Monday, November 30, 2009

Baking marathon begins!

Oh dear friends in the internet...I am looking for new (to me) and exciting recipes for Christmas cookies. That's right, at the moment I'm feeling like eating! And baking too. This year, I've got at my disposal not just an oven. But I have my mother's kitchen which looks a lot like Mrs. Claus' house. She has more cookie sheets, decorations, and baking paraphernalia than I've ever had in my own little kitchen. As such, I'm feeling like doing some serious baking. Perhaps not fair to my mother, recently diagnosed as diabetic, but I can't help it! Luckily, her willpower these days is great and she can sample a cookie or two without adversely affecting her blood sugar levels, mostly because she's so good at managing her diet and exercising regularly. Go mom!

My mother is actually the one who instilled in me the love of baking Christmas cookies until your freezer can't hold anymore. When I was a child, she was the choir director and organist at our church and every year at the holidays she would have the choir members over to our house for a rehearsal and plates full of cookies! She also hosted a holiday open house every year which also prominently featured trays of home-baked cookies. And I think that she's looking forward to doing some

So here's my request:
Do you have any favorite cookie recipes? I'm especially interested in those that are festive and holiday-like but they don't necessarily need to be such.

Even more specific (but certainly not a requirement to a good recipe) do you happen to have any favorite diabetic-friendly holiday treats? Since my mom is new to the diabetic diet, I'd sure like to help her out with a few good recipes.

Please share!!


  1. Oooooh, I just love eating Christmas cookies. I wish I had a good recipe to share, but as I said -- I love *eating* Christmas cookies, not baking them. Decorating them too, I can do that! My Grandma and Mom used to bake cookies every year before my Grandma passed away. It brings back so many good memories to think about them in the kitchen. :)

  2. Wish I was there to share the kitchen AND the cookies!

    I like chocolate crinkles for a christmassy cookie. They are brownie like with powdered sugar topping - and get better with age. Like days, probably rather than weeks. A recipe is on my Kim's Kantan Cooking blog if you want to try them!

    I'm also going to try to make an Eggnog cookie this year - somewhat inspired by your ideas last year - but easier because I'm lazy! I"ll have to let you know if it turns out!!!

  3. I just got this book from the library called "babycakes" named after the famous bakeries in Manhattan and Hollywood. All the recipes are (mostly) sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. Sounds cruddy, huh? But NO! The recipes are fantastic. Enjoy the baking and glad to hear your nausea is lifting.