Monday, December 15, 2008

Sugar Cookies Are Bittersweet

I must admit that I'm not a big fan of sugar cookies.

I'm more of a fudge kind of girl. My philosophy is that if you're going to go to the work of making something, it might as well be chocolate.

But at Christmas, there must be sugar cookies that are mixed and chilled and rolled and cut and baked and cooled and frosted. And that process must include the children because back when I had two kids, I started a tradition, and now it is expected that we will go through the process every December.

So I dutifully mix up the dough, hold my breath as a child cracks an egg, and try not to think of all the tasks left undone as I allow the cookie making process to overtake an entire day.

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I mediate arguments about who gets the tree cutter first and whether or not there will be brown frosting because brown actually isn't a Christmas color.

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I go against my better judgment and allow the three-year-old to yield a baggie filled with frosting and try not to notice that a good portion of the frosting is bypassing the cookies and is instead being squeezed directly into her mouth.

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I reassure the particular child that taking his time and being careful is a good trait, and it doesn't matter if his sisters are making more cookies as long as he is having fun doing it his way.

I try not to be sad when I realize that my firstborn is now too cool to make sugar cookies with the "kids" and is instead hanging out with his dad. Making sugar cookies this year is bittersweet.

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They are works of art, though. And they go well with good, strong coffee.

5 comments:

blessedmomto7 said...

Fun stuff, we just did the same thing! We got our first snow today! From one farm wife to another Merry Christmas :)

Reddunappy said...

My 17 yr old daughter and I made molded chocolets this year! It all started last year when I found a Breyer horse kit that had horse molds at christmas last year.

You know sugar cookies are realy good dipped in melted chocolate bark too....

Dawn said...

I'm smiling as I read this because I asked my kids (teens) if they wanted to help me bake the Christmas cookies. They always have in the past. This year's answer? "No, thanks... you can do them." Hmm. Like it's a gift to do them alone? I did.

I understand the bittersweet.

Blessings!

threecollie said...

I'll bet the too cool one will be back in the cookie crew in a couple of years....ours is....Your family is so sweet...

Mum-me said...

I am always so glad when I stop by your blog. Today, because you reminded me that making sugar cookies with my children is a blessing, not the burden I am imagining it will be, because they are ALL keen to help me.

Thanks!

Your sugar cookies look delicious.

 
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