Photo Friday: Cookie time, part two!

So, I’m sure you’re asking yourself how in the heck one manages to accidentally make somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 dozen cookies, right?  I know I would be if I were you.

Bubbles and Miss Tadpole have a cookie walk tomorrow, and they are each responsible for providing ten dozen cookies.  That’s 20 dozen cookies (aka a whole freakin’ lot).  Last year they both helped with the baking and whatnot, but this year we’ve been so busy that it got left to the last minute.  Bubbles is sick, so he wasn’t cooking anything for anybody, and Miss Tadpole was at school on Tuesday (aka, the only time I had to do any baking whatsoever before tomorrow), so it was on me…

Photo 365 #125

Christmas means cookies.  Lots and lots of cookies.  At least, it has the last couple of years.

Now, I like Christmas cookies as much as the next person, and I can’t remember ever not having Christmas cookies.  But between my church’s cookie walk and the kids’ 4-H cookie walk, I’ve made more cookies the last two Decembers than I can ever remember baking.  Ever.

Cookies are serious business. :)

Cookies are serious business. 🙂

And baking cookies is pretty much how I spent my day yesterday.  It was the only day I had to get the cookies done for this weekend, so I took advantage of it – I found a recipe for some vanilla wafers that sounded promising, and I went to town.

Stop back on Friday and I’ll tell you all about how I accidentally made somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 dozen cookies.

Yes, you read that right.  See you Friday!

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Photo 365 #118

So how did my meringue cookies turn out?  Well…

...om nom nom!

…om nom nom!

I hopped out of bed bright and early this morning to retrieve them from the oven before Thumper had a chance to go exploring.  They looked good, they had a bit of crispness to them as I scraped them from the cookie sheet, and they tasted great.  But…

I remember my aunt’s cookies being crispy all the way through.  Mine are a little crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.  They taste like marshmallows.

This is not a bad thing, mind you – I adore marshmallows, and have been known to eat them straight out of the bag.  But I wanted crispy, meringuey deliciousness, not marshmallows.

*sigh*

I guess that means I need to take another crack at those ice cream cookies next week for the 4-H cookie walk so that I can justify making more meringue cookies with the leftover egg whites. 🙂

Do you do Christmas cookies each year?  What are some of your favorite recipes?

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Photo 365 #117

Who doesn’t love Christmas cookies?  Well, me.  At least at the beginning of December, anyway.

My church and my kids’ 4-H club like scheduling their Christmas cookie walks right next to each other.  I think last year, they might have been the same weekend, but this year, they’re separated by a week.  I’m sure this is completely unintentional, but it makes for a very long day of baking.  After all, 27 dozen is a heck of a lot of cookies.

Anyway.

I kind of forgot about the church cookie walk this year, so by the time I found the letter about it, it was too late to just give money and let someone else do the baking.  The cookie walk is this Saturday and, since today is the only free day I have between now and then, I decided to get those cookies knocked out bright and early.

And now, an ecard

awesome

I’ve been fighting a sinus infection, an ear infection, and recovering from back-to-back Christmas parties with a cookie walk thrown in for good measure.  I baked 23 dozen Christmas cookies in a span of 24 hours.  I hope to be back to my normal self (both blogging and otherwise) soon, thanks to massive antibiotics (seriously, the things are horse pills!) and a(nother) good night’s sleep.  Until then, please to enjoy these delicious virtual cookies:

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Mmm, delicious sugar cookies…om nom nom!

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Barren Island Books

This has been a busy week for me!  It seems I’ve had something going on every night and even when I didn’t have to be somewhere, I still had plenty to do.  Last night, for instance, I had to bake seven dozen (84) cookies for my church’s cookie walk this weekend.  I found a recipe that claimed to make approximately six dozen (72) cookies.  I thought, “Okay, I’ll make small cookies and then I’ll be able to squeeze an extra dozen out of the dough.”

I ended up with a hundred and sixteen cookies.  That’s almost ten dozen.

Tonight, I have to work on my presentation for tomorrow morning.  But this afternoon, you can find me visiting with my good friend, A.F.E. Smith, at her blog, Reflections of Reality.  She’s just started a new weekly feature called “Barren Island Books” and today’s post features me.  If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about what sort of books I enjoy reading, head on over and check it out!

And even if you couldn’t care less about what I like to read, do check out the rest of her website.  A.F.E. is a great writer and has a wonderful site, full of neat odds and ends.  You won’t regret visiting her, I promise.

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