Leo's been asking to make "sprinkle cookies" for weeks. We made the basic Betty Crocker sugar cookie dough a few days ago and finally got around to rolling them out today. Leo's sprinkling skills have improved, but he still had some piles of sprinkles high enough that we could distribute them to a dozen other cookies. He's asked that we not bring the sprinkliest ones to the music school bake sale -- no problem kiddo, you can eat those. 5.5 dozen sugar cookies now cut into hearts, stars, trees, gingerbread boys and girls, and angels. I think we'll use these for bringing to teachers and eating Christmas Eve.
The day we made the sugar cookie dough, I wanted something that didn't need to refrigerate first and I ended up with a double batch of Coconut Macaroons, about 5 dozen. Wait, there might have been more and I just ate a lot. Ah, I think there were 31 in the first batch and 36 in the second. We have 4 dozen left in the freezer now, at least. I'll save some to give to Grandpa for Christmas -- those are his favorite. This picture was after they'd been frozen for awhile in bad light in our laundry room, but you get the idea. Some years I've added chocolate, but I like them enough plain not to always bother. They barely have any flour, so it nice to share them with the various low-gluten eaters in the extended family.
This post has been sitting for a week and a half because I finally installed photo software on our new computer, so the dates above don't make much sense anymore. Anyway, I keep making cookies because I'm a total sugar addict. I haven't bought ice cream all month, which is usually my preferred sweet source of tastiness, but I'm making up for it with plenty of cookies. Storing them in the freezer only slows me down a bit.
I bought two bags of peanut butter cups for Peanut Butter Cup cookies/blossoms at the beginning of December. Then I ate one bag, one at a time over a week, as I did the laundry. (Don't you store extra baking supplies in the laundry room? At least the ones you don't want the rest of your family to find?) I brought the second bag upstairs and various males ate half a dozen before I finally made the cookies in time to use what was left. Luckily, I guess, the recipe made fewer than it claimed, around 32, and it worked out. I have since learned that these taste at least as good frozen as they do fresh. Nomnomnomnom. I bought another bag and made a second batch. This time, I think I made the balls smaller to try to end up with 40, but there were only 33 cups in the bag. Boo.
I made another batch of Chocolate Meltaway Brownie Bites, using dark chocolate kisses. I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 and got 4 dozen of them. I think a dozen of these were the cookies I brought to the music school bake sale.
I saw a recipe for Thumbprint Cookies in Parade magazine but ended up using a friend's variation from The Pillsbury Book of Baking (because she takes good recipes and makes them awesome). I brought that dough to my in-laws' cookie-and-tree decorating on Saturday, figuring that my kids and their cousins could make the thumbprints, but they were too busy piling sprinkles a mile high on sugar cookies at the time. I used my strawberry jam for the filling and made just under 3 dozen. Sorry for another in-the-bag photo. It wasn't quite worth removing them all.
So, let's count. Assuming I manage to stop making more, how many cookies am I up to? 3.5 dozen from my last post, 5.5 dozen with sprinkles, 5 dozen macaroons, 5 dozen peanut butter cup, 4 dozen dark chocolate brownie bites, 3 dozen with jam. 26 dozen cookies. We've given 2 dozen to bake sales, a dozen went to Dan's faculty birthday party, a dozen went to my mom for shoveling out my front walkway, and a whole lot got eaten. We'll bring some to both boys' teachers and Leo's Sunday School teacher, a pile of Macaroons to my grandpa, and the rest will be for eating at Christmas. Mmmm...cookies.