About this time every year, I get into the Christmas cookie baking mood — much to the excitement of my adorable husband Jim and my family, who all receive copious amounts of cookies in the mail. (Well except Jim, he doesn’t have to wait for the postman to deliver his…)


Oh yes, of course…I didn’t forget you Leo…


I even made Leo a batch of his favorite homemade dog cookies.


He ran it through a few taste tests…looks like they passed.


I spent all day today baking cookies. I made peanut butter cookies, ginger snaps, chocolate chip snowballs, mint chocolate chip cookies, and of course sugar cookies…


I’ve baked Christmas cookies every year since I started high school — though back then my little brother was my taste tester. When we got married, I told Jim that he would have to be the official Christmas cookie taste tester during my annual bake-a-thon…


…he takes his job very seriously. Sometimes he tests a cookie off of every tray that comes out of the oven instead of just one test per batch. He does a very thorough job.


Leo would prefer to be the taste tester instead of my adorable husband Jim


…I think he is currently in training.


At the end of the day my back hurt, my feet hurt, my stomach hurt a little (too many cookies! mmmmmm…) but I had filled my cookie tins with freshly made holiday treats — and love — that I can send off to my far away family members (who do not bake Christmas cookies for themselves). All in a day’s work.


A few of you asked about Leo’s dog cookie recipe…A friend of mine sent me this recipe that she makes for her dog all the time. They are easy to make and Leo absolutely loves them:

Leo’s favorite homemade dog snacks

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup minced apple
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons oil (recipe calls for vegetable oil but I use canola oil since we don’t use vegetable oil in our house)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients to form dough. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters (or I make squares with a pizza cutter) and bake on cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until crunchy.



  1. That’s quite a job! Thank goodness you have your taste testers ready at the drop of a crumb to help you out!! And they both thoroughly enjoy their jobs, I can tell!

  2. Having sugar cookie dreams already! Yum! Thanks for being such and kind and sharing baker of Christmas cookies … your family loves them … and you! 🙂

    • You could! They smell really good when baking, but they are very crunchy and kinda bland for us humans — I know because I made some for a friend of mine’s dog and her boyfriend tried one thinking they were people food! 🙂

  3. Isn’t it ironic that our DOG cookies have more wholesome ingredients in them than the ones we normally eat during the year! Kate, one question, how long do the doggie snacks keep?

    • Lynne, to be honest, they never hang around more than about 2 weeks so I’m not sure how long until they spoil. Leo eats a lot of cookies! If you are worried about spoilage, maybe make a half batch instead? Also, make sure they are completely dried out — if they are still moist in the middle and you put them into a sealed jar, they might start getting fuzzy after a week or so (Happened once to me).

  4. They all look yummy! Your family (and Hubby) are very lucky to have you!
    And thanks for the dog treat recipe. I think I will try them for my 13 year old Lab Woody; although he is missing a few teeth, I might just bake them a little less so they are less crunchy 🙂

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