Merry Birthday/Happy Christmas cookie delivery



This is my dad.

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On the right. Not the left. That would be weird.


He turns 66 on Saturday. Now I know it’s rude to give away his age like that, but he’s a modern man who doesn’t care about such trivial things. He’s rockin his 60s.

My dad has the misfortune that is the December birthday. When I was growing up my sister and I waited anxiously for the Christmas stuff to come down from the attic, but it was always the same answer: “We don’t put up Christmas until after Daddy’s birthday.”

We’re nothing if not considerate. Well, maybe a little impatient.

We tried our best to ensure that the man’s birthday didn’t get lumped in with all of the Christmas brew ha ha of the season. Birthdays are special, right? But there’s one problem.

Whether it’s his birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, or freaking Tuesday, ask the man what he wants, and he’ll always give you the same answer–a shrug.

“Ohhh…there ain’t nothing I can really think of….” {I was raised on impeccable grammar, no?} “…maybe a new screwdriver…”

This man, I tell you.

But if I know one thing about my dad, it’s his sweet tooth. Like father, like daughter.

And the Annual Merry Birthday/Happy Christmas Cookie Delivery was born.

Christmas cookies peanut butter cup cookies, sugar cookies
Who wouldn't want a tub full of goodness delivered right to their door?


This year’s shipment contained:

Holly cookies — I had never even heard of these, but some ladies on the Twitter were raving about them, and I had to check them out.

Cinnamon sugar cookies — seriously the best sugar cookies I have ever made. And eaten. That’s why there may have only been like 5 in the box up there.

Brownies — an easy go-to addition, but this year’s turned out like poo. Sorry, Dad.

Reese’s peanut butter cup temptations — Less like temptation, more like evil. My absolute favorite. Chocolate. Peanut butter. Heaven.

I started doing this birthday cookie shipment about 3 years ago. It was the perfect solution to two problems: 1) my dad’s inability to tell anyone what he wanted for his birthday; and 2) my desperateΒ needΒ to partake in all types of holiday baking as soon as the calendar flips to December. And by the time I’m done making all of these treats, I never want to see another Christmas cookie as long as I live. Well, until next week anyway when the nausea has subsided.

Happy birthday, Dad! You deserve all the cookies in the world!


What’s your favorite holiday treat? What do you get that person who just won’t tell you what they want?

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  1. Okay, YUM!!!! you’re torturing me. I’ve become kind of lazy with gifts . . . gift cards! And I try to buy books when possible . . . just to support the industry.

    1. Oh yes…that’s another fave gift in my family: gift cards to Half Price Books. Books make awesome gifts. Thanks for stopping by, Nina!

  2. Hey! Have I won the Julie Ann Rhoades thing yet? Let me know when I do. πŸ˜‰

    That basket looks delish. And my parents “don’t want anything. Ever.” It’s fun. I usually just get them super small trinkets – like pictures or no kidding – stamps. Or gift cards to places they like.


    1. You’ll find out Monday! Pictures are an awesome gift for grandparents. And who doesn’t appreciate a gift card?

  3. I know Daddy loves the cookies every year! He was munching on them last night as soon as he opened them! He even passed them around and let us all have some and they are delish!! What a great post and a great way to honor the best dad in the world!

  4. Those look delicious! I will take 1 dozen of the temptations – my birthday is in May. πŸ™‚

    One of my favorite Christmas cookies is one my mom makes. It’s a chocolate thumbprint cookie with a maraschino cherry in the middle, all covered in chocolate icing. Heavenly!

  5. I also have a December birthday, exactly 2 weeks before Christmas. And, knowing all the stress this causes family members, as well as the risk of getting a Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas gift, what do I do? I have my daughter on December 5! I’ll never learn…

    1. Ha! Well it’s not like you really think about it when you’re, um, getting pregnant in like March. πŸ™‚ Spring Fever!

    1. Oh they are SO good! I started baking 4 days in advance and had to save those for last so I wouldn’t eat them all like I did the sugar cookies.

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