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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




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,


and Christmas M&M Cookies. :-P


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!


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


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


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…


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


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.


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

Mmmm Mmmmm GOOD!


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


Well, here’s my secret:

Betty Crocker Cookie Icing


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!


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…


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.


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.


3 Di @ 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.


4 movesnmunchies December 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

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


5 CaSaundra December 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

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


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!


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!


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 :)


9 Michelle December 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

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


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


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! :)


12 Jess December 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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


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

Oh man…’re making me want to bake!!


14 kristisn December 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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


15 leashieloo December 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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


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 :)


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

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


18 vvvv December 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

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


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