I love to bake. That’s no secret to followers of this blog. At Christmastime, I have a particular need to outdo myself. Thankfully, longtime friend Pat Conn shares this passion, and together we spend many hours over two days mixing and baking. This year, we tied the 2015 all-time high of thirty cookie varieties. We certainly would have broken the record, but other obligations pulled us away.
I don’t observe many Christmas traditions of my childhood. While I love the beauty of a fresh snowfall, I no longer desire to trudge through it to cut a fresh balsam fir. Likewise, gone is the thrill of spending hours in retail stores rubbing elbows with hundreds of shoppers in search of holiday gifts. Instead you’ll find me scouring magazines, cookbooks, and blogs for holiday cookie recipes. Yes, tradition implies passing favorites from generation to generation, which I honor, but I love adding new flavors to savor and challenging recipes to hone my skills and add variation to the platter.