Question #102: If you could indulge in only one type of cookie this holiday season, which cookie would you be eating a lot of?
Thus started my participation in this year’s Christmas Card exchange among the members of French Fridays with Dorie. For the past few years, those who were interested/able exchanged Christmas cards. It’s a wonderful tradition, and one that has also prompted me to up my game on Christmas cards in general. It is such a treat to check for mail and find some interesting and lovely cards that are so thoughtfully provided by friends and family. After receiving a couple of (wonderful) recipes in the post along with a card, as a much lesser co-conspirator with our friend Alice who amazes us all with her energy and is the real spirit behind this project, we decided it would be fun to exchange recipes and blog about them – either our own, or someone else’s that we wanted to try.
Well, so that leads us to where we are now. I worked on an international project until the 18th of December, and of course, cards with recipes wouldn’t necessarily arrive until close to Christmas itself. But what a wonderful project! We were able to share in the real lives of our virtual friends, and in some of the experiences of love and family across the miles. Totally irresistible!
So, back to my question – my Mom’s answer was: “the coconut bars Grandma used to make”. So that was my choice for the recipe exchange. Of course, this is a group that has decided opinions – so the first time I read “eeewe!” I thought that perhaps I should make my own. But so many other choices too. I confess that I went with the 1st received methodology for choosing my recipes. So many more I would love to try! But alas, not enough time!!
I did enlist my nieces for some of the work. We get together every year for as much time as we can to bake cookies in anticipation of the Christmas Holidays. It’s a special time we get to share with each other, and we are able to catch up on what’s going on. Now that they are “all grown up” it is even more fun that they can make time to spend an afternoon with “Aunt Candy”.
OK, so my coconut bars were on the agenda. I guess people like coconut or don’t – if you do, these are really fantastic. Before the girls joined in the fun, I made Maria’s melomakarona. What a fun departure, which was the whole point. I got huge kudos for these when I shared with friends. I also made Karen’s Christmas Crack(ers) as I dubbed them – irresistable, and just a bit lighter than traditional toffee. I’d never made them before and it was fun to try Karen’s Grandmother’s recipe! We also made Tricia’s snickerdoodles – always a treat (well, ok, not perfect looking, but still a favorite for all of our tasters). Finally, Trevor’s hollandaise was irresistible as a treat for Christmas eve – just the perfect thing to make our king crab legs and broccolini that much more special!
Since my timeframe is getting a bit narrow, I will leave you with the photos of our efforts. So very much fun, and I was sorry to not have enough time to make all of the recipes I received. I will certainly make the effort over the coming days/weeks, as they all sound so delightful.
Thanks to all of the Doristas who helped make this season Merry and Bright. It is such a pleasure and privilege to cook along with you, and be so impressed with all of your awesome efforts each week. Thanks so much for sharing a part of your home and families this season!! Here’s to a delightful and delicious 2015!!