Holiday Tradition

I’m excited that this is my 1000th post! I have come a very long way since my first post and I’m looking forward to 1000 more!


I have so many posts to get out for December, but I couldn’t pass up this fun challenge! The Coastie Couple and The Petite Mrs. have come up with an amazing twelve days of blogmas challenge!


So, on the first day of blogmas The Coastie Couple and The Petite Mrs. gave to me…


1 Holiday Tradition

Baking cookies with my grandma was always a favorite tradition from my childhood. We always made cookies and cut them into Santas, stars, reindeer, trees, wreaths, and stockings, My grandma would make icing and I would decorate the cookies and put sprinkles, red hots, colored sugar, and chocolate chips on them. I would always make nine reindeer. One cookie for each of Santa’s reindeer. Wight of them had chocolate chip noses and one had a red hot for a nose. You can’t have Santa’s reindeer without a Rudolph!


This year is my family’s first Christmas without my grandma and I decided that I was going to make three of her cookie recipes to honor her memory. I didn’t make the cut cookies this year, but I will soon. Here’s the first of the three cookies I made to honor my grandma this year.


Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies

peanut butter cookies

The first cookie recipe I made was Peanut Butter cookies. When I was little I really liked making these with my grandma. She would always let me make the crisscross pattern on them with the fork.

SDC12211Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

SDC12214Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly.

SDC12215Blend all dry ingredients and stir into shortening mixture.

SDC12216This is usually the point where I start mixing with my hands. It makes it a lot easier to get all the little bits mixed into the dough.

SDC12217Chill dough for at least two hours or over night. It really only needs to be chilled for at least two hours.

SDC12220Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls and place 3 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten them with a fork dipped in flour in a crisscross pattern.

SDC12221Bake for 10-12 minutes
Makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies


Grandmaโ€™s Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (peanut butter comes out of a measuring cup easier if you spray it with cooking spray)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Step 1
Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly. Blend all dry ingredients. Stir into shortening mixture. (After dough is somewhat mixed through I use my CLEAN hands to make sure it is all mixed together)
Step 2
Chill dough for at least two hours or overnight.
Step 3
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern using a fork dipped in flour.
Step 4
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
Makes about 3 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies


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14 Responses to Holiday Tradition

  1. How lovely! I used to make holiday cookies and treats with my grandmother too-she passed this last year so I’m making them again in honor of her as well! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • RCGG says:

      Thanks Nora! My grandma passed in October so it still hurts some. I know she was watching me when I was making my cookies this year!

  2. Alex says:

    Yay for your 1000th post!! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚ Those cookies look AMAZING. I think making these cookies is such a great way to honor her. Iโ€™m so sorry for your loss, though. I hope making these made you think about all of the good times you cherished with her! <3

  3. I’m sorry your Grandma is no longer with you, but I love that you are holding the tradition and carrying it forward!

  4. Jenn says:

    I remember my grandmother, mom, and aunts and older cousins baking a lot after Thanksgiving. I was never old enough to help back then (but I was old enough to sneak into the pantry and indulge in the large canister of rum balls they made every year–still my favorite!). I’m sorry for the recent loss of your grandmother but love the way you are honoring her memory with this tradition.

  5. These sound SO good! I thought that they looked good in your picture the other day but seeing the recipe makes me want them even more! Thanks for linking up with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Maryrose says:

    These look yummy! I hope to incorporate more baking in my own holiday traditions. It must be nice to have this to connect you to your grandmother — that’s the wonderful thing about tradition. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rebecca says:

    I used to always make these cookies as a child. They are so yummy and addicting!!!
    Perfect for Christmas

  8. Miranda says:

    You know, I have never made peanut butter cookies! I have made just about every other type under the sun, but no peanut butter. I think that is a good excuse to try your recipe. I am going to pin it for later. Thanks for sharing.

    And, I am very sorry for your loss. My grandma went to Heaven when I was 12, and I have missed her so much, especially around Christmas. Hugs to you.

    • RCGG says:

      Thank you Miranda! I live in Atlanta and my family is in Southern Illinois so I’m obviously not able to be there. I know she’s enjoying the Christmas season from Heaven though! You should make these peanut butter cookies! They are incredibly easy! The hardest part is waiting for the dough to chill! Haha!

  9. Becca says:

    Your grandma’s cookies remind me of the peanut butter cookies we used to make when I was a child. And congrats on the 1000th post!

  10. Lixa says:

    Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s recipe and your story! I will try this recipe with my little girls. Have a beautiful holiday season!

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