We’re in Dallas with the Grandangels, who have kept me so busy that I haven’t had time to even think about blogging. Our youngest grandson, who is now 5, loves to help ‘Granny’ cook, so we busied ourselves two days before Christmas making sugar cookie dough. A half-recipe’s worth from Mark Bittman’s fabulous (must have) cookbook, How To Cook Everything.
Yes, it was the real thing, not a low-carb adaptation. It’s Christmas, after all, and only comes once a year! What better time for a little stumble into the honey tree, I ask you?
Then we painted them, as has been my family’s custom for many, many years, with slightly thinned, tinted buttercream frosting.
Yes, it was real, too.
Will, the grandangel, painted the base coat of frosting on every cookie but one (his brother did that one, under duress to quit watching Frosty the Snowman long enough to at least do one cookie to give to Santa). Granny (that would be moi) painted the details and a bit of ‘repair work’.
And we put them out on our DIL’s family Christmas plate and saved them for Christmas Eve.
I figure if you’re going to eat the real thing, the rules (for me at least) are to use top quality ingredients, to make a limited number of cookies, to wait until the evening’s celebration to start eating them, and to share them with a lot of people. That way you can’t do yourself too much damage.
We’ll be here for another few days, during which I expect to be kept equally busy, and then back home, where we’re planning the Eades’ New Year’s Eve dinner. I’ll post on the big dinner, complete with photos, January 1st…or 2nd.
In the meantime, have a safe, happy, healthy and pleasurable New Year!