Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cookies and snow











This weekend, we had our annual cookie-baking marathon. Every year, on the weekend preceding the final week of school before the holiday break, I get busy baking dozens of cookies. We keep a lot, but we give a lot away too. The school gets about five dozen to sell in a fundraiser this coming week. Then I send some to work with the Bear, to share with his coworkers, and I give some away to neighbors too. We'll still have way more than any of us needs to eat, but it's nice to have lots of cookies in the house at the holidays, I think. You never know who might stop by.

Our baking days (which began Friday afternoon and continued through most of the day on Saturday) were very cozy. The weather, which had been unusually warm all week, began to change Friday. It was cloudy and windy, not quite cold yet but certainly brisk. We usually play in a park near the school on Friday afternoons but hardly anyone else showed up because it was really quite unpleasant down there, with the wind whipping up and down the soccer field and rattling the backstops. We only lasted about twenty minutes before I rounded them up to head home. They were mostly agreeable, soothed by the knowledge that cookies were in the offing.

By Saturday morning, it was raining hard and the temperature was falling. The wind had picked up even more. Inside, the baking was at fever pitch, so we didn't mind. By dark on Saturday, it was snowing. We woke up this morning to about five inches of snow. This is our second snowstorm of the season, and this time around, the snow was perfect for playing in, so the small Bears headed out to the backyard after breakfast. We have plans in the afternoon today (a friend is performing in a holiday ballet), so they had to get out there while they had a chance. They built a tiny snowman and threw snowballs. I'm glad we're having a real winter this year. It's really cold now, though; that storm left behind the iciest wind I've felt in a long time. Cookies should power me through.


And a pretty bunch of cookies they are, I think. Clockwise, from the top of the plate, these are the recipes I used: Classic Sugar Cookies from Betty Crocker (I used the recipe in my trusty 2000-edition cookbook, but the online version is the same); Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Biscotti (I substituted white chocolate baking chips for regular ones); Nestle Toll House Mint Chocolate Delights; and in the center, Strawberry-Coconut Thumbprints (I substituted raspberry jam for strawberry). I think the Thumbprints are my favorite; there's cream cheese in the dough and they're very tender and not too sweet. But who are we kidding? Favorites - pssht. They're cookies. They're all awesome.


We may have a cookie problem, though. Come by for a cup of tea and a cookie with me. My door is always open.

48 comments:

  1. Amazing how quickly the weather changed. It sure looks pretty. And your cookies look great. I never seem able to make quite enough to go around. Today I made biscotti for the first time ever and it turned out just right. :)

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  2. Loved seeing your snow pictures! We have very mild weather here at present. I bet the children loved it (and all the cookies....) :o)

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  3. Oh how I wish I could come by for a cup of tea and a cookie :) They look delicious! And snow!! Lucky you, toss a snowball or two for me, okay?

    Wishing you a lovely start to your week Jennifer.

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  4. If I lived nearer I would be right over, those cookies look delicious. I have spent the afternoon making mince pies ready for guests dropping by. That is a lot of snow...

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  5. I have holiday cookies on the list for this month (week) I need to get cookie cutters. I don't have any! Xoxo Andrea @ This Knitted Life

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  6. Thank you Jennifer, I'll take a couple of thumbprints and a mint chocolate delight with my tea if I may. I bet the children loved the snow, and what a glorious sunny day to enjoy it in as well. As CT says, it's still very mild here at the moment, we haven't had snow for about three years now, since I bought two sleds in fact, and I'm not hopeful that there will be any this year. CJ xx

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  7. Wow, that's some amount of snow, Jennifer. Those cookies do look delicious! I wouldn't know which one(s) to choose! :oD

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  8. I wish I can stop by at yours for tea and cookies- they all look delicious and I want to try them all! And enjoy the snow while iy lasts. I hope it doesn't get too cold though. Enjoy!

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  9. I would LOVE to come by and eat cookies with you. They all look so good. I love the sound of your baking weekend, and I can't believe how much snow you had! It's still very mild and wet here, I would really love a snow day. :-) xx

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  10. The cookies look amazing, and I wish we had snow !

