Kelly Maher

Holiday baking

Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Allspice. Cloves. There is just something about the smells of holiday baking that make my heart leap. This Christmas, I’m a bit torn. On the one hand, I won’t really be able to do much baking of cookies, and I have some favorite cookies that I pretty much only make at Christmas, due to my current living situation. I only have space for a toaster oven, and if anyone tries to tell you cookies in batches can be made in a toaster oven, ask them where you can buy what they’re smoking. I can only make three cookies at a time in my oven, and that’s pushing it!

On the other hand, I’ve been invited to a cookie bake at a friend’s house this weekend, and I’m flying home to my parents’ for Christmas a few days before, so I will have access to a real oven and will be able to make some cookies. But there’s something to be said about being in your own space, using your own utensils, having your own ingredients on hand when you’re a baker. At least I’ll be able to eat, if not make, my all-time favorite Christmas cookie because it’s one of my mom’s staples. We seriously only had them at Christmas, and I think that’s why I never make them any other time. Plus the fact they’re a bitch to mix up as they’re a very dense cookie. I regularly break spatulas when I make them, and I’m not about to strip the gears on either my hand or stand mixers. What holiday baking traditions does your family have?

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