December 13: Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
When the children were younger and still living at home, we would have impromptu baking sessions throughout the month of December. Typically there was at least one snow day, and making M&M cookies was the expected activity, but we would also take a couple of hours here and there to dip pretzels in white chocolate or ice sugar cookies.
Now that the girls are grown up and living on their own, we have to be more proactive in our baking plans. We try to schedule at least one session where all four of us (the three-year-old Princess as well) can meet for a few hours and create several different confections.
I pre-make the cut-out cookies and pre-assemble the decorating supplies. This year I tried a new sugar cookie recipe (from Pinterest, of course) and we experimented with pre-packaged icing rather than homemade. While change in tradition is not always welcomed, these proved successful.
I admire my girls’ creativity. They enjoy experimenting with all the frostings, sprinkles and candies to create unique cookie designs. I tend to decorate each cookie the same: red stockings, green trees, white snowflakes.
But while sitting around the dining room table sharing good times and tasty treats, I realized it is this combination of individual personalities and interests that makes us family. We are now at a place where we can accept our differences, celebrating one another’s strengths which complement our weaknesses.
Case in point: at one time during the day, my eldest commented that she loves decorating cookies but not baking them. Coincidentally, I had a similar thought the night before: I love rolling out the dough, cutting the shapes, and baking the cookies, but am intimated by the decorating process. Opposites attract to create a whole.
We shared lots of laughs and stories throughout the day, and in just four hours managed to decorate four dozen cut-outs, bake three dozen M&M cookies, and chocolate-dip an entire bag of pretzels. Productive and fun – I wonder if baking day can be extended to other times throughout the year…