Thursday, December 01, 2011

Help Me Plan My Holiday Bash, Part One; Or, This is Far Too Exciting

Lifelong learning is important. Certainly, when it intersects with fundamental, as-yet-undiscovered and untapped internal resources and inclinations, it can be downright exciting.
PhotobucketThat's where I find myself at the moment.

It's pretty clear I like making things; but over the past few months I've discovered I'm really way super keen on party planning.
Arranging the house, planning meals, creating decor, all these things float my boat.

And with a house at my disposal this year, it seems the stars have aligned and I'll be able to host my very own family Christmas dinner.
Actually on Christmas! No joke! It's true; I'm all grown up now.

The guest list stands at nine adults, and I can't wait to get going on planning this shindig!

But first, I have the Massive Cookie List to tend to.

What, never heard of the Massive Cookie List? (likely not, since I just made it up. Like, right now).

This Massive Cookies List is a personal challenge I've issued myself over the last few years.

For the holidays, I bake goodie platters to give to (usually around) 25-30 people. The challenge lies here: each year, I try to make more recipes.

The first year came in around 24: this year, I'm shooting for 33.

I'll happily share with you my list (in a few posts!) but first I wanted to ask: what are your favourite goodie recipes? I've learned the hard way that some recipes in my massive collection don't really yield the greatest end result, despite any mouthwatering photographs accompanying said instructions.


Anonymous said...

I found a Top Chef Just Deserts recipe for chocolate chip cookies that is TO DIE FOR. Plus, I love the oatmeal cookie recipe from the top of the Quaker oats box, and I have recipes for drop sugar cookies and shortbread that I just love...mmmm. Maybe I need to do some baking today?

Unknown said...

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Very tasty, very easy. I'll send you the recipe if you like.

Cleo said...

Viennese kiss cookies. They're similar to the peanut butter kiss cookies but with out the peanut butter. They're good for if you have someone allergic to peanut butter...

Anonymous said...

I fully agree with the Jennifer about pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Coconut chocolate chip cookies are also super-good, as are jae steele's flax maple cookies: I'll be keen to see what else get's posted here!

Laura said...

The best choc. chip cookies are on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Semisweet chips bag, but substitute 1 c. Crisco for the 1 c. butter, and double the vanilla.