Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Cookies 2013

Who doesn't love a good Christmas cookie? 
Here in Happily Ever Johnson land, we love Christmas cookies.
We also love to make and decorate them.

For me, making Christmas cookies with multiple young children is an annual exercise in 
planning, patience and letting go.  I work hard to achieve all three for our brief cookie-making extravaganza each year.  Provided that I do, we all have a wonderful time. 

I have detailed my Christmas cookie philosophy  in previous posts.  I make (or buy) the dough ahead of time, we roll it out together and the kids get to cut out the cookies themselves.  We have some ground rules, but then I try to let the kids do most of the decorating on their own.  

This year, T showed us how to decorate the cookies with sugar sprinkles before baking. He admitted that he likes the unfrosted cookies the best.

Luckily, we had a bag of cinnamon red hots left from Nana's visit last year.

The finished products looked pretty good. 

They tasted even better!

G-Bear wanted to make sure that we were going to save some to share with Santa.
"But not too many," she said.  "We don't want him to get stuck in the chimney!"

E-Bear was especially proud of his cookies and particularly eager to share.
"You can have one of mine, Mom," he offered.

We baked a second batch without sprinkles in order to decorate with frosting later.  The next day we ventured over to GG's house with cookies and sprinkles in tow.  After caroling together in her apartment, we broke out the decorating supplies!  GG loved it.  She even decorated a few cookies herself (and ate both of them!).  By the end of our afternoon, we had a second lovely batch of cookies to share with our family on Christmas.

G-Bear's favorite was her angel.  
"I can't believe we made FOUR trays of cookies!" She said.

Our cookie making days are always a lot of work, but they make for many sweet returns.  The cookies that we enjoy during Christmas are delicious.  The time we spend together and memories that we make along with the cookies are even sweeter.

Happily Ever,
Queen B

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