Our annual cookie day was this past weekend. My family has been getting together the Saturday after Thanksgiving for over forty years.
Each year, we spend more and more time catching up, eating and drinking wine, and less time baking. It’s great fun! I love the camaraderie, in spite of all the strong personalities, viewpoints and lifestyles coming together.
Usually a different person each year volunteers to host Cookie Day, someone who has enough kitchen space and countertops for us to spread out, someone who is willing to let us take over and make mess.
The rule for the little kids is you can eat up to 100 cookies! One year, someone tried… and got sick. ~hehehehehe~
The ladies (and little kids) usually have soup for lunch while the guys go to a bar. At the end of the day, we take turns filling our tins with cookies to take home and enjoy throughout the rest of the holiday season.
Do you have any holiday traditions in your family or extended family?
Last week was quite an eventful week full of celebrations.
We celebrated my birthday with presents, a special coffee treat, pizza for lunch, and hiking.
Then we celebrated Thanksgiving with a day of catching up with my family and cooking together.
Then we enjoyed my family’s annual Cookie Day, a full day of marathon cookie making. I think we made over 20 varieties this year!
Stop by our Flickr group to see the art Michelle and Sandra have been creating over the past year. I love to see how different our styles are. I am impressed with how clever they are in illustrating their daily lives.
Every year since I can remember, my family has gotten together to celebrate Christmas with our annual Cookie Day. UPDATE: I added the recipes to my Favorite Recipes tab above.
(Chunky Triple Chocolate Cookies)
We pick a day around Thanksgiving when we all get together, cousins, aunts and uncles, for a marathon of cookie baking. Well, okay, the guys go out for lunch and watch a lot of football. But some of them help with the baking and decorating. It has been a great tradition for all these years.
One year we made over 20 different varieties! Our recipe book has grown into a 3-ring binder. This year, I think the family made 12 different varieties.
(Peanut Butter Blossoms)
When I was a kid, my mom used to keep the cookies in the freezer so we wouldn’t eat all of them before Christmas arrived. We snuck them out of the freezer anyway! Imagine her surprise when she wanted to set out a plate of cookies for a party. (seriously, I’m sure she knew about our shenanigans all along!)
(Chocolate Mint Sandwiches – recipe pending)
I think I might have a couple left, but they are definitely not going to last until Christmas!