Thursday, November 13, 2008

Christmas 2008 Baking Planning

I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas; in fact, it's my least favourite time of year. I find it very stressful, at times sad, and full of pressure. Not to mention expensive. But, I do love the baking part of it, and I always look forward to getting my magazines around this time of year because they're full of great recipes and ideas. Every year, I like to change things up a bit while including things that my family particularly enjoys.

Christmas 2006 baking can be viewed here. I was really sick that year and didn't do too much that was very exciting.

This picture here is of last year's baking, which included a cream cheese shortbread that I made into pretty snowflake cutouts; my family's favourite, mincemeat tarts; cookies with Christmas Smarties; mocha Viennese shortbread; maple pecan cookies; and some kind of chocolate square which I can honestly say I have no recollection of making at all (good thing I took a picture, I guess...).

This year, after polling the family, I'm going to make the mincemeat tarts and mocha shortbread again because they were so popular. Additionally, this is what's on my list:

cocoa sugar cookies (from the Dec. 2008 issue of Canadian Living)
blondies with Christmas Smarties
Lemon Pistaschio Buttercream Cookies
Chocolate toffee squares

There might be some changes or additions to the list, but so far this is what I have planned. I usually start at the end of November and freeze things as they're completed. I also mail away and give away quite a bit of baking as gifts, since it's something affordable for me to do.

Any of my readers have favourites they'd like to share?

8 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What wonderful cookies! You are going to make some people happy ;-P!

Cheers,

Rosa

Captain Karen said...

That looks just like the tin of cookies my BC santa sent me! Tee hee. My personal favourites have always been shortbread - regular old, melt in your mouth, shortbread followed closely by sugar cookies, my friend Roby's homemade butter tarts (no pecans, yay!) and my own choclate chip banana bread! Mmmmm, I'm ready to put my tree up now just in anticipation of all the great holiday smells.

Captain Karen said...

I understand what you mean about hte pressures and stress of the holidays. It's part of the reason that my brother and I have stopped visiting my father and his family at that time of year. While our big dinner get togethers can be a bit overwhelming, once we all sit down to eat, things settle down and we begin to relax. To avoid the outrageous costs, for the past few years we've drawn names and only buy a present for that person. Everyone usually buys for the kids too but it's just not as important to me to get a big haul of gifts anymore. Mom and I are hosting christmas eve again to give everyone else a break on the cooking demands and will spend xmas morning together watching a movie and having a nice leisurely breakfast. Mmmmmm, I'm STILL thinking about food. Must be almost lunch time!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Shortbread cookies with icing.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Oh, and jam thumbprint cookies too.

Meg said...

I can't wait to see the chocolate toffee squares.

Alyse said...

GASP I am so going to make the lemon pistachio cookies.

Wandering Coyote said...

Rosa: yep!

Karen: I do my best to mitigate the stress, but it's never enough it seems. Ah, well. Didn't realize you're such a shortbread fanatic; I'll bear that in mind!

Dr. Monkey: Ah, thumbprint cookies! I might make some of those too, and put Hershey's kisses in them instead of jam.

Meg: they look pretty tasty don't they?

Alyse: that is one damn fine cookie - and super easy to make, too. They were a big hit a couple of years ago so I'm looking forward to making them again. Let me know if you make them!

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