I Sure Do Like Those Christmas Cookies, Babe!

December 3, 2013

17  comments

Christmas Cookies
It’s a part of me I’ve kept hidden from you until now.
But the truth is, I have over 200 cookie cutters.
I know I showed you my Thanksgiving cookies last week, but you don’t know it’s really a serious habit. I also have been known to bake cookies for President’s Day, Groundhog’s Day and National Pick-up Truck Day.
Baking cut-out Christmas Cookies
It makes an unspeakable mess.
Mixing, refrigerating, cutting, baking, decorating, drying.
Usually four days of work for over 300 Christmas Cookies.
And if there’s any humidity in the air, like we sometimes have along the Gulf Coast, even in the winter, you can kiss your smooth royal icing goodbye.
I’ve been known to crank up the air conditioner to accommodate my cookie baking habit.
Roll-out cookie dough
I actually enlarged this photo and gave it to an awesome teenage girl I know, named “Joy.”
Baking Christmas Cookies
Drying in the kitchen.
(sorry, can’t cook dinner – too many cookies in the way!)
Cellophane bags of cookies
Sometimes, I bag them up to give as gifts.
Other times, I just sit and eat every one of them myself.
Plate of Christmas Cookies
And the finished product?
So fun.
My Great Grandmother stood me on a chair at her kitchen counter and we baked these cookies.
Then my Grandmother, then my Mom.
Remember how you gasped when I told you I own 200 cookie cutters? ( I heard you).
Well,  my Mother has over 400.
Did I mention that we love to bake cookies?
Cookie cutters
Here are a few of my cutters under the cake dome.
In years past, I’ve also tied red bows onto both cutters and real cookies to a
Christmas tree in the kitchen.
Then, Lois the beagle ate the low hanging cookies. She even ate the red bows.
I also hung snowflake cookies from the kitchen chandelier.
Oooo! Magical – sugary – sweetness!
And the song we love to sing at Christmas?
Well, here it is . . .
Christmas Cookies
by
George Strait
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
The ones that look like Santa Claus
Christmas trees, bells and stars
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
Now, Christmas cookies are a special treat
The more she bakes the more I eat
And sometimes I can’t get myself to stop
Sometimes she’ll wait till I’m asleep
She’ll take the ones I didn’t eat
And put those little sprinkly things on top
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
The ones that look like Santa Claus
Christmas trees, bells and stars
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
Now those sprinkly things just makes things worse
‘Cause it makes them taste better than they did at first
And they’re absolutely impossible to resist
Some disappear to who knows where
But I make sure I get my share
And those kids just stand there waiting for the ones I miss
Sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar
Sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
She gets mad that they’re all gone
Before she gets the icing put on
Sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
Now there’s a benefit to all of this
That you might have overlooked or missed
So now let me tell you the best part of it all
Every time she sticks another batch in the oven
There’s 15 minutes for some kissin’ and’a huggin’
That’s why I eat Christmas cookies all year long
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe
The ones that look like Santa Claus
Christmas trees, bells and stars
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe [x2]
Happy Baking!

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  • Wowser! You have to love baking cookies to make these beauties! I can’t even imagine…here I thought what I did was good enough pfft not even. I now have cookie envy after seeing your lovely treats. Only thing I can relate to is George’s song haha.

  • Hi Hope, I’m delighted you came clean with the cookie cutter stash! Makes the rest of uf feel normal with ours, like my plate stash…..your cookies are amazing. Ummm, do you take Christmas orders? Seriously, I’ve ordered from those expensive on-line sites and not nearly as pretty as yours!
    happy baking.

    Emily

    • I actually have sold them before, but it is a huge ordeal – I think one year I made around 800 cookies. My poor family was dripping with Royal icing and I fed them Cheerios for dinner! Since then, I’ve scaled back and occasionally make them for weddings, and things like that. But come visit me sometime, and I’ll share a snowman cookie with you over hot chocolate!

      Hope

  • Are you sure you are not a professional baker? These look incredible! I make tasty cookies, but they are not beautifully decorated like this — I just don’t have a lot of patience. National PickUP truck day? When is that? ;>P

  • i have to confess that making sugar cookies is my least favorite christmas task. we just make so many at the bakery and it takes forever to decorate them! if someone else makes them, though, i’ll gladly eat them. 🙂

  • Oh my goodness you are good!!!! I love baking cookie at Christmas, but I never make sugar cut out cookies, cuz I can’t find a good sugar cookie. Can you share your recipe? Thanks for your “secret” for making royal icing.

    • Okay, I was waiting to see if some smarty pants asked for the recipe! Ha! Here’s the nasty truth about me. . . I don’t give it out! (Gasp!) I promised Granny I wouldn’t share, but I’ll tell you this – it’s very similar to many other butter cookie recipes. Very basic, but good because the cookies don’t spread and loose their shape. I know, I’m horrible for not sharing. But a promise to a Granny is a double – decker promise!!! – Just google “cut-out cookie dough” and you will find fabulous recipes!

      Thanks for reading, and if you ask for anything else, I’ll deliver!

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