Perfect Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

I am solidly convinced that holiday cookie exchanges were invented precisely because committing to one single cookie for the entire holiday season (let alone the entirety of a holiday afternoon) is impossible. Maybe the Grinch could manage it, but certainly not this self-professed Christmas-cookie lover. Yesterday, I shared my favorite Christmas cookie recipe, and today I’m following up with YOUR favorite. These Perfect Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are the most popular cookie recipe on my site. If you are looking for the perfect cut-out cookie to bake this year, this is the one!

The BEST Cut Out Sugar Cookies from scratch with no-fail icing. A foolproof Christmas cookie recipe that even kids can make!

The beauty of the vast array of holiday cookie recipes is that everyone can find their ideal cookie companion. Fellow chocolate lovers, be sure to try the Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies I shared yesterday (my fave). Mint lovers, you’ll flip for these Andes Mint Cookies. Traditionalists, don’t miss these Candy Cane Snowball Cookies, my twist on Mexican wedding cookies. Old-fashioned cookie lovers, you MUST make my grandma’s Orange Cookies with Cranberries and Orange Frosting.

I think I’m going to need a bigger cookie tray.

PERFECT Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies. Dark chocolate and fresh ginger make this the BEST old fashioned gingersnap cookie! Must make for Christmas cookie trays or anytime you need a special treat. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

As if to welcome me home for the holidays, our plane from tropical Vietnam touched down in the middle of a Wisconsin snowstorm. I woke this morning to tree branches glittering with white powder,...

Easy Crockpot Lasagna Soup. Tastes just like lasagna, without all the layering or dishes! A healthy slow cooker vegetarian soup that your whole family will love. Simple and gluten free. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

WE’RE BACK. Yesterday, after 17 days in Thailand and Vietnam, 30 consecutive hours of flying, a 2-hour drive to Milwaukee, and an emergency pizza run (TRUTH), Ben and I arrived home. I’m exhausted, exhilarated,...

The BEST cookbooks to give as gifts. Perfect Christmas gift and holiday gift idea. List includes a great variety for both novice and experienced cooks. Truly something for everyone! From wellplated.com @wellplated

10 Best Cookbooks to Give as Holiday Gifts

In addition to last week’s Kitchen Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide, I wanted to share a special list of gift ideas focused exclusively on cookbooks. My cookbook shelves are among the best-loved (and most crowded) places in...

Dark Chocolate Paleo Pistachio Truffles. A healthy raw vegan dessert that everyone can enjoy! This no bake dessert is perfect for homemade Christmas gifts, cookie plates, or anytime you want a treat at the holidays! {gluten free, clean eating, and dairy free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Paleo Pistachio Truffles

These Pistachio Truffles are for That Person in your life. The one for whom it is impossible to shop because she already has everything. The one with unattainably high standards. The one you can’t...

The BEST Holiday Christmas Music! A list of 10 favorite holiday albums to make your season merry and bright. From wellplated.com @wellplated

My 10 Favorite Holiday Albums

I have a Big Fat Confession. I started listening to Christmas music more than two weeks ago on a record-high, 65-degree Wisconsin day. I’m an annual breaker of the “no-Christmas-music-before-Thanksgiving” rule, and since I...

Spaghetti Squash Casserole with ground turkey, tomatoes, and Italian spices. Easy, CHEESY, and healthy! An all-in-one low carb meal. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

How’s your Thanksgiving leftover situation? Are you still eating pie for breakfast? Recovered from Black Friday shopping? Really, really wishing your pants fit like they did last Wednesday? Healthy Spaghetti Squash Casserole to the...

Count your blessings! Here are 100 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every day! #gratitude From wellplated.com @wellplated

100 Things for Which I Am Thankful

Right before we departed for Thanksgiving break, my wise fourth-grade teacher gave our class a special assignment: to write a list of 100 things for which we were thankful. I’ve repeated the exercise every...