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  11. These cookies look so mouthwatering!

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  12. I want to come and eat cookies at your house!
    I can't believe all your beautiful snow, we are
    75 degrees and I have fruit trees blooming.

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  13. The snow looks like a dream. I sat on the deck crocheting. I think we made it to 70 today. Enjoy those cookies! They look delicious.

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  14. What a happy event that you have Christmas SNOW! We have cold rain. But it's fine. I love all your cookies.. I need to bake some. Enjoy your holidays.. I know you don't need reminded to do that. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. If I were closer we could do a cookie exchange because I've been baking too. Snow does make it look Christmasy.

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  16. Mmm...those cookies look scrumpcious!

    So envying your snow...

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  17. Thank you! I'm coming right over to enjoy your "cyber cookies" and am bringing some of the chewy dark chocolate meringue cookies we made Saturday for the first time to share with you and yours :) Of course as usual I did not follow the recipe, so instead of dried cranberries I put in unsweetened coconut shavings and pecans instead of walnuts. Your snow is so beautiful and well timed! It is still raining here every day, but the flood waters are receding, thankfully. The weather folk say Mt. Hood is getting lots of snow so we could hop in the car and drive about 45 minutes away to play in the snow, but will probably stay cozy at home instead. Wishing you a happy week ahead! xx

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  18. Oh, how I would love to stop by for a cup of tea, a yummy cookie, and a great conservation with you! They look delicious! I think I'll give your biscotti a try, and maybe the strawberry-coconut thumbprints, too. We made sugar cookies topped with lots of festive sprinkles yesterday. But I am missing our cold, Christmassy weather this year - it is way too warm here. It was 74 degrees yesterday, and the same today. No cold weather insight for us until next weekend. Your snow is so pretty against the bright, blue sky. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  19. I would love to stop by and share a cup of tea with you and a couple of cookies! I haven't been eating sugar since this past spring, but I could break my sugar fast for a couple of homemade Christmas cookies. ;-) I usually bake a bunch of different cookies too, but this year I'm not doing so. We wouldn't eat them here (though I'd be tempted) and I usually gift them to my in-laws, but they all have health problems now and so aren't supposed to be eating cookies. I do have a couple of new recipes that sound delicious though, so I might try them - and then Brian can bring them to work. The weather here in northern IL has been unseasonably warm still. We ran errands today wearing just light jackets. Now it's pouring rain. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  20. I can't believe your snow! We are having an unusually warm year, and today had thunderstorms. Usually we've had a lot of snow by now.
    Your cookies are pretty and look good. I'd love to have one with you!

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  21. Mmmmmm those cookies look fabulous and yummy! And wonderful photos of the kids playing in the snow. We had snow here on Saturday as well but started very early in the morning. I love how beautiful the snow looks right after it tumbles to the ground.

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  22. Save a biscotti for me please! Your cookies look great and I'm very envious of your festive snow - your garden looks like a Christmas card with its snow-covered lantern. Have a cosy week. xx

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  23. Wow - your post is the first 'snow post' that I've read this year. Here in the UK it's gloomy and grim. Do you have more cold weather forecast? Jx

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  24. We had snow too! We are further North than others in the UK who haven't had any. There was lots of snowball throwing and snowman building going on but no cookies............so we're coming over........

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  25. I am on my way :-) Your cookies look delicious. I have yet to start my cookie marathon, hoping to start next weekend. School is not finished until the 23rd so plenty of time... How exiting, the first snow is always the best. The little bears look very happy. x

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  26. I would love to stop by for a cookie and a chat. The snow looks fab. That amount of snow would cause the universe to halt round here. Roads would be shut. Schools too. We're not good with snow :) Hope you're enjoying the run up to Christmas! xx

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  27. Yes, indeed, your cookies are awesome Jennifer, and very pretty too. And I adore the snow - what a great dump you had and I love to see the children out there enjoying it. I hope my grandsons get some over in Canada too :)

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  28. I'd definitely drop by and help you get rid of a few of those cookies if I lived a bit closer, that would be so much fun. I'm not a fan of snow but I must admit that it looks fabulous in your photos, perhaps because the sun is shining. Glad the kids got to play in it this time.

