Ahh...December is here and with this time of year, we find ourselves amidst a sea of holiday madness: gift searching, shopping, cooking, traveling, card sending, and all that other fun stuff we do around the holidays. If you're like me, you also look forward to another holiday pastime: baking!
When the holidays arrive, I love to experiment with new recipes so I can bake up a storm and give my friends and family sweet treats to spread the holiday cheer and let them know I'm thinking of them.
This year, I've decided to challenge myself to try at least one new cookie recipe per weekend through Christmas. I thought this would be a fun way to make sure I don't procrastinate and actually do the baking I want to and will also give me the opportunity to try out some new recipes.
Now, what happens when you bake? You create batches and batches of sweets that you (and your family/SOs/etc) don't need to be eating all by your lonesome. Sometimes you bake with the intention of giving all or a portion of your baked goods to someone. Sometimes, you bake for yourself and don't know what to do with all the sweets you've created (which sometimes, sadly, end up going bad if you can't finish them yourself).
Spread the Cheer
Well, this year, why not spread the holiday cheer by vowing to gift some of your sweet treats to someone deserving? Save all or a portion of one of your weekend batches to give to that co-worker who did you a favor, your family member who is always there for you, the nice clerk at the store who is always so helpful, your veterinarian who always takes such good care of your pets...the possibilities are ENDLESS!
Holiday Cookie Challenge 2009
Who can play in the Holiday Cookie Challenge? Anyone! YOU can!
How do you play in the Holiday Cookie Challenge? Bake a new cookie recipe every weekend through Christmas (or just one time this season). Gift all or some of your cookies to someone to spread the holiday cheer. Leave me a comment with what you baked and who you gave some (or all) of your cookies to (and why you chose the person you did if you'd like to share). Links to blog posts with the details and photos work too. And if you don't have a blog but want to share a photo, you can email that to me at thechiclife at gmail dot com. Photos of what you baked and/or who you gave them to (if they permit their photo being published of course) would be awesome!
Yup, it's that easy!
I've even created this nifty badge in case you'd like to use it on your blog template or posts.
You can get the code here:
Here are the entries (don't see yours? Then, leave a comment with a link to your post or a description of what you baked and who you shared it with - you can also tweet what you baked, but remember to add the #cookiechallenge tag):
- All Vegged Out - Vegan Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Johnstone's Vin Blanc - Sugar Plums - shared with a GF friend
- The Chic Life - Martha's Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies - shared with zumba friends
- The Chic Life - Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies - shared with co-workers and zumba friends
- The Chic Life - Quick Chocolate Chip Cookies - shared with friends at a holiday movie marathon
- Then Heather Said takes the challenge to a new level with one cookie baked per day - you go girl!
- To Be the Whole Package - Martha Stewart Cookies
- Serendipity's Guide to Saving - Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Here are some recipes submitted for the challenge via twitter:
Who's In?! What's your favorite holiday cookie recipe? What's a recipe you'd like to try?