Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Cookie Baking - Round 1, Day 1

Christmas just would not be Christmas for me without baking cookies and sharing them with our families. Since we are going to visit my family for Thanksgiving and will not see them again for Christmas, I have been spending the past few days baking cookies to take them.

I am not quite sure yet how I am going to like this system. Will the cookie burn-out wear off quickly enough in time for me to willingly tackle another round? It is nice to only have half the work right now though.

I started making the doughs last week and made 2 -3 batches a day. On Monday I began baking.

So far I have made 7 varieties. There are 3 more batches of dough in the refrigerator that I'll make tomorrow, as well as 2 more that I have to make the dough for and bake.

I made chocolate-chocolate chip cookies,
cranberry sandies,
snickerdoodles,Mexican wedding cookies,candy cane snowballs,

I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but I did something wrong when I was making the candy cane cookies. The dough didn't turn out like it usually does. I had a really hard time rolling it out into ropes to make the cookies. After baking them, they just didn't taste right either. (There is nothing wrong with the recipe, just the cook!) So I decided to not waste my time rolling out more candy canes and just plopped teaspoons of dough onto the cookie sheets. The kids and Eric are still enjoying them. They really taste fine but they are not my usual candy cane cookies.

Here are some pictures throughout the day.
My sister asked me to make her cookies that she can use for entertaining, so I am making sure that she gets at least a dozen of each variety. My grandma likes to freeze her cookies and snack on one or two a night until they are gone. My parents generally eat very healthy, but they do indulge in cookies on occasion, so I'm making sure I give them a small sampling of everything too.

Here is the finished product at the end of day 1 of baking. My plan is to finish up tomorrow so that I can focus on laundry, packing, cleaning and making an apple pie on Wednesday before we leave. Stop by 5 Minutes for Mom for Tackle-It Tuesday, Tammy's Recipes for Kitchen Tip Tuesday, and The Lazy Organizer for Talk About Tuesday.


Monica 1:00 AM  

Wow! you have been busy! What a great treat for your family, though!

Lora 1:23 AM  

Those all look so good! I am definitely in the cookie-baking spirit this year!

Mrs. Organic 2:13 AM  

Your snickerdoodles look so yummy and soft - I think I'll make some this week.

Heidi Boos 2:54 AM  

You've definitely gotten me in the mood to do some cookie baking! I'm trying really hard to hold off until after this weekend. My 2 1/2 year old daughter is really starting to love helping me bake, so this should be a fun cookie baking Christmas!

Anonymous,  5:16 AM  

What a delicious tackle! :)

Andrea McMann 8:23 AM  

Oh, yummy!! Your kitchen might just be my idea of heaven!! ;)

For my tackle, I reviewed the new green cleaners, Arm & Hammer Essentials:

~~gail~~aka: mooselovingmamabear 8:46 AM  

They all look amazing, and it even inspires me to bake something. Although my fibro and arthritis kicked in over the weekend, so I'm hoping to at least bake a pie for Thanksgiving.

Great job!

Anonymous,  9:21 AM  

Wow! Looks yummy! You spent your week baking and I spent mine decorating. Merry Christmas!

Chanelle 10:09 AM  

OH, I can't wait to start baking! Your post got me in the mood :)

Elsa Beauty

Anonymous,  10:24 AM  

You go girl! You just blew my cookie baking out of the water! I plan to make several batches, but of the same type of cookie. :) They all look wonderful!

Christina 11:00 AM  

Wow! That is amazing. I want start baking SO badly, but I need to get through Thanksgiving and the weekend after first.

Susie 11:08 AM  

That's a great haul. My MIL and SIL will be doing that in the next couple weeks. You just reminded me I have yet to pick out what I am going to bake!! Yikes!!

Anonymous,  12:52 PM  

Those look yummy! I need to get back to the cookie baking next week myself.

CC 1:12 PM  

I need a baking day so badly! I love to bake, but just can't do it when the kids are always trying to "help"!!

{The Sassy Mom} 3:33 PM  

You're amazing to get all that baking done. Makes me want to get out the "cookie stuff"

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