We had a very white and relatively quiet Christmas up here in North Dakota. This year I realized that there are a few things which really put me in the Christmas spirit (besides the obvious classic movies + music):

  1. Baking/decorating cookies
  2. Frantically crafting my gifts at the very last minute.

I had already binge watched The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3 (don’t judge me) but making a batch of Molly Yeh’s sugar cookies really got me feeling festive. We hosted a few private holiday parties at Dakota Timber Company and one of our parties was for our local Home Builders Association so these little house cookies were the perfect treat.

Sugar Cookie Dough My Actual BrandJoanna Gaines Cookie CuttersHouse Cookies My Actual Brand

I realized a few months ago that I only owned ONE cookie cutter! A little bunny one that I got from a thrift store (of course). So I headed to Target at the advice of Molly to check out the new Magnolia Home collection of cutters. These little houses were definitely calling my name and I immediately imagined them all decorated with royal icing in an illustrated style.

Christmas Cookie DecoratingDecorated House Cookies My Actual Brand

Molly’s glaze recipe is amazeballs. I had so much fun mixing up colors and dipping the cookies and letting the glaze spread evenly over the surface. Β I LOVE the way the frosting dries sort of matte-glossy – it was the perfect background for little line decorations. I used Alton Brown’s royal icing recipeΒ and piped line drawings on the face of the cookies – one (okay maybe two) of them ended up looking like grain bins which was not a bad deal.

We had Christmas out at Seth’s dad’s house. It was kind of a special Christmas because our nephew got to spend it with us (which we know probably won’t happen very often since his dad’s a military man and they move quite a bit!). Β He did an awesome job as Santa and handed out everyone’s presents while still in his adorable Christmas pjs. Christmas is pretty fun when there are little ones involved.

Santa Chase

My sister-in-law (who also loves to bake) brought over some krumkrake that she made which was out of this world. Cardamom is the king of Christmas spices if you ask me. Even though I will always love pizzelles + the nostalgia they bring – I definitely have to add krumkake to the repertoire next year.

krumkakeKrumkake King

I dubbed Seth the Krumkake King this year… mainly (and only) because I took this ridiculous picture of him in his new Christmas socks munching on a cone. That might have to be a thing next year too- whoever can eat the most krumkake can be the Krumkrake King!

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