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Christmas Cookie Baking #2 & Some Girl Time

by Courtney on December 12, 2010

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, when all through Mom’s kitchen,

Batches upon batches of cookies were bakin’! :-D

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Mom and I definitely worked just as hard the second time around on our marathon cookie baking. We both accomplished double batches of Mexican Wedding Cookies,

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and Christmas M&M Cookies. :-P

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I actually used the same chocolate chip recipe that I use for my Chewy Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookies; I simply substituted M&M’s for Heath bars, and they turned out awesome!

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Mom also made up another batch of cookies that absolutely knocked my socks off…

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Chocolate & Black Raspberry Filled Shortbread…HOLY DELICIOUSNESS! :shock:

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Once again, with cookie baking comes copious amounts of cookie eating. I did manage, however, to keep things somewhat under control and didn’t end up leaving in a sugar coma. YAY for small victories! ;)

Besides, I couldn’t load myself up too much, I had a dinner date with my favorite gals to get to!

We had a great time chatting, catching up, and just enjoying each others’ company. We don’t get to get together nearly as often as we’d like, so these meet-ups are always special. :)

I attempted to take a picture of dinner…

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But obviously that wasn’t happening. :oops: Grrrrr. I will tell you that it was a delicious mixed greens salad, topped with oven roasted pears, dried cranberries, almonds and a toasted brie crostini, served with a honey vinaigrette dressing (which I ordered on the side). It was super tasty, but for the amount of food, I’m not sure if it was quite worth the price. I was still hungry after!

But no worries; us ladies knew how to solve that…

Enter: Friendly’s Ice Cream :-P

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Now THAT, my friends, is what I call quality “girl time.” ;)

I went with a favorite combo of cookie dough ice cream + caramel + brownie bites.

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I guess it’s a good thing I fit in a sweaty treadmill run this morning! :shock:

Mmmm Mmmmm GOOD!

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On a side note, some of you asked yesterday how I got my sugar cookies to look so pretty (thank you, by the way!)…

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Well, here’s my secret:

Betty Crocker Cookie Icing

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This icing is the easiest stuff to decorate with. All you need to do is outline the shape of your cookie, then just fill in about 85% of the middle. Eventually, the icing just fills in any gaps on its own. It’s amazing! :)

Today, Jay and I, along with our friends Joe & Kate, are packing up our rain gear and heading down to the JETS vs. Miami game!

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Joe & Kate are Miami fans, while Jay and I (as you know) are total Jets fans, so it should make for a fun day. It would be nice, however, if it wasn’t expected to look like this all day…

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100% chance of rain today. ALL day. Oooof. :roll: Good thing we’ve got our ponchos ready!

J-E-T-S, Jets Jets JETS!

Have a great (dry) Sunday everyone!! :-D

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1 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 12, 2010 at 9:26 am

That sundae looks AMAZING. Friendly’s was always our go-to post-movie spot in middle school…brings back memories! Have fun at the game today.

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2 Faith December 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

Ha, I just failed @ shortbreads but yours look amazing,and the filling sounds awesome! Have fun at the game – I’ll be watching all of mine on the TV today.

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3 Di @ http://thetreadmilldiaries.com/ December 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

Kudos on another successful cookie baking session. Everything looks wonderful. Hope my handy work this week turns out as good.

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4 movesnmunchies December 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

what a sweet weekend.. literally! I love all the treats- especially the ice cream!

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5 CaSaundra December 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

Nothing beats quality time in the kitchen with mom!! You girls did a fabulous job! :-)

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6 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

Your cookies look awesome, as expected! Have fun at the game, girl!

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7 Katy December 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

You have out baked me! I bake so much during the holidays but you take the cake…ummm cookies?

I am a Jet’s fan too! GO JETS! :)

Stay dry!

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8 Emily December 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

umm, I CANNOT WAIT to eat whatever cookies you bring to the cookie exchange next weekend :)

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9 Michelle December 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I have yet to bake any Christmas cookies; I need to get on that!

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10 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices December 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I love that you & your Mom still bake Christmas cookies together :) It makes me wish I lived closer to my Mom.
& girl’s nights are ALWAYS the best…and topping it off with ice cream, now that’s perfect :D

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11 sweetoothrunner December 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Wow that ice cream looks awesome!
Thanks for the icing tip by the way! I don’t think I’ll be able to get that stuff over here in the UK but I’ll look out for it! :)

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12 Jess December 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Have fun at the game! Cookie dough is my fav ice cream everrr:)

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13 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) December 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Oh man…..you’re making me want to bake!!

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14 kristisn December 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I love Friendly’s ice cream! The peanut butter sauce there is the best!

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15 leashieloo December 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I’m getting a sugar high just looking at your post!

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16 Baking Serendipity December 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

You had a serious baking day…I love it! Those shortbread cookies look over the top awesome :)

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17 sonal chopra December 13, 2010 at 2:20 am

loved all the cookie pictures! delicious and soooo pretty! great work :)

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18 vvvv December 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

good job!
but i hate chrismas… i m solo LOL

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