Now. It seems that almost every family has a different approach to Christmas cookies.
Some people make many kinds and offer guests a medley of yummy treats. Some people make one kind and use a cookie exchange to then offer guests a medley of yummy treats.
I have two such exchanges on the calendar this year! Cookie medley here I come.
My offering for (both) exchanges is this: Chocolate Triscuit Bites. OK. It technically isn't baking, because I didn't actually turn the oven on. But they are super tasty. Super Tasty. Now. They are not super pretty, just focus on the Super Tasty.
All that being said. Growing up we did not ascribe to the cookie medley doctrine. We are one cookie people. (Perhaps this is pastry discrimination. So be it.) Sugar cookies. Iced and decorated. It is one of the traditions that I most enjoy about Christmas. Unfortunately, getting together with my Mom and my brother and my sisters and our spouses and any others ... well, getting us all together with time to mix and roll and cut and bake and decorate just doesn't happen that much anymore. Drat distance!
But, I'm hankering for these cookies. So I had planned to make and decorate some. With family if possible, but by myself if need be.
However, I tried to bake a lasagna last night, and my oven never heated up. Yup. As it turns out, the ignite-er (gas oven) that was at the end of its rope finally gave it up. Stone. Cold. Oven.
Not so good for either the lasagna or my cookie dreams. (Good thing I planned no bake 'cookie' contributions!) We will get it fixed, but I'm voting we will not get it done before Christmas.
Regardless, I am not yet giving up on my cookie dreams for this Christmas. (There are other, functioning, ovens in town.) Maybe it will happen. I am hopeful!