Cookie Plates

Is holiday baking in full force at your house? I’m kind of laying low on the baking spectrum (unintentionally thanks to an unexpected 27 stitches that ended up in my face last week) but if you are still looking for ideas to fill that cookie plate, look no further!

Below you’ll find some of my very favorite Christmas cookies and bars. I don’t know about you, but I’d take a plate of any (or all!) of these just about any day of the week!

Happy Baking!

47 Responses to 25+ Delicious Recipes for That Cookie Plate

  1. Sherry says:

    Dear Mel,

    So sorry to hear about your troublesome ordeal. I wish you a speedy recovery. Many thanks for all the delicious recipes that I have prepared and shared with my family. Your site is the first one I turn to when I am searching for a dish – sweet, savoury, bread or anything! I am thankful for you! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Liz says:

    Good grief, Mel – best, best wishes and prayers for a speedy, full and smooth recovery!

    I made the sour cream sugar cookie recipe over the weekend and the results are outstanding! I am not even frosting them … just me and I don’t “need” the extra sugar and butter of frosting, plus I am very happy with the cookies plain.

    Years ago, I made cookies with a co-worker – her recipe. There were large, thick, soft cookies and this is the first recipe I’ve tried that matches with my memory of those cookies. Thank you very much and also for posting during your recovery.

  3. Jenn says:

    Mel,I’ve followed your blog for so long I feel like I know you, so I say with friend-like sympathy how sorry I am for your health troubles. And how awesome you are. You have truly never failed me and I owe most of my recipe binder to you.

  4. Oh, Mel! I’m so sorry you had to go through that. I’m praying for your healing and sending you love and hugs. I hope you are getting lots of TLC!

  5. Jenn A says:

    Amazing that your posts just keep coming even while trying to recover and heal! You are one organized lady! Love your recipes! Praying tonight that you will heal quickly and with no further complications.

  6. Maureen says:

    Remembering your “Melians” with such a lovely cookie post even when under duress speaks volumes to your kindness. Heal well dear!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Wishing you a quick recovery. Ouchie to say the least. Thank you for the cookie recipes. I know I will be busy making these this year. :). I love your blog. And have been following you for years. You are my go to girl for anything yummy. Thank you!

  8. Raquel says:

    Goodness gracious. You never know what’s going to come next in life. I’m so sorry that you had a fright and had to have your face chopped up. I’m so glad they caught it early. May God heal you quickly.

  9. Julie Krbec says:

    Hi Mel, I feel like I know you because of your writing and sharing. Thank you for creating this space that I look forward to so much! I am a long time follower and think you are pretty much the bee’s knees. I have never commented but I wanted to reach out and let you know that you really are in my heart and prayers as you recover from this scary ordeal. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through that. Your optimism is inspiring and not at all surprising. Thanks for all you do, and heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery!

  10. Wow, that’s awful Mel – I can’t believe you kept up with the blog while dealing with that! Hope you feel better soon and heal up quickly. Have a great Christmas!

  11. Mel says:

    Thank you so much for your well-wishes. It means the world, seriously. Thank you! I’m on the up and up – worlds (worlds and worlds) better than last week (read: my face isn’t quite scary enough to make kids cry like it did over the last few days).

  12. Rachael says:

    Praying for you and your family. Thank you for all your hard work. I love cooking thanks to you.

  13. Marci says:

    What a strong woman you are! I hope everything heals smoothly. Thanks for so much dedication to your blog even amidst your trials. I’ll make some beautiful bread to remember you by tomorrow

  14. Andrea says:

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you! We love your recipes and all you do. Take care of yourself. God bless you and your precious family. Merry Christmas!

  15. Haley says:

    God bless you and your family, Mel! I’m one of your many admirers and wish you the very, very best.

  16. susanne says:

    So sorry to hear about your stitches! I had the same thing a year ago. It healed wonderfully. Thank you for the delicious recipes.

  17. Shannon says:

    That sounds really scary! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  18. Christine says:

    Everything looks amazing! Wishing you a speedy recovery! I had a basal cell removed last year and was afraid my face would be permanently disfigured! But it healed up fabulously and its almost undetectable now! Hope you are feeling well! Make sure you go for skin checks frequently! 🙂

  19. Jennifer says:

    This post is dangerous! 🙂 Yum!.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  20. Diane says:

    So sorry you’re going through that. You obviously have many admirers and we are wishing/praying for your speedy recovery! All of your efforts on this blog are definitely appreciated by me and mine. Probably 90% of the recipes I make come from here. It’s kind of a running joke among my friends that they never have to ask where to find the recipe for something I’ve made – just go to Mel’s kitchen cafe. 🙂

  21. Ruth says:

    Mel, I am a true southerner, so in typical southern fashion I say, “Bless your heart.” I am so sorry that you had this experience. But, I am so glad that you you are doing well and that you caught this problem early. None of us would have ever guessed that you have been dealing with a health issue because you never missed a beat. You continue to delight us with wonderful recipes and terrific gift guides. I feel so blessed to have you in my life, even though it is only through your blog!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

  22. Danielle says:

    Oh so sorry to hear this! I hope you are getting better and taking it easy!!!

