24 Days of Christmas Baking 2011 Edition

November has been quite the month! This Christmas baking marathon has been keeping things busy. Everything from baking, to getting nice photos and then posting the recipe, it all has been hectic but, oh so much fun!

Below is the collection of all the cookies and squares from the past 24 days. You can click on any image to go to the post with the recipe. My hope is that these posts inspire you in your Christmas baking!

I hope that you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS

There is also a 2012 Edition with 24 more cookies, squares and Christmas treats!! Click 24 Days of Christmas Baking 2012 Edition to see those.

Click on an image below to see the post and recipe for that cookie!

Santa’s Whiskers
Lemon Meltaways
Cafe Mocha Cookies
Caramel and Chocolate Oatmel Bars
Pecan Snowballs
Chocolate with Almonds and Dried Blueberries
Skor Squares
Egg Nog Snickerdoodles
Chocolate Mint Oreo Cups
Chewy Ginger Raisin Cookie
Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
White Chocolate Cherry
Mint Swirl Cookies
Rocky Road Tassies
Bird’s Nest Cookies
Gossamer Spice Cookies
Butter Pecan Tassies
Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Turtle Squares
Rosemary Cranberry Shortbread
Lemon Bars
Cappuccino Nanaimo Bars


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Looking forward to it-one of the best traditions of Christmas is all the wonderful baked treats!

  2. Great idea! I can’t wait to see your recipes.

  3. I’ll be looking for them! I remember some of those tasty treats at a staff party at your place one night! Hmmmmm!

  4. An awesome accomplishment for sure. A lot of people who don’t blog don’t realize how much time goes into all of this.

  5. You are my hero! Look at these yummy recipes! So many to choose from. I can’t wait to try some of these 🙂

  6. That is an awesome assortment of cookies — such a pretty “plateful” photo, too! I liked Curt’s comment above (and your reply) — it’s really a labor of love, isn’t it? But that’s what Christmas is all about. 🙂

    • It truly is a lobour of love, but I really do enjoy making them. We put together trays of the cookies and give them to neighbours, the kid’s teachers and coaches etc. It is so nice to give something homemade. And people really seem to appreciate it.

  7. I’m so glad you did this round up, Steve! I’ve spotted a couple I’ve missed and would LOVE (turtle squares and Skor squares). You’ve been busy!

  8. Great recipes! I’m starting my baking this weekend, so will have to give a few of your cookies a try!

  9. That’s a lot of baking! Wowza!

  10. That’s some marathon baking right there — I’m impressed by your foresight in keeping a piece of everything you made! I would have just eaten it ALL. 😛

  11. Steve, I just wanted to let you know I made the chewy ginger raisin and also the lemon meltaways and they both turned out great. I took some yesterday to a get together and had some good comments. Thanks.

  12. It´s a big tradition in the Czech Republic! Each family makes a lot of really tiny Christmas cookies. There are thousands of recipes and everybody has his favorite. I´m living alone so I usually bake just about 10 kinds, but I know families where more that 30 kinds are baked. Several years ago I had an English friend who worked here in Prague and each Christmas I baked a big box for him as well. Together with mine it was more than 12 kg! He took it to England for Christmas. I was told they were very popular among his family and friends and disappeared from plates in sound speed! lol

  13. Sorry for my mistakes: I LIVE alone so usually bake just about 10 kinds, but I know families where more THAN 30 kinds are baked. Didn´t read it before posting; I apologize….

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