Pezza and I make cookies…

hi all!!!

can you believe it?  tomorrow is christmas eve!  pezza is clearly going to spontaneously combust before present opening time gets here.  she has been extra rotten lately and we were discussing santa on wednesday while decorating cookies.  and she tells me she isn’t putting cookies out for santa.  i said WHY NOT?  she said well i don’t like santa.  i like the christmas snake instead.  (any long time readers remember easter – she hates bunnies and decided she would rather have an easter snake?)  so i said why don’t you want santa.  and she says well santa only brings presents to kids who have been good.  BUT the christmas snake brings presents to kids who have been bad so i will still be able to get presents.  clearly she is entirely to smart and cunning for a 4 year old and quite frankly i find her just a bit frightening….

i have to say i am having a truly fabulous Christmas so far!  when hubby and i were first making out our christmas budget and gifting list i thought we should get some stuff from hickory farms for people.  well he said no – he thinks it’s a lame gift.  i said are you nuts?  i ALWAYS wish I would get a big goodie box from hickory farms!  so what do i get – a big box from Hickory Farms courtesy of my dad and step mom – WOOHOO!!!  THEN i get another box from Swiss Colony – HUGE box full of Petit Fours from my brother – YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!  not only that but i got a nice fat gift certificate to my fave fabric store EVER – WebFabrics from my mom to go with the new Bernina hubby got me!  i tell ya i am SOME happy!

ANYWAY i thought i would show you some of our cookies.  i LOVE to bake but i ESPECIALLY love to make Christmas cookies, in particular iced sugar cookies.  this year we made 2 dozen cranberry oatmeal bars, 6 dozen eggnog snickerdoodles, 2 dozen stained glass cookies (uses red & green candied cherries so they look like stained glass), 3 dozen raspberry meringue cookies, and about 7 dozen or so sugar cookies.  i make goodie bags for everyone so a bag went in each of the boxes for my family and then we go around and make deliveries – neighbors, the ladies at the fabric store (WebFabrics), my poor mail lady, etc.

here is a sampling of the sugar cookies all done up:

i use the Ideal Sugar Cookie recipe from Martha Stewart for my dough – it is the BEST i have found because it doesn’t lose it’s shape when baking.  what you cut is what you get.  For icing i use Royal Icing as opposed to cake icing because i have more control, it looks more professional and it DRIES so cookies can be stacked!  i use Wilton Meringue Powder which has the recipe right on it and color it with GEL food coloring.  then i put it into ziplock baggies fitted with icing tips and ice away!  i did not do Cricut Cake cookies because 1. i wanted to do them fast and 2. i have tons of perfect little christmas cookie cutters.  but if i wanted shapes that were more specialty then of course i have the Cricut to cut anything my pezza can dream up during other times of the year!

of course pezza wanted to *help* – i use that term loosely.  Toward the end i realized i had way too much yellow icing and plenty of cookies so i set up pezza with her own set of cookies to decorate unencumbered by momma:

needless to say she was QUITE pleased with herself!

here is her finished plate – toward the end she asked me to do the icing so she could just do the sprinkles…then he degenerated into her just eating fist-fulls of sprinkles…good times!

i may or may not get any posts up between now and new years so in case i don’t i would just like to thank each and every one of you who take time out of your day to visit me here and i hope you all have an AMAZING christmas!!!!

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7 Responses

  1. Wow – I have GOT to meet Pezza. What an interesting (and yes, I can see how it’s a tad frightening) little girl! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. Hoping that some of your creativity rubs off on me – I mean, we share some of the same genes, so maybe they just need a spark of inspiration to “wake up”…

  2. Cute cookies 🙂 and I know, I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!!! So crazy!

  3. Awwww! So sweet!! Memories to cherish and she looks SO Happy!!!

    Love her little Snowman Jammies too! 😉

  4. BWAHAHAHAHAA! Pezz is my most favourite child EVER!!! *LOL* So take that whenever you try to threaten any kids into being good so they get presents! The Christmas Snake will save the day for all bad kids! I’m almost crying I’m laughing so hard!

    AWESOME lookin’ cookies PIC! We’re just a couple of happy little bakers this season!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and the family! It definitely sounds like Santa was good to you this Christmas and I’m sure the Christmas Snake won’t fail Lil’ Miss Pezadoodle herself! *HUGS* MISS YOU!

  5. Pezza, scares me too. She definitely has an interesting take on things. Her cookies are adorable. Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. Oh Marti, how do you find the time to do all you do ? Love your site and yep….Pezza, scares me, but ya gotta love that one and hope she’ll grow out of it and Love Santa ! Merry Christmas & a Wonderful New Year ! ! !

  7. Good luck with that one. She will be a handful.

    The cookies look beautiful & delicious. I’ll have to try that dough because I can never find one that holds its shape. For the J’s ad, I had to re-cut the cookies after they baked so they would look the right shape.

    Merry Christmas to all of you! And Craig says to tell your husband to add some embellies if the Peppridge Farms gift set is lame – lol!

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