Sunday, December 23, 2007

Insane Last Minute Cookie Making Extravaganza

With work extending through the 20th of December this year, and with how busy we've been, I hadn't gotten around to making any Christmas cookies at all. Normally I would have made at least some ahead and frozen them, but not this year (most likely because I've been sewing a lot more). It is our tradition to have a big variety of cookies to last us throughout the holidays and to share with our neighbors and my parents. That almost didn't happen until yesterday when I got it into my head to make seven different types of cookies on one day.
One crazed afternoon later, I had four batches of cookies and two batches of dough. This morning I got up at 5 and made the last batch, baked up one dough, and worked on these cut- out cookies throughout today. Whew! Almost not worth it, but now we have our nice variety anyway. Mental note for next year: start earlier.

Here's what we ended up with: cut-out sugar cookies, salted nut bars, almond-orange shortbread, Sandies, Snappy Turtle Cookies, Perfectly Peppermint Brownies and Peanut Butter Surprise cookies. All delicious and well liked. The shortbread is new this year (that's another tradition, to try a new recipe each year) and it's yummy. I hope the others like it.

We're trying to get the Solstice tea together for this afternoon, but it's hard. Every equinox and solstice I think I'm just going to do tea and simple cake, but every time it ends up being more of a real tea. Happy Solstice to those of you, like us, who are still celebrating!

7 comments:

Lina said...

Wow! You're very brave doing so many in one day - they look fantastic though. I'd have like to have seen a picture of your kitchen at the end of all that baking!

Florence said...

They look fantastic...and like they were so much fun to make with all those different toppings. Happy eating! x

driftwood said...

the cookies look wonderful.
hope you have a magical christmas xx

Felicia said...

Oh, they look almost too beautiful to eat. Merry Christmas :)

Gift of Green said...

I love the solstice too. One of these years I'm going to have a solstice party with plenty of candlelight and evergreens. Merry Christmas, Mary Beth!

Gina said...

What wonderful cookies! {found you through driftwood} You have a great blog and I hope you had a lovely Christmas :O)

Melissa said...

I'll bet you were exhausted! They all look SO GOOD! Cookies are my absolute weakness, but I was a good girl this year. We only baked once. But oh I wanted more ;o)