Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas Cookie Baking Day

Saturday I wentover to my mother in laws for the famous cookie making day.
I've heard about this for years but I've never been able to go because they always did it during the week and I had daycare kids. Well since I'm not doing that anymore and this year they did the baking for 2 days I could come.
I have to say, even though I've heard so many stories about this day I wasn't prepared for what I encountered!
My mother in law, her sister (Aunt LilaRae) and all of my sisters in laws- Teresa- who lives in Connecticut but flies in for this day, Daena and Ruth all come over for this adventure.
When I got there Saturday morning at 9:00 they were already starting. My mother in law has a huge kitchen with a 10 foot table covered in parchment paper and they had stations set up to keep it organized.

Here is Teresa:



My mother in law:

Aunt LilaRae:

Here's another station- cookies ready to go into her double oven. Thank goodness for a double oven or we'd still be baking!

Here's another cooling station- in a totally different room!

We had to keep our eyes on Aunt LilaRae- there was a lot of snitching going on:

Here are some more cookies- these are called Ruth Woods Cookies- they are a very flat cookie flattened by a cup dipped in sugar, then washed in eggwash and either a sugar/crushed nut sprinkle or sugar sprinkle on top:

My mother in law and Aunt LilaRae rolling out the Almond Bites- they taste just like almond banket:

Here we all are:

More cookies cooling:

Here are all my cookies boxed up and ready to go home to my freezer:

I'm going to try to remember most of the cookies/treats that we made:
vamino bars, wreath cookies, ruth woods cookies, snowball cookies, paper thin chocolate chip cookies, butter cookies rolled in sugar, Blitzes, pecan tassies, peanut butter blossoms with hershey's kiss, almond bites, blarney stones, decorated christmas cookies. I think there might be more but I can't think of what they were.
In the 2 days we made- are you ready for this?????
3,700 cookies!! Isn't that crazy! I didn't take some of them that had nuts but I still ended up with about 45 dozen cookies. Needless to say my freezer is full for awhile. Mark's work is going to love me, because a nice tray is going in with him tomorrow.
I really wasn't too excited about going to this, but I have to admit I was wrong. We had so much fun and I'm looking forward to next year and it might take that long before I need cookies again!

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Mari said...

Wow - that's a whole lot of cookies! She is so organized to have all those stations set up. You'll make lots of people happy with those cookies now!

Anonymous said...

You do alot of fun stuff! That must have cost a fortune too. What a fun day,I didn't see as much laughing as you do with your sisters but maybe cookies are alittle more serious work.Take care, Your cookie loving neighbor,Patty

Anonymous said...

Whoa, I still can't believe it. I wondered if you were making them for some group of something, but I guess it's to bless you family with wonderful treats for along time. :)

Cheri said...

Patty- you're right- it's not like being with my family but we still had fun!
The best news- it didn't cost me a dime- his mom pays for all the ingredients- very generous of her!

Rachel Slagle said...

oh. my. gosh. that is a ton of cookies!! that event would be heaven for me :)

Diane said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I can't even imagine what amount of work that takes to make that many cookies!!! Way to go!!!

Jodi said...

Looks like fun! I couldn't believe it when you said 3700 cookies! OH MY!

Cherdecor said...

OH. MY. WORD! 3,700 COOKIES!!!
You said that Almond Bites taste like almond banket. What is that? I love hearing about different kinds of cookies from different cultures. Is this a cookie that the people of Michigan make?

Your children and Mark are blessed to have all those cookies in the freezer. You better keep the freezer door locked at night. There might be some cookie monsters on the loose!

Nancy said...

My Word!! Taht is a lot of cookies, and all that fun makin them must have been quite an experience... Glad you could make it this year...

A Stone Gatherer said...

WOW, I mean WOW!!!! Hey I need 3 dozen for a cookie exchange on Thursday, just kidding!!!! WOW!!! You know I love all the traditions you guys have! Memories to be treasured!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Wow girl that is amazing!!!
Much love,

Nate and Brenda said...

3700 cookies. That still amazes me. I will say the few I had tasted great!!!

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

YUM! Those look so right back....I need a snack...

Okay, so I'm back (munch, munch).

Wow, you've been a blogger for quite some time now; I think since I've visited your site more than 5 times I will proudly become a followers of your blog. Many blessings to you and yours Cheri!