Friday, November 25, 2011

Getting Ready...

Hubby has gone up north into the mountains this weekend for the annual men's get together. So the first thing I did was flip through cookbooks and checked my list not once but twice for cookie recipes for the annual seasonal bake-a-thon. I used to make about 20 different baked things each Christmas but in recent years that number has dropped significantly. Now we are down to about six! So I cleaned out the baking pantry, inventoried what I had and I am all set for next week's start.

This year I will be making the annual cream cheese pastries. They are a favourite of the family and I usually do 4 different flavours - chocolate, pistachio, hazelnut and almond. So rich and buttery! The others will be: 
- shortbread made with tiny cookie cutters and then dipped in dark chocolate
- shortbread peppermint chocolate cookie with vanilla creme icing and candy cane sprinkles
- white snowballs with walnuts
- and a gingerbread cookie or square with some lemon icing and gingerbread men sprinkles. 
I found this great site "Sweet Estelle Baking Supplies" on Etsy that sells these cool sprinkles and I am going to give them a whirl.

Hopefully I will get these recipes onto my website as I complete them. It seems that all I have there are "sweeties" my sweets!

So what are you baking this Christmas? Any family traditions?


Courtney said...

I have a collection of cookie presses and I like to make almond cookies with them. The all-time favorite is the pistachio/cranberry biscotti. It's addictive! Maybe I should post that recipe on my blog. My kids asked for both cookies and recipe for Christmas!
Enjoy your baking!!

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

I love biscotti - especially cranberry & pistachio. If you do post let me know - I would love the recipe. Thank you for your continued comments I love reading them!

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Will be watchin for your Cream Cheese Pastries, would really love a tried & true recipe rather than taking a chance on Google. Have fun baking!

moosecraft said...

Mmmmm... I'll be right over for a cookie visit! I'll bring the tea! :-) Your home will have some wonderful aromas throughout the season! I try different recipes from year to year... but, the ones that have been baked more than once are peanut butter (just the standard ones) and then Ruschki (sp?)... they are a rolled cookie with lekvar, apricot, poppy seed or nut filling.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Mmmmhhh just popped over to your cookie recipe. Thanks very much. Everything souncs delicious! Happy Baking :)