25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 11 – Macadamia Nut Dream Bars

While today we don hats and mittens and travel door to door wishing our neighbors good cheer in song, caroling originally had little to do with Christmas. The carols of the 12th and 13th centuries were liturgical songs reserved for church processionals. The type of caroling we’re more familiar with didn’t arrive until England’s Victorian era. Many popular seasonal songs — “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!,” “The First Noel,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” — were written around that period. – A Brief History of Christmas Traditions, Time.Com

Christmas caroling door to door was a wonderful tradition I for one, wish would be revived again. A whole generation has missed out on a tradition that used to be very special. I have fond memories of bundling up in heavy coat, scarf and mittens, climbing onto a flatbed truck with other kids from my church youth group and caroling all through our neighborhoods. It was a magical time and helped to bring the reason for the season home to me more than any other activity I participated in. After caroling, we all came back to our house to stand by the fire to warm up and drink  hot chocolate and eat freshly baked cookies.  Spread the word, bundle up your kids and head to your neighbors and sing a song or two. Maybe we might be able to bring this tradition back.

Macadamia Nut Dream bars are a new twist on an old favorite, the seven layer bar. I chose to switch things up a bit with vanilla wafers as the cookie crust base and top it off with macadamia nuts. Beware, these bars are addictive. I bet you can’t eat just one.

 25 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 11 – Macadamia Nut Dream Bars

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 11 - Macadamia Nut Dream Bars

Day 10 – Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 10- Coconut Macaroons Dipped In Chocolate

Day 9 – Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 9 - Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps

Day 8 – Florentines

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 8 - Florentines

 Day 7 – Chai Gingerbread Men

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 7 - Chai Ginger Bread Men

Day 6 – Peppermint Stick Cookies

Candy-Cane-cookies

Day 5 – Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Crescents

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 5 - Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Crescents are a small nod to a simpler time. Buttery crescents that melt in your mouth, dipped in rich chocolate and covered in nuts. It doesn't get much better than that.

Day 4 – Lemon Cardamom Wreaths

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4 - Lemon Cardamom Wreaths. I love the simplicity of flavors in this cookie. The cardamom and lemon play well together, giving a wonderful citrus flavor in every bite, and every time I open the container of cookies, the spicy fragrant aroma greets me with the certainty of Christmas.

Day 3 –  Black and White Peppermint Bars 

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3 - Black and White Peppermint Bars. Day 2 –Iced Ginger Stars

 Iced Ginger Stars are crisp and gingery, with just a touch of sweetness. They make the perfect dunking cookie and can be used for edible Christmas ornaments.  Day 1 –Russian Rocks

Russian Rocks

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