October 31, 2012

Christmas Cookies: It's Never Too Early to Start Planning (and Pinning)!

Buttercream Blondie Cookies
                                                                              Source: butrcreamblondi.blogspot.com via Jen & Elizabeth on Pinterest

I have to admit that one of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the cookies. It's the one time of year when I really enjoy baking cookies and trying out new recipes. Don't get me wrong, every now and then a bag of Nestle chocolate chips inspires me to get out the mixer, but scooping and baking cookies on a regular basis has a few downsides:
A) Weather in the South is not particularly cookie friendly. Most of the year it's just too hot to have the oven on for hours at a time, and who wants to get all sweaty making cookies?
B) Cookies are not good for my waistline. I find it hard to get my walk in every day, and I don't need Mr. Cookie piling on when I'm not able to regularly burn him off.

Just so you know that I'm not a complete "Debbie Downer" when it comes to cookies, I do embrace them during the Christmas season. The oven makes the house toasty and warm, and there's nothing better than a cookie and a hot cup of tea after being outside.

In the pursuit of all things cookie-licious, I've started a cookie focused Pinterest board to collect some recipes and decorating ideas. Now some, I will admit, are pinned just because I thought they were pretty (I'm no cookie Picasso!), but some are very doable and might make it to my daughter's school this year. Here are some of my favorites!

Must try for 2012 because I love the red color, red velvet, and crinkle cookies in general.

These vintage Santas are so cheery.

(Source: retrorenovation.com via Jen & Elizabeth on Pinterest)

I could eat an entire box of spritz cookies...they're so good!

(Source: tasteofhome.com via Jen & Elizabeth on Pinterest)

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