Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016
Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016
I had a busy Christmas season baking goodies for my Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016. I’m finally cranking out this post although it is a month after Christmas! I actually baked cookies in two different batches. The first section was in early December where I made cookies for John’s work place and our neighbors. I finished remaking all my old cookie recipes from my first food blogging year. Many of them still had old pictures made with an iPhone with way too many decorations in the background.
The second batch of baking came closer to Christmas and I made cookies for our church staff, elders and folks from our current care group as well as other friends from the church. Then when I thought I was finished I realized there were two friends, who although they got cookie trays, could not eat anything because the recipes were not gluten free. So I added three gluten free recipes for these two gals and took them additional cookie trays.
Overall I made a few thousand cookies from 36 different recipes. I was ready to be done with cookie baking afterwards! 🙂 But I received rave reviews from those who got our trays, and it is always a joy to be able to give them away to friends and family. As you will see from looking through the recipes, about one-third of the recipes are brand new from this year. The other two-thirds were recipe remakes of some of our favorite Cookies.
These are the cookies I made after Thanksgiving and the first week or so of December.
This particular tray has an assortment of 12 different cookies or bars.
These trays were a little smaller in diameter.
Here’s a close up of the cookies.
We squeezed as many cookies and bars as we could on each tray.
These are the cookies and blondies I made in the middle of December before we took off for our Christmas vacation.
We stacked the cookies and brownies on trays before wrapping very tightly with plastic wrap. Then we actually tossed them in the freezer before delivering them to everyone a few days later.
We baked a lot of cookies this year–36 different kinds in all.
Here’s what the second batch looked like before my husband wrapped them all up with plastic wrap.