Starbucks arrived a few weeks ago, Santa and his elves have infiltrated the commercials, and decorations have exploded throughout every department store, especially the Container Store. No. You have no idea how excited I am for this time of year simply because of the decorations, the music, the decorations, the gift wrapping, and warm drinks. Did I mention decorations? I even found a how-to video on the Container Store’s website on how to make a pom-pom bow. It’s safe to say I’m already making a holiday season bucket list.
I am the one in the family who LOVES to gift-wrap. My grandma Nance does a mean pom-pom bow and I get my precision from my dad. My family would joke that I could get a job as a dolphin trainer who braided hair and gift-wrapped on the side. That and I could be a personal organizer. Well, the last one still isn’t out of the question, but for now it’s desk-job for the win. 😉 I may need to pick up a side job during the holidays, just to feel a bit more comfortable. Although, it’s tough with scheduling holiday visits, actual work, and making friends on the side, but that’s the part of growing up, right? I guess for now I’ll play it cool and it’ll come down to how my credit card bill is looking.
See, it’s important not to let the holidays overwhelm you. It’s all meant for great fun, but I agree, sometimes it become too much, especially if it starts SO early. Try to look at your favorite parts of the holidays. For me, I adore the various catalogs that are published by each store. I don’t see it as “what I want to buy”, I see it as endless options of furniture arrangement, brilliant ways people decorated their seemingly spotless home (which doesn’t happen in real life), and the potential that a blank canvas has, if you will.
I try to maintain a certain level of excitement, not too much so that when it’s over, there isn’t huge depression or disappointment (although it can be quite anti-climatic), and yet just enough that I feel totally included in every song that is sung. This is already sounding a little too “Whooville” peppy but hey, it’s what makes the season, right?
So, when’s the prime time to whip out the Christmas cookies? Hope and I stumbled upon some of these recipes on Pinterest and decided a chocolate crinkle cookie would fit our need for chocolate and baking desire.
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar (topping)
- 1 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoons baking powder
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 oz chocolate, chopped (I used a dark chocolate bar from TJ’s)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix flour + baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
- Melt the butter and add in the chopped chocolate. Stir until completely melted. Add in eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, and sugar.
- Pour in the dry mixture and beat on low until well blended.
- Set bowl in the fridge for ~1 hour.
- Put the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl and set aside.
- Preheat an oven to 350°F and set a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Use a tablespoon and scoop out about 1″ worth dough. Form a ball with your hands and roll in the powdered sugar until covered. Place the dough on a sheet , spacing about 2″ apart.
- Bake for about 9 minutes until the tops start to crackle. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool.
These make for an excellent holiday or housewarming gift, or scrumptious for a cookie exchange.
When do you start celebrating the holidays? Do you have a favorite seasonal cookie or treat?