Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Getting ready for Christmas

Ok, so I know we just celebrated Halloween and seeing as the mall was decorated for Christmas already when we went trick-or-treating and Santa is coming this Saturday to the mall, everyone is pushing the holiday, but there are a few things I like to do early. I'm not big on early shopping, well truth be told, my hubby does almost all of the Christmas shopping. The only thing I buy is the clothes.

But, since I make a ton of cookies and other goodies (read candy), I usually start making my cookie dough around now and freeze the dough, then around Thanksgiving I start baking and it's so much easier.

To give you an idea of what I make, here's the list:

  1. Oatmeal Cookies
  2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Snickerdoodles
  5. Raisin Molasses Gems
  6. Butter Cookies
  7. Scottish Shortbread
  8. Pizzelles (if I have the time)
  9. Milk Chocolate-Pretzel clusters
  10. White Chocolate-Pretzel clusters
  11. Chocolate-Coconut Haystacks
  12. White Chocolate-Coconut Haystacks
  13. Buckeyes
  14. White Chocolate covered marshmallows
  15. Milk Chocolate covered Marshmallows
  16. Milk Chocolate covered plain oreos
  17. Milk Chocolate covered peanut butter oreos
  18. Milk Chocolate covered chocolate oreos
  19. White chocolate popcorn clusters
  20. Milk Chocolate popcorn clusters

So, as you can see I need to start early. I really enjoy doing this and I give away this stuff every year to my hairdresser and I send in a tray or 2 to my hubby's work. I really need a good macaroon recipe, I like the ones that are like cookies and have never found a good recipe. I do make sugar cookies but I buy the dough, again I've never found a recipe I really liked. So, I will post some cookie recipes over the next few weeks.

What do you do ahead for the holidays?


Meghan said...

Your dh does the shopping?
Bobster really doesn't even do mine...he gets my sister to do it. LOL

I would like to sign up for some cookies please!!

I am thinking of doing a Cookie Xchange this year at my house. You are so invited!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. That's a lot of holiday baking. I would burn my kitchen down before doing all that cooking. (BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words.)