Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar for 2011- Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies  2011 Advent Calendar

 O yes, we are assured that there will be cookies somewhere in the realm of the holiday season.
 I used to make cookies and let the children cut them out and decorate after they are baked.
 It was fun and a mess but we shared the time and it was thought it was good family time.

 We did sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies,  blonde brownies and chocolate brownies, multi colored sugar cookies. Perfernuesse, drop cookies with M & M inserted. chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies.
 Into the mix we would add various colors of flavors: Oatmeal cookie with raisins and cocoanut flakes,
Oatmeal cookies with nuts, Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips. Thumb prints with various jellies were one of the children's favorites to make. Wonder if they still eat them. Not to forget the Rice Krispie treats colored and flavored to match the color.  Grandsons have learned how to make them.

 The sugar cookies we added color and flavor to the batches to mix up the taste.

 I can say this came down the family because I understand my Mother's family made cookies and shared with the neighbors when funds were well enough. My siblings and I did this when we grew up and Mom even taught 4-H cooking.

 So when our children were old enough to stir the flour and egg and make cut outs they made cookies.
 Over the years they learned different cookies and shared their ideas with their siblings.  One does not like coconut but their Dad does. Some love butterscotch and carmel, more than chocolate.  For a period of time we could not have chocolate in the house so we used carob.  Just not the same but served it's purpose.
 One refuses to eat a cookie that may have nuts in it,  does not like the crunch or crunchy peanut butter.

 Over the years as they become adults we find that the siblings swap cookies at Christmas time.  So we added a larger selection to the mix.

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