|Cookie Tray from 2011|
I did a quick search of iPhoto to see what cookies I've been making the last few Decembers, and it looks like I had two years in a row where I practically didn't bake at all (in 2009 and 2010)! Weird, but I'm not totally surprised. I used to stress myself out, trying to assemble a huge variety of cookies. And then I'd had enough and took some time off. And then last year I made a tray again, but messy and not entirely Christmassy.
This year I have peanut butter surprise cookies and jam thumbprints made and in the freezer. I also want to make cut-out and frosted Christmas shapes because my boys love that, and honestly, who can resist a pretty cookie in the shape of a tree or a dala horse? I can't, so I do hope we get around to them.
These last couple years have been a process of accepting my real life. I'm not a stay at home mom, I work full time and commute, my job can be stressful, and my kids are young and they fight a lot. So, I've been trying to embrace that reality and not get all crazy. Last year's cookie tray worked out really well. There are some very easy drop style cookies on there. The gingerbread cookies are clearly kid-decorated and we only decorated them as long as held our interest, so about two-thirds of the batch stayed plain. Those spritz cookies were done in a sense of fun and adventure, not guilt or obligation (and it was fun to get out and try that cookie press for the first time).
So what are you making this year? Do you have any favorites that you make year and year?