Earlier this week, my mother-in-law wrote:
Traditions are wonderful things to share, whether you combine some of your family’s and some of Sean’s family’s traditions or start your own.
Today, I was able to revise a tradition and share it with my friend Ann. Every year, my family spends the day after Thanksgiving baking and decorating cookies. It started when we were young. We’re all grown up now, but that doesn’t stop us and our equally grown friends from participating in the yearly cookie decorating.
A group of adults decorating cookies certainly brings forth new themes. For example, a broken cookie is no longer a means for tears. It is now an opportunity to get creative with red icing and make bloody stumps and appendages. A Christmas tree elegantly decorated with the word “BEOTCH” is another design decision we didn’t quite capitalize on as children. Here is a shot of last year’s effort. I believe the Jackass cookie is the work of Aaron Evans, whose proven to be one of the best cookie decorators over the years.
This year, I wasn’t home for Thanksgiving and the timing was different, but cookie making and decorating was still done. This year the participants were myself, Ann, Penn and little Gwyn (though Gwyn was more of a taste tester than a decorator). We baked all day! At times, Ann and I had two mixers going at once and three baking sheets were in constant circulation. We made:
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sugar Cookies in the form of Snowmen, Candy Canes and Christmas Trees. Penn and I used a variety of sprinkles and a delicious homemade butter cream icing Ann made. Penn was especially good at embellishing the Christmas Trees and Candy Canes with the heart shaped sprinkles.
- Peanut Butter Cookies with a Mini-Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in the middle.
- Phifer’s Oreo Truffles which had a crushed Oreo and cream cheese filling and a milk chocolate outside with a white chocolate drizzle. Penn was integral in mixing the filling! After kids went to bed, Ann and I had a good time coating the goodies in chocolate.
- Most importantly– we worked on a Penguin Igloo Ice Cream Cake for Gwyn’s birthday tomorrow.
It was a fun day and I’ll have to agree with my mother-in-law. Traditions are wonderful things to share– especially with young children like Gwyn and Penn.
…even if it means an absence of bloody stumps and words such as “BEOTCH” and “JACKASS” 😉