On the 9th Day of Christmas…
Bake a Holiday Treat
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Aunt Diane’s Cookie Day – now Grandma’s Cookie Day
I met a lady in Temecula, CA who would make Christmas Candy Trains with her grandchildren and eat soup (because the children ate so much candy!) for dinner. I wanted to have a tradition like that.
When our family moved to Mesa, AZ, I started Aunt Diane’s Cookie Day. All 30 of my nieces and nephews, ages 5 and older, were invited to my home on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. We would bake and decorate hundreds of cookies in the eight hours we were together. In the middle of the day, we went to a park and ate Little Caesars pepperoni pizza and played. One year we brought Pogo Sticks. There became a competition as to who could jump the most times without falling off. I think my nephew, Derek, won with several thousand jumps! My son, Dallin, was close behind.
Our cookie menu consisted of frosted and decorated Sugar cookies, Rolo Cookies (turtle cookies), Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Snickerdoodle cookies, 7-Layer Bars (magic cookie bars), Hershey Kiss cookies (peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s Kiss), and either peanut clusters or chocolate dipped pretzel rods. We always threw in an additional cookie to try – red and white candy cane butter cookies (not recommended!), brownies (too messy!), Cookie Candy Bar Pizzas, or something else. As the children got older, we would make gingerbread houses.
Each child brought bring a cookie sheet to take all their cookies home. My neighbors LOVED Cookie Day – the kids would door-bell ditch and leave a plate of cookies on every door step. Every child went home with mounds of cookies for their family! It was a win-win – the parents were able to have a day of shopping without getting a babysitter, and I was able to spend a day with nieces and nephews whom I adore!
Today, I am a grandma, so it is now Grandma’s Cookie Day in Utah. I scaled back the event, but the fun is still the same! We don’t bake as many cookies, and the neighbors still love Cookie Day!
One of the cookie recipes used every year:
The Guzzetta’s Christmas Cookies
1 1/2 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
3 1/4 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Color sprinkles or frosting
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Blend well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to sugar mixture. Divide dough into 3 parts. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Roll out on floured surface. Cut.
Preheat oven to 350*. Bake 13 minutes.
Frosting: powdered sugar and milk to thickness and desired color.
Note: I always roll out right away. The kids can’t wait 2 hours.
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