Saturday, December 04, 2010

Christmas Cookies 2010

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
Toffee-Chocolate Candy
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
Ginger 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?


tweal said...

I would not cut anything, they all sound delicious!

Liz said...

Once again, an amazing line up! I think if I had to cut something, it'd be the ginger bars or lemon ginger bars since they sound similar (I could be wrong, though). And I need to try these- they both sound delish!

Anonymous said...

I would cut some of the bars...they are more difficult to cut and portion out and travel with etc. Candy and cookies are easier for trays and travel!

Let me know if you want any help with baking...we could do a baking weekend/day together :-)