My office becomes burdened with tin after tin of biscuits and sweets at Christmas. By the 28th (when I return to work) I always throw out whatever is left so that no-one has to encounter them when they return in the New Year. Last year I added to the burden of shop bought goodies (only myself and another colleague ever bake anything) and I purchased a tin of biscuits. In the end I did make tiny chocolate meringues but by then everyone was so sick of sweets and sweet things that a bowl of fruit would have been enjoyed more!
This year however, I am doing homemade cookies and I know that these will be very much in favour. I have a trip to Cologne at the end of the month which I am really looking forward to, and German biscuits will accompany my cookies into work when I return on December 2nd. My plan is to get in early with my gifts so that (a) everyone is not already sick of sweets and, (b) I can tick it off my list.
This past weekend I froze cookie doughs. I am following Martha Stewart books and made a chocolate dough, a peppermint dough for candy cane cookies and a sugar dough. I am feel virtuous knowing that they are in the freezing waiting for me. The problem was, everyone knew that my plan was to bake, bake and bake, so when I came out of the kitchen everyone said ‘where’s the cake and biscuits?!’. It was time to head back into the kitchen.
If I am not reading a book I read an old living magazine. These cookies came from the 2009 January issue (one of my favourites – it’s the one with Martha’s list of staying well and having the time to do all the things that we need to do – I just think I need an assistant!). The link for the cookies is here.
Now, mine didn’t turn out as pretty as the photo in the magazine. But I DON’T CARE! as these cookies are lovely. Really melt-in-your-mouth cookies. I may now have to make another batch to go with my freezer doughs because these were a hit at home and at work today.
Are you making ahead any cookies? What recipes are you using?