The True Joy of the Christmas Cookie Bake

December 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm 13 comments

Santa makes an appearance at our 8th annual Cookie Baking Class

Santa makes an appearance at our 8th annual Cookie Baking Class

Our 8th annual Christmas Cookie Baking class was a smashing success!  I love this class!  It’s the ultimate group effort – baking 8 different cookies…over 1000 cookies to share with your friends.  Everyone taps into their holiday spirit and inner child to create these beauties.

Merry Mocha Cookies

Merry Mocha Cookies

Cherry-Coconut Drops

Cherry-Coconut Drops

English Toffee

English Toffee

Peppermint Fluff Brownies

Peppermint Fluff Brownies

Lemon-Ginger Snowballs

Lemon-Ginger Snowballs

Nutmeg Logs

Nutmeg Logs

French Macarons with Raspberry Filling

French Macarons with Raspberry Filling

Decorated Sugar Cookies

Decorated Sugar Cookies

My favorite moment is when the eight different cookies are all splayed out on the big table..it now takes over three tables to display them all!!  It takes all my might to hold everyone back from descending on them with their cookie tins in hand…so that we can enjoy the sight and take a few photos before they are all split up and brought to different homes.  For a moment, I think of them as my babies…I’ve planned out in my head how all the separate cookies will look together in a combination of holiday sweets…and I just want that moment to last a little longer.  It is quite a sight!Cookie Collage 1r 12-11

However, the real joy in hosting an annual Christmas Cookie Bake is the pride the  little ones and big ones alike take in their work – such a reward for me to see the look on their faces at what they are able to create!

Sugar Cookie Team: Dakota, Madison, Ashley; Lemon-Ginger Snowball Team: Matt, Nancy, Leilani

Sugar Cookie Team: Dakota, Madison, Ashley; Lemon-Ginger Snowball Team: Matt, Nancy, Leilani

Nutmeg Log Team: Karen & Jeanine; Cherry-Coconut Drop Team: Izzy; French Macaroon Team: Emma & Doris; Cookie Chef, Patricia.

Nutmeg Log Team: Karen & Jeanine; Cherry-Coconut Drop Team: Izzy; French Macaroon Team: Emma & Doris; Cookie Chef, Patricia.

After days of shopping and hours of preparation setting up our Community Hall with the tables, ingredients and recipes for the Cookie Bake, I get such a kick out of watching people enter the Hall and decide which cookie team they want to join.  It reminds me of being overwhelmed on Christmas morning as I enter the living room and see the glow of the Christmas tree and the beautifully wrapped gifts.  Yes, Santa was there, but I have since found the real joy of Christmas…giving to others.  That is the true joy we all experience during the Christmas Cookie Bake!! …and of course, we get to eat the results!

Most of the Cookie Baking Teams

Most of the Cookie Baking Teams

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  • 1. Brenda Salazar  |  December 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

    What a cool post! Wish I was there. My mouth is watering!!

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    • 2. Fresh Food in a Flash  |  December 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Brenda – We need to get you back up here to do some more cooking and decorating!

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  • 3. Robin Goldstein  |  December 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    What great fun this was! looking at your photos I look forward to the next Christmas Cookie Baking day and hope to join in again!

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    • 4. Fresh Food in a Flash  |  December 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Robin – It was fun to have you in class and I look forward to cooking with you again. Patricia

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  • 5. Nancy Rose Eisman  |  December 16, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Since I don’t see a key lime pie cookie I will go with my next most favorite, the English Toffee. It looked like it was a fantastic event and you should be very proud!

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  • 6. Fresh Food in a Flash  |  December 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Funny – I made a coconut key lime pie with some of the leftovers we had! The English Toffee is delicious – just like a Heath Bar – only fresh, without any extra words I cannot pronounce in it.

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  • 7. Danny Maglinger  |  December 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

    The cookies look delicious. I hope my daughter and granddaughters will make some for me.

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  • 8. Valentina  |  December 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

    WOW — that’s a whole lot of cookies! Yummy! It was so nice to see you and get a chance to chat with you today! Happy, happy holiday’s! xo

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  • 9. Nutmeg Log Cookies « Fresh Food in a Flash  |  December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    […] year, I teach a Christmas Cookie Baking Class at the Holy Nativity Community Hall and so I decided this year that we would make the Nutmeg Logs that Mary wrote about and see […]

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  • […] If you’d like to participate in our 9th annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class at the Holy Nativity Community Hall in Westchester., sign up for the class today.    You will go home with a plate of cookies that you and your friends have baked together along with recipes for baking at home.  Click here to see the 2011 Holiday Cookie Baking Class blogpost. […]

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  • […] the kids decorating our sugar cookies. I look forward to seeing their creations. Check out the creations from last year, and see the beautiful Santa cookie that graces the flyer attached along with all the cookies we […]

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  • 12. Elinore Toan  |  January 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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  • 13. Chocolate Dream Bars | Fresh Food in a Flash  |  December 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    […] eight new cookie recipes to make.   Click here to see pictures from the 2012 Cookie Class and the 2011 Cookies Class.  Join us for our 10th Annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class on Saturday, December 14, 2013,  12:30 […]

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