One of the reasons I try to have all my Christmas gifts and shopping completed by Thanksgiving is because I want to be freed up to enjoy the actual month leading up to Christmas Day. Let's face it, it just wouldn't be Christmas without a couple of marathon baking days.
Nothing beats holing up inside the house on a cold winter day with our favorite Christmas CDs playing and a batch of cookies baking in the oven. The house is warm and smells absolutely delicious inside. We all have a wonderful time as we prepare our favorite goodies to eat and share with our friends and neighbors.
I usually make the same things year after year mainly because it is the only time we get to enjoy them. I also like to do one or two different things each year.
This year I made out my Goodies List in my Christmas Planner:
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Thumbprint Cookies
- English Butter Toffee
- My Grandmother's Sultana Cakes
The first three I do almost every year because they are our favorites. The youngest loves the blossom cookies and the oldest favors the macaroons. I like the thumbprint cookies filled with raspberry jam.
The last two items I haven't made in years. The Sultana Cakes are a dense lemon poundcake filled with candied cherries. They have a lot of butter in them. Delicious! I want to make them to share with friends and plan to bake them in those cute foil pans with the clear plastic lids.
Hopefully I'll be able to stockpile my baking supplies ahead of time as part of my regular grocery budget so the only things I'll need to buy will most likely be the foil pans plus candied cherries, extra butter, and the Brach's chocolate stars for the blossom cookies.
What are your Christmas favorites?