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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yummy Holiday Goodness

Two finals down, one to go. I have a reprieve from school until Tuesday. I plan on decking a small portion of my halls on Friday morning. This lovely image is inspiring my living room decor.


In the afternoon it will be cookie central. On the baking menu:

Peanut Butter Kisses~ easy and yummy

Classic Magic Cookie Bars

Peppermint sticks~chocolate minty goodness that is Mr. D├ęcor’s favorite.

Of course there will also be Aunt Jan’s Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing. The secret is to roll the dough out in powdered sugar.

My favorite part is the decorating. Our collection of sprinkles, edible glitter, gold and silver dragees have taken over one entire shelf in the baking pantry.

Once finished there is the question of how to wrap up the cookies for giving.

Do you use the tried and true cookie tin?

Or something a bit more creative like old ornament boxes?

I love gift wrapped cookies.

Clear cellophane with the recipe attached is classically lovely.

How about a paint can full of yum? Empty new cans can be found at most home improvement stores.

If you’re short on time, cookies in a jar are always fun.

What’s are you baking this holiday season?


Linking to:

Gollums Foodie Friday


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, These are such gorgeous inspiring images!
I love the cookies in the green vellum envelopes. So pretty and very different.
I am not a baker, but I do love cookies. If I have time I'll make sugar cut out cookies and butter cookie candy canes.
I am always so inspired when I visit.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

We are making snickerdoodles!! YUM! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Karena said...

Laura beautiful presentations. Lemon bars, Russian Tea Cakes, Candy cane cookies, so many to mention!

Art by Karena

Bettyann said...

just finished making spritz cookies using a cookie press..made tree, ornament and wreath..will be making biscotti as gifts..

Pattie T. said...

What a beautiful assortment of cookies, so elegantly packaged. I have yet to start my baking, but I will begin with Caramel Pecan Shortbread.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your cookies are just beautiful, what great gifts-enjoy:@)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I don't know yet. I usually make fudge for my neighbors but I've been feeling like maybe a change this year - don't know if they would be happy or sad about that. I love magic cookie bars and must practice much restraint to not eat an entire pan in 2 days. I also like choc' and mint so those look good to me also and iced cookies, well I've just gained 10 more lbs! said...


I will be finishing my decorating this weekend (also behind after our loss) Christmas cookies are always received well no matter how they are wrapped!

Your Friend,

Jingle said...

These all look so amazing!

French said...

Lovely packaging and decor inspiration, Laura! I was up til after midnight making chocolate biscotti for the masses. Hope the two finals went swimmingly; will get a note off to you today....

Mary said...

What a lovely and sophisticated post. It definitely speaks to Christmas :-). I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Blessings...Mary

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! I think I can smell cookies! Have a wonderful time cooking and decking! I'm being Merry and Bright! :)
Now you be a sweetie,

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Hope to be inspired & start decorating this weekend, too! Not sure about all the cookies, but sure that here will be my Mom's Biscotti recipe wafting through the house.

Mildred said...

Stopping by to thank you for the card and to wish you and your family Christmas blessings Laura. I am taking an extended blog break. They have discovered a tumor on John's salivary gland, and have determined he also has narcolepsy and diabetes this week. His childhood friend from MI is coming to be with us for the holiday.
May God bless you and your family. Have a safe and prosperous new year dear friend.

Nezzy said...

I too use the powdered sugar trick!

I've been all into makin' the fudge this week. The chocolate peanut butter, milk chocolate pecan, dark chocolate English walnut, the peanut clusters and cashew patties are all finished. I have the pretzels to dip and the truffles to make yet. Yep sister, I've got the family spoiled!!! I wouldn't have it any other way :o)

God bless ya and have a most stupendous weekend sweetie!!!

Renae said...

Thanks for reminding me what i "used' to do! hehe
Sometimes I wonder where my memory went!

Rebecca said...

Haven't started my baking or decorating or shopping... as I was getting ready for the event tomorrow a worker in the building helped me pick up a Christmas tree and said, why bother with this, Christmas is almost over... I want to tell you - it put me over the top. I feel so behind anyway and then he said that!
I am putting it in high gear this weekend!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Laura....11:30 at Claim Jumpers....see you there!!

BonjourRomance said...

Great packaging ideas Laura. Glad you have a litle more time to do your decorating. GOod luck on your last final.
Bon weekend,

Privet and Holly said...

Okay, girl,
I want what
YOU are having....
Is it vitamins?
'Lots of sleep?
How are you able
to blog, go to
school, run a
business, do Christmas
baking AND look
gorgeous whilst doing
it ALL {Yes, I saw
you in your hot mama
dress in the last post}??
You are amazing.
And I mean it, sincerely.
You rock!
Merry weekend!
xx Suzanne
PS: LOVE the cookie
envelope idea. I'm
so on that.....

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Visiting your beautiful blog always makes me smile. I'll be making Christmas cookies with our grandchildren next week. Making happy memories. Oh I love your header.
Hugs, Katherine
P.S. I'm having a giveaway don't forget to enter

The Pennington Point said...

Oh my your cookies are so gorgeous! We bake a bunch of different cookies and give the to neighbors, shop owners, doctors, etc. We drive all over town and deliver them the week before Christmas. I put them into brown bags that the kids have decorated. It's sweet.

I've never tried the powdered sugar tip. Thanks. Lisa~

Miss Sandy said...

Hi Laura,

Sounds like you are in for some holiday fun. I can't wait to see your decor, I know it will be wonderful! I won't be baking until next week and the list is long. We give out tray of homemade candy and cookies every year and guess what I forgot to purchase? The trays! I guess I am going shopping tomorrow! Have a great week.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Laura, What a great ... put me in the Christmas mood... post.
It has inspired me to put a little more thought into my cookie packaging. Dare I say , make the packaging PRETTIER.
I always make oatmeal scotchies , peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses on top. Roll the cookies out in powdered sugar... what a great idea!
Have a pretty day!