Well I mentioned last week that the baking extravaganza for Christmas was beginning. Here is the proof! A funny story as well…I thought I’d cut a few corners this year and use pre-made mixes for cookies. Mistake. I tried a ginger snap mix and peanut butter cookie mix and ended up wasting an entire morning. On my way out to the store to get all the ingredients to make those batches from scratch, I called my mom and (jokingly) yelled at her for ruining us! Her response was, “Okay – why now?” And I replied that her great baking and fun traditions at Christmas have ruined us forever because now pre-made mixes will never be good enough. I will always want homemade cookies from scratch made using my mom’s recipes. It brings Christmas home even when I’m far away from family. So now – onto the baking results!
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: The ingredient stash that stayed on the counter for days, Ginger Snap Molasses cookies, Buckeye (Ohioans know these) candies, Tollhouse Chocolate Chip, Chocolate No-Bakes, Peanut Butter cookies with Hershey kisses, Christmas color M&M cookies, and Poppyseed bread with sweet orange glaze. And the final picture showing the wrapping and proof that we did share these goodies with friends!
Do you have a favorite baked item that HAS to be made at Christmas? Or a favorite tradition that really makes the holidays come alive?