored spritz cookies. The Christmas Tree shaped ones are my favorite.
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  2. Kathryn on said:

    Milk, of course. Scottish shortbread cookies (all that butter helps with the long night). Most importantly, fresh carrots for the reindeer.

  3. Miranda on said:

    Growning up we had one GIGANTIC cookie cutter in the shape of Santa and all his reindeer….we would need to make quite a few to ensure we would end up with one perfect (unbroken) one to leave out for Santa. I remember I always loved putting a red candy on one of the noses of the reindeer :)

  4. Heather on said:

    I make cocoa sugar cookies in the shape of reindeer and a drop of red icing for the nose with a few white icing details!

  5. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yum – gotta love spritz cookies!

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Carrots are a must :)

  7. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Miranda that is such an awesome idea! Love it :)

  8. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Super cute Heather! You’d be invited to any cookie swap of mine :)

  9. Phoodie on said:

    Santa gets Anzac Biscuits and a Beer and Rudolph and the reinies get Carrots and a bowl of water!
    Alice’s Chewy Gooey book appeals to me the most!

  10. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Love the beer addition instead of milk!

  11. The Brunette Foodie on said:

    My favorite Christmas cookies are plain sugar cookies with sprinkles.

    I know that is as far from creative as one can get, but there is something about them that reminds me of snowy afternoons sitting by the fire with my mom. I still always make a batch of sugar cookies each year even though I prefer to make far more fun recipes for my friends.

    {I like the Gourmet book!}

  12. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I always whip up a batch of sugar cookies for xmas…very nostalgic. Thanks for your comment Stephanie!

  13. Oh my goodness do I love Alice Medrich! That is definitely my pick. As for what I like to leave out for Santa,I’m a traditional kind of girl and I like iced sugar cookies or iced ginger cookies during the holidays.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks for your comment Sylvie! This is the first book written by Alice Medrich that I’ve tried and I have to say I am in LOVE with her recipes and will definitely be purchasing her other books.

  15. I love leaving sugar cookies dressed with pretty sprinkles for Santa , although this year for jameson’s first Christmas , we are going to make Santa lemon cheesecake squares.
    Loving the giveaways! Thank you!

    Gourmet all the way. 😉

  16. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Oh wow – lemon cheesecake squares?! Sounds delicious!

  17. I love leaving Santa a big glass a great Super Tuscan red or Grand Marnier… After all Santa’s been out in the cold all night and needs a warmer-upper (or he’s been busy muttering expeletives – allen key in hand, at the “some assembly required” task)

  18. My memories of putting out cookies for Santa are always of the round sugar cookies that my granny made. I’m sure my mother baked them as well but my clearest memory is granny using a tin can to make the shapes. She always let me use the scraps to roll out and make a little “pie” for myself.

    I would love to win the recipe for the lemon cheesecake squares but baring that the Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchie sounds ultra yummy too! (You know whose kitchen that will live in)

  19. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I know! Don’t those lemon cheesecake squares sound delicious?! Thanks for your comment Bee :)

  20. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    LOL…sounds eerily familiar Jax!

  21. I remember being pretty concerned about the reindeer. I figured everyone else was leaving cookies for Santa. There are way more of them!

  22. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Lots of carrots Ashley?!

  23. What a delicious giveaway! And love you selection of cookies. May need to add a few to my roster this weekend.

  24. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Eliana! Be sure to let me know which recipes you try…

  25. My favourite treat to leave for Santa are cookies made with my great-grandmother’s whipped shortbread recipe. With red and green marascino cherries on top, of course! I would love, love, love the Gourmet Cookie Book!

  26. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Tracy – I think any cookie recipe that belongs to a great-grandmother is a guaranteed favourite! Thanks for sharing…

  27. The kids make cookies and I make biscotti for Santa. He probably likes a little something different every once in a while!

  28. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Fun idea Tracy!

  29. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    CONGRATS to our winners! Sylvie (Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies) and The Brunette Foodie (The Gourmet Cookie Book). Hope you enjoy your books!

    Thanks to everyone who posted comments…more giveaways in the future!

  30. tasteofbeirut on said:

    All these gifts are terrific! I would love them all! Love the linzer cookies for Xmas, but this year, I think I will be eating a lot of baklava!

  31. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Mmmm…love baklava! I have a post waiting in the wings re. my first experience making it from scratch.

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