It's almost Christmas! The baking is essentially done and we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our preparation. I hope your holiday season has been sweet.
I'm happy I checked off everything on my to-bake list and even had room to improvise a little along the way to the finish line. Following my previous post, I made the requisite batch of sugar cookies. The kids in my life adore sugar cookies and they seem to have to make an appearance at Christmas. These sugar cookies, with mugs of hot chocolate, make for a sweet finale to our family Christmas party.
And what's not to love about sugar cookies...they're classic for a reason. They're sweet (obviously) and always festive and eye-catching decorated however you like. I'm not very creative but some kids tell me that when it comes to decorating sugar cookies, the key is lots of sprinkles. I may need to up the sprinkle quotient on my sugar cookies next season!
Aside from sugar cookies, I loved the simple vanilla sables (recipe from Dorie Greenspan) I baked this year. The wonderful sandy texture, with the simple yet delectable flavor of the vanilla butter cookies, made me forget my love and commitment to chocolate for a moment. I will be making more slice-and-bake cookies during the next holiday season!