Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Baking

What did I get myself into? I told The Mister that I'd put together some simple gifts for him to take to his staff at work. Last summer I did so much canning and preserving I thought I'd give out jars of jam and preserves. Well, as usual, I over think things and decided a jar of jam didn't seem quite right so I decided to make up a plate of baked goodies surrounding the jam.
This is what I came up with. I made 7 different kinds of cookies (pictured above). The only baked goodie that I didn't share are the peanut butter/chocolate balls. The Mister loves those so much so I saved them for him. But I did do a lot of baking!! A LOT of baking. All of the cookies are family traditional Christmas cookies with the exception of two new recipes: the Chai Chocolate Snickerdoodles (that I posted about the last post) and the Cherry Bowties. OH MY GOODNESS! The Cherry Bowties recipe is a new one this year and we love them! I used my homemade cherry jam inside them. This is definitely a keeper recipe.

I used my Michael's 50% off coupon on rolls of shrink wrap and tied up the plates with ribbon. The tag is made from a Stampin' Up! set called "Deck The Halls".

And so......14 gift plates later, I finally finished packaging the gifts. The Mister will take the gifts in with him to work tomorrow to distribute to his staff.

And don't you just know it? After all of the baking I've done, we now do not have any cookies left. Well, none in the photos above. Just his peanut butter balls now. That's fine with me.

Until next time,



  1. Sounds like Paul got home safe and sound! I wish I had the baking skills you had Jennifer; they all look scrumptious.

    PS - Also received your Christmas card the other day, thank you very much. <3

  2. I'd be very interested in the recipe for 'Grandma Inman's Toffee Cookie" if you don't mind sharing it. I love trying a couple new recipes for Christmas cookies. I also saved your snickerdoodle recipe. They all look so yummy.

  3. You have got to stop showing food... lol I am gaining weight everytime. :0) Kidding.... These are wonderful and thoughful platters. I bet they were all loved.


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