It is November 16. Five and a half weeks until Christmas. So the holiday baking will need to commence soon (bake cookies and freeze them for later gifting — I would prefer to give only fresh-baked cookies but that would mean baking everything right before giving them and that just isn’t practical).
Last year, I made a lot of different cookies and gave people a nice variety. Not listed in that post, I also made gingerbread which I took to my sister’s house. And lemon bars which only a couple of people got to try. There are a few cookies that I know I will be making again, either because I really liked them or because they got good reviews last year.
Definite keepers from last year:
- Rosemary cheese crackers (they are called cookies but they are so savory its hard for me to see them as a cookie… cracker suits it better. Yummy and well-liked by many)
- “mock” Cranberry bliss bars (extremely good with a cup of coffee…. and I’m not much of a coffee drinker)
- Gingerbread (I loved this with fresh whip cream! Not the cookies, but the cake/ bread… soooo good) – I used a recipe from Good Housekeeping Baking
Maybe keepers from last year:
- Chocolate mint-chip cookies (good, but maybe I’ll find a replacement this year, not sure yet)
- raspberry jam thumbprint cookies (always a classic, but I am feeling noncommittal to the thumbprints this year)
Recipes I’d like to try this year:
- Food Network: 3-in-1 sugar cookies
- Paula Deen: Chocolate gooey butter cookies
- Bakerella: Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Maple Brown Sugar Icing
- Another batch of the “Best Ever Chocolate Cut out cookies” like I made after Halloween.
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
I’m at a loss for what to get for D. this Christmas. I have a few ideas for what to make for the rest of friends though… I’ll elaborate on those ideas later.