The Christmas Cookie Club ** with extra sprinkles for the recipes
I’m joining Jain with my Edible Book Review at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word.
“Mark your calendar. It’s the Christmas Cookie Club! Every year on the first Monday of the December, Marnie & twelve of her closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories.”
I spied this at the bookstore right before Thanksgiving. I thought, “What fun~ light holiday reading to set the mood for baking cookies” while I was preparing for an upcoming cookie exchange. The concept for this book was promising, with each chapter beginning with a recipe and short history of the main ingredient used in the cookie.
Instead of sweet & light, it turned out to be a baker’s dozen of drama~ the completely wrong recipe for me for happy holiday reading. A death of a son (with details that were almost more than I could stomach), financial woes, infidelity, miscarriages, drug use & spousal abuse were not the ingredients I was looking for~
Reading this over Thanksgiving weekend after a cozy family holiday was not the way I wanted to kick off the Christmas season, so my rating is slightly lower than the average on Amazon. Some of us like nuts in our cookies & some of us don’t. . . As my mother-in-law says, “It’s a good thing we all don’t like the same thing, there wouldn’t be enough to go around.”
Despite a disappointing read for me, the seven of us had an evening of food & fun at our cookie exhange~ with two attending making more than one kind of cookie, so I want to thank everyone for helping me ‘cook my book’ for this edible review. (Is that considered cheating on your homework? :-)
I made one of my husband’s favorites~ Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies with White Chocolate, recipe courtesy Southern Living, here.
Marnie has rules for her cookie club~ one of which is the containers have to make an attractive gift and can be reused. I found these adorable vintage-inspired buckets at World Market.
“I love this part of the evening, when my friends arrive bustling with excitement and armed with goodies. They bring warmth in spite of the cold and convey the season’s thrill. Once again we feel a child’s for Christmas. I’ve set the stage, but they fill it with action, the emotion, the event that is by its very nature best because of serendipity. Well, and the love we all have for one another. And our shared history. Every year, I can hardly wait for them to arrive, thrilled to see each one.”
We met at my gracious friend, Annie’s lovely home~ with the Halls all decked out in Christmas finery~
We filled her beautiful cookie jars with greenery for centerpieces~
Party favors of a Christmas Cookie Deck, silicone whisk, decorative spatula, candy canes & a miniature gingerbread house, wrapped in a cello bag. . .
Thank you to Annie, Ann, Carolyn, Lynne, Pam & Nasrin for making such pretty & tasty cookies and helping me with my homework :-)
Here’s hoping your cookies are just the way you like them this Christmas season~ with or without nuts :-)