Christmas JOY Cookies

20 Dec


I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I think it’s a combination of being busy,  no snow (really weird for this part of the country), and incredibly sad things going on in the world. Ironically though, I think it may be the saddest thing in the news that pushed me into the Christmas Spirit more than anything. I spent a few days being devastated by the news. It’s such an incomprehensible thing that happened. I have elementary school children so it is impossible to fully to comprehend the pain of those families. But at church this past Sunday we sang “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, and it really touched me.  Here are some of the words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

And in despair I bowed my head,
‘There is no peace on Earth’, I said”
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on Earth good will to men.

Then Pealed the Bells more loud and deep
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With Peace on Earth, good will to men.”


The true Christmas Spirit is about Hope.


And Peace


And Joy


It doesn’t take away the bad things that happen in the world, but it gives me hope that things can get better, and that there is more good in the wold than bad. So I made some joyous cookies to help get me into the Spirit of Christmas.


And it was fun.  And it made me happy. Did you see Sweet Sugarbelle’s 12 Days of Christmas project this year? She had 12 amazing decorators collaborate and each took one day. They were all absolutely mind-blowingly gorgeous, but I was particularly inspired by the 9 Ladies Dancing post by Sarah of Klickitat Street. She showed some cool ways to make lacy accents, and it made me get out my decorating bags and give it a whirl. I had so much fun with it. Definitely check it out and give it a try.


I’m giving them to my kids’ teachers this year in (cheap!) tins I found at Wallgreens.


I think they’ll like finding the layers of joy.


And I hope that all of you find many layers of joy this Christmas season.

“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas!

33 Responses to “Christmas JOY Cookies”

  1. Lindy Wall December 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Beautiful Karen! Thanks for sharing!

  2. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more December 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    great way to channel your feelings, it has been a bad week for sure:(

  3. Joyce Scott December 20, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Merry Christmas Karen & Mike! We are having a blizzard here in MO and my twin boys and I are making gingerbread cookies for Santa! Our kitchen is going to smell wonderful.I am sure the kitchen will be a total mess, but with what happened last week in Conn. who cares! Thanks for all you do for us cookie~ers!!

  4. Donna of Carroll's Cookies December 20, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    A touching post and beautiful cookies. Blessings to your family.

  5. Mari December 20, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Karen,gracias por compartir unas galletas tan preciosas y unos sentimientos tan hermosos, tengamos todos espíritu navideño no solo durante estos días sino durante todo el año, ojala no se repitan episodios tan tristes, desde España seguimos la trágica noticia con consternación, y todos nos sentimos como padres tristes por los niños fallecidos y sus desoladas familias. Feliz navidad para ti y tu familia. Un beso enorme

  6. Glory/ Glorious Treats December 20, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Beautiful post and beautiful cookies! Merry Christmas!

  7. Alicia Morrell December 20, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I feel the same way. I just don’t feel like celebrating or making cookies. Everytime I look at my 6 yr old son I feel like crying thinking of the what the teachers and students went through. We also have no snow so I don’t feel christmasy. I am going to go listen I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day right now.

  8. lisathebearfootbaker December 20, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    This is a beautiful post! I love everything you said and I feel the same way. I think your children’s teachers will LOVE this gift.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  9. Joni Sommerer from SpringFling December 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Oh wow Karen. Thanks for those timely lyrics, and sharing your faith along with a “cookie” post. God bless your family this Christmas and always.

  10. Becky Miller December 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Thank you for your post and for printing the words. We all could use the Joy and Peace on Earth! Oh and Beautiful cookies!

  11. Katydoescookies December 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Karen, love your post. Just read the words out loud to my dh. Very touching. The cookies are beautiful. I’m sure the teachers will love them. Merry Christmas to both you and Mike and your family. –Katy

  12. Sue December 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Beautiful post and cookies! I know the teachers will love this gift! Merry Christmas!

  13. Stephanie Cobb December 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    I know exactly how you’re feeling. I don’t even want to imagine what the people of Newtown are experiencing. But I, like you, have decided to use my hurting heart to muster enough Christmas spirit to make this the best Christmas for all of my loved ones. Hug your little ones – tell them how much you love them much that they’ll scream” I know, I know you love me!” Because that will be what gets them through!

  14. Anne @ Have a Cookie! December 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Thank you for such a beautiful post. And thanks to you and Mike for CookieCon! Merry Christmas to you both!

  15. Noreen Ahern December 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Beautiful cookies and great idea for teacher gifts. This my first year at doing cookie art and I am so loving it. Thank you for your posts. Christmas blessings to you and your family.

  16. replicatethendeviate December 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Love the metallic ones and the reminder that there is still goodness and hope.

  17. Lorene December 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Thanks Karen. You’re post touched my heart. I wish I could add something profound but really, you and Longfellow said it best.

  18. Jane N. December 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family…as always your cookies are stunning.

  19. Delia Benudiz Yrure of Tasty Bites December 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Thank you Karen, your post is inspirational to me as I have been feeling the same way. It’s still so hard to put into words the feelings of sadness and devastation. I think I will try making your cookies tomorrow and hopefully feel more hopeful for humanity! Wishing you and yours and fellow bakers a wonderful Holiday Season!

  20. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) December 21, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    The tins are perfect for your cookies and the cookies are beautiful. This was a beautiful post and I wish you and your family much peace and joy at Christmas and throughout the coming year.

  21. laurie December 21, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Love the Longfellow quote. Very appropriate in relation to the recent event. It gives us all hope and is a good reminder to place our faith where it belongs; in Him who is Love.

  22. Ashli December 21, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for such a beautiful post! 🙂

  23. Rachel K December 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for your honesty. Thankyou for sharing your inspring talent.May the God of all Peace be with you and yours this Christmas.
    ps the cookie boxes have arrived in time for Christmas .Thanks R

  24. Kerry Phillips December 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    You did a beautiful job!! They will absolutely love finding those different layers of joy!
    Merry Christmas to you & your family

  25. Debohh J. December 22, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Oh Karen….. Your sentiments made me cry but as Martha says, “It’ a good thing” as tears are cleansing. I’ve been feeling very bah hum bug lately for various reasons, but your lovely cookies warmed my heart. They are truly lovely. God bless you and your lovely family…. Merry Christmas.

  26. Lisa December 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Karen….your cookies are absolutely beautiful, but your words were even more beautiful. I lost my Mom to Ovarian cancer in January and I have had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year too, even with two teenage girls. You made me feel better tonight. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with all of us. God bless you and your family and Merry Christmas!

  27. Crumbs of Love December 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    SO gorgeous!!

  28. Liza Traut December 24, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    really beautiful. Ok next year I’m going to face my fear and give this a try

  29. paddle attachment December 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Wonderful post, Karen. Love the sentiment and the box of joy. Take care in 2013! Kristina

  30. The Partiologist January 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    I’m seeing these a little late, but I love them so much I had to comment! The cookies and your entire post is beautiful – I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the very best in 2013! xo

  31. Karen Dunn May 14, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Love your the cookies!

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    Very nice decorations

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