Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Cookie Heaven (with pictures and books)

This week was Christmas cookie week without any preparation. It just happened.

{Annie's Snow Drop Cookies}

{Gooseberry Patch Cookie Cookbook}

Annie quickly picked out a cookie recipe to share at the Girls' Club cookie exchange and that was that. Lucky for me all the ingredients for her Snow Drop cookies were already in our pantry.

Then Chelsea had a festive baking mood on Sunday, located the easiest Christmas cookie dough recipe she could find (from a recipe book I got in second grade through the Scholastic Book Club), turned on her ipod music list, pulled out all the stops and pots and bowls, and started mixing.

Next thing I knew, Annie was alongside of her and they were rolling out ball after ball of dough over sugar sweet giggles and music.
At the end of the baking session was a bowl of uncooked cookie dough, sticky bowls in the sink, and no bakers in the kitchen.
I froze the balls in hopes of finishing the baking and decorating before Christmas.
These are Annie's Snow Drop Cookies she made for girls' club.

This was one of the tables full of cookie exchange plates.
Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies, sugar cookies, jelly-filled cookies, peppermint cookies, peanut butter cookies...

And here are some sweet Christmas cookie books to enjoy in your kitchen while you bake this Christmas. :-)

The Baker's Dozen: A St. Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepherd/ Wendy Edelson

The Baker's Dozen: A Colonial American Tale by Heathr Forest/ Susan Gaber

Waiting for Christmas: A Story about the Advent Calendar by Kathleen Long Bostrom/ Alexi Natchev

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall/ Deborah Chabbrian

From our house to yours...may you be blessed with a wonderful, joyful Christmas and New Year!

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