Mounds of Cookies

| December 14, 2005 | 5 Comments

It’s almost time for me to start baking. Christmas is 11 days away and I have dozens of cookies to create. I am not the best baker, honestly, but for some reason I just love baking Christmas cookies.

Maybe it’s a sickness. I just like to see mounds of sweets piled high for the holidays. And I love to fill tins with my creations and give them away. Of course I always consume way too many before they are given away but that’s just a part of cooking, right?

Of course since I am still breastfeeding, much to my family’s horror, there will be no peanut butter cookies, no peanut butter chocolate cookies, no peanut butter at all. I tear up just thinking about it. When I can have peanut butter again though, I will be sure to make some of the peanut butter chocolate cookies from the Friends Cookbook. They are just so good.

But I have recently discovered a fantastic recipe for jelly cookies. The cookie itself is nice and buttery. It melts in your mouth. I’ll have to post that here soon. I guess when you can’t have peanut butter you can at least have jelly. I guess. Okay, so it’s not the same.

Anyway, this year I am sticking to cookies. I used to make tons of fudge in all different varieties, but it’s tedious and so much went to waste anyway. So Will and I will craft the aforementioned jelly cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Heath Bar chip cookies, and sugar cookies.

Now I just have to find a good recipe for sugar cookies. The Joy of Cooking recipe I used to use is just too cinnamon-y for me.

Category: Cookies, Dessert

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Mandy says:

    hello, i’m mandy (http://www.gordonthree.blogspot.com), friend of sarah of fork & knife fame.

    i went yesterday to stock up on baking supplies and i hope to start baking all my christmas cookies today or tomorrow. i’m making jam thumbprints, too!

    i think i’ll post my mom’s recipe for cut-outs (sugar cookies, kinda) and you can see if it’s up your alley. i guess mom’s recipe is always the best…

  2. DMD says:

    i am breastfeeding, too, and i was wondering why you wouldn’t make any peanutbutter items. do you not eat peanutbutter either?

  3. Sarah says:

    The simple answer is my doctor advised me not to. Because peanuts and all it’s variations are a highly allergic thing for young children, she said that it’s better to keep it out of the bm. I have a history of allergies in my family and also am asthmatic. These things are believed to put the baby at a higher risk for allergies so I avoided it to be on the safe side. After she told me that, I researched it and weighed the pros and cons and to me it was better to cut it out for a while.

  4. Sarah says:

    From the March of Dimes:

    Peanut Allergies
    The prevalence of allergy to peanut products is approximately 1% of the U.S. population, and one out of four allergic individuals has severe allergy, with severe respiratory or gastro-intestinal symptoms.

    Although there is not yet an extensive amount of research on fetal sensitization, there have been suggestions that a fetus may be exposed to peanut allergens if a woman consumes peanut products while pregnant, so that an infant with predisposition to allergy may develop a peanut allergy.

    Parents with severe food allergies in general and/or family histories of nut allergies should probably try to avoid early infant exposure to formulas or foods made with nut products, and these same mothers may want to avoid peanut consumption while breastfeeding.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sarah, it’s Schnoogles from SparkPeople. Love your blog! You’re a very talented writer.

    If you’re still BF, try sunflower nut butter. There is a brand called Sunbutter that is really tasty and non-allergenic. If you can’t find it in your local stores, you can order it at sunbutter.com. Amazingly, I first tried this on an airplane, and LOVED it! And I’m a peanut butter junkie too.

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