Monday, November 23, 2009

This Christmas - Introduction

It's time for trimming the tree, wrapping gifts and getting a stomachache from too much egg nog (yet I keep going back for more. . .)! It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2009. It's been a busy year with the move, a new niece and, of course, this little blog endeavor. Here's a teaser of what is to come in the next couple months:

- Gift Themes: a tradition I've done for my immediate family the past few years including Travel Theme, Personality Theme, TV Show Theme and, my favorite, Flavor Theme.
- Wrapping Paper Themes: Sticking with one theme helps you focus on that Day-After-Christmas Target trip.
- Holiday Centerpieces: Already kicked this off with a couple Thanksgiving options.
- Home Decor: I got a jump on this last weekend and can't wait to add the tree to the mix!
- 2009 Gingerbread House Decorating Contest: Check out the 2008 house that put this plan into motion!

I'll start things as I did with my Fall series: with one of my favorite cookie recipes. I cannot remember when or why it was decided, but the crinkles have long been my responsibility when it comes to our family holiday treats. I think it may have been after I was banned from sugar cookie cut-outs after making a huge mess with the icing. I will leave those to my mom!


Chocolate Crinkles
36 servings

1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 Tbs cocoa + 1 Tb melted butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, melted chocolate, cocoa, butter and sugar. Blend in 1 egg at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350. Drop teaspoonful of dough into powdered sugar and roll into ball shape. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

photo source: familytime.com

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