Saturday, December 19, 2015


Our Christmas cookie baking has been over the past couple weeks. I was going to make a huge batch of shortbread  cookies for an exchange I was participating in... but the numbers kept changing and in the end I decided not to participate. I didn't have time or supplies to make 10 dozen cookies!

So when my mom was visiting we made a batch of shortbread cookie dough and took about a third of it to experiment with stain-glass cookies. After the kids were in bed I crumpled up some jolly ranchers and baked a dozen with this method.

They turned out cool and were fun with the hard candy in the middle. However I was not a fan of eating them because as you chewed the jolly rancher got stuck in my teeth. And I didn't think the hard candy would be good for the kids to eat, although Isaac liked it.

With the rest of our shortbread we made chocolate chip cookies and cut them in fun shapes. (this is my ultimate favorite!)

A week or so after the shortbread batch we made some gingerbread men and women. Isaac got a new book from his preschool's book club and there was a gingerbread recipe on the back.

Emma pretending her gingerbread girl was walking.

Mary liked the icing

So did Isaac, haha.

This was humerus how his 'arms' turned out. He did end up adding 'feet' at the bottom as well.
I'm not really a fan of gingerbread cookies, I think it's the molasses that I dislike. But the kids enjoyed decorating them and Isaac liked saying the rhyme from his book as we made them. He likes eating them so I guess that's all that matters. They aren't getting gone through very fast though.

Then yesterday we made daddy's favorite cookie: snickerdoodles. Mary was a little upset that Emma had gotten on 'her' step stool.

Isaac was a good helper and loves baking with me.

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