Constant Baking

I’ve had baking on the brain this Christmas season, and this week my sickness got worse.

Friday night I baked some glorious double chocolate chip cookies stuffed with sea salt caramel and nutella. I used a recipe that I found on Pinterest. It was everything I hoped it would be. The only different thing I did was start with 1″ balls of dough, made a thumb print, filled the thumb print with nutella and a Rolo, and then covered the filling with a flattened additional 1″ ball of dough, sealing the goodies inside.

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Then Saturday afternoon was spent with some of my favorite ladies doing more Christmas baking.

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And also, drinking… But mostly … Well. Drinking. The baking almost happened by accident really. I mean, Juliet even used a impromptu wine bottle to roll out her cut out cookie dough due to lack of a rolling pin between the four of us.

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Between all of us, we made:

Here are a few of us mashing gingerbread and Oreo cookie crumbs for our respective recipes.

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I think at the end we felt a bit like there weren’t a ton of cookies to go home with, and we didn’t do any decorating of the cut outs due to time and disinterest from the kiddos. But I know I had a good time, and probably the fewer cookies, the better for my waistline.

On Sunday, the nutella stuffed cookies and I went to a cookie exchange that Elizabeth hosted. She had a few last minute cancellations, so there were only four of us. But it was a very pleasant time spent chatting, eating, and admiring Hamlet, Lancelot, and Morgan Lefay.

Hamlet was very fond of Amanda, who brought ranger cookies to the party.

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Liz even had some snuggle time with Hamlet and Lancelot. She brought spiced molasses cookies.

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And here is, in my opinion, one of the best pictures Elizabeth and I have taken together. Elizabeth made chocolate chip cookies with cherries and pistachios.

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All the cookies were yummy, and we left with quite a few each since there were fewer guests than expected. The nutella ones reheated well in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Still a bit more baking to do from my list! Till next time…

 

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