Last night I baked cookies for an exchange at the office today. A lot of cookies. The recipe for Bird's Nest Cookies didn't say how many cookies it made, so I thought I should double the batch. Just in case. About seven dozen cookies later, I realized I had more than enough cookies. In fact, I had long since run out of Special Dark Kisses and switched to peppermint.
(Yes, as a matter of fact, I DID have to buy a new plate to display my cookies. Don't you think they look SO MUCH better that way?)
So in that photo above, I have maybe half of them or a bit less; the rest are in the freezer. And who are the cookies in the freezer for? I have absolutely no idea.
You may recall I had an idea when one of the recent designer/blogger Christmas hops started that I was going to bake some/all of the cookies and freeze two dozen of each for Christmas. Who were they for? I have absolutely no idea. I do have about four or five dozen cookies in the freezer though.
After today's cookie exchange, I came home with a tray of cookies. Who are they for? Well, I'm pretty sure Hubby will claim them and the rest of us will get a few too.
Tonight I went through my cookbooks, loose papers, and scraps, searching for all the "must bake" Christmas cookie recipes. Then I made a grocery list of supplies I still needed. I was enthusiastic. Then I thought, "who am I making cookies for?," and I was a little less enthusiastic. But still, I went shopping, spent a bunch of money on fattening stuff none of us needs, and this weekend, I'll bake. Why? Probably some primevil instinct that causes women to bake Christmas cookies each and every year.
So tonight I'm wondering: Do you bake for Christmas? And do you have a special cookie or treat that you absolutely MUST make each Christmas because if you don't, the world as we know it will end? I'd really like to hear what your family can't live without, so please leave me a comment. I have a weekend of baking ahead of me, and I'd like to know that I'm not alone in this obsession.
By the way, those Bird's Nest cookies were really good and a hit with my co-workers. Kind of a not-too-sweet shortbread type cookie rolled in nuts with a Hershey's kiss added after baking. You can click on the name in the first paragraph to get to the recipe. And, by the way, it probably makes about 3 to 4 dozen, depending on the size you make them.