There was a time when I spent weeks planning my holiday baking.
I would spend at least one weekend baking, usually 10 or so different kinds of cookies.
Some went in the freezer, some we ate, but most of them were given away.
Giving away Christmas cookies…..
That’s what Drop in and Decorate ) is all about; founded by food writer Lydia Walshin of The Perfect Pantry (www.theperfectpantry.com):
The idea behind Drop In & Decorate is simple: bake some cookies; gather a group of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your worship group or book group to decorate the cookies together; donate the cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in your own community.It’s a simple idea in a complicated world, and something anyone can do.If you’d like to host your own Drop In & Decorate® event, Pillsbury and Wilton would like to help.Pillsbury has donated 50 VIP coupons, worth $3.00 each, off any Pillsbury product — including sugar cookie mix, icing and flour — to be distributed, first come, first served, while supply lasts, to anyone who plans to host a Drop In & Decorate event (max. 5 coupons per person). And we’ll include a Comfort Grip cookie cutter, donated by Wilton, while our supply lasts.Write to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com for more info on how to get your free coupons and cookie cutters.
As for me, I don’t bake cookies for us any longer.
Our French neighbors really don’t quite know what to do with them.
But, more importantly, mon mari’s favorite part of the cookie baking weekend was eating a half dozen or so of each kind within 2 minutes of them coming out of the oven….
Now that he’s diabetic, it would be cruel and unusual punishment to have cookie smells wafting through the house.
Too bad I don’t live in the US, for a week or two in December…. This would be fun.
These were my last cookies…. Though I didn’t know it at the time.
Damn, they were good!
Here is something equally good to whip up in a hurry after all that baking.
The recipe, Popover Pie with Ham and Peas, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Yorkshire Pudding Pie with Ham & Peas.