Christmas Traditions: Baking

Cooking with your kids is part of the Christmas tradition. Whether you bake and decorate a dozen different types of cookies or stick to one or two kinds, spend time together in the kitchen. Try two recipes that are easy to make, delicious to eat and destined to become family favorites.

No Bake Reese’s Pieces Drop Cookies

A simple recipe, these cookies require no baking. Prepare them on the stove and let your kids place them on the cookie sheet to cool. They’re sure to please everyone this holiday season.

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups Special K original or any type of rice cereal
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup clear corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a saucepan on the stove. Over medium-high heat, boil the mixture for one minute. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add in the cereal and mix in the candy. Drop the mixture by the tablespoon onto cookie sheets covered in waxed paper. After chilling the cookies in the refrigerator until they’re set, you’ll have roughly two dozen delicious cookies for your family, friends and loved ones to enjoy.


Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

This seasonal treat bakes up soft and plump. They use fresh or canned pumpkin for a boost of fiber, carotenoids and flavor. While you’re sure to enjoy this recipe during the month of December, they may become a year-round favorite after you try them.


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup fresh or canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

Topping ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin. Mix lightly. Stir in the dry ingredients. Chill the sticky dough in the refrigerator for one hour. Kids love shaping the dough into balls roughly the size of a tablespoon. Roll the dough balls in the topping mixture. Place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies remain fresh in an airtight container for up to one week. This recipe makes up to four dozen cookies. If you decide to bake only a portion of the dough, refrigerate the leftover dough for one week. It also freezes well for several months if you want to enjoy pumpkin snickerdoodles throughout the new year.


Baking in the kitchen is a family tradition. Celebrate Christmas with delicious and easy-to-make cookies and give your family a fun activity to enjoy in the kitchen this season!


Holly is a baking addict who is always trying to find new recipes to try out on Pinterest! In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.

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