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I LOVE cookies. I was a cookie monster before there was a Cookie Monster. So it is kind of sad that there will be no cookie baking in my house this Christmas. It’s not that I’ve suddenly become anti-cookie, nor has there been a Tragedy.

I just don’t have any of the things you need to make cookies. I haven’t completely moved into the Wyoming house. All my recipes, pans, mixing bowls and mixer—all of it is at Southern Command.

It’s probably not a good thing to have cookies on the brain, but I fear that as long as I have a brain, there will be cookies on it.

Or something like that.

So, I write fiction, so thought I’d just imagine some of my favorite cookies.

And then I might have to run to the store and stock up on something to kill the cravings.

In the meantime, let’s talk cookies. What cookies do you associate with the holidays?

At our house, as near as I can recollect, we went with the basics:

  • Sugar cookies

  • Gingerbread people and houses

  • Our version of fruit cake was more like a cookie. My mom put gumdrops in it instead of fruit whatevers that people put in fruit cake.

  • Chocolate chip

  • Snickerdoodles

  • Peanut butter

I don’t think we made all of them every year. But usually we tried to have some sugar cookies to decorate because who doesn’t love a massive, sticky mess at Christmas?

We were also big on candy making. Fudge, divinity, fudge. Yeah, we like the fudge. And I have peculiar weakness for gingerbread houses that my kids are always hoping I’ll forget about. I am really, really, really, really bad at doing all things gingerbread house related. Construction, design, you name it, I suck at it. Even the kits that turn it into gingerbread-houses-for-dummies.

I’m worse than a dummy. Even with precut pieces, I make gingerbread disasters.

So I try not to make eye contact with gingerbread houses in any shape or form at any time in December. Once it’s January, I’m moving on to Valentine’s candy.

The good news is that all my gingerbread house ruining stuff is also at Southern Command.

So, what kind of cookies and other stuff are you dreaming about today? Planning to make this month? If you can, post some recipes. Next year I plan to be up and cookie making again (but NO gingerbread houses. None. Not anymore! I’m over them. Really…ooh, gingerbread kit I’ve not tried…) What do you look forward to/fear this holiday season? I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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Let’s Talk Cookies (and beyond)
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10 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Cookies (and beyond)

  • December 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    no traditional cookies since I had to remove sugar and flour from my life. Most of the time I think it’s worth the removal but I do miss our family’s traditional cookies made with milk chocolate break up.
    BUT I do have some knock my socks off and make me grin recipes for low carb snickerdoodles! I use my small convection oven to bake them in tiny batches so I always have fresh.
    mmmmmmm. Might be time to mix up a few more batches

    • December 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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      Oh wow, hugs on that! Yeah, that’s a tough one. Holidays are hard for the hubs, too. Cool you have developed some alternatives! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:58 am
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    Can’t have Christmas without cookies! This will be my first year attempting to bake them without cane sugar, though… We shall see how that goes. I’m most worried about the butterhorns – a German sweetbread recipe my family passed down. Will have to run some tests with yeast and different sweeteners before I embark on the full day adventure that is butterhorns!
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    • December 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm
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      You’ll have to share how that works out for you, L.E. I can’t imagine trying to cook cookies w/o sugar! Big hugs!

  • December 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    We have mince pies here in UK. They are filled with minced fruit and their lovely with thick cream. My aunty makes the best yeast fruit cake. We also like Christmas pudding and a chocolate log. That’s chocolate rolled sponge cake covered in chocolate and dusted with castor sugar to look like snow

    • December 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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      I have tasted some of those things and I LOVE the thick cream. Wow, great list!

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:49 am
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    I love cookies, but at Christmas I want the families traditional holiday treats – kiffels, nut tossies, nut roll. Luckily I gave a brother who loves to bake. I ship the nuts to him. He takes the hint.

    • December 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm
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      You should totally mainline the traditions at Christmas! Just writing about what we eat at Christmas makes me all mushy. lol

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