Last weekend, I measured, creamed, mixed, folded, scooped, rolled, baked and sprinkled 286 Christmas cookies.
I whipped up batches of Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles,
Spritz-Turned Sugar Cookies,
Molasses Spice Cookies,
and Double Chocolate Pistachio Cookies.
The Christmas Cookieathon was more or less successful. At various points throughout the weekend, I became frustrated–my (borrowed) cookie press broke and caused me to transform the dough meant to create Spritz cookies into red & green sprinkled sugar cookies (hence Spritz-Turned Sugar Cookies mentioned above)–and overwhelmed with my project, but I kept the finished products & act of giving in mind and tried to enjoy the baking process: the rich aroma of the creamed butter, brown sugar, and melted semi-sweet chocolate of the Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles and Molasses Spice Cookies (minus the chocolate), the feeling of success (however short-lived) when the cookie press produced its first beautifully shaped Spritz cookie, and the vibrant green, purple, and pink colors of the shelled pistachios. At the end of the weekend, I filled six decorative holiday tins (for my teachers) and multiple goodie bags (for friends’ Christmas gifts) with my weekend’s delicious, heartfelt efforts. I had fun putting together the cookie tins; I made my own labels and decorated the tins with festive, curly ribbon.
Now, I admit, I am a bit cookie-d out, and will more than likely be enjoying Vanilla Rum Cake & Chocolate Rum Cake (made by my friend Lisa) for my Christmas Day dessert. Christmas Eve was once again happily spent at Lisa’s home, eating warm, cheddar cheese-topped chili, homemade bread–soft & doughy, yet with a perfectly crunchy crust–spread with butter, and rum cake, as well as playing Bananagrams, Spot It!, and Telestrations. I had a wonderful evening, as always, despite my unsuccessful efforts to not fill my belly too full with yummy food. Today, Christmas Day, is a beautiful, snow-free, sunny, 43 degree day. I am spending the holiday at home (relaxing..opening presents, eating traditional Christmas Morning Breakfast of biscuits & gravy, reading, blogging, watching Once Upon A Time, chatting, and trail-walking) with my brother and dad. Although today does not truly feel like Christmas, nor has this holiday season truly felt like the holiday season (perhaps because of the weather..surprisingly, I actually do not mind no snow!), I have enjoyed the preparations and the celebrations all the same.