Christmas Baking - The Planning Stage

Monday, August 22, 2011
So, I’m still thinking about Christmas. Yes, yes, I know; it’s only August. Yesterday it was 30C. What can I say? I’m a Capricorn; I like to plan ahead! Besides, the holidays are only four months away! That doesn’t leave a whole lotta time. And I’m not the only one. I mentioned the idea of holiday baking to a coworker and that sparked a half hour conversation about cookies, squares, presents, etc. I loved it!

I think I have a pretty good idea of what I am going to be baking although I’m completely open to suggestions and the list below is not set in stone. Heck it might be pared down quite a bit if I find funds getting too tight but this is the plan as I see it…

One loaf of banana bread for Mom and I to snack on Christmas morning while opening prezzies. We’ve been doing this in our family for most of my life. Banana bread, mandarin oranges, and coffee/tea for the adults. When we’re done with all the unwrapping and playing with the kittehs as they go ape over the crinkly paper, we sit down for a big breakfast (I still haven’t decided on this yet). Anyways, I digress. So, banana bread – 1 loaf.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the niece and nephew will be getting passes and baking for their present this year. I thought they’d like some M&M cookies, piecrust cinnamon rolls, and some shortbread. The difference this year? I’m going to make lemon shortbread!!! Just add some lemon zest to the recipe and whammo! Your shortbread recipe is taken to a whole…’nother…level. I’ve never made it with lemon before but I’m guessing this is going to be awesome. Heck, any citrus fruit would be wicked: orange, lime, grapefruit. Ok, maybe not grapefruit.

If I can find the recipe, I’m also going to make something called Spice Gems that Jody the Non-Blogger gave me years ago. I think they’re from her… Anyways, they’re like a soft gingerbread with a drizzle of icing, similar to some pumpkin cookies I made last year. Ooh, pumpkin cookies. Now I want pumpkin cookies. Not for Christmas, I just want them. Now. For me. I won’t share so don’t ask.

In the “maybe” column, I have cake pops, chocolate bark, some sort of blondie/brownie, and some other type of cookie (perhaps these). All of this of course depends on whether or not I have (1) the time, (2) the money, or (3) the energy. Last year I spaced out my baking over a couple of weekends, freezing the cookies until it was time to take them out and spread the cookie love. Definitely a smart idea. I think I’ll start at the beginning of December and bake at least one item each weekend – that gives me three weeks to get everything done. No problem, right???

What, if anything will you be baking this holiday season?

6 comments:

london bakes said...

Oh my goodness, I have barely planned what I'm baking next weekend, let alone Christmas! Although I did tell my boyfriend yesterday that we had to have a Christmas party so I could make chocolate covered pretzels and red and green cake pops...

Ben Ditty said...

Oh, wow, baking suddenly seems exhilarating. I might give it a try :)

Milla said...

I won't be baking anything this year because I will be travelling at xmas so hopefully someone else who is a better baker than I am will bake something :)


Word v: 'exotypic'. Nice!

Karen said...

London Bakes: Mmmm, I LOVE chcoolate covered preztels. Never had a cake pop but the idea of them sounds great. After reviewing my list a bit later, I realized I may have overextended myself. No cake pops for me this year. Maybe in the spring.

Ben: Go for it! I tend not to eat much of what I make but I love the joy it brings to others. Well worth a bit of flour on the clothes and mess on the counter.

Milla: Are you heading back home for the holidays? I imagine it looks postcard-beautiful in the winter!

Wandering Coyote said...

OMG, I can't even envision my life after Sept. 30th!!!

Milla said...

I am going again to the Balkans for xmas this year.
And yes you are right, my village in Italy does look like a postcard...

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