Tuesday, December 04, 2007

C is for Cookies

Very soon after Kenny and I married I introduced him to the wonderful world of after holiday sales - he knew about Christmas and Thanksgiving, but he had no idea similar events existed for Halloween and Valentine's Day and even sometimes obscure holidays like Flag Day or Arbor Day. And, most importantly of all, he didn't know these events happened at every store, not just Best Buy. Our favorite after holiday sale place to shop is Williams-Sonoma, and we always come away with several "can't afford not to, never in a million years would have if not on sale" purchases. Kenny has become so converted to these sales that he has joined the W-S email list and never fails to visit the physical or virtual store in the immediate wake of every holiday. One of the saddest things about living overseas is knowing that we are missing out on so many "don't really need, but isn't it/aren't they cool" sale purchases - oh the sacrifices one makes for advancing the cause of freedom and democracy!

After Christmas a few years ago Kenny, while dutifully and gleefully indulging his new vice, stopped by W-S and purchased their Holiday Storybook 3-D Cookie Cutter Collection. He was so excited to make cookies, it was all I could do to explain to him the heresy of making holiday themed cookies NOT in conjunction with the appropriate holiday - can you imagine?!


The next year I was very pregnant and not up for the challenge of sugar cookies (my general belief is that they are a lot of trouble and there are far easier and better tasting varieties of cookies to be had with less mess and pain) and the year after that was Caleb's first Christmas and everything else got lost in the excitement of that. So, this year Kenny started telling me his sugar cookie making plans several months in advance and at last I acquiesced and we got to work. To his credit, he bought all necessary ingredients, made the dough and frankly did most of the decorating. I did help a little, rolling the dough, baking and some minimal decorating.

masterpieces and memories in the making

I was skeptical about the 3-D cookie cutters, but he insisted we use them and the results were surprising. My only advice would be to make several of each variety or you might end up with a decapitated snowman and a lame reindeer too. Or, opt for gingerbread from the outset, it's probably more durable.

we've still got plenty of dough, so maybe we'll try the 3-D cutters
once more this year, stay tuned...

7 comments:

Paige said...

The 3D cookie is cool, but way too complex. I think he should make them all year. All the decapitations would be great for Halloween. I didn't know people still made cookie dough for sugar cookies. You can buy it. Want me to send you some?

Celia Fae said...

Where's the frosting?

Those cookies are fabulous. I've never seen such a thing. And I didn't know about the WS sales. I'll have to check it out. I love discount.

two forks said...

yeah for sugar cookies!! and for day after sales! i really need this william and sonoma easter tree... i missed getting it last year!

Kristy said...

Those 3D cookies look very cool. What a fun project. I don't think I've ever seen anything like them before!

gab said...

They are beautiful...but I have to say WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY too much work for me. Although frosted sugar cookies have GOT to be the most delicious variety ever!

Adrianne said...

I'm doing regular 1D sugar cookies today, and wishing I was cool enough to have 3D.

Ilene said...

I am impressed with the decorating skills. I usually swipe one single color frosting on the cookie and if I'm feeling very ambitious, I will add some sprinkles.

 

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