Every year before Christmas my sister, my mom and myself get together and spend the day baking Christmas cookies. They come over at about 9am and we just finished today at about 4:30pm. We each back certain "requested" cookies every year and then try to make one or two new ones if we can. The problem now is that there are too many requests/demands and not enough time or energy to make any new ones.
In the end we box them all up in Christmas cookie tins and give most of them away to people that do things in our lives that we appreciate. This year they will go to my manicurist, my hairdresser, my mail lady, the people that wait on us at a place called Toast where we have breakfast every Saturday, and my Dr. It may not seem like much to you for me to give these cookies to people but let me tell you it has assured that my nails look fabulous, my hair is perfect, my mail gets handled more carefully, the waitstaff knows what we drink and has it on the table 2 seconds after we sit down and my Dr. always seems like he is in less of a rush to get me out the door.
My requested cookie every year, without fail, is my pecan tarts. (I hate to see the anarchy that would occur if I didn't do them one year.) I actually make a quadruple batch and it never seems like it's enough.
I also usually do a 7 layer cookie or sometimes it is called a "dream bar" but this year my mom bought evaporate milk instead of sweetened condensed milk so I let her use my one can for her coconut drop cookies which is her requested cookie ever year.
My sister list of requested cookie seems like a long one so she actually baked 4 cookies before she even got to my house. Buck-Eyes, Lemon bars, Kisses Drop Cookies, Blonde Snickers cookies and fudge bars. She also made Baklava and some Orange Ice box cookies.
My mom made some Snickerdoodles like she does every year but the cookies are the flattest darn things I have ever seen. The usually are a nice rounded little cookie but she has an incident with those darn things every year for the past 5 or 6 years. (3 of those years it was forgetting to bring the Cream of Tartar which is essential to Snickerdoodles.) Coincidentally my sister and I each have about 3 bottles of the darn stuff. She also made some Creme de-Menthe Chocolate chip cookie which I think are a keeper.
Here is my regular old Toll House Chocolate chip cookies right off the back of the bag. I added some Heath toffee bits this time and boy are they good.
YUP... these are the famous, renowned, totally awesome pecan tarts. Believe me when I say they are as good as they look. (I am munching a couple right now as I type......Sorry about all the crumbs.)
Each year I also make the sugar cookies and then we all decorate them the last thing of the day because we really just want to sit down for a while.
These are the new cookies I tried this year which I am sure all of you have heard of called Russian Teacakes. My husband has been requesting them for a few years but I never had a recipe. (Plus I don't really care for them.) Well about a week ago I was at an estate sale and I found an old cook book from the 40's. I bought it because it had cool images in it that I could use for my art. well inside I found a whole mess of hand written recipes and one of them was for Russian Teacakes. According to him they are perfect .... but I still don't see why he loves them so much.
This is the one funny photo that someone always seems to snap every year. Most of the time it is a picture of my butt with 2 hand prints in flour on each cheek. (One year was my chocolate fudge that ended up looking like piles of reindeer poop.) This year the honors go to my mom who kept spilling and splattering herself through out the day. One was due to pulling the beaters out of the mixing bowl while they were still going. Thanks mom..... I'm sure I'll be finding flakes of coconut with condensed milk glued to the ceiling and in secret crevices for years to come.