I. love. Christmas. There are a litany of things that make that statement true, including but not limited to: Christmas carols, the smell of pine tree smacking you in the face as you walk in your door, and (something I am sure you are not surprised by) the baking of Christmas cookies and plenty of willing victims for my bake fests with a legitimate excuse to bake something for them. Yes, friends. I. Love. Christmas. While it comes with its pitfalls, which is a list that mostly just includes over-commercialization and fruit cake, Christmas is a great season. I couldn't WAIT to start baking for Christmas. Some people agonize over when is too early to put up decorations or blast their Christmas carols, but I always wonder, how early is too early to make holiday treats? I even devoted an entire pinboard to it. Well? This year I had to wait until December 2nd, but it was worth every bit of wait. I kicked off the holiday season baking for a banquet and auction. It all began with some Christmas Swirl Tea Cakes.
Nothing says Christmas like a swirly-twirly cake! This was a 1,2,3,4 cake (which is your basic recipe of 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour and 4 eggs (then some salt, baking soda and vanilla) buuuuut being the troublebaker that I am and also being that I was at high altitude, my 1,2,3,4 cake was actually a 1, 2 (minus 2 tablespoons), 3 (add two tablespoons), 5 recipe. So naughty...
Then the cakes were "tea-d" (as in cut into 1-inch squares and decorated). A third got the lovely white chocolate glaze with hollies, but the rest were a creation due to the oh-crap-we-are-out-of-white-chocolate-chips-thanks-to-the-almond-coconut-bombs-I-made-last-night-and-we-are-in-the-middle-of-no-where-and-it-just-snowed-10-more-inches thing that sometimes happens.
Creation 2 was a chocolate drizzle with red and green M & M's. I don't think people were complaining at the change. There were none left.
Creation 3 was a white chocolate drizzle, butter cream frosting and coconut to pay tribute to this great snow which almost left me trapped in this wonderful winter wonderland.
Finally, were the cookies. Two kinds were made. First we had the buckeyes. Since, they don't require baking, I guess they don't really count as cookies, but I have no other name for them besides balls of fat. I don't think if you said to someone, "Hey, want to have a ball of fat?' however, anyone would actually accept. Buckeyes. A ball of peanut butter, butter, sugar and vanilla dipped in a chocolate coating of chocolate chips and shortening. Yeah, ball of fat sounds like an appropriate name. The others Coconut Almond Bombs. They were increeeeeedible. Okay, so I didn't actually try one, but the smell was incredible, they were all eaten up, and one of the men at the banquet tried a bite, then made everyone standing around him take a bite of his cookie because he thought it was that good. I have decided to adopt this recipe for my family's cookie tray. Since Christmas is a celebration, and therefore all foods are 0 calories , I will stuff my face full of them. Looks like I've got me a new countdown... Count down to cookie-shoving-in-face!
Yup, Christmas is pretty swell. I am looking forward to this season, I have dreams of what is to come in the upcoming year. Plans? Not so much yet. But visions? Oh yeah. Of things a little more than sugar plums. Wishes? Oh yeah. Of things a little more than my two front teeth. All the while, I am grateful for a God who has greater visions then I can imagine and who gives us two front teeth and then some. God is good.
Merry Christmas, y'all!