‘Tis the Season to bake cookies!

Our most favorite annual tradition is tomorrow – Gino and Elizabeth come to bake cookies with us!  Both expressed interest at early ages about learning the family tradition cookies.  It’s great to know that these recipes are going to live on!

Since many of the doughs need to refrigerate overnight, I made Vanila Almond, Walnut Butter, Aunt Dolores’ Rum Balls, and Pfeffernusse tonight so the kids will have something to work with while the doughs they make are chilling.  Tomorrow they’ll be making Aunt Emma’s Apricot cookies, Uncle Rudy’s Biscotti (plus a sugar-free version for Nonna) and a couple other varieties, plus Pizzeles.  Maybe the Peppermint Patties, too.  And we get to chocolate dip everything!

We have made literally thousands of cookies a year, but this year we are seriously scaling back.  We just don’t have the time to spend making them as we used to.  We have made upwards of 20 dozen each of 20 different cookies every year.  This year we will probably just make 10 or 12.  We’ll also be doing a lot of single batches instead of the triple and quadruple batches we’ve made in the past.

It’s going to be a lot of fun!