My mother is a baker. Every year, in her small Georgia kitchen, she spends countless hours making several kinds of Christmas cookies that she treks to us in Upstate NY. Sugar cookies cut into at least a dozen Christmas shapes. Chocolate gingerbread cookies. Chocolate crackles. Thumbprints, both with and without almonds. “Fart blossoms” – peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses on top. Two kinds of kolaches. More that I can’t even remember.
All of this baking and traveling is followed up with a huge family cookie decorating party. Much fun.
But this year, suddenly and unexpectedly, there is some illness, and they can’t come. So now I’m faced with cookie baking. There won’t be a decorating party, but I will bake, although two kinds only. Sugar and fart blossoms.
Being faced with this made me wonder: where do other people get their cookies?
So I pose these questions: do you bake your cookies or do you buy them, or does someone make them for you? If you bake them, do you make them from scratch, or do you “slice and bake?” What is your favorite cookie? Do you have any other Christmas cookie traditions? A lot of questions, I know, but I would love to hear about what everyone else does!