Did Someone Say Cookie?

“C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me!
— Cookie Monster

So the marathon baking day came and went yesterday, and I’m left with approximately 12 dozen cookies to be shared with family, friends, and co-workers over the next week or so. I really wish that I believed in digital cameras, because the bounty truly was immense, and it just won’t be the same after waiting until the other 20 pictures on my roll of film are used up, and the film is developed, and Kodak kindly provides a CD, to post a picture. Karen took a couple with her (digital, thank god) camera, so maybe she’ll be kind enough to send me one and I can share that one with you.

[Edited, finally, to add a picture]

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It only just now, after all the cookies are packed up and half sent home with Karen, occurred to me that I ought to have attempted some Smitten Kitchen-style photos of the process and the end results, rather than settling for the rather unceremonious heap-o-cookies-on-Melanie’s-dining-room-table-with-errant-lunchbags-and-not- yet-hung-artwork-in-the-background photos. Maybe next year.

The results are in, and of all the cookies we made, my favorites are the Kris Kringle cookies. Who knew white chocolate, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans could do so much for a standard cookie dough? I only got 5 dozen, not 6, out of the recipe, but that is still a boatload of cookies, so I’m happy.

I was the least impressed with the no-bake Peanut Butter Nanaimo bars. For all that I love the ingredients individually – peanut butter? Check. Chocolate? Double check. Coconut? Check. Graham crackers? Check check. – the combination of the them in the bottom layer was not spectacular. Plus, the top layer of choclate didn’t stick to the peanut butter layer. Maybe that’s because I didn’t wait long enough for the chocolate to cool before I spread it over the peanut butter, I don’t know.

Karen’s cookie to be named later turned out to be peanut butter cut-out cookies, essentially a different version of the standard sugar cookies people make at the holidays. Her sugar cookie recipe uses cream cheese – yum. Unlike Jane, I love to roll out dough and use cookie cutters. I scored a whole container of holiday-themed cookie cutters at Goodwill about 2 years ago for, I think, 50 cents, and this was the first chance I’ve had to use them. We overtaxed ourselves though, with a mid-day shopping break at Target, so we ran out of energy to make icing and decorate the cookies last night. Oh well. People will eat them plain and like it, I say.

Now, off to the store. I’m out of milk!

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