Did I ever tell you that I have a sweet tooth? (More like sweet teeth, plural.) So, naturally, baking is one of my favorite things. Right up there with eating baked goods. Tee hee.
When it comes to baking, I love it all – – from carefully following a recipe to licking the bowl clean. Go one step further and make it a social event, and I’m in heaven.
And that’s exactly what I got to do this past Tuesday. I met up with my M.I.L. and sister-in-law for a full day of baking! Here we are in our uniforms, ready to bake up a storm.
And we mustn’t forget our two “assistants,” my nephew and niece, Grant and Reagan…looking absolutely adorable. They were so good.
I think this is a story that can be better told in pictures than in words, so here is an epic photo collage to get your mouth watering.
At the end of it all, we had a counter full of goodies. We each took home a portion of each others’ creations to make one mega-batch of cookies.
Here are the spoils of our efforts, all ready for divvying up! (Did you know divvying had two “v”s? I didn’t! Thank you, Spellcheck.)
In case you’re curious, here’s what we made (counter-clockwise):
- Red velvet gooey butter cookies
- Mint chocolate cookies
- Mocha truffles
- Layer bars
- Heath bars
- Chocolate peanut-butter bars
- Baked Chex party mix
- Cut-out cookies or as my husband calls them, “same old kind cookies” (not pictured above)
Let me recommend a new recipe I tried for Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies. They really do melt in your mouth. You use Duncan Hines cake mix, so the recipe is super easy. The best part is sprinkling them with powdered sugar at the end. For Floridians, this is about the closest we get to snow.
We missed our sisters and mothers who couldn’t be there…but we have already declared this an annual tradition, so I trust this is the first of many Christmas cookie baking parties to come! (And thanks to my cousin Liz for inspiring the idea for this event in the first place.)
Now, the real fun begins:
eating them all! Giving them away. (Grin.)
And to close, a few questions for you, dear reader:
What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Do you have any traditions related to baking around the holidays? Do tell!