There are the Christmas cookies that you bake with your kiddos, (and I use that term "bake" loosely because really only the moms bake and the kiddos dump icing and sprinkles all over the finished product and the floor while eating at least half of it) because Christmas just wouldn't be the same without baking cookies with the kids.
And then there are the Christmas cookies that you bake to give away to your orthodontist, and the school bus driver, and your next door neighbor...
This year we had the absolutely brilliant to NOT do both at once. Two separate baking sessions with 2 separate objectives. Brilliant I tell you! Why we hadn't thought of this years ago is beyond me.
This is the baking session that is all about actually turning out cookies. Lots of cookies. Done on a school day so most of the children won't interrupt the bakers.
My sister-in-laws and I got together with my mother-in law and started to crank 'em out.
My mother-in-law's kitchen is gorgeous, especially before we junked it up with all our diaper bags, and sippy cups, and baking stuff. A bakers dream! And it has 2 ovens and 2 mixers! Enough said.
The littlest kiddos came with.
Sometimes on our hips.
Or here Tess and Jude are trying to teach their cousin P how to escape. Stink pots!
We donned our aprons and used so much butter that we shocked even ourselves. I won't tell you how much butter we actually used. It's just too embarrassing.
I actually wore an apron that belonged to my husband's great grand mother, Grandma Jennie. Who was from Sweden, had a thick Swedish accent, and couldn't really pronounce her own J, so it was more like Grandma Yenny when she said it.
This recipe is hand written by my mother-in-law's mother, Granny Annie. Snickerdoodles. Can't pass that up! I met Granny Annie when I was a teenager. I liked her instantly as she reminded me of my own Granny. Tough as nails and loved her children through thick and thin.
My favorite is Mexican wedding cookies. Also called Russian tea cookies. They were my grandmother's, Mazie's, favorite too. Maybe little Miss M will like them too.
Holly cookies were a special request of Sunny. (Like Rice Krispy treats but with Corn Flakes, green food coloring, and a few red hots) Nobody's grandmother made holly cookies, although Kellog's Corn Flakes were made available to the public in 1906, so maybe they did make holly cookies. Maybe they will be made by Sunny's granddaughters someday.
I think we make 6 different kinds of cookies and 2 types of candy and fudge.
Thank you, Granna!
Stay tuned for Christmas cookies part 2 - in which the children consume more icing than they actually put on the cookies!