Monday, November 22, 2010

Cookie Baking Extravaganza!

Oh, there were more, my friends. Many more.

Burl Ives and Elvis Presley were chilling out in the corner, serenading our family with a few of their Christmas best, the oven was chugging away like a champ, and our noses spent the afternoon inhaling warm toasted sugar and gooey melting chocolate.  For the second year in a row, my mother and I (with lots of help from my sister!) embarked on the next to impossible task of baking enough Christmas cookies to feed our families throughout the holiday season.

Oh, you read that correctly. These are for us. We are turn down the lights and turn on the tree, Christmas movie watching, cookie inhaling fools in my family. Ever since I was a little girl, the Feldts would spend nearly every night of December gathered in the living room tuning in to a Christmas classic on television, while mom assembled a platter of assorted goodies for us all to enjoy. It was always the same cookie selection from year to year: chocolate chip, peanut butter, pecan puffs, peanut butter blossoms, and oatmeal raisin...mmm. With six people in the family, we would easily devour two dozen cookies per night. Over the course of the month that added up to a lot of cookies! (I can't believe my mom used to take on this task alone!)

And now that one of us has branched off and started a family of their own (um, that would be me...) there are even more cookie-loving mouths to feed. And there are even more selections added to the mix. Oatmeal chocolate chip, and sugar cookies seem to be becoming a permanent fixture alongside our traditional fare. 

So last Saturday we rolled up our sleeves and got elbow-deep in cookie dough; mixing, scooping, plopping, and baking.  From sun up to sun down we worked ourselves like little elves meeting a Christmas Eve quota. 

Meet my mom, chief dough mixer and oven manager. 
Her mission: To make sure no cookie gets burned, and to never leave an ingredient behind.

We kicked off the morning in high spirits. The kids were off playing happily, and we were busy rolling dough into scrumptious bite-sized pecan puffs. I'm not sure if there is any other cookie known by so many names. You might call them "Russian Tea Cakes," or "Snowballs." Whatever the name, I call them delicious.

Total puffs: 6 dozen and two :)

It was quickly realized that we jolly elves would need to divide and conquer if we didn't want this fun day to turn into a long week's worth of baking. While my mom played hot potato rolling just-out-of-the-oven puffs into powdered sugar, my sister and I got to work on the peanut butter blossoms. I scooped, and Shannon did a little early Christmas unwrapping....

Okay, so maybe it's not the kind of unwrapping that usually yields squeals of delight, but I think the payoff was totally worth it. Mmm...these are some of my favorites! (Though, I could secretly live without the kisses. Weird, I know!)

Total blossoms: 3 dozen and nine

There were two eager taste testers waiting in the wings:
Later, I would walk into John's room and find these two standing face to face munching on some oatmeal cookies. "Did grandma give those to you?" I asked Evelyn, to which I got two eager nods. And then I saw the entire container of cookies sitting on the bed. Somehow these stinkers swiped four dozen cookies from the kitchen without anyone noticing. Stealthy, I say.

And here's how Gracie girl spent most of the day:

I think the warm kitchen and soft Christmas tunes lulled her to sleep!

By now things were really heating up...literally. We flung open some windows as we wiped our brows and marched onward through clouds of flour and mounds of chocolate chips. And somewhere between shouts of, "Share, you two!" feeding an infant, and nap time for the littles, we conquered two classics - peanut butter and chocolate chip.

Total peanut butter: 8 dozen and nine
Total chocolate chip: 8 dozen and ten

Alright, so I'm not going to lie. Things begin to slow down a little once the long loop of Christmas music starts over and you know you're only halfway there. But we slapped on our smiles and whipped up the oatmeal and oatmeal chocolate chip before taking a dinner break. Whew, I am pooped just thinking about it! We had totally exhausted the length of the dining room table, and our cookies soon began encroaching onto the kitchen island.

Total oatmeal and oatmeal chocolate chip: 7 dozen and one

The sun had set and we were ready to throw in the towel, but we had just one more batch of cookies to go. We couldn't stop now! And besides, this was what the kids had been waiting all day for - their chance to help out a little. So we got to work making our sugar cookies. I think I'll just let the pictures tell the story on this one!

Check out Evie's stocking in the lower right hand corner. She's an arteest! :)

Boy am I glad we didn't skip out on the sugar cookies. *Sigh*

Total for the sugar cookies: 7 dozen on the dot!

I know you haven't been doing math in your head this entire time, so I'll go ahead and tell you that we ended our day with 499 cookies in all. Mom said to just round up, but I don't know... I'm kind of an odd duck and I like that we were one cookie short of a nice, even number. It's kind of like, "What the heck happened to the last cookie?" Oh, I think I know! Moe stole it. And if you know who Moe is, you and I are totally best friends.

So we boxed up our goodies...and by "we" I mean my mom...and the girls and I headed home for the evening. I think it's safe to say that we are set for our long December nights in 2010. Now all we need is a tall glass of milk (about the only time I enjoy drinking it!) and some holiday flicks, and we'll be living out yet another tried and true family tradition. And if you come to our house any time soon, you better believe I'll be asking you, "Would you like a cookie?" While I'm secretly thinking, Please take a cookie. Eat my dang cookies. I will never ever be able to eat all of these cookies. Well, that's a lie, but my backside would prefer that I didn't. 


joyce said...

It was a fun day, Start resting up for next year LOL :)

Meagan said...

That sounds like so much fun!! I wish my mom lived closer so we could bake a million cookies together too!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Family traditions are awesome are they not. We are starting some with Wyatt for Christmas and I cannot wait.

Anonymous said...

I know who Moe is... I was the mastermind behind the cookie stealing plan... Moe and me... we are tight...

Anonymous said...

ok, so that came off less cute and sneaky and more just plain creepy... but no seriously... isn't Moe the Elf on the Shelf? and way to bake! you can mail me some cookies...

Keeping Up With the Roscow's said...

I love how your camera is SO Amazing that it makes Hershey Kiss wrappers look beautiful lol.

Adrien said...'re right. I would've been like, "Who in the world is this? Is someone else's elf communicating with our little Moe-ster via my blog??" :D

Hey Sarah, I'm glad that's what you're thinking and not, "Why is this fruit cake taking pictures of candy wrappers?" Okay, so maybe you did think that, but you didn't say it, and for that I thank you.


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