I’m sure I’m not the only one who dives into a project thinking I’m paring it back only to go bigger than the original non-pared back version. This theme of this week’s project overboard – Christmas Cookies!
Last year we made 4 types of cookies (and of course I double batch everything out of habit). We ate cookies for 2 months. This year I decide only the two favorites from last year. Then I realized that neither of those were chocolate and I knew my youngest would comment about the lack of chocolate. So I dive into Pinterest…..oh you see where this is going…
Now instead of making two kinds of cookies – we are now up to six different kinds of cookies for this year’s holiday baking. Eggnog Snickerdoodles & White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are repeats from last year. I’ve added Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, Mint Chocolate Crinkles, Maraschino Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies and Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies to our baking list. Now I’ve also started a list of who to deliver said cookies to so that I don’t eat them for the next two months.
This excessive cookie baking is a combination of my love of baking and a winding down from the maker marathon I’ve been on for two months gearing up and keeping up with holiday sales. Now that Christmas markets are winding down, I don’t need to make at the pace that I’ve been working, but where do I put that energy? Like a marathon runner, I don’t stop running when the race is over, I keep moving, slowly winding down. Christmas baking and time organizing stock help me channel that energy into something that feel worthwhile. All the while, new ideas for 2022 are growing in my brain, not ripe enough to harvest, but in these dark evenings and quiet days of the last few days of the year I can feel the potential simmering, ready to bring on an amazing new year.