Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Cookie Overload

I have been a cookie baking machine. Seriously. Literally hundreds of cookies made this year and I'm thinking of making more. That's just weird. In my defense, making all these cookies wasn't "the plan". I planned on baking some traditional favorites and a couple new recipes. But I couldn't resist little voices piping up, "Hey Mom! Remember the ribbon cookies? What about those?". So, once again I would pull out the kitchen aid for more. The days are often too full to spend in the kitchen, so I use my favorite hours to bake: nighttime. Most of you know, I live for the night hours. It's my free time to create.

I bake cookies for holiday parties, for gifts, and for our Christmas Eve traditional celebration. I like to start cookie baking at the beginning of the month and freeze them between parchment paper, sealed in tight Tupperware. This really makes all that holiday baking stress free.

They're right there ready to pull out for gifts:

What's in the box:
Peppermint Pleasures

Chocolate Crinkles
Maple Frosties

Cherry Kissed Cream Cheese Sugars

Trays for parties too. I had a few parties that required cookies this year. This tray is for a Bunco Girl's Party.

What's on the tray:
Christmas Ribbon Cookies
Chocolate Crinkles
Wrapped Snickerdoodles
Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butters

Sliced dough for our classic ribbon cookies, a cookie staple in our house that my Mom started.

I recently read in a holiday book that more than just packages can be wrapped. So I wrapped some snickerdoodles, tying them with baker's twine.

Too cute.
Love them.

And I just shared in the last post about gumdrop fun for the kids:

And in another previous post, I shared a collection of Peppermint Treats. These ones are Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Creamy Peppermint Filling.

Last year I shared the importance of Christmas books in our home. Our entire house has special and fun books scattered throughout to encourage reading and to fuel the magic.

We can't have Christmas books without cookies
and we can't have cookies without Christmas books.

So I {think} we are ready for the 25th NOW that cookies are baked and stockings are hung.

My childhood stocking that Santa filled every single year as a girl.

Our new adult stockings that have never been filled by Santa...yet. ;)
Our older two boys' handmade stockings. You can read the heartwarming story behind these: Stockings of Kindness.

One. More. Thing.

I have been super excited to share that I have some baked goods featured in the DIY Living holiday edition on pages 36-37 and pages 50-51. See my right sidebar to read the good stuff!

Here's a peek a boo at what's inside the feature:

Baby blue sugar snowflakes

and Peppermint Pleasures.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Do you enjoy Christmas homemade baking
or do you prefer OREOs dipped in milk?

We are all so different in our loves and likes
and I SO enjoy learning about the differences that color our great big world.

These are our traditions and loves,
what's yours?

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The Tuscan Home said...

Wow, what wonderful looking cookies! Yum, yum, yum!!! Those ribbon cookies look so pretty. I would love to make those! :) Thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! XOXO ~Liz said...

As soon as I saw COOKIES, I had to stop by! Congrats on being featured in the ezine! How awesome!

By the way I'm super envious - I haven't even started my holiday baking; I usually do it all in 2 days right before Christmas Eve. Every year I vow to start sooner, but my life is WAY too hectic (in mostly good ways!)

Merry Christmas, Lisa!

Amanda said...

I am totally impressed by the holiday baking (the making them early AND the yummy goodness that you make!)

Josh draws a picture for santa and it is used as our tree topper. Santa drops off his gifts takes the picture and leaves something...his hat, a sleigh bell....something santa-y. Josh loves it. And Santa gets a holiday picture each year. That in a few years will be framed and used as part of our holiday decor.


Holly Lefevre said...

I LOVE Christmas cookies...but I have not made any this year...I cannot control myself. I adore those peanut butter ones with the kiss in the middle. The way you packaged the snickerdoodles - too cute!

caveman said...

I can't believe how many cookies you have made this year. If I had to guess, I would say you have made close to a thousand. Seriously. And all that cookie making makes it extra hard to decide which one I like best. Perhaps I need another plate in front of me, with one of each kind of cookie, for a taste test...

NanaDiana said...

You have wonderful, wonderful cookies here...Yum! How many can I have before you would consider I was being gluttonish? I'll even bring my own coffee!

Your pictures are all lovely...I will come back and share a couple of our traditions when I am not so rushed. I have to get up at 4:45 am for work...but wanted to pop in and say Hello! hugs- Diana

Kelly Miller said...

My kid goes crazy for snickerdoodles. I love how you've wrapped them!

Congrats on the feature!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I can't wait to get out my apron tomorrow! Where did you get that darling box?

MrsJenB said...

Wow - you're amazing! I am NOT going to let my husband see this, because you put me to shame and he thinks I'm this amazing baker. You're totally in another stratosphere, though. Incredible work and I bet they taste even better than they look!

Thanks for sharing @ Foodie Friday!

Donnie said...

Yours are prettier than I have seen in some bakeries. Just love the ribbon cookies.

Jane said...

Boy these cookies look wonderful!!! I had forgotten about chocolate crinkles. I'll have to make these for MG...he used to love them! (basically, he loves anything chocolate!) I have made 3 kinds of cookies this year...all new recipes. The peanut butter/snickers were DB's far. I liked the ginger stars. It's a good thing I took most of these to the cookie exchange. I could easily have gained an additional 10 pounds in Ginger cookies...
Jane (Artfully graced)

Kirstin said...

Your cookies all look soo good. I love making butter balls, shortbread, and a myriad of others, though I haven't really baked a lot in the last few years.

Elizabeth said...

Wow you worked hard this year! Sadly I have not had much time to be in the kitchen! Hoping to get a little baking done later this week! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Jana said...

Mmm, these cookies look delightful!!

Come link up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

Miz Helen said...

I loved all of your awesome cookies. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post. Merry Christmas!

Southern Fried Gal said...

I totally admire your skill and energy. Wow - they are all beautiful. What a lovely gift. I like the gumdrop fun - may have to try that with my 6yo. Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Yum! :)

Stopping by from WFMW.

Nanna said...

wow fantastic job on the cookies, I never thought to freeze cookies, I get together with a friend & our grandkids & bake allllll day long LOL

Ashlee Marie said...

Mmmmm!!! I might have to add some new cookies to my yearly treats. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Anonymous said...

i feel a lil special that i was able to actually have some of my very own christmas cookies right out of lisa's kitchen!!! ;)