Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Silver Bells

Welcome to LunaCafe’s 3rd annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies celebration. I’m so excited to share this year’s Silver Bells collection with you. The song by the same name puts me in a baking mood, especially when sung by this crooner.

The symbol of the bell is rich is meaning across almost all cultures. Ringing of bells is said to bring good fortune and bliss, and I hope these fragrant, buttery, spicy, crisp, and hopefully surprising cookies will bring the same to you and yours this holiday season.

I’ve been covered in flour for weeks developing this year’s collection. The OtherWorldly Kitchen will need five of Santa’s best elves to rescue it from its current chaos. Counters are stacked with cookie cutters, baking sheets, cooling racks, rolls of parchment paper, sprinkles, stencils, spatulas, and cookie tins. Luster and fine sanding sugar cover every surface. There’s a pervasive smell of warm ginger spice (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) in the air and in my hair.

And as I swear every year about this time, “I will never ever bake another Christmas cookie again—ever.” But of course by February, I forget the labor and remember only the love. And by March, I am dreaming of next year’s cookies.

This year, I’m walking the line between tradition and innovation. My main objective, besides spectacular taste and festive appeal, is to expand my repetoire with flavor profiles I haven’t given much attention to in the past, such as evocative spice blends (Baharat, Chinese five spice, gingerbread spice), espresso, dark chocolate, cinnamon-hot, coconut, pecans, mint, and peanuts. And to tackle a couple of new shaping and stenciling techniques.

Beginning December 2nd, I will post daily until  the list is complete on or around December 13th. That’s the plan anyway.

If you bake along, one cookie a day, you will have a wonderful selection of unusual, distinctive, and supremely delicious holiday cookies to share with family and friends, with time to spare to enjoy all the wonders of this most magical season.

Here’s what you can expect to see over the next 2 weeks (in no particular order):

Season 3: Silver Bells

  • Buttery Toasted Pecan Cookies
  • Chocolate Coconut Bars
  • Chocolate Spice Crisps
  • Cinnamon-Hot & Orange Candy Stripes
  • Coconut Lime Cookies
  • Ginger Spice Cookies
  • Lemon Gingerbread Caramel Bars
  • Lime & Peppermint Kaleidoscopes
  • Mexican Espresso Orange Clove Cookies
  • Moon Over Tunisia Cookies 
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread Sandwiches
  • Silver Bells

And here’s a recap of Seasons 1 and 2:

LunaCafe’s Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Deck the Halls Season 1 marathon was all about tradition. Over a few weeks, I baked my way through most of the cookies I had baked every Christmas season for the greater part of my life. I did, however, up the ante for myself a bit by exploring royal icing techniques for the first time, which added a colorful new dimension to two of the cookies. And I explored a few new-to-me cookie ingredients, such as powdered green tea, rose petal extract, and crushed peppermint sticks. But for the most part, the Season 1 cookie collection was tried, true, and traditional.

Season 1: Deck the Halls

  • Almond Butter Poinsettia Cookies
  • Candy Cane Butter Cookies
  • Decidedly Lemon Teacakes
  • Ellen’s Swedish Pepparkakor
  • Green Tea and Rose Spritz
  • Lemon Orange Pecan Thumbprint Cookies
  • Lemon-Lime Clove Sugar Cookies
  • Lily’s Swedish Vanilla Spritz
  • Once in a Chocolate-Spice Moon Cookies
  • Orange Vanilla Sugar Cookies
  • Peppermint Stick Shortbread
  • Toasted Almond Black Cherry Shortbread

But you can only bake the same holiday cookie collection for so long, and for Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Starry Night Season 2 celebration, I threw tradition to the proverbial wind. I baked an all new cookie collection that was more “sophisticated and adult” than I’d ever baked for Christmas before. I used flavors and shaping techniques that were different from my original collection. I also took some risks, as with the Sweet Parmesan Almond Cookies and Douglas Fir and Orange Blossom Cookies. The risk taking paid off, however, as I now consider several of the cookies in this collection to be my absolute, all-time favorites.

Season 2: Starry Night

  • Brown Butter, Toasted Almond & Toffee Shortbread
  • Christmas in Provence Cookies
  • Comfort & Joy Spice Cookies
  • Cornmeal, Black Pepper & Rosemary Butter Cookies
  • Cranberry, Pistachio & Candied Ginger Shortbread
  • Douglas Fir & Orange Blossom Cookies
  • Garam Masala & Candied Ginger Cookies
  • Heavenly Brown Butter, Lavender & Lime Cookies
  • Merry Maraschino Cherry Cookies
  • Mocha Java Hazelnut Cookies
  • Rosalyn’s Midwinter’s Night Dream Cookies
  • Sweet Parmesan Almond Cookies

Cookie Resources

Brick & Mortar (Northwest)

  • In Good Taste (Portland, 2 stores)
    231 NW 11th Ave
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Kitchen Kaboodle (Portland, 5 stores)
    404 N.W. 23rd Avenue (at Flanders Street)
    Portland, Oregon
  • SweetWares (Portland)
    6306 SW Capitol Hwy
    Portland, Or 97239
  • The Decorette Shop (Portland)
    5338 SE Foster Road
    Portland, OR 97206
  • Cookies (Seattle)
    2211 NW Market Street
    Seattle, WA 98107
  • Home Cake Decorating Supply (Seattle)
    9514 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
  • Mrs. Cooks (Seattle, University Village)
    2685 N.E. Village Lane
    Seattle WA 98105



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  1. Gretchen Silva says

    I was wondering if you could provide me with the recipe for the green tea heart shaped cookies with Rose spritz

    • Susan S. Bradley says

      Hi Dana! :-) I actually created a half dozen or so new Christmas cookies this year but won’t have time to post them this season. We spent all our time on the learning curve to create LunaCafe’s first iBook. It contains twelve of my favorite cookies from The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies posts over 3 years. Whew, what a labor of love. Wishing you a joy-filled and beautiful Christmas on the wind swept Oregon coast.

    • Susan S. Bradley says

      Sarah, I knew someone would ask that. :-) I think I have to choose the Moon Over Tunisia Cookies. That spice blend is so evocative. On the other hand, I can’t stop eating the Buttery Toasted Pecan Cookies or the Coconut Lime Cookies or the Ginger Spice Cookies. Oh darn, I can’t choose. :-)

    • Susan S. Bradley says

      Oh Dana, you are always such a sweetheart! :-) Now I’m hoping over to your blog to see what you have been up to. Pumpkin pie. oh yum!


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