Posted by: thewoobdog | January 2, 2013

Whew…

Well, that went better than I expected…  I was so panicked last week about everything I had to get done, but once I was off work Friday and actually had some unencumbered time (that so rare and precious holiday commodity) everything went incredibly smoothly.  We went to TBear’s mom’s for dinner with the in-laws, played some Yahtzee, and ate some cookies fresh out of the oven that his sister and her husband had made (yum!).  Saturday was filled with last-minute shopping (mostly groceries), wrapping, and knitting, and Sunday my sisters and I (well, mostly just the one sister, since the other one couldn’t make it til later) spent the afternoon baking the best batch of Christmas cookies we’ve ever made.  

I don’t remember when it started, but at some point we realized that if we wanted Christmas cookies it would be up to us to make it happen, so it’s kind of become a tradition that we take an afternoon sometime before Christmas and bake cookies.  We never bake the same cookies two years in a row, since there’s always something new we want to try, and this year we picked some real winners – Sparkling Coffee Stars, Svenska Pinners (kind of a Swedish shortbread), Toasted Coconut Butter Cookies, Candy Cane Cookies, Salted Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies, and Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting (the other recipes came from the Cooks’ Illustrated Christmas Cookies magazine, with the exception of the Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints, which were from the December 2012 issue of Southern Living).  So good.  Favorite holiday tradition ever.

Svenska Pinners

Svenska Pinners

Sparkling Coffee Stars

Sparkling Coffee Stars

Salted Oatmeal Cookies

Salted Oatmeal Cookies

Red Velvet Thumbprints

Red Velvet Thumbprints

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

 

We had the in-laws over for Christmas Eve breakfast*, then I did the finishing and seaming on my knitted gifts that afternoon and we went to my grandmother’s for Christmas Eve dinner that night.  Christmas day was busy and exhausting but we got to see family from all over and had a blast. 

*Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole (I hate raisins, so I made this with dried blueberries) and Sausage Breakfast Casserole, both made the night before and then popped in the oven Christmas Eve morning.  One sweet, one savory, both delicious.

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Responses

  1. Those cookies look amazing! Good call on the raisins! Raisins are of the devil!

    • YES. Raisins are the food of the devil’s handmaidens. Blech.


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