Truthfully, I'm not really in the "holiday spirit" much this year -- I don't think we'll have time to put our tree up, and shopping for Christmas presents on a tight budget will be challenging. (I'm sure you can all relate!) However . . . there is still one holiday tradition I have been planning and looking forward to for over a month now -- baking cookies! I picked up Fine Cooking's holiday cookie issue back in October, and I have been dog-earing the pages for weeks. I think I've finally settled on a list! Here's my baking plan for this year!
Traditional Peanut Brittle
Sea Salt Caramels (I have made these several years in a row, now)
My Grandma's butter cookies with frosting and sprinkles
Peppermint Meringue Kisses
Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Pine Nut Wedding Cookies
Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti Straws
Apricot Coconut Bars
Gingered Lemon Bars
Fig Bars with Thyme
Um yes, that is a DOZEN different treats that I'm planning on making! Oh dear! My only consolation is that every year, I feel like I've chosen way too many things, block myself out a whole weekend in which to bake like a maniac, and always seem to finish baking (and washing all of those dishes!) far ahead of schedule. :) I still feel compelled to cut out two things, though -- ten treats seems like a more manageable amount than twelve, for some reason. What would you cut?