Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Every year I make somewhere around 14 different kinds of cookies… I always have to make 3 or 4 chocolate chip batches and 4 or 5 peanut butter…

Here is the list this year (and almost always I have 2 rounds of baking)… this is round one… and honestly, some are a lot easier than others…

Chocolate covered pretzels
Brownie bites with mint
Brownie bites with caramel
Brownie bites with mini Reese’s PB cups
Peanut butter
Peanut butter with kisses/dark chocolate
Magic Bars
Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal raisin
Apple Pie bars
Cherry Squares
Pecan Tarts
Frosted Sugar Cookies
Corn Flake Treats (like Rice Krispie Treats but with corn flakes
Frosted Punkin (new this year!!)

I was thinking about going crazy and making blueberry squares this year too!

I also made homemade hot chocolate for jars as gifts this year. I got some cool ribbon and I printed out the labels and I’ll get the paper and the glue tonight and get assembling

Of all these cookies, there are only 2 that I can’t resist, apple pie bars and magic bars. By the time I’m done baking, I’m sick of looking at cookies at least for baking! I deliver these to neighbors, friends & family. I love baking and if I’m being completely honest this year, I haven’t had much joy except when I’m baking! It’s so relaxing to me, even though it’s crazy, it’s crazy good, I love seeing my neighbor’s faces when I drop off the plate, a lot of them are older so they are so happy to get homemade treats!

It’s so fun to me! I love baking, nothing fancy, just good old fashioned cookies made with love! I even have heart shape measuring cups (true story!!)
And if you want to know the secrets to my cookies... real butter (ALWAY!!)... fresh ingredients (mostly from Aldi's), pure vanila (never skimp on this... imitation vanila is made from tree bark), and love in each batch.

1 Cor 16:14 Do everything in love.


Pat said...

I love to bake too, just don't have that much energy any more! Your's all sound delicious, and the hot chocolate gift is so sweet, it's just the kind of gift I love to receive...with some cookies!! The joy is in the giving isn't it? That and getting cookies from friends!
There was a gal at worked that used to give her homemade cookes as gifts every Christmas....I hope others appreciated the time, cost and love that went into each batch, just like yours!

Stacy said...

Couldn't agree more: real butter, and pure vanilla. 'Nough said.