Chasing Martha

This year for holiday gifts, I decided to make cookies and various treats for our friends. I purchased packaging last night at the Container Store and made customized labels at Erin Condren.

My next step is to figure out what all I want to make. I definitely want to make some of my family’s “go-to” cookies:

Frosted Sugar Cookies
“Boob” Cookies (also know, by some less-vulgar families, as “Peanut Butter Blossoms”)
Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

And then of course, I will make a couple different varieties of “bark” (see post here) and gingerbread snowflakes (see post here) like I did last year.

I have found a couple cute new decorating ideas to try this year – you will have to stay tuned for those! Does anyone have a cookies recipe that I should add to my list? Please let me know in the comments below.

Once I have my list of cookies to tackle, and gather up all of the ingredients, the most challenging part is timing everything. Hopefully I can start things early enough so that I don’t spend all day and night right before Christmas baking, but not too early that my cookies get stale. I am thinking of starting things off this weekend by making some dough and freezing it – then baking things next weekend (Matt – get excited for the next two weekends! You are definitely going to need to be my sous-chef!)

Let’s hope I can live up to the high standard set by Martha.

6 thoughts on “Chasing Martha

  1. My sister and I spent all day this past Saturday doing our baking. We did the traditional Wolter family Monster Cookies, peanut butter blossoms, Oreo candy cane truffles, chocolate covered pretzels and fudge. We have a crazy easy fudge recipe if you want me to send that along. We like it because its quick and easy to do while the cookies are in the oven and you can make a bunch of different flavors.

    1. That sounds so fun. I love that you and Kristy hang out so much. I definitely miss having Abby live in the same city as me!

      I would love the fundge and the orea candy cane truffles sound amazing!

  2. Crazy Easy Fudge:

    3 ½ cups chocolate chips
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    1tsp vanilla
    ½ tsp salt

    Mix chocolate and condensed milk in pan on stove. Melt chocolate stirring frequently/constantly and bring to a boil (be careful not to burn chocolate).

    Remove from heat and mix in vanilla and salt.

    Pour into greased pan. We use square baking dishes and actually line it with wax paper (wax side down) for easier removal from pan.

    Cool in fridge until firm. (about an hour depending on types of chips being used)

    We like this recipe because you can mix it up so easily. You can do different types of chips in place of just chocolate. We use peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips etc. You can also add heath crunch, nuts, candy cane pieces, different extracts etc at the stage where you add the vanilla and salt.

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