Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies

'Tis the season to be baking! Or, at least it is for many of us. I don't know about you, but I'll be up to my elbows in flour today, this weekend, and for the better part of next week too. Perhaps I'll even find some time to Christmas shop in between batches!

Fear not, new recipes will be forthcoming - including the recipe for the butter cookie cut-outs you see above - but today is a work day and I will be chained to the stove.

Meanwhile, there are some wonderful cookie events going on around the web and I thought it might be nice to link you to them here ...

Lottie + Doof's 12 Days of Cookies - Today is day 9, but you can revisit the previous entries from any of the cookie posts. The entries are spectacular: Dorie Greenspan's Linzer Sables, Marlow & Son's Shortbread, 101 Cookbooks' Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies - to name but a few!

5 Second Rule's Virtual Cookie Swap - You may recall that my Hungarian Horns won Cheryl's Virtual Swap last year. I didn't enter this year, but I'm dying to see the finalists. There are some wonderful entries in the mix. You can vote for 3 of your favorites here - and be sure to tune back in and follow Cheryl as she bakes her way through the swap to the eventual winner. Its bound to be a tasty ride!

Steph Chow's Post-Holiday Cookie Exchange - Steph is organizing an actual cookie exchange! Participants have until January 16th to mail a dozen or two cookies to their recipient, which is nice for those of us without the time to make an extra batch this month. If you'd like to participate, rules of entry are listed here.

And, if you're looking for a fun and festive way to package your homemade treats this year, check out Dana McCauley's Food Blog today for a wonderful suggestion!

Are you hosting a cookie even this season? If so, shout it out in the comments so I can add you to the links here.

This Friday I'll be featuring a classic butter cookie recipe from Gourmet Magazine that is sure to please ... one giant batch of dough that can be spiced and mixed several different ways. Its a double duty cookie you won't want to miss. Stay tuned!

Finally, today is the last day to enter my Lavender Syrup Give-Away, you have until midnight tonight. The winner will be announced tomorrow afternoon. Until then ...

Happy Baking!

12 comments:

stephchows said...

Thanks so much for the shout out!! You have until this saturday to decide if you want to join in or not :) In reality I may not have time to match everyone up until Monday though so if you have a change of heart on sunday email me anyway :D

The Diva on a Diet said...

Excellent, Steph! I'm still trying to decide if I'll be sick of cookies by then or not! LOL But, seriously, I may do it and I'll let you know by Saturday. :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

These looks fabulous. It looks like a bit to much for you diva, but I can help you with that :D

Megan said...

Good luck with all your baking! I can't wait to see what recipes you share. We make tons and tons of cookies every year too. It's a lot of work but definitely very rewarding when you give them as gifts.

words...words...words... said...

Woo hoo, cookie time! I'm in the middle of a three day baking marathon myself. Your butter cookies look fantastic :)

The Diva on a Diet said...

HH - if I were you, I'd wait and help me out with this year's cookies ... those are last years! LOL

Megan - thanks so much. Those are my mom's recipe and they are my most favorite. I hope to have that one up on the blog next week at some point.

words words words - I can't tell you how much I love that you bake! I hope you're taking pictures and preparing a post on your own cookie extravaganza!

Dana McCauley said...

Post holiday cookie swap! Ingenius! Thanks for these great links!

If anyone needs ideas for crating their wares, i have a suggestion today on my blog: http://www.homemakers.com/blog/danasblog/2009/12/09/cool-yule-deliver-homemade-sweets-with-style/

The Diva on a Diet said...

Dana - love your packaging post today. I added your link to this post as soon as I read it. Great idea! :)

doggybloggy said...

I need to get on it and make the kid some cookies - spritz are the easiest!

Velva said...

Wow! Good luck baking all those wonderful treats. What a warm and wonderful gift. Love it! Look forward to reading your posts.

5 Star Foodie said...

Looking forward to seeing all the yummy cookie recipes!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Cookies look fab! I'm not hosting a cookie event, but I'm participating in one called share your strength. I'll be posting my recipe on December 17th.