Cookie Traditions Old and New

Each holiday season I like to add a few new cookies to my tried and true regulars, this year I wanted to try out these cookie stamps that I saw in my Williams-Sonoma catalog.
Each stamp is embossed with a beautiful design, a wreath, a snowflake and a gift tag.

The dough is a basic sugar cookie dough that has been chilled then rolled into balls, flattened and then stamped.
I was impressed how well the embossed design showed up, but the decorating part was another story! I bought those edible markers and they didn’t work out very well on the bare cookies, next time, (if there is a next time) I’ll use a piping bag with a small tip.

One cookie I can always count on our my Fig and Pistachio Biscotti  I make them every year and they are truly a favorite!
Along with Cucidati of course!
Traditional Italian fig cookies, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!
Wishing all my readers a very healthy and happy holiday season filled with family, food and fun!
Thank you for all your support through out the year, I appreciate each and every email and comment!
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  1. You’re right – it wouldn’t be Christmas without Cuccidata! I made mine this week also. Amazing goodness! Yours look great. 😉

    Christmas also means pizzelles in our house (with anise), and pinulata, a serious addiction!

    • I’ve been looking for a recipe my grandmother used to make. It looked like a ravioli, not fried, and had a dark filling, some chocolate, nuts, not sure what else and it was baked. So it looked just like a ravioli, but it was sweet. Does anyone have a recipe?

  2. Happy Holidays!! I’ve never had cucidati and they look so good.

  3. I’n so glad to see you were able to get this post published, Marie! I hope Blogger will stop giving your problems.

    Your cookies look so good! I really enjoyed your fig and pistacchio biscotti that you gave to me when we met in the fall!

    I did not bake at all this year…a frist for me. When I came home from Colorado, after spending an early Christmas with my children and grandchildren, I had a cold and no energy. I’m also desperately trying to diet for my duaghter’s wedding ..without much success I may add, as I ate a lot of yummy food in Denver is a real foodie town! 🙂

    Wishing you an your family a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I am sure many friends and family are looking forward to your cookies. I made my first batch of almond and anise biscotti- they turned out great. Christmas just would not be the same without cookies.

  5. Those cucidata make me smile with memories! I finished all of my pizzelles last night…. love the way the house still smells! Happy Holidays!

  6. We seem to be on a cookie-wave length here. I need to whip up some Cuccidata. My problem is son is not home yet and daughter and husband are scarfing down the cookies faster than I can churn them out! I wish you the Merriest Christmas – have a joyful weekend amid food, family and fun.

  7. How is it that I have not made your fig pistachio biscotti yet?
    Will make them tomorrow! Happy & Merry my friend!! xo

  8. I am with Stacey. I need to make your biscotti. They are so pretty!

    Your other cookies are lovely too. If you don’t mind shipping me some leftovers…

    Have a wonderful Christmas/Buon Natale to you and your family!

  9. The pictures are so good that I can almost smell the food.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  10. Marie, I wish I could just hop on over for a cup of coffee and a fig and pistachio biscotti. Your cookies look delectable! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year! I enjoy your blog very much. In the New Year I will have a post about “Cucina Povera”! xo

  11. I sure would like to try one of your famed cucidati. I’ve made your fig biscotti and they are becoming a staple in my Christmas cookie repertoire. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  12. All the best to you and your family for the holidays and new year!

  13. Fabulous!!!!! Fig Cookies. This brings back some great memories. Thanks so much for posting this!

    Ciao, Anthony

  14. “Buone Feste” to you and your family. I am sooo behind this year! Oh, what will be will be! At least, I’ve ordered the bird – duck this year. Wishing you a very peaceful Christmas and oodles of Health & Happiness for 2011.

    (Do you think you could use those stamps on pasta discs also? I’ve forgotten their name now – you did a post on them a while ago.)

  15. These look beautiful. You do everything so well.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  16. Could you please share the Fig Cookie Recipe? Pretty please!

  17. Cyndi, Just click on the link in my blog post. Merry Christmas!

  18. They all look so delicious, but those stamped cookies are adorable! Happy holidays to you!

  19. Lovely cookies! I have been feeling a bit guilty this year for not churning out more cookies.. The ones with the embossed designs and the fig ones sound so delicious and are so pretty.

  20. Happy Holidays to you!

  21. Oh those stamps are darling. IF I baked they’d be at the top of my wish list. Love your cookie compilation.
    Merry Christmas my dear Marie!

  22. Hi Marie!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!



  23. Buon Anno, Marie, to you and yours. Maybe next year (or the new year) I will make those wonderful Cucidati of yours! Alas, I cannot bake another thing – at least for this week!

  24. Hi Marie and Happy Holidays!! I made my cucidati yesterday, just like last year. 🙂 Turned out wonderful, thanks to your inspiration and tutelage. I will be posting next weekend, I hope you can drop by to see how I did. 😉 Hugs and best wishes in the new year!!!! Ellen

    P.S. These little fig cookies are so hard to resist…

  25. Thanks for your sweet comments. Your cookie baking is quite impressive. I have not had the fig cookies in years.

  26. What wonderful cookies! I love your little molds!

    I never got to the pizelle press this year…maybe next year there will be time.

    Have a wonderful New Year.

  27. Hi Maria…When you have a moment, would really like to know what you think. I now can’t imagine an xmas without these little gems. Hope your new years was great!

    Thank you. Ellen