This weekend I’ve been doing A TON of baking. I’ve been through 8 pounds of butter and 5 pounds of sugar so far, and I’m just getting started. I’m baking cookies by the dozen that I’m freezing for a holiday party that I’m hosting next week, plus I typically give out cookie bags to coworkers/ friends/ neighbors. My kitchen is hoppin’ the entire month of December.
Well, I just got an email from my mom asking if we had any requests for types of Christmas cookies she should bake because she’s only made the following thus far:
“6 doz.Peanut Butter Balls
8 d. Oatmeal Butterscotch
8 d. white Chocolate Raspberry
4d. Magic Cookie Bars with Nuts
4 d. Magic Cookie Bars with Coconut
10 d. Pinniped
6 d. Fancy French Macaroons
4 d. Cappuccino Love Bites
2 d. Candy CaneCookies
3d. Walnut Dreams
3 d. Thumbprints
6 d. Chocolate Spritz
4 d. Cinnabon Cookies
4 d. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
3 d. GingerCookies with Peanut Butter Cups inside
4 d. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip
4 d. Chocolate Chip
3 d. Butterfingers Cookies
4d. Peanut Butter Blossoms
3 d. Coconut White ChocolateHaystacks
3 d. Chocolate Chip bars
5 d. Walnut Cherry Biscotti
4 d. Brownie Biscotti
3 d. Chocolate Mint
Tutengiles dough is made…just going to wait a little.
2 chocolate pies …again the crust is made but the pies will be done later
2 cranberry cheese bread.”
Apple doesn’t fall too far, huh?
Today is one of those days where I’d like to drop out of grad school and become a mail-order bride.
I’m hosting my very first “adult” party in a couple of weeks (no, not that kind of adult party). I’ve hosted plenty of potlucks and casual get-togethers, but this month I’m hosting a Christmas party where I will be cooking for 25-30 people all by myself. I’m super excited about it and maybe a little nervous. It’s a mid afternoon gathering, so I’m making lots of appetizers and desserts.
I’ve finally finished putting together a menu, and I’m pretty stoked about it if I may be so forward:
-Bite sized lasagna (made in muffin tins!)
-Brie en croute with fruit preserves
-Cannelloni dip with garlic crostini
-Potato latkes with apple sauce (word to my Jews)
-Walnut and apricot baklava
-Christmas cookies (chocolate chip, pignoli, toasted hazelnut biscotti, snickerdoodles, chocolate peanut butter buckeyes)
-Banana puddin’ (Paula Dean’s recipe, of course!)
-Pumpkin-cream cheese roll
-Amaretto hot cocoa (kept warm in the new slow cooker that I snagged on a killer cyber Monday deal— holler!)
-Spiced wine and cider
If I have some extra time, I’m going to throw in some more vegan dishes for my girl. I was thinking some struffoli or soy nog cupcakes. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to take the Friday before my party off from work to get all of this cooking done.
I’m so, so excited. I’m in the holiday spirit in a bad way, people.