a pretty cool life.: December 23rd

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 23rd

I realize this post is several days late.  Just thought I'd share, if for no other reason, so next year I can refer back to what I made...

I look forward to Christmas Eve Eve every year.  It's my official holiday baking day, and this year was a doozy.  

16 sticks of butter doozy.

That's 4 pounds.

Four. Pounds.  


I try not to think about it too much. :)

I made plenty of old favorites and tried a few (dangerously delicious) new for good measure.  

Julie's Toffee Crack was a new addition.  So good.  Had to make a second batch good.

Thank you to the glorious internet for teaching me to put my iPhone in a bowl to amplify the sound.  Can't get enough of the Harry Connick Pandora station.

So here's the rundown of the cookie jars we gifted, with a whole bunch of links:

Toffee Crack from Julie

Peppermint bark (self-explanatory, I think)

Gingerbread cookies from Martha (which I've shared before)

No bake Nutella bars (also shared before)

Snickerdoodles (totally used the store bought mix)

Sugar cookies from Williams Sonoma

Peanut butter kisses (I use smooth peanut butter, though)

Chocolate chip cookies (straight off the bag, but without nuts)

Butter cookies, from a recipe I found somewhere online, pre-Pinterest:

You'll need:

1 c. softened butter
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix butter and sugar.

Add flour, salt, and baking powder.

Add vanilla and milk.

Mix until dough forms into a ball.  

Roll out and decorate.  (Dough is really easy to work with, so roll out again and again!)

Bake for 10-ish minutes.  


  1. DANG that is a crazy amount of butter! I attempted Martha's sugar cookies, which was a FAIL! :(

  2. I'm super impressed! I am also a "new mom" to my third baby (well, she's six months now but I still feel like I'm getting my groove) and I only baked one batch of cookies this Christmas. I just never found the time to devote to all the prep, baking, clean up. Next year I vow to make up for it! :)


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