As mentioned yesterday, I am finished with my Holiday Bake-Off baking. Packages are being sent today courtesy of my wonderful husband, Grizzled.
To your left, you see a kid-friendly version of what I sent... Below you will see the Limited Edition, Bill O'Reilly, "I Got Yer Holiday Package" cookie.
I thought long and hard about what cookies to include, but went with the classics, or those that are classics to me.
It is incredibly addictive which still surprises me to this year. I will look at them and will think, yeah... they're okay. But take a bite and before you know it, you're snarfing a handful.
They are reeeally good with coffee or milk.
The aroma alone is heaven.
One other cookie I knew I had to include was the classic sugar cookie. At some point back in college, I started painting them. At some point a number of years back, I sold them. I nearly went mad during those years so now I only make about 60 for special reasons. I figured the Bake-Off was a special reason.
The cookies are completely edible. The painting is done with icing and food coloring. Children love to eat them, but I've seen too many adults try to save them. The majority of the people prefer the snowmen and the skating penguins. I have also done people's pets, specific themes, you name it. If you can say it, I'll attempt it.
The other cookies that were included were a basic Christmas cookie that has 3 variations... one just a butter cookie dough, one with ground nuts added to the dough and the 3rd with ground nuts and chocolate added to the dough. Spritz cookies and rum balls rounded out the offerings.
And now, last, but certainly not least... the Holiday Bake-Off Limited Edition Cookie... It was inspired by none other than Bill O'Reilly and is entitled, "I Got Yer Holiday Package!" It did not turn out as I had envisioned and I had planned on making another just because I know I can do better, but frankly, I'm sick of looking at that face! Maybe next year... For now, this will have to do.
Holiday Bake-Off judge, Res, of the Republic of Dogs, is this year's recipient of the Limited Edition Cookie. Somehow, it seemed fitting. Other judges have received photos, but only Res will know what it's like to eat Bill O'Reilly.
So... there it is... my holiday Bake-Off contribution. I realize I pretty much focused on Christmas cookies, but in my heart, I was thinking "holidays"!
Oh yeah... and for those of you out there who will accuse me of CHEATING!!! I've documented the process... my sweat and toil is available for anyone who wants to question my integrity!!! :)
May the judging begin!!!!