My first holiday cookie box


This year, I had the idea to give out Christmas cookies to everyone on my holiday list. It was a little ambitious, so I’m happy to say that I got it done.

My list came out to 11 households. For four of those, I gave boxes with a dozen cookies. The rest were treat bags with about eight cookies each.

The plan was to make six kinds of cookies, so that each treat bag would have one of each and each box would have two of each, making for half a dozen and a dozen, respectively. I got a little burnt out after four kinds of cookies, but next year or sooner, I will make that happen. I had the most of chocolate chip and not a lot of peanut butter or polvorones, so everyone got a custom box based on what I thought they would like best.

Below are the recipes. They are all very classic, traditional cookies. I’m very inspired by Cookie Good in Santa Monica, by the way.

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is the classic Nestle Tollhouse recipe. I made these as slice and bake cookie dough logs, aka icebox cookies.
  2. Peanut Butter Cookies – This is a Pillsbury recipe that my brother adapted. It’s in our Carpenter family cookbook. Replace the white sugar with honey. His recipe doesn’t say, but I think it helps to add 1/4 cup flour. I made the dough into balls using a cookie scoop, froze them on a baking sheet, then transferred them to a plastic freezer bag.
  3. Double-shot Mocha Chunks – I used the same freezing process for this one as the peanut butter cookies.
  4. Polvorones Mexicanos – I had a little trouble with this one. Next time, I’ll weigh the amounts instead of using the English measuring units. I must not have measured the shortening right or the conversion was off. I had to keep adding shortening. Once I had the dough at the right consistency, I divided it in half. I added pink food coloring to one half and made the other half as cookie dough logs rolled in sprinkles. Also, the recipe doesn’t include salt but I added 1/2 a teaspoon. It said to either add orange zest or vanilla extract but I did both.

Before I sign off here, I need to give a few shouts. My sister Katie made 5 different kinds of cookies: Coffee Toffee, Six Layer Bars, Chocolate M&M Cookies, Funfetti Cookies, and Gooey Chocolate Bars. My sister Mary made two time-consuming cookies: Apricot Horn Cookies (on the blog!) and Walnut Cookies. My mom made Chex Mix after I had brought it up in our family chat. Last but certainly not least, my in-laws and sister-in-law made tamales for the first time to share with the family. I got to try everyone’s except my sister Mary’s, as she lives in the Bay Area. I’m proud of everyone. It means more than ever.

I’m proud of all of us for getting through this year. Sending love to everyone reading this.

Merry Christmas

Christmas fireplace

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or some other holiday, hopefully you are enjoying time off and resting up before the new year.

I’m excited to be back into blogging, but I’ll try to give myself a break and not post too much between now and the second week of January. I love Christmas and spending time with those I love. Ha! I just started and ended a sentence with love! How’s that for Christmas spirit?

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Winter playlist

Winter playlist

Happy winter! Last week I had fun making this winter playlist for The Campus Crop. You can see the original post, along with all the YouTube videos for the song here. It’s a fun little playlist with some indie songs and some newish songs that very well could turn into classics.

I love making playlists! Although I like to include songs I already know and love, I usually end up discovering gems along the way. “Winter Song” has been one of my favorites for five years now. (Wow!) “Sweater Weather” and “Warmest Part of Winter” were both recommended by a a coworker. I heard “Something Bells” playing in my boyfriend’s car when the music from his iPhone was on shuffle and I fell in love with it. Just kidding. I’m in love with him, so I guess I fell in a deep like with the song. (Side note: I say love a lot.) The other six songs in the playlist are ones I discovered on this wonderful thing called the Internet.

I think these winter-y songs are pretty awesome and hopefully you do too!

The playlist below has all the songs from my “10 Songs for a Winter Night” post, except “Got Something For You,” a collaboration between Best Coast and Wavves. This song is pretty damn adorable and you might be cooler for listening to it. It’s not on Spotify, but you can hear it from this YouTube video.

Happy listening! Merry Christmas!

P.S. I’ll be posting once more before taking a break for the rest of December. I don’t know who I’m saying this to, since I don’t have a lot of followers. Just know that there will be an amazing cake recipe posted tomorrow, then a break and then I’m moving full speed ahead!

What’s on my wish list

What's on my wishlist

This isn’t some kind of gift guide and I’m not suggesting you all by these things, but I thought I’d just share some things that are on my Christmas wishlist. I feel like this board pretty much says me in a nut shell. Books. Pink. Black. TV show reference. Cutesy, angsty stuff.

If you still need to shop for a hipster like me, definitely take these suggestions into account. Also, Humans of New York is good for anyone who loves humans and black sweatshirts are all always in style for all ages. Not all of these things are actually on the written list I made for my family and I may just treat my self to one of two after achieving something awesome, like getting that job I’ve been wanting.

1) Humans of New York book, 2) “Treat Yo Self” embroidery hoop, 3) Black Hoodie from Target , 4) Pink strappy shoe, 5) Hand drawn wooden heart brooch, 6) Rookie Yearbook 2

Winter wishlist

1.Floral infinity scarf- Target 2. Touchscreen glove- Urban Outfitters  3. Zip up sweatshirt from American Apparel 4. Ferris Wheel iPhone Case on Etsy5. Xavier Rudd Spirit Bird vinyl on SideOneDummy6. Pumpkin Spice Hat on ModCloth 7. Auburn Brigade Tights- ModCloth

Just a little while ago I sent my sister my Christmas wish list after she gave me hers. I’m a little low on winter items and the rest are just desires. Some how all the scarves I used to own and a few pairs of gloves have gone missing. That may have something to do with my moving twice last year. It’s getting colder all the time in California, so I’m going to need some help keeping warm. I’ve been wanting a good sweatshirt, even though that’s not that fashionable. I’m also wanting a new iPhone case, since mine is getting scratched. Records, beanies and tights are always much appreciated.
My wishlist:

1. Woven Floral Infinity Scarf– Target

2. Basic Touchscreen Glove– Urban Outfitters

3.  Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie– American Apparel

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