Christmas Baking Week!

19 Dec

Christmas baking has long been one of my favorite parts of the holiday. As a child, my mother always made three or four different kinds of cookies — generally standard chocolate chip, cinnamon and sugar jumbles, peanut butter “kiss” cookies and cut out sugar cookies. Every year I looked forward to helping her mix the dough (and stealing as many almost-too-hot-to-touch cookies from the cooling racks as I could while she wasn’t looking). Even after I moved into my own apartment, I would spend an evening drinking wine and putting up my little tabletop tree while break and bake chocolate chips baked in the oven.

The first Christmas that Steven and I were together was the Christmas that I first ventured into the territory of a cookie tray. I’ve done it every year since, and it continues to evolve as I try out new recipes and tinker with old ones. So far my record is eleven different kinds of cookie. This year I settled on seven recipes — two old standbys and five never-before tried ones — that I hope will turn out deliciously. I can’t take credit for any of the recipes I use, but in line with the Christmas spirit, I thought I would share.

1. Buckeyes

2. Trader Joe’s chocolate chip (recipe is also on the back of the TJ’s chocolate chip package)

3. Sugar cookies with lemon buttercream frosting

4. Gingerbread men

5. Pumpkin Gobs with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

6. Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

7. White Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Of course, all credit for the recipes goes to their original author. Can’t wait to sample them all!


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