For some people, Christmas is a time of cookies and warm memories of family traditions. I can’t say that I’m big on customs, but I love cookies! As we prepare for the Solstice and Christmas during this challenging year, cookies seem like an excellent choice. Since we eat gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, this can be a bit of a challenge, but store-bought cookies just don’t provide the taste we crave.
I took a little extra time off work this season and my son and I decided to bake some cookies. I bought new cat and dog cookie cutters to try, so I chose a gingerbread recipe. The dough held together well without being overly sticky, which is a problem for most gluten-free recipes, making them quick and easy.
The cookie cutters use an outer ring and an inner press plate to imprint a design. It gave a little decoration without requiring me to try to pipe on icing, which is not in my skill set. They look super-cute, and I like the way they taste, but I think my husband would like them a little sweeter, so I might add some glaze drizzle. (I bought the cookie cutters at a favorite Etsy shop, ChikoCraft. My husband and son were excited, saying the cookie cutters were obviously produced on a 3-D printer. I was just happy they were cool cats and dogs; I especially like seeing the cats depicted as a crescent moon and star.
I made some Crescent cookies that are not as cute but full of a satisfying, pecan-flavored crunch. Pecans are a favorite for us, and this recipe is almost identical to one I used to make years ago in our care-free, standard-American-diet days. The recipe translated beautifully.
I made Peanut Butter Blossoms for the first time this year . They are yummy, but I probably won’t make them again. They are very sweet, and we are unused to eating so much sugar these days. I made them because my son wanted them, but he hasn’t eaten them all! I have found my hand creeping into the stash, and these are dangerously good. Too good!
We finally put up our Christmas tree about a week before the holiday. Once more, we left all the breakable ornaments off the tree. Gracie is growing in confidence lately, and we were afraid she would climb the tree and knock it over, breaking our oldest and most cherished ornaments. So, we set those aside this year. As I lay in bed late at night or early in the morning, I can hear her downstairs playing with the ornaments; so far, we’ve not seen her climb the tree. We hope to get the tree down again before she gets up her nerve!