Celebrations of Christmas includes the baking of cookies, richly laden breads, highly spiced cakes, and of course vast Christmas dinners. How these are associated with the religious celebration of Christ's birth, I don't know, but as Christians include gift giving, trees, wreaths, candy, cookies and sumptuous meals as part of Christmas, I feel obligated to participate fully.
|Margo is gradually recovering from her three years of problems that started with cancer and ended with two back operations. We can gauge how she is doing as she gets the urge to bake or clean when feeling better.|
|Single serving of Hershey Kisses -- 9 kisses (8 servings per bag) and 200 calories per serving -- not too bad!|
|Unwrapping is my job and tossing out the flawed ones|
|Scott makes the dough cookies, puts the sheets in and out of the oven and on the cooling racks and packs them away to sort into individual gift boxes later.|
I especially liked the peanut butter ones with the chocolate kisses on top, although the mint chip ones were good too.
Mom almost never used chips or stars sticking rather to the idea that the ingredients should stand for themselves without flavor embellishments in the early days (and partially because those store bought items were expensive and probably not made from good wholesome farm ingredients). She did embellish the top of the cookies with green and red sugar crystals, sugar frostings and other home made toppings. Snowmen sugar cookies looked at us from sugar spotted eyes as did the gingerbread men.
|A cog in the assembly line|
|Every cookie is exactly the same size, has exactly the same number of chips inside and comes out just like the store bought ones without a bit of individual character (Ha!)|
|A double batch is not quite right for the small mixer|