A few years back we made an annual tradition with some of our really good friends. We’d get together one Saturday in December, bring cookie recipes to bake and then share our loot so folks could have a variety of treats to give out as gifts. It was always a great deal for Joel and I because we’d give baked gifts to our friends and take a couple plates of cookies to our family gatherings. And by making it a get together with friends we could share the work of doing holiday baking but have a lot of fun in the process. Year after year we’ve stuck to the tradition and we’ve discovered some really great recipes.
Things have evolved over the years; from everyone bringing one recipe and all the ingredients needed to bake to the year where we each brought two recipes because we couldn’t decide on just one cookie. Following that year we said we’d keep it simple and just go back to a few recipes. There was the very first year where we thought baking five dozen sugar cookies to decorate would be an easy task. And last year when we swore we’d only make fudge the following year. One year everyone had a pick of a cookie that required chilling the dough so this year we said if your dough needed to be chilled then mix it before you show up and bring your dough ready to bake. That of course meant that only one person picked a cookie that required prep ahead of time. Actually hubby picked a chilled cookie this year too but we didn’t follow instructions and had to mix up his dough and stick it in the fridge early in the day.
I’m so thankful to have my friends and I’m so glad that we’ve stuck with this tradition. I believe this is the sixth year in a row we’ve done it. And luckily this year we didn’t get snowed in AND we were able to find our copy of the movie Elf to watch while we baked.
We did a gift exchange with the boys and our friends, Graham and Miles helped everyone open their gifts of course.
We got Kerry a cookie cookbook and Miles went to work on picking out a recipe for next year.
Uncle Tim gave the boys new puma hoodies, Aunt Kerry got them a new toy house and Aunt Zandra got them books, an alphabet puzzle and a set of train bath squirters (which Miles slept with that night).
Daddy and his boys on cookie baking day!
Checking out our new toys.
Let the cookie baking begin! We set up a gate to keep the little fingers out of the cooking process and everyone took turns reading books and giving snacks to Graham and Miles.
Kerry made these adorable melted snowman cookies.
I’m melting, aaaahhhhhhh.
Lucky for us, Kerry brought her KitchenAid this year, and it was awesome!
This photo was posed to recreate the one we took the year I was pregnant. I’ll have to dig it up and post them side by side some day.
The boys had to check out the sounds coming from the kitchen.
Here’s Graham telling Kerry all about Mitch (his mustache is wearing off so we might have to change his name soon).
Opening presents with Aunt Zandra.
And after a long day of baking it was time for baths and bed.
After reading books of course.
The next morning we even managed to get a family photo taken.
Well sort of.
Okay I didn’t say a GOOD family photo, but here’s the four of us all the same.
By the end of the weekend we had fudge, snowman cookies, chocolate gingersnaps, carmel apple cookies, brownies, peanut butter bars and crinkle cookies to share with our friends and family. Yum!