  23. Tanya M. says:

    So sorry to hear that! Wished I lived closer– I’d bring you some awesome cookies!! I know where to find just the right recipes! 🙂 Take it easy this Christmas– now everyone else can step it up and cook for YOU! haha
    Lots of love from your faithful blog followers!

  24. Stacey says:

    Oh, that sounds awful. I’m sorry it was so much worse than expected, but also glad it was caught when it was. Made me think I should get checked out! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  25. Teresa says:

    Mel, I am so happy to hear you are OK. That was quite an ordeal. I have been absolutely thrilled to receive daily postings for the last 2 weeks–it has truly made my holiday season. I’ve found so many recipes to try now and many to save for the near future. Thanks for all you do here and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  26. nithya says:

    Wish you a very speedy & miraculous recovery. May God give you the strength to face this situation with HIS divine peace & power.Praying for you & your family. Take care & thanks for all you do on the blog.God bless

  27. Jen M says:

    Thanks for this! Especially when you are recovering from surgery! At the risk of sounding stalker like I don’t know what I would do without your blog! It is my go to for all recipes! Merry Christmas!

  28. Lucy says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and very Merry Christmas. Your blog is great—thank you!

  29. Jocy says:

    My grandpa had the same procedure couple of weeks ago. He healed really good! And he is 94!!! I’m sure you are gonna be great too. Try not to be in the hot stove/ oven too much. Take care and thanks for your work. Wenlove you!

  30. zella says:

    Oh, Mel. I am so, so sorry. I am amazed you didn’t take a break from this blog. Oh dear! You poor soul. I ache for you. You really should take a break! (I said that already.) From what you’ve said, you’ve trained your kids well in the kitchen. I hope they are being great helpers. They probably couldn’t do the great research and recipe testing that you do, but we’ll survive if you slow down for a bit.

  31. Sarah says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and grateful your doctor caught it early! Sending prayers.

  32. Jacqui says:

    Oh Mel! Hope you heal very soon. I wish I could bring you a plate of holiday cookies! 🙂 We’re loving your recipies and gift guides at our house. Thanks so much for all you do!

  33. Mel says:

    Thanks for the well-wishes everyone. And no, Susan, I wasn’t kicked by a cow. 🙂 Thank goodness! I had a very small spot of basal cell carcinoma on my nose and went in for a seemingly simple procedure to have it taken off but during the minor surgery, the doctor found it had spread (like a tree and its roots) underneath the surface and so what I thought would be a stitch and I’m outta there ended up being quite an ordeal and my face has looked positively scary the last 10 days (think: yellow and black and blue bruised, eye swollen shut, ugly trail of stitches up my nose and eye). It’s getting better everyday and I am grateful it was caught early and wasn’t worse (things can always be worse, right?). We are hopeful it will heal with only minor evidence it was ever there (although that will probably take months). Thank you for your kindness!

    • Bonnie N says:

      So glad you caught it when you did! That sounds like no fun at all any time of year, but especially around the Holidays! Just tell everyone you’re doing your best Zombie impersonation! Hope it keeps healing quickly! (And hopefully you get lots of treats from those who are baking treats!)

    • Heidi says:

      Oh my goodness! So glad you are okay and it was caught early!! Hope you recover quickly and that’s a distant memory soon.

    • Tiff says:

      Oh my goodness! I hope you recover quickly!

    • sweetpea says:

      so sorry! ouch! what a blessing to have been caught!

    • Chelsie says:

      I keep checking back to hear you were in some kind of crazy stunt woman accident… What a relief that it was caught early and removed! I hope you’re feeling better!

  34. Susan says:

    Please tell me you weren’t kicked by a cow!

  35. Lauren says:

    Oh, Mel!!! I hope you feel better each & every day. Sounds painful 🙁

  36. sue says:

    OH NO !!! Hope you are doing bettter each day !!! Take time to take care of yourself

  37. Karaline says:

    Oh no! I hope you feel better and heal soon!

  38. Ellen says:

    Mel, my goodness! I hope you’re okay and recovery quickly! I’ve always thought moms should be exempt from getting hurt/sick. We ain’t got time for that!

  39. Liss says:

    Oh my gosh! What happened? Speedy recovery to you! You definitely deserve lots of cookies!!

  40. Kaitlyn says:

    These all look amazing! How will I ever choose?!?

  41. Chelsie says:

    Yikes! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    I also find myself wishing December were longer, not least so that I had more time to bake Christmas cookies.

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