I have made you a note you can leave for Santa after he eats the cookies you make for him. I have also linked to many Christmas cookies that Santa would be thrilled to be able to enjoy on his long night’s travels. You may also want to leave the recipe on one of my printable recipe cards. You know, so Mrs. Claus can make them for him on the off season! a collage of cookies images text reads "32 cookies for Santa Round-Up plus a free printable letter to Santa"

Christmas Magic

Christmas is a magical time of year. Both the Sacred and Secular traditions place a lot of emphasis on the anticipation of the day and its significance and not just on Christmas Day itself. The Advent Season. Advent Calendars. Twelve Days of Christmas. Even Elf on a Shelf and Black Friday. This year, I am firmly under Christmas’s magic spell. It could be that we finally have a Christmas tree again after years of being afraid to put one up because of the cats. He is small yet mighty, and he is hung with ornaments we’ve collected over the years and that have been passed down to us from family. We wrapped him in strands of multicolored lights, and at night, our living room is transformed by the dappled glow of our little tree. a small lit Christmas tree by a staircase wrapped in lighted Christmas garland Yes, Christmas is a time of magic. It’s a time of wonder and miracles, joy and thanksgiving. And for many, especially those who have children, it is a time for Santa. And for Santa, it’s a time of hard work and one incredibly long night. Of on Dasher and Dancers. Of “Ready, Rudolphs?!” Of countless takeoffs and landings, of trips down chimneys and up chimneys while the world holds its breath until the sun rises and children tumble downstairs in eager anticipation. Santa, you bring us all joy, and so we leave you some cookies to keep you going on the longest night of your year.

Cookies for Santa Round-Up*

First, here are a few of my favorite ever Christmas cookies:
  • Angel Slices are shortbread based with a sticky coconut pecan filling topped with a thin, crisp lemon glaze. They are perfect.
  • Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies are gluten free and deeply, darkly fudgey and chocolaty. So good, friends!
  • Peppermint Brownie Brittle is as crisp as the store bought kind and is flavored with bits of peppermint bark and peppermint oil. Yum!
And here are a ton more wonderful recipes from some of my blogging buddies: And whatever you do, don’t forget to leave out some carrots or maybe some popcorn for the reindeer, too. It’s a long night for them as well! Wow, that is quite theround-up! I hope you go over this list with your kids and decide what yumminess you will leave out for Santa to fortify him on his journey. And print out a of this note to Santa so he knows what you’ve made for him, and also so he knows how much you appreciate him. Just click to open as a pdf for easy downloading and printing, and have a magical and joyous Christmas. If you decide to eat one or three of the cookies you leave out for Santa, I promise not to tell.

Printable Note To Santa

printable note to Santa with blanks to fill in to tell him what kind of cookies you made for him I hope you and your family have a magical Christmas indeed. I leave you with some quotes from favorite Christmas stories and movies that all speak to the magic that is Christmas. Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind… —Miracle on 34th Street The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. —Elf It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be. —Scrooged What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. —How the Grinch Stole Christmas I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. —A Christmas Carol Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. —The Polar Express Thank you for spending some time with me today. Much love. Have a lovely day. *Thank you so much to all my friends who contributed links to recipes that will fill your kitchens with the unmistakable scent of Christmas. You guys are all the best.

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24 Comments

  1. Wow, Jenni, great collection of cookies – I’ve been visiting them all and want to make many! And I love your note to Santa – but happily since I am Jewish I don’t have to share any of these cookies with Santa ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you, Jeffrey, and the kids a fabulously joyous Christmas! xo

  2. You are the BOMB! Seriously, I KNOW Santa is going to have a blast at your house. Actually, I think there is a good chance that he and the reindeer may just camp out with you and The Beloved for the entire holiday!

    Thank you so much for including Desserts Required. Your warmth and generosity is so special! <3

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your orange chocolate chip cookies and your family recipe of Nana’s butter cookies. Your friendship means so much, Betsy. Much love to you! Hugs for Samuel and Harry! xoxo

  3. Aww thank you Jenni…these are so heartfelt and I love love love all the cookies in Santa’s treats! <3 I did enjoy making those Gingerbread men with my little dottie. Sometimes we just giggled and giggled as some of their limbs turned funny or had extra limbs ๐Ÿ˜‰ and had to alter ๐Ÿ˜€ Handmade cookies/biscuits is the best when you have someone fun around to make it with. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I love the roundup of quotes at the end! I wish more people would carry Christmas in their hearts all year long! Think of how magical the world would be if we were able to do that! Of course, cookies help too! Thank you for sharing and including me! xoxox

    1. Those Christmas quotes almost made me cry. I sort of wanted to write a whole Thing about them, but it was too heavy for a cookie round-up! Couldn’t agree more, though–it’s a state of mind we need to find even in the middle of June.

      Thanks so much for contributing–can’t do round-ups without my wonderfully talented friends!

  5. Sensational roundup of cookies, my friend. For not having a Christmas tree in a long stretch, you haven’t lost the skill at decorating a gorgeous, festive tree! The spirit of the holiday has enveloped you; may it carry through 2016. Season’s best to you and TB.

  6. Thanks Jenni for including the recipe i referenced. It was a go to recipe of our family for 30 years or more…I have played around with the recipe over the years…but the core recipe from Nestles…is perfect. MY favorite memories is baking cookies with my mom. I remember the first coolkies were a marbled cookie dough using card suit cookie cutters. Still have them…they have to be at least 50 yrs old. Happy Happy Again Thanks for including my fav recipe.

    1. It’s so great to find a solid base recipe you can play around with, and this one really does sound like a winner! Lovely memories of baking with your mom, too! Thanks for sharing your link, Amy, and Merry Christmas!

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