Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday cookie extravaganza

The holiday baking party I hosted was SO MUCH FUN. And a bit chaotic. Beyond holding the party at my house, I didn't do much for hosting. My aunt, sister, mom, sister-in-law all brought ingredients, cleaned the kitchen as they baked and were in general, awesome guests.

Here is our day in photos. I'll post more cookie photos with all the recipes tomorrow so stay tuned.

The photos above are of my mom and sister.  Cute matching aprons, huh?

I made a yummy spinach, onion and cheese quiche for breakfast.  I make a lot of quiche and this one is at the top of my fave list.  The recipe calls for cottage cheese, which I really liked.  My sister brought white chocolate raspberry scones and my mom brought a fruit salad.  We properly fueled before a big day of baking!
My kitchen is not very big, so the idea of baking 8 different baked goods was a bit scary.  We had ingredients piled on top of more ingredients.
I made chocolate peppermint cookie sandwiches. 
Nikki made chocolate Andes mint cookies. 
We made wreaths, so simple and so damn good.  I could eat a hundred of these.  Instead of red hots I used Skittles to embellish the wreaths.  Wrigley's sent me a HUGE box of candy the other week so the Skittles came in handy.
My aunt made Russian tea cake cookies.
My mom made snickerdoodles (about to go in the oven). These are so classic and taste best with a huge glass of milk.
My niece Chloe also joined us.My sister Katie made peanut butter blossoms with peanut butter cups and Hershey Kisses.

My aunt also made frying pan cookies.

We had tons of cookies for everyone to take home.

After all was said and done, my kitchen was still a bit of a disaster but it didn't take long to clean up. And then I realized I had about 100 cookies in my house all within reach. And so I packed a big container to send with Erik to work on Monday and I'm taking the rest with me to the office. I hope my coworkers are hungry!

I loved having a whole day set aside for hanging with some of my fave ladies and baking. Can't wait to do it again next year.


  1. Bake day was so much fun! I brought my cookies to my in-laws otherwise I would have eaten them all.


  2. I loved the holiday wreaths and the snickerdoodles...those were Jay's favorite too since they reminded him of sugar cookies.

    That quiche sounds so delic, can't wait to make it!

    What a funny holiday gathering you had!


  3. Wow, that is a lot of cookies! People at work will be very happy! XO

  4. Your cookies look gorgeous and so tempting!

  5. Gosh I love Christmas/holiday baking too! Very fun, lots of work..but very rewarding! All of your baked goods look delicious. It would have been extra special to have family around to help you with it all

  6. Must have been so much more fun to have little elves in the kitchen! My friend and I get together to bake a bunch of things in December--we call it "Bakeapalooza" and we just rounded year three:)