As always, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed in Foodie Friday or a great food suggestion to share with us, post in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, you’re stuck reading about my food thoughts, and this week, it’s cookies.
Halloween has passed and it’s November, which in my book means it’s almost time for that Thanksgiving/Hannukah/Christmas/New Year’s holiday season. Of course, if you ask Home Depot, the holiday season started three weeks ago when they started carrying Christmas trees, but that’s a bit ridiculously early. Nope, for me, the holiday season starts post Halloween.
Now, my kids are only 18 months old, so they do not realize what the next few months have in store for them. They don’t remember last year, their Christmas outfits, the colds we all had for Thanksgiving, their first plane ride—although I do. Already this year, family members are asking me what they want for Christmas and our plane tickets to Maryland were bought weeks ago. Family is descending on us for Thanksgiving and we are descending on them for Christmas. This past weekend, after a nightmare week of a sick toddler on a food strike, we celebrating the end of the strike (she was done in by a pound of grapes at Market Basket), we made a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, my favorite turkey recipe
, with stuffing from a box (really, not classy, I know, but by far our favorite kind) with extra craisins, mashed sweet potatoes and apple cider gravy.
But I digress. I started this post talking about cookies. Somehow I got signed up for this MyRecipes Cookie countdown daily email. I’m sure in some “hey, I like cookies” moment I signed up for this, since it seems like the kind of thing I’d do, but for now, evey day, I get an email with a new, delicious looking cookie recipe. Today it was gingerbread cookies (um, yum), earlier in the week it was lemon-coconut snowballs (double yum) and the other day it was death by carmel bars (goodness). These emails pretty much guarantee that I will be thinking about nothing other than how much I want cookies. Hmm, cookies. One of my favorite parts of the holidays. We usually do a cookie-making party sometime in early November and do our favorites—butterballs (do they have a better name than that? They must.), sugar cookies, molasses cookies. At home, we always used to do date bars as they were my dad’s favorite. I think he had some deluded sense that they were healthy since they had fruit in them. They’re not.
What are your favorite cookie recipes? Post them here! I expect my cookie craving to be out of control by this weekend (who knows what cookie delights will be emailed to me by then!?) and I’m going cookie baking! There’s nothing my kids like more than “helping” cook, so it can be a family project.