Cactus Bakery, or something like that…

December 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm 1 comment

Yesterday I baked cookies. Not just a few cookies, not just a couple of dozen. A LOT of cookies. And when I say a lot, I really mean a lot.

As noted in my last post, the holidays are my favorite holiday and this holiday is a wee bit less holiday-ish than I might like. No ones fault, but just the weird alignment of the planets or the residual effects of having George Bush in the White House for almost 8 years. Since baking seems to come hand in hand with putting up a Christmas tree and singing carols, I feel on a yearly basis that it is my duty to bake something.

Now, please understand. I love to cook. I like to chop things and sautee, and come up with interesting (and usually good) ideas for recipes and such. What I don’t really care for is measuring ingredients. It’s tedious and I find it silly — “Sure this looks like a teaspoon of garlic” is more my style than precisely measuring out the garlic for a recipe. I mean, honestly, if a recipe has a 1/2 teaspoon too much or too little garlic the world is not going to end. But in baking? Alas, too much baking powder (or God forbid, none at all) is like a disaster of nuclear proportions. So… baking isn’t my favorite thing in the entire world. I do it as if it were a chore that has to be done because it’s December.

This year, however, I invited my friend (who may actually be a blood relative — go figure), Curls, to come over and bake with me. She is the consummate mother/baker/friend and loves to bake and has every baking accoutrement known to man. So over she comes… with everything she’s ever owned that has to do with baking and we set out.

Baking with Curls is far more fun, that I can say. At some point around the 11th hour of actual baking we started throwing confectioners sugar at each other. Hubby came in before it became an all-out Sugar War and we were laughing so hard I’m quite sure I’ve inhaled in excess of 8 ounces of powdered sugar. When I invited her I figured we’d make three or four kinds of cookies and call it a day. I had the insane idea I’d be done by say 5pm or so… at 9:30pm we were still cleaning up. But the haul was pretty spectacular… we made:
Chocolate chip (2 batches)
Peanut Butter Cookies
Butter/Spritz cookies
Chocolate Spritz
Brownie lollipops
Boysenberry pinwheels
Raspberry bars

Impressive huh? Even in my quite spacious kitchen we were running out of room to store the cookies. Maybe baking isn’t so bad if there’s a sugar war to look forward to.


Entry filed under: Holidays, Me.

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  • 1. William  |  December 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    I’d be glad to help you deal with some of those cookies. I’m not normally a big fan of fruit-related cookies, but boysenberry pinwheels sound really awfully good to me. But alas, medical science intervenes – I’m on a strict low-carb diet for a few days in preparation for a PET scan and the only thing I could do with cookies now is stick them to my body and pretend.


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