Well all the holiday cookies are now baked. PHEW!! We have some for our local fire station, and the ones for J’s station were delivered yesterday to rave reviews. It is this time of year that I’m reminded of two things:
a) that I have a gift for baking. I do not mean that I’m special or better or anything conceited. It’s just, I’m good at baking and I think it’s because I LOVE baking + have spent a lot of time in kitchen + watching food network for my entire adult life. I think we should all focus on things that we are good at and/or love.
which brings me to the next realization…
b) I don’t bake as often as I like and I have a gym membership for this very reason. Irresistable treats + lame metabolism = need for burning calories!!
So I’d like to share with you my newest ideas/loves. This is the second year I’ve made ‘roll and cut’ style sugar cookies and actually found them edible. Why? There’s a secret in the photo…
Roll the cookies out using powdered sugar, NOT flour. It bakes a sweet flaky light layer onto the cookies AND you have cookies that you want to eat right out of oven. Oh, yummo.
My other thing this year has been to use a lot of those meltable candy chip thingies. (what are those called? melts?) Anyhow – instead of molding chocolates or anything I’ve been using it on my sugar cookies INSTEAD of icing that will be either rock hard or gooey & stick to other cookies/plastic of wrapping. Some of them I do a crazy drizzle thing, then sometimes just a smooth (thin) all-over coating.
Today for the first time I used the lollipop sticks I “had” to purchase at the craft store six months ago. I put the sticks in before baking, then after when I did the candy coat it helped to seal in the stick. We’re calling them lollipop cookies (E) or magic wands (B) depending on what you prefer. I’m going to arrange them into a centerpiece I think. *LOVE* the creativity flowing this time of year!!
Speaking of creative time, The girls and I built and shared a gingerbread house. This is my favorite photo because it shows off the various styles. I’m not the mom that believes if it’s not ‘professional’ looking it’s not good. I’m the one that says “heck yes I think you should stick as much on as you can – enjoy!”
So please do – enjoy your weekend and all it has in store for you.