As you’ve seen in my other blog posts, I love to cook and bake. And as much as I struggle with Christmas, I love holiday baking. It takes me back to when I was growing up and Mom would spend days baking goodies. She would send trays of cookies, squares and other goodies into school with my sisters and I. Dad’s office was well stocked by Mom’s baking efforts. I remember one year Mom even made peppermint candies. She coloured them with red and green food colouring and put them in little candy papers.
Christmas Baking: A cheap form of therapy
Christmas baking has always been very therapeutic for me. I remember the first year after my dad died, I was living with my Grandma at the time. I took the anniversary of Dad’s death off from work and I made dozens of cookies. And I mean dozens. I made Banana Bread cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies, Jam Thumbprints, Chocolate Meringues, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, and I can’t remember what else. What I do remember for sure though, is that everyone got cookies that year. All of my coworkers (I worked in a team of 12), Grandma, Audrey, my aunt and uncle, and a few others. Everyone got at least 18 cookies, and I made up goody bags for probably 20 people or so. Yup, that’s right. I made 30 dozen cookies. But it was fun. And got me through that awful day.
Christmas Baking 2015
Today, Megan and I started this year’s therapeutic baking bonanza. So far we’ve made shortbread, snickerdoodles, orange juice cookies, chewy ginger molasses cookies, and haystacks. So far we have 15 dozen baked off. In the fridge, chilling, we have dough for Lime Icebox cookies and Chili Chocolate Rugelach. We also have plans to make Chocolate Chip Cookies, Jam Thumbprints, and Candied Ginger Cookies.
How do you feel about Christmas baking? Is it relaxing for you? Or is it something you avoid?