Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Baking List.

Last year my family & I helped put together a bunch of fancy Christmas cookie trays to take to the elderly and widowed people in their church. What you see above is only about half of the 35 dozen cookies we made in five days. 

And we're doing it again. 

On top of that... it's no secret I love to bake and this is one of my favorite times of the year to do it. If you show up on my doorstep, I will probably give you cookies. If you're my friend, I'm probably making them for you for Christmas. If I'm dating you, go away! I'm always making you cookies. If you invite me somewhere, yeah. Cookie trays are going to follow. 

I'm kind of scared of this list. 

Peanut butter cup treats- I ate these for breakfast all of last December. Love.

Raspberry almond thumbprint cookies- my all-time favorite Christmas cookie.

Mexican wedding cakes- a classic.

Decorated sugar cookies- my favorite part of making these the decorating. One word: sprinkles.

Peanut butter blossoms- another classic.
Chocolate almond cracker candy- made three or four batches of this last year. They were a HUGE hit. 

Cranberry-orange sugar cookie sandwiches- a favorite I haven't made in a few years. Definitely not because I ate a huge plate of them a few New Year's Eves ago...

Fluffernutter chocolate gobs- my new favorite cookie recipe from 2011.

Salt river bars- perfect for cookie trays.

Peanut butter balls- bite-sized peanut butter-Rice Krispie-chocolatey things.

White chocolate raspberry cheesecake cookies- another favorite from 2011.

Chocolate-covered buttercream cherries- these take a bit of prep work, planning, and patience but are so worth it.

Graham cracker s'mores candy- this stuff is dangerously addicting. I might even festive it up a bit with some mini Christmas M&Ms.  
Gingersnaps and snickerdoodles- more Christmas classics. I make both of these every year.

Some kind of Christmas bark- peppermint? Toffee pretzel? Chocolate chip cookie? Undecided.

Homemade Twix- similar to the salt river bars, but not.

White chocolate mocha cookies- I really want to add peppermint chips to these.

Cinnamon streusel pecan coffee cake- coffee cake and Christmas. It's like a thing.
Cinnamon pinwheels with maple-coffee icing- fancy, but without all the work. Love.

What am I missing? What's on your list this year?