Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Cooking Baking - 2013

Every Christmas season, our family makes sure to fulfill our tradition of baking Christmas cookies together.  You truly do NOT have to ask Darren twice to do this. It's probably one of his favorite, if not his favorite tradition.  This year, Darren even got on pinterest and started looking up cookie recipes.  LOL!
We ALWAYS bake sugar cookies for Santa and allow the kids to decorate them over kill them with candy! 
There's my girl cutting out her first cookie.
Here… Daddy is getting annoyed with the warm dough sticking to the counter.
Jax is the greatest when he's in the kitchen. The next Chef Ramsey, maybe?
Being goofy with daddy!
"Hammer time"!! Hammering candy canes.
Our cookies after baking!
Darren and I usually bake a few recipes that look delicious, on top of the traditional sugar cookies.  This year, Darren and I chose to make Egg Nog Oreo Cookie Truffles & Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies.  Let me know if you'd like the recipes. They both were fabulous. 
We waited a few days to decorate the sugar cookies because we had a Christmas party to go to, the night we started baking.  The cookies had to cool off and it was just as well because you know how children's attention spans don't last long.
They were so excited to decorate Santa's cookies.
And taste test them!
This was a cookie Darren decorated.  I thought it was comical.
The finished product!
I am so thankful for the traditions Darren and I have created with our children so far. The kids always talk about the years past traditions and reminisce on them already. It's a beautiful sound to my ears knowing that our traditions are enjoyed, valued, and cherished.  There were a ton of photos taken.  If you care to view them all, double click on the album below.