Coffee Break 27/11/23]

Your mid morning pick me up

It’s time to start my holiday baking. Or, as it’s known at my house, Cookiepalooza. This year, I’m scaling back* and only making five different types: gingersnaps, hot cocoa, pecan tassies, pizzelles, and shortbread. But I have to make dozens of each to give out to friends and neighbors. The gingersnaps and shortbread dough can be made in advance and frozen to be baked closer to Christmas. And pizzelles can be stored for months. I’ll also make six batches of fudge. My daughter makes the love knots. But I have to keep after her to make sure I get them in time to add to my cookie plates. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.

I know we have some excellent home bakers on DeadSplinter. What are you making this year? Share your tips, tricks, and favorite recipes.

* I say this every year and always end up making more, lol.



  1. I make Buckeyes every year. They are a huge pain in the ass. I think folks would riot if I stopped. I usually only make those and maybe some cut outs. I host a cookie exchange so that everyone gets lots of different kinds. It’s really fun!

  2. I am the main cook in the house but my wife & daughter do 90% of all cookies, pies, and cakes.  The problem is they like to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and always burn them.  I hate pumpkin cookies and even more so burnt ones!

  3. We don’t do a ton of baking — my stepmother goes hog wild on cookies and we always end up with more than my waistband can bear — but I made homemade peppermint bark a few years ago for a homemade gift exchange,  and it was so good that now I make a few batches come early December and snack away all month.

  4. I can’t bake until Dec 20th.

    Mainly because my annual doctor appointment is that day and I’ll do a blood draw for cholesterol etc and I need to eat better until then so I don’t get shamed for bad numbers.

    • Today, I got shamed for not flossing every day on top of water picking…even though my teeth and gums are perfectly healthy. If I had lied and said I do floss everyday, I’m sure the dental hygienist wouldn’t have noticed a discrepancy. She knows I’m a mom of three kids under 5. She knows I do the best I can which is to brush twice a day, water pick every other day, and I dropped flossing because I get 10min to myself in the morning if I’m lucky. She’s lucky I managed to shower before my appointment today. I know she’s just doing her job but read the room. Telling me I need to take better care of myself is like sending me thoughts and prayers. GTFO with that. Oh and she was 10min late for my appointment and I was 10min early. Just think, I could have been flossing during that free time 🙃

  5. I used to be very into baking. But then when I moved in w my dad and step-mom it was very much “her” kitchen and “her” stuff so I felt weird using anything and got out of practice. My apartment had an electric stove that I never got the hang of the cook temps. Now I have my own place but the kitchen is a skinny galley kitchen with microscopic workspace and I don’t go into the office anymore so I would be baking for myself.

  6. not gonna bake anything me….this time of year…. pepernoten are everywhere

    like seriously….any shop or office is going to have a few bowls of the things knocking about….for people to graze in passing

    and those are the relatively healthy option….near the end of december oliebollen are everywhere

    they are the destroyer of waist sizes…..

  7. With the shift to mostly working from home, I haven’t done my usual baking jag in four years.  But, a couple of years ago, a neighbor had some of my PB/Chocolate bars and decided we needed to do a baking party, which was a lot of fun.  This year I’ll be showing her and others how to make baklava.  Plus, there’s a Christmas party for which Mrs. Butcher volunteered me to make another batch of baklava.  Then there’s the neighbor with whom I’m going to trade a baklava recipe for this unbelievable Brazilian chocolate dessert.  So, by the end of the month, I will have made so much baklava that I probably won’t want to make another batch until next year.

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