Here is my list for holiday stuff this year. It seems a little lacking, but also, four things are plenty. Peanut peanut butter cookies, from The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle, which are already made and waiting in the freezer. Chocolate pecan thumbprints, also from The Good Cookie, because I’ve never made them before and shouldn’t you make something totally new so there’s possibility for disaster but also for happy surprise? Or, actually, it’s just because I get bored and want something different and new to try. And also because they sounded amazing. Meringues, because I love love love them, they are so easy (especially with a pastry bag) and because somehow in the last two weeks I’ve made several things that call for egg yolks, so now I have about six egg whites waiting to be made into meringues (6 egg whites = approx. seven zillion meringues, so that should be fun). And the gingerbread from King Arthur that we made before, because it was amazing, and also because I like to have something non-cookie in the cookie bin.
Any more suggestions? I do have two nut things going on, but you know, nuts are supposed to be so good for you, so maybe we can call this a healthy assortment? And I know I’m supposed to have things like spritz cookies or decorated butter cookies in there, but you know what? I don’t actually like those that much. And the making of them makes me kind of edgy. I like a pretty cookie, but I prefer a tasty cookie. Maybe when the kids are older* and I don’t have to chisel frosting off the table (and walls, and floor) when it’s all over. But still, it’s not like I’m ever going to be the kind of person who uses tweezers for precise dragée placement when making her cookies.
Last year I made hot fudge sauce and people liked that, but this year I’m feeling feh about it. I could make granola? (Ack! No! Never mind that! I’m sure granola would be appreciated but what a pain! Never mind. Sometimes I get swept up in all the “Handsome Homemade Gifts” features in magazines this time of year.) Any other thoughts?
*ok, is this a ridiculous thing to say? like, is the best time to make decorator cookies when they are 5 and 2? and if I wait until they’re 12 they’re not going to want anything to do with me, and they’ll be sneaking off with their friends to smoke on the Greenbelt path while I stand on the stoop with royal icing and food coloring paste yelling, “But now! Now is when you might make neat cookies!”