Bake Cookies Day

December 18 is just one week before Christmas, so if you haven’t yet started your holiday baking, today is the day to begin! Although we usually think of Christmas cookies at this time of year, this is a day to bake any cookie, whether related to a holiday or not.

Cookie recipes for Hanukkah can be found here. Traditional cookies for Ramadan can be found here. And a recipe for Kwanzaa cookies can be found here.  Or bake cookies for no reason! You can find a link to quick and easy cookies for any time here.

One of the easiest cookies to make is shortbread, and they are so good. Ingredients are:

1 C      butter
2 C      sifted all-purpose flour
½ C     sifted confectioners’ sugar
¼ tsp    salt

Instructions
1. Cream the butter. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter
2. Pat the stiff dough into an ungreased 9 x 9 inch pan, and press edges down. Pierce with a fork through the dough every half-inch.
3. Bake at 325° for 25–30 minutes. Cut into about 20 squares while warm.
For Christmas, I usually make two batches. To one, I add red food coloring, and to the other green. They make a lovely color as part of a plate of cookies to take to family or friends.

If you don’t feel like firing up the oven, another simple cookie (or candy, depending on how you look at it) is Haystacks. There are several different ways to do this, but my favorite is to take a bag of butterscotch chips and a bag of chocolate chips. Melt them together, and stir in 16 ounces of chow mein noodles. Drop by spoonsful onto wax paper and let cool. Yum!

Have fun baking up a batch or more of cookies today.

Quotes about baking

I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.–Jared Padalecki

Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen. It’s fun whether it’s baking bread or cookies. With baking, you have to be exact when it comes to ingredients.–Sandra Lee

I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.–Martha Stewart

Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.–Sandra Lee

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.–Barbara Jordan

Happiness is baking cookies. Happiness is giving them away. And serving them, and eating them, talking about them, reading and writing about them, thinking about them, and sharing them with you.–Maida Heatter

If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation.–Regina Brett

Baking may be regarded as a science, but it’s the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile.–Anna Olson

Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious.–Marian Keyes

It’s all about a balancing act between time, temperature and ingredients: That’s the art of baking.–Peter Reinhart

Winter = baking season. It’s on.–Taylor Swift

Baking happens with ingredients that last for months and come to life inside a warm oven. Baking is slow and leisurely.–Regina Brett

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