Sunday Snapshots (of cookie making)

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.

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Making an Army

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.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cookies Galore

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!