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Make-a-Cake Series: Christmas Cookie Tradition……and a FAREWELL!

I have some bummer news to share with you today.
It couldn’t last forever………but the Make-a-Cake Series with my sweet little Brittany is coming to a close.
I have always loved seeing what she has made, completely enjoyed following along as she shared her techniques, and gasped time after time after seeing her create something even bigger and better than the last edible creation. 

That Brittany sure has some talent in those fingertips.

Life always surprises us with this turn and that……..and Brittany has a few other things she is pursuing right now.  And best of luck to her. But dang it, I’m going to miss her around here. 
(Good thing we’re friends and I have her phone number… I guess we can chat any ‘ol time.)
All of her past tips and tutorials will remain in the archives and can always be referenced here.  No worries.
And just because…….let’s remember some of those I-wish-Brit-lived-next-door-so-I-could-order-as-often-as-possible creations.
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I love to reminisce.
And remember, all of the Make-a-Cake series tutorials can be found here.
So yes, today’s edition of the Make-a-Cake series, will be the last one from Brittany…….a perfect and sweet little cookie tradition that she enjoys with her family.
Thanks again Brittany for sharing so much with all of us.
We’re all going to miss you.
~ Ashley


I love Christmas cookies.
I love to make them, eat them and I love receiving them.


I grew up with a Christmas cookie tradition that I look forward to every year.
I wanted to share it with you today.
Christmas cookies are very common to make. My mom put a spin on it growing up.
She had this book
Every Christmas I sat down and picked out a Christmas cookie just for me.
My two siblings did the same.
She would make dozens of each kind of cookies and a few she picked herself.
Then we would have cookies to give to neighbors, the mailman, teachers, friends, etc.
It always made me feel so special to have a cookie just for me.
Over the years, we added more books and more favorite cookies. By the time I was 18, we each picked two cookies and helped with all the baking.
When I left for college, my mom bought me my own copy of the cookie book to start my own tradition.
I have kept the tradition with my family with one added twist.
The holiday season is so busy.
I am taking the cookie tradition as a opportunity to spend individual time with each member of my family during this busy time of year.
After my kids and husband picked their cookie, I found time to make the cookie with them individually. Yep, even my husband and I take a night together after the kids are in bed to bake.
This special time is fast becoming a treasure to me.
Are you curious what cookies we picked this year?
Here is a peak.
(All from the Mrs. Fields Cookie Book)
My husband picked these:
My oldest daughter needed something colorful:
My youngest had to have her chocolate:
I had to pick two …. I can never just pick one. :)
After they are all baked and cooled, I store them in Tupperware and freeze the cookies.
Then they stay fresh tasting and ready to use at any time.
Over the next two weeks, I can create little plates of cookies to give away, whenever I need them.
Then on Christmas day, I use what’s left and compile a great plate of cookies for company.
That is…if I have any left!
The humble cookie. Can’t get enough.
I hope you didn’t mind my trip down memory lane.
Happy Decorating! 

And Merry Christmas!

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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