Holiday Baking: round four

Man, was I a klutz tonight. If a thing could be dropped, spilled, knocked into something else, or used to cut my hand open, it was. (Don’t ask about that last one. Just trust me.) Thankfully, that didn’t seem to affect the outcome of the cookies, which all turned out fine.

On tonight’s agenda was supposed to be one batch of spritz cookies (out of two), but Marc was around and willing to help, and they actually went pretty fast because you can fit a whole lot of spritz cookies on a baking sheet at once. (They don’t spread; I think we were able to fit about three dozen per sheet.) So, as per last year, I made up the batch and manipulated the cookie press, and Marc put the sprinkles. Working at a moderate pace, we were able to get everything done (including cooling and putting away) in about two and a half hours, which I think is pretty darn good. I think in the end we have 12-15 dozen. I didn’t count precisely. (Too much happening too fast.)

It’s good that Marc was home too, because I needed his manly hand strength to open the cookie press a few times. I don’t know why it sealed so tightly, but it did. (And before anyone asks, yes, I did use the “wrap a towel around it” trick. No dice.)

Of all the cookie doughs I’ve made so far, these were probably the easiest, and aside from putting on the sprinkles, the fastest to prep. They were also fastest to cook, though this was a bit trickier. For some reason, all the batches took different amounts of time. Some were overbaked at six and a quarter minutes, others were underbaked at seven and a half. Still, they all came out fine, and none were burnt, so all’s well.

And that, I think, is that. Unless I want to do my super-secret special project, I’m pretty much done until I have to package everything up. I’ve got twenty or so recipients, who should be receiving about 30-32 cookies each. Which is pretty good for a Christmas present, I think.

Excuse me while I collapse now.

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