On the 12th day of Christmas, dear friends gave to me 12 chefs a-baking.
Naturally, we baked sugar cookies.
Well, actually there was only 4 chefs all under the age of 13 not including myself. Yet we made a mess thrice our size.
It was so much fun! Perhaps the best part was the flour showers: dust hands with flour, raise your hands up and then clap.
True, it was less fun to clean the mess up. I think it took me an hour. Totally worth it though.
Of gingerbread men and women!
The Ninja cookie cutters were a gift from my cousin, but you can get your set here. They were a hoot to decorate.
The recipe for the gingerbread cookies that I use year after year came from a book that was gifted to me many years ago when I was still a kid in college. It was perhaps my first cookie cookbook, the Pillsbury Best Cookies Cookbook.
Elly helped of course. The decorating set I bought from Pampered Chef were just perfect for her little hands.
The cookies she decorated are featured below. I especially love the trees.
We are swimming in cookies now.
I have only baked 3 batches myself.
Buttermilk sugar cookies (drop style with green frosting on top)
Cranberry chocolate cookies
Dan’s favorite, the Highland Shortbread cookies
Thanks to the cookie swap with the Mom’s Club, I look like a baking goddess though.
I still have one more batch of cookies to make because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without my gingerbread men.
Growing up, we always made sugar cookies and I still do make them during our get together with friends, but I could take them or leave them. A few years ago the gingerbread men took their rightful place as my favorite cookies to make. Why?
Because the gingerbread men are so much fun to decorate and to personalize!