T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cookie Baking Extravaganza!!!

It has become an annual tradition that my mom, sister, and I get together for Christmas cookie baking. And every year we try to plan and plan so we're don't over-do anything. Alas, that seems to be an impossibility with us. We always do way too much. This year we needed to make 24 plates of treats. Doesn't sound too bad, huh?

Some photos from the day...


T Rex insisted on helping - here he is helping Nan. I am checking the vanilla. My niece recently reminded me of the alcohol content. Yep - 35% alcohol! Indeed, we are a happy bunch here!


Auntie J giving T Rex a little help with some cookie stars. He proudly made three lovely stars.


My sis and mom putting together some of the cookie treat plates.


Works in progress...

The final yield - 10 hours later:

- 26 total boxes/plates/tins of treats

Finished plate before being covered.

- 1 computer virus

- 36 chocolate cake balls

These will forever be known as the "infamous" chocolate cake balls. Why? Well, a friend emailed me the recipe and when I accessed the recipe I was the lucky recipient of a computer virus. T Rex Dad is reloading and reformatting my laptop as I type.

- 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies


- 5 dozen biscochitos

- 7 dozen chocolate chip cookies

Biscochitos and chocolate chip cookies

- 3 dozen chocolate dipped pretzels


- 1 burned thumb

- 4 batches of fudge

Making fudge with me sis - just before the candy thermometer burned my hand. T Rex Dad put "liquid band-aid" on it - wouldn't even know it even happened. Kind of nice having someone else providing nursing care around here.

- 3 sore backs

- 1 VERY happy T Rex!!!

Playing with cousin Dede.


Kisses for cousin.


Relaxation after all the hard work - everyone sat and "enjoyed" Elmo together. That tells you how tired we were!

Do you do holiday baking in your household? What is it like?

11 comments:

Caitlin said...

Wowie! What a yield! They all look delicious!

BallerinaBiker said...

Wow! That's amazing! You are all 3 Wonder Women!

Nina said...

That is so much work but so cool. Sorry about that computer virus, I am sure that was frustrating.

For years I have wanted to bake lots of treats and run around delivering them one evening but have never found the time. This year I really don't have the time.

Emily said...

My Goodness...your lucky neighbors!

I am totally impressed with the variety of treats.

How fun to see your mom in those pictures. I sure do miss her!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Kim said...

This looks like such a great day! I love this tradition but haven't done this ever. Maybe I'll start with some friends. I love that T Rex was such a helper. We received as a gift from Deaglan (and the daycare) a mason jar filled with the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. He had painted on the jar and coloured on the card. Our job is to bake the cookies together as a family and take pictures to bring to school (daycare) I will post these for fun.

I honestly can't believe how much baking you did!!!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a fun day! I just love it! I always think I should bake for teachers and stuff and I just never do. I feel like such a Christmas failure this year... I am visiting today from Jill's Scary Mommy blog. Your son is SO cute. What a sweet little dinosaur!

Jenners said...

The computer virus chocolate balls had better be darn good ... and they look like they are!!

Amazing job!! Everything looks great.

Jed Wheeler Family said...

That's a lot of cookies. At least the messtivus choc balls looked wonderful!

septembermom said...

I'm so hungry now!! You guys are terrific bakers :) Yummy!!!

Merry Christmas!!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

I love all the pictures too!

Shanna said...

Holy cow, that looks like alot of work!

Missus Wookie said...

My ds (not quite 18) was told he couldn't buy essence for me.... yep that 35% is tricky stuff. We love baking cookies and treats here, maybe next year.