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  29. snow just makes the season brighter....we're still contending with 70 degree temps which just isn't right in December!!! Yummy cookies. I need to make more. The two batches I've already made are gone. oops.

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  30. Geez, here in Massachusetts we haven't had a flake or a flurry yet. Actually it's been abnormally warm. High 50's instead of 30's. Very strange for us...so worried about what January/February will dump on us.

    Cookies look delicious...enjoy every minute of the wonderful memories you are making for your children and yourself.

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  31. Oh I wish I was nearer! It seems really odd to me that the temperature in the UK, especially the south of it, is much higher than yours.

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  32. Just love the pictures of the snow, yummy cookies!xx

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  33. you have snow! i can't help but feel a little envious.. we are having a very strange winter this year.. it's in the 70's today.. i mean really?!
    Enjoy the snow.. and all those cookies!

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  34. Yum! Yum! I had cake for breakfast so I think I should wait until tomorrow to have cookies! Yours look great!

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  35. Oh that is proper snow, and you have sunshine too! Your cookies look delicious. Wish I was there, it remains gloomily grey for the most part in the southeast of the UK.

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  36. The cookies look wonderful and Abi and Josh are so envious of your snow - to be truthful so am I - just a little bit ;-)

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  37. Hey Jennifer,
    Oh if only I could knock on the door and have one (or maybe two) of those cookies with you! You never know, one day.....
    As for the snow. I think Olly would go off his cups if we ever woke up to snow like that! We rarely have it here, and when we do it's gone within a day. It's too mild, and the salt air probably affects it too. And I love those storage tubs too ;))
    Leanne xx

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  38. Wow Jennifer, you have had more snow than we have so far. It sure is pretty and the children look as though they're having a wonderful time. Your cookie baking marathon looks yummy. One of my favorite things about the holidays. I wish I could come and have a cup of tea and a cookie with you. I think we'd enjoy each other's company.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  39. These all look so delicious and oh my that snow ! :) Southwestern PA here with an unusually warm December thus far / no snow yet. The kids are certainly having a blast !

    Your post brings back memories of making lots of fudge to take to school as gifts for the teachers / ditto for the neighbors :)

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  40. Oh that snow ... my grandchildren would simply love to play in it.

    All the best Jan

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  41. You had SNOW! How brilliant. And those cookies look fab. If only we could all get together to help you eat them. I think we'd have a lot of fun. Have a good week Jennifer.

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  42. oh those cookies. put the kettle on, I'll swing by for tea and a cookie! Love your snow too. xxx

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  43. Those cookies are so cute! They look so tasty! Thanks for links on the recipes. I want to bake some tastiness for my co-workers at www.essay-writer.club as a Christmas present!

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  44. This is a fantastic post. I bake 7 different varieties over December just as you say, who knows who may drop by. I'm definitely going to try your orange biscotti. Thank you

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  45. I bet your house smelled so yummy. Love the snow photos.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  46. Wish I really could pop by for a cuppa and a cookie! All that snow looks amazing (and so do the cookies)! x

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  47. I'm sorry to have been absent so long, Jennifer, but I'm glad I didn't miss this post. Wow, your snow looks so beautiful with the bright blue sky. Here it's just endless grey skies, rain and wind. Sigh...

    I love the American custom of Christmas cookies. Over here we make Christmas cake and mince-pies and I also make decorated gingerbread for the grandsons. but we don't have the tradition of such a variety of homemade cookies. They look wonderful.

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  48. I love this idea of an annual cookie bake. I too love to make and give away gifts of food, it is such a good feeling to give stuff away that you have made. Like you I like to have a lot of food in the house at Christmas, so that if anyone comes to the door there is always something nice to offer them with a cup of tea. I am sure all your cookie gifts went down very well! X

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