Start Time: 10:50 am

Stop Time: 11:45 pm

Goal: 22 types of cookies, packaged, wrapped & read to deliver on Tuesday 12/18

Baked:  Extreme Brownie (8x), Chinese Almond (6x)

Mission accomplished.

Oh man, it was hard today.  But I learned a lot.  I waffled on my decision to eliminate the Extreme Brownie, then went for it.  3 POUNDS OF CHOCOLATE, yo. While that was chilling in the fridge, I began the Chinese Almond.  Historically, this cookie give me pain.  There’s so much hands on forming usually.  Today, I figured out how to make it an easy cookie.

This one starts it’s life in the food processor, where the shortening an dry ingredients get cut together like pastry or pie crust.  Normally, I do the whole blending in the food processor, but this year, I had a genius idea and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to figure this out.  Instead of finishing the dough in the food processor, I dumped the flour/shortening mixture into the kitchen aid and beat the hell out of it, added the wet ingredients and beat the hell out of it again.

What came out at the end was a nice, soft, pliable dough that gave me ZERO problems.  I sped through these this year.  I finished baking at about 4:30 pm, my hands aching from the cookie scoop and repeated squeezing, and I cleaned my kitchen for the final time.  Oh dishwasher, how I love you…

Labels are made, and the first batch of boxes are ready to go to work in the morning.  2018-12-17 19.09.21This year will be a strange delivery year, as I normally don’t post the cookie decoder until after the boxes are in the mail, but I’m doing to post it now so those who get their boxes tomorrow, have it for identification purposes.

I’m going to hold off on doing my post about the these though, until tomorrow.  It’s rattling around my head, and though I could bang it out tonight, it’s 2am on a school night and I’ve got to get in early tomorrow to deliver these.  I think most can tell what my theme is though, just looking at the array of cookies I’ve got going on this year.  You’ll just have to wait to read all about it in detail.

Final cookie day can feel a little melancholy, yet I feel relief.  It’s done.  Once again, I’ve accomplished something momentous and inspiringly crazy. 2018-12-21 18.09.18 Of course, it hasn’t been without pain, panic and doubt, and for the first time ever, I am considering how many more of these I have in me.  I know The Husband would be so happy if I stopped and just bought gifts for people like a normal person.  But this cookie time gives me joy as much as it makes my hands and shoulders ache.  More of this will come up in my theme post tomorrow, as it’s all part of the why behind the vision.

Anyway, it’s late and I need to get to bed, so without further ado, here’s this year’s cookie decoder.  I hope you all are as pleased with the boxes as I am this year:

Cookie Decoder 2018

 

Contains Chocolate:  Chocolate chip, Extreme Brownie, Mint Chip, Peanut Butter toffee Pretzel, Chocolate Sugar feathers, Cinnamon Imperial cut outs

Contains Nuts:  Extreme Brownie (walnuts), Pecan Sandies (pecans), Chinese Almond (almond extract), Coconut Sugar (coconut), Snickerdoodles (nutmeg), Brown Sugar Spice (nutmeg), Oatmeal Raisin (nutmeg)

Contains Caffeine:  All the chocolate cookies listed above, Paris Breakfast, Coffee sugar