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?