Here I am with some of our delicious, delectable creations. Please forgive my makeup-less, sweatshirt-clad appearance. Just keepin' it real. We don't dress up much around these parts when it's cookie day.
Here is my rediculously messy kitchen, in the throws of Cookie Day. Again, just keepin' it real...
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pecan Sandies (a Cheryl L. West super-secret recipe... well, not really, I just don't feel like typing it in right now.)
- Icebox Shortbread (we made two different types: chocolate chip and orange-cranberry. YUM!)
- Gigantic Ginger-Molasses Cookies
- Vanilla Bean Snowmen
- Apricot Almond Snickerdoodles
These Snickerdoodles were actually made for our annual church bake-off last night, and they won in the cookie category! The were really good!!! Here's the recipe:
- 3/4 c. chopped almonds, toasted
- 3 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 c. sugar + 1/4 c sugar for the topping
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 3/4 c. dried apricots, chopped
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Using a hand mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy (5 minutes).
- Add eggs and almond extract to butter mixture and blend until incorporated.
- Add half of the flour mixture, beating on low until combined. Add remaining flour, beating only until just incorporated.
- Fold almonds and apricots into the dough until evenly distributed.
- Mix together 1/4 c. of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a shallow bowl or plate.
- Shape dough into 1.5 inch balls. Roll the dough into sugar/spice mixture.
- Transfer cookies to greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely and enjoy!
Another part of this year's cookie day fun was making a gingerbread house with Bennett. My dad and McPreachy did this fun project with Benny while my Mom and I were in the kitchen baking away!
We used a gingerbread house of the pre-baked variety, and it worked great. Why go to all that trouble baking the house, when decorating is really the fun part? At least that's the way I see it!
Here are the fun and delicious candy decorations.
Here's Benny-boy overseeing the construction of the house.
In all honesty, Bennett was much more excited about trying to eat all the candy decorations than he was about actually decorating the house. But he did have a lot of fun. After he got bored with it, McPreachy finished decorating it himself.
Here are a few shots of the finished product. Come along, kiddie-winkies... I'll give you the tour.
Here's the side of the house, where little graham cracker bunnies just love to frolic and play amongst the gumdrop tulips.