Early this morning, the stage was set…
The supplies were ready…
The oven was fired up…and we were ready to hit the ground runnin’!
My mom had even set up my own little station for me by the time I got there.
So things started off with a bit of a struggle…
My first batch of cookies, which I was beyond excited about, ended up being a bit…errr, messy.
It took me about a gazillion hours, but I finally got them all rolled into balls.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until AFTER they were done cooking that I had forgotten a very critical ingredient…the eggs.
Really Courtney? REALLY?!? Oy vey.
While the batch definitely isn’t one that I’ll be giving away (the texture is quite crumbly), I am absolutely planning on giving the recipe another go because the flavor of them is just incredible.
So much so that I found myself picking crumbs off of them throughout the day.
My next batch of cookies decided to do a little exploding act.
How nice of them, right?
Then, as if that wasn’t frustrating enough, it took me three attempts to melt the white chocolate topping for them without burning it.
Luckily, I was able to salvage all but two of the cookies and still had enough white chocolate left for the final product.
I’d say they turned out pretty good. And in case you’re interested in trying them out yourself, I found the recipe in the latest issue of Rachel Ray. You can see the recipe here.
After those couple of road bumps, the rest of the day was pretty smooth sailin’ from there!
There were Peanut Butter Balls…
Raspberry Almond Gems, which I will be sharing with you all ASAP because they are just too amazing to keep a secret.
See, I told ya.
Lots of leftover chocolate to nibble at…
Lots of dishes to be washed…
And even a little singing to some Christmas music with my microphone spatula…
After seven long, hard hours, we had 20 mini cakes and 7 batches of cookies, totaling approximately 21 dozen cookies.
Just in case math isn’t your forte, that’s about 250 cookies.
We still actually have about 6 more batches that we want to get done, so we’re going to give it another go this weekend while we cook up another batch of homemade sauce.
Good lord do I get excited about baking Christmas cookies. But honestly, any excuse to bake with my mom is always a good enough one for me.
Now, my feet hurt, my neck hurts, and I am in need of my couch in a bad way. I’ll catch ya’ll later, gators!