Christmas is not a surprise. It’s on the calendar and we know months ahead of time when it’s coming, but somehow I always find myself scrambling at the last minute to finish baking, grocery shopping, buying and wrapping gifts, or sending out Christmas cards. This time I really was not on the ball and mailed cards on Christmas Eve! Every year I promise myself that I will be better organized next year, and I will try, of course knowing that there will still be some last minute dashing about to pull it all together. I’m not even going to bother making a New Year’s resolution for that!
I would have really enjoyed making a new cookie every day of December, or even doing a 12 Days of Christmas Cookies event like some of my blogging friends have done, but perhaps next year. We did try several new cookies for Christmas 2007, and these are two of our favorites:
Pizzelles from Maryann at Finding La Dolce Vita (photo above). One of my Christmas presents was a pizzelle maker, and we put it to good use immediately! Michael and I both love pizzelles, and we now have three boys who like them, too. Maryann’s recipe is very good. We used zest of orange and almond flavoring, and they were a hit. I will make these regularly. (Update: Unfortunately Maryann’s blog is no longer available.)
Sugar cutout cookies from Elise at Simply Recipes. We made pumpkins for Halloween and many festive shapes for Christmas. We dipped our cookies in the white sugar icing then sprinkled colored sugars and multicolored nonpareils on top, something I find much easier than piping decorations. Easy is important when you have two preschool-age assistants and a toddler pulling on your pant legs! The boys were able to help throughout the process, which made it even more fun for them. We did not color the icing this time, though I would certainly do that the next time we make them, probably at Easter. They will make some very pretty Easter egg cookies!