Well, we had another successful Christmas Cookie Baking Day!Â Nearly every year, we try to get together to make Christmas Cookies.Â Some years, due to illness or childbirth or living in Texas for 2 years or inclement weather, it hasn’t worked out.Â But, we have always had cookies to share one way or another.
After a few years of making ALL of the Christmas cookies in one day, we decided to make it a little easier on ourselves.Â Besides sharing cookies, the main reason for Christmas Cookie Baking Day is to spend some time together.Â Making cookies is really secondary.
So we collaborate on what cookies will be made by each of us in advance.Â We always leave a few batches to make together – just so we can share the experience of baking and washing dishes together.Â Then we share a nice meal.Â This year we played a game of Apples to Apples together and ended the evening watching TV before crashing.
My mother-in-law rolling Peanut Butter Blossoms.
For many years, my mother-in-law made ALL of the Christmas Cookies and put together large containers for each of her children’s families.Â Each year we look forward to her Spritz’s – chocolate Scottie dogs with mini-chocolate chip eyes, flowers with red hots, and others, too.Â This year she also made chocolate covered peanuts.Â Anything with peanuts or peanut butter are big hits in my husband’s extended family.Â She also made date cookies and Grandma’s Double Deckers – a cookie recipe that has been around since she was a child and probably longer.Â That is one of my favorites.
Peanut Butter Blossoms – we made a double batch of these, but the kids already want more.
I guess you can just never have enough chocolate and peanut butter.
My sister-in-law drove in from Iowa with her three kids.Â Here she is with her girls.Â The kid in the white sweatshirt is my goddaughter.
She brought some Chocolate Drops and Rolo cookies.Â We had a lot of chocolate this year!
We made yellow Gooey Butter Cookies.Â We also made fudge Gooey Butter Cookies.
Another niece drove in from across the state for her first Christmas Cookie Baking Day with us.
She lived with us for a few months this year when she had a local clinical assignment toÂ complete her Ph.D. in PT.Â She always ends up washing dishes in my house, but I would love her even if she wasn’t so good at that!
The Christmas Cookie Baking Day Crew.
One of my twins was working – the downside of working retail over the holidays means she usually misses at least part of Cookie Day.
Grandma with some of the grandkids.
We decided to add a few batches of Cleta Bailey’s Toffee Squares at the last minute – one with milk chocolate and toffee and another with semi-sweet chocolate and crushed candy canes.Â They are a big hit!
My oldest and my baby.
Our share of Christmas Cookies.
We also shared Chinese New Year Cookies, Cathedral Cookies, Hello Dolly Dainties, and Peanut Butter Rocky Road.Â My oldest shared chocolate chip, M&M chip, and a cookie that she made up called Loaded Leah’s.Â She basically took all of the add-ins from the baking aisle that she likes and put them into a cookie.Â Kind of like a Monster Cookie but made normal sized.
My baby’s twin.Â She is the second to the youngest by 2 minutes.
Grandma used to make fudge – chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch.Â She taught my babies how to make it and now that is what they make each year.Â They added peppermint fudge to the mix.Â They will be doing that later this week after they finish their final exams and start their Winter Holiday.
My nephew tagged along with his mom and sisters.
My nephew got to hang with the boys – my husband and son-in-law.Â They went to see a movie together.Â My nephew brought along his Marshmallow Crossbow.Â Yes, he brought a weapon to my house.Â Which got confiscated.Â When my husband started shooting it in the wrong place.Â Boys.