Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Cookies!

One thing we have enjoyed off and on over the past few years has been to make Christmas cookies and deliver them to various locations – especially the people who have to work the ER and man the fire stations on Christmas Eve. We didn’t get it done last year, but this year we wanted to try again.

I gave the kids the option of sugar cookies or a variety of other cookies. They chose the variety.

So, Saturday morning we got up and headed to the kitchen to make a bunch of cookies. Eleven dozen is what I believe we ended up with – chocolate chip/M&M, oatmeal raisin, and snickerdoodles. Everyone donned aprons and pitched in.

Angela measured out dry ingredients.

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Steven mixed them up.

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Olivia and I handled wet ingredients, and she manned the mixer to get them all blended.

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Of course, all three of them had to help roll the snickerdoodles in the cinnamon sugar mixture!

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Doug manned the ovens and moved the cookies to the cooling rack so we could keep rolling on each consecutive batch of cookies.

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When they were done, we headed out and delivered them to various people. We came home, opened some gifts, and then relaxed before heading back out to our Christmas Eve candlelight service.

What I’ve found most precious this year is the fact that whenever we teased the kids about not getting to open Christmas presents this year, their first argument always was, “But then ____________ won’t get the gift I made/bought for them!” The kids couldn’t wait to give their gifts! It was so much fun to see them get excited about giving, starting with the cookies Christmas Eve morning.

3 comments:

Choate Family said...

This year, making Christmas cookies was my favorite activity! Looks like you guys had a blast and blessed some people in the process :-)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

That's a great tradition. I love that the whole family helps :D

Julie

Stephanie said...

Mmmm... those look delicious. I feel the need for a cookie but there are none in the house. That's probably a good thing.