Earlier this week, I posted on Facebook that we hadn’t received a single Christmas cookie this year. Which, is pretty rare for us. We’re actually usually having to search through stockpiles of little bags from friends and family for the right treat, but this year was a definite drought when it came to Christmas cookies. My mom saw the post and of course made all attempts to alleviate the situation. She offered to come up from D.C. to bake with me and I took her up on her offer immediately. Plus, it was her birthday this week and I like to sneak in afternoons with her every year to celebrate a little bit.
I’ll be honest, she did most of the work. She rolled up her sleeves and put together all the dough the day before so it would be chilled and ready to roll for today. This of course made the process a whole lot easier. We whipped out a ton of Christmas cheer in just a few hours. I don’t know if my house will ever smell the same again.
We should have counted, but in the photos above, I’m just holding my haul from the event which about half. She took home enough for my brother as well as a good stash for neighbors, the mailman, etc. My mom is that person- every person she interacts with deserves a Christmas gift. And now, my mailman will have his own Christmas cheer when he comes by tomorrow.
These are our family’s three favorite recipes that have been baked year after year for as long as I can remember! I asked my mom to send me the recipes and she kept saying, “It’s on the package”. I knew the chocolate cookie recipe was, but I kept insisting that she send the oatmeal butterscotch and she finally said, “Yes- it’s ALSO on the back of the bag!” So there you have it folks, we’re easy.
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2tsp baking powder
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add egg and milk and beat until combined.
Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients in small amounts once mixed.
Chill dough for an hour and begin to roll to about 1/4″.
We usually bake them in a 375 degree oven for about 7 minutes. But just keep an eye on them and pull them when they’re to your liking!
I was inspired by the little gingerbread house packages from Craftberry Bush and thought it would be a perfect way to package up all the goodies for everyone! I managed to get one done today and will finish up the rest tomorrow.
I hope you are all enjoying your holiday. For those of you who are coming home from work today- Bravo! You’ve made it to the celebratory days. Grab a glass of wine, get yourself into some cozy jammies and put a nice Christmas film on.
David and I are about to head out to run last minute Christmas errands that actually piled up this year. He’ll be playing in our church’s Christmas Eve services tomorrow so we’re in a bit of a pinch for time to get everything together tonight.
Wishing you all a wonderful night of cheer.
Until next time!