Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Great Cookie Marathon of 2009

At 7:00 a.m. I finished my last batch of Christmas cookies. Over the last 2 weeks I've baked 8 different varieties of cookies, producing a total of 43 dozen cookies.

Lest you think I'm crazy, let me just say that I love to bake. And, given my ever increasing girth, and the fact that there are just 2 of us in this house, my opportunities for baking are limited. Thus, I always look forward to any chance to get out my cookie sheets.

Two such occasions are happening this week. Tonight, our Adult Book Discussion is completing its discussion of the novels of Jane Austen with my personal favorite, Persuasion. Since tomorrow is the anniversary of Austen's birth, we decided to close with an English Tea Party. My colleague Cheryl is providing scones and shortbread, and I'm making cookies.

Then, tomorrow, the staff of the library is bringing in cookies to share with our patrons, as a thank you for their support through the year.

Thus, two great excuses to indulge my baking obsession. Here's a breakdown of the cookies I made:
Swirled Peppermint - 10 dozen (they're quite small)
Spritz - 5 dozen (didn't turn out quite as well as I would have liked, but they're still tasty)
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites - 7 dozen (also quite small)
Snowballs - 4 dozen
Snickerdoodles - 5 dozen
Lemon Ricotta Cookies - 3 dozen (my new favorite)
Lady Grey Cookies - 4 dozen ( A new recipe - Lady Grey tea is an ingredient - actually quite tasty)
Yankee Noodle Dandies - 2 dozen
Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies - 3 dozen

Now that my cookie marathon is over, I can now focus on my goal to read 100 books this year. Only 7 left.

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