Inside Cape Coral Lifestyle's Cookie Jar

“Christmas is always a special time around our house,” Cape Coral resident Alicia Reese says. “Even though I’m an adult now, my mother and I have held the tradition of going out on Christmas Eve to hand-deliver our festive cookies since I was a girl. Our friends and family love them and hand-delivering a homemade treat is a great way to spread holiday cheer! We usually make two different kinds, just to be sure there’s something for everyone.”

White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups quick oats (not instant)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. 1. Combine softened butter,  brown
sugar and sugar with an electric mixer.
  2. 2. Add egg and vanilla extract
  3. 3. Add cinnamon, baking soda, 
salt and flour.
  4. 4. Fold in quick oats, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. 5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, placing about 3 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.
  6. 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 
minutes, just until edges are golden.

Sugar Mittens

1 cup butter (no substitutions)
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract,
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder


  1. 1. In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. At low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour and baking powder just until blended.
  2. 2. Divide dough into four equal pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.)
  3. 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough to 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3- to 4-inch mitten cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased large cookie sheet.
  4. 4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
  5. 5. When cookies are cool, prepare ornamental frosting if you like; use to decorate cookies as desired. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store cookies in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers, if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.

Wrapping and Delivery

Festive boxes can be folded and stored all year. Alicia uses the kind with a plastic window so that the recipient gets a preview of the cookies. She then places a to/from card on top, made out especially to each loved one and signed from Santa. You can also use decorative Christmas cookie plates as a keepsake for recipients after they have eaten the cookies. If you choose a plate, wrap it in cellophane, tie with red or green curly string and place a sticky to/from label on top.