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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Making cookies On Christmas Eve Eve

My mom, my siblings, their families, and my family all get together each year to make Christmas cookies. Like most families, we have favorites that only get made at Christmas time. We make Kris Kringles (cut out cookies, whose dough, in my opinion, is MUCH better than the final product, but my mom, my husband, and my kids love them), Berliner Kranzes-an orange flavored butter cookies that is rolled into the shape of wreaths and candy canes and then frosted, brownies with peppermint frosting, molasses cookies, and sometimes peppermint balls-really YUMMY, but lots of work-I've learned how to cheat and make them as bar cookies though. This year, because Michael and S were here, we made S's favorites called White Velvet cookies, which are also cut outs-THEY are YUMMY to the max.

Uncle Ernie put the kids to work washing dishes as soon as we walked in the door-not exactly the fun they were expecting.
Sari enjoyed plopping the cookie cutters down, but after a while we taught her the economy of a well placed cookie cutter (the more cookies you get out of the first roll-out the better since each time you roll them you add flour and they can get tough and flour-y tasting if you roll them too much).
S coats the Kris Kringles with milk before the kids go to work.

I know you can't appreciate this from the photo, but the cookie in the back has a good 1/2 inch of decorations on it, and my nephew Bam-Bam's fingers are a little damp from taste testing (yuck!).

Bam Bam and TJ had good fun decorating.

Scott enjoyed cutting out cookies the most and has gotten pretty good at placing them just right.
Mimi and Uncle E decided COOKING the dough was highly overrated and decided to just decorate their noses with it instead.
If it seems like every timeyou see my brother, he has kids hinging on him, it's because, well, it's true. Here even my Godson joins in. There may be 3 visible kids, but there are actually 2 more (see Mimi's pink sandals and TJ's gray legs with black socks that have no face to match?).
Anyway, we had a good time, TJ's Christmas bike got assembled (that why my husband isn't in the cookie making pictures), and the cookies are all gone already.
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Tiffany said...

Your picture of the cookies and slimy fingers was really good! You should enter it into the fair. Your cookie making sounds so fun. We used to do that with my aunt and cousins when I was a kid.

Randi said...

Looked like fun!

Lisa said...

I remember those Molasses cookies from an exchange a few years ago... YUMMMMMMMYYYYYY....:)

oneblessedmamma said...

I'll make you some if you want...of course, I'll have to beat back my husband and SCOTT, who has decided they are his favorite too.

Lisa said...

Hey...I would put up a serious fight for those things...they rock! :)

Lady G~ said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. Can't believe how much your children have grown! Your brother looks just like you. :o)

5Gustos said...

Okay, if the molasses cookies are so good, please post the recipe. I'll try it with my gluten-free flour mix and see if they turn out. (Not that I ever tried the real thing.)