Christmas Cookie Baking Day 2011

We have another Christmas Cookie Baking Day under our belts!  As always, we shared lots of cookies – Hello Dolly Dainties (7-Layer Cookies), Cathedral Cookies, Rolo Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, a variety of chocolate covered store-bought cookies and crackers, various pressed cookies (Spritz’s), Oatmeal Stout Cookies (a new cookie introduced by my son-in-law), a variety of Chocolate (and various other) Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Rocky Road, and Cleta Bailey’s  Toffee Squares (We change this one up by making a batch with crushed candy canes and another one with toffee chips.  Yummy.).

My son-in-law and my mother-in-law rolled the Peanut Butter Blossoms and Gooey Butter Cookies.  They made a good team.

My sister-in-law with my mother-in-law.  My sister-in-law drove in from Iowa, but her kids stayed behind due to school sports commitments.  We missed them!

The Cookie Baking Day 2011 crew.  My niece drove in from across the state.  We had no younger kids, but us older folks had a lot of fun spending time together.

My son-in-law filled in for our oldest daughter who is living in their new home in Arizona.  He was being naughty.

Busted stealing a Christmas cookie.  DSH was his fellow cookie thief.

Our share of Christmas cookies.  More than enough for us and for family and friends.

Our cookies are made up of old family favorites with some new ones mixed in each year.  They aren’t the glamorous, Martha Stewart style cookies, but they are ones the kids ask for and expect each year.  I took one of our cookies off the list this year.  I made it for the kids to spread colored icing and sprinkles on, but since none of them were here I didn’t want to mess with it.  Of course, that was the first cookie that they noticed was missing.  We’ll be making a batch later in the week.

Spending time with family.  Baking Christmas Cookies.  Sharing meals and going to church together.  One of my favorite things to do each year.

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