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The holiday season goes hand in hand with holiday desserts.
I remember the moment Thanksgiving was done the Christmas baking began.
Cookies, fudge, candies, and more.
I love the memories I have with my mother in the kitchen. She worked so hard to not only get the cookies done, but everyone had a favorite and she made sure not to leave anyone out. She was great about involving us in decorating them. Even as we got older and thought we had better things to do, she always managed to make it a fun and special time.
Our list usually included:
- Buckeyes (my favorite)
- Sugar Cookies decorated with sprinkles and cinnamon red-hots
- Sand Tarts/Saint Hearts (another favorite of mine)
- Gingerbread Men, Women, and Cats (we had two cats growing up)
- Candied Pecans (I never ate these…)
We used recipes passed on from generations before us. Worth every single calorie and hour spent in the kitchen.
However, once I moved away from my family, baking Christmas cookies became something I had to add to a very busy to do list. I just didn’t have time to back all of the cookies I grew up with. Not to mention adding some of the ones my husband grew up with (Pepperkakors, Chocolate Snaps, and Chocolate Nut Clusters). It was a daunting task.
Why not combine two fun events into one? Have a holiday dessert party with friends! Everyone brings one or two recipes, and a bottle of wine or sparkling cider! Spend the next 5-6 hours baking and talking with your friends. Putting on some holiday music gets everyone in the mood, and the baking goes so much fast with all the extra hands.
By the time you are done you end up with a plethora of holiday goodies for your family to enjoy, and several hours spent with the people you love most in your life. The later is especially important as we never seem to have as much time for our friends as we used to.
If you don’t have that much time to block off consider baking big batches of 1 or 2 of your most favorite holiday desserts, and then bring them to a cookie exchange party. Less time, same payoff!
And really is there anything better than holiday desserts with friends and family?
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