Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas fun in the Kitchen...

I know I should be stitching but instead I am baking!

or at least doing all the prep work for my upcoming cookie marathon!

Each year I bake a dozen different cookies and make up cookie boxes and trays for friends and neighbors.

First I decide on what cookies to make and gather the recipes.

Some cookies I make every years - Mint Snowtop, Christmas Biscotti, Coconut Biscotti and Molasses cookies.  Some every few years - Peanut blossoms, Almond Jam Slices, Toffee cookies, and Ellie's Butterscotch Cookies.  Then I always try a few new ones - Gingerbread biscotti, Pecan Cresents, Peppermint Candy sugar cookies.

Then I inventory the baking supply cabinet...I buy new baking powder and baking soda each year and also check the dates on all the spices.

Then I gather together the containers.  I usually buy the containers at the after Christmas sales but I also use some non-traditional containers like fun tea-cups or bowls that I find during the year.

Now how does this go with quilting you may wonder?  Well, I have stitching on Wednesday - will bring a tray of cookies.  I have bee on Thursday - will bring a cranberry pecan cake.  And on Friday I have a holiday get together with my Woolie-Woolie group and will bring home-made Stollen and some cookies.

10 comments:

Vic in NH said...

No wonder that you are so popular with all your quilter friends! It sounds delicious.

Feathers in my Nest said...

Oh, everything looks Scrumptious! Your biscotti looks Divine..

Janet O. said...

What a lot of work you put in to make yummy treats for friends. They all look scrumptious.

Sherrill said...

When I went to our quilt group at church, every Christmas we'd bring one type of cookie and swap around in addition to filling tins for the janitors. I made, rather than a cookie, the pretzels topped with rolo's and a pecan (always a hit). So instead of just one, I'd do like 3 pretzels as opposed to one cookie (since they WERE very easy). Yours sounds like a ton of work :-( But YUMMY!!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! There are some special people in your life to receive a homemade tin of cookies! I also purchase the containers after Christmas--great sales

Rebecca said...

Cookies and quilting always go together!!!!

Sheila said...

It all sounds yummy!

Purple Pam said...

Oh, I am doing the same thing. I make several different cookies three days before Christmas and make up trays for neighbors and friends. I look forward to this cookie extravaganza every year. I always pray that our oven holds out one more year! One of my favorites are Peanut Blossoms which I make as my last cookie since I do not have enough containers to store them in until I make up the trays and delete the mounds of cookies I have already made. My recipe makes 7 dozen. I do not like to stack them since they have Hersey Kisses on top. I do not want to squash those delicious kisses!

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Judy in Michigan said...

Happy New Year!! Hope you are well - we worry about you when you don't post. Take care!!