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December 29, 2015

Cookiepalooza #SOL

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One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking cookies.  When my girls were little, we would spend all day Christmas Eve making a huge mess of the kitchen.  The cookies we baked (if they cooled in time!) would become gifts for the neighbors and dessert for my aunt and uncle's Christmas Eve party.

Last year we moved the cookie baking date back to December 23rd.  I prepared dough and a few of Lindsey's friends came over to help.  One new friend had a joyous time manning the pizelle maker, while others rolled chocolate crinkles, peanut blossoms and cut out sugar cookies.  

Cookiepalooza was established.

This year, both girls invited multiple friends.  We had veggies and dip (to balance out the cookies we planned on consuming) and Oberweis chocolate milk (for cookie dipping).  We also decided that it would be fun to have a graham cracker house building contest.  

The house was a noisy, flour-y mess.  Smiles, laughter and piano music (thank you, Jeff!) filled the air.  I burned calories (and just a few cookies) running up and down the stairs between our two ovens.

At the end of the night, everyone took some cookies and helped clean up.  The sweet smell of candies and frosting filled the air.  It was a great way to improve my spirits and get in the holiday mood.


  1. Hi Chris, this cookie-baking "palooza" sounds awesome, and thanks for sharing the pictures too. I made pies, but actually went to a favorite bakery & bought a variety of cookies. Your time sounds like lots more fun. Happy New Year!

  2. Looks like a great time was had by all! I may have to start a tradition like this!

  3. Looks like a great time was had by all! I may have to start a tradition like this!

  4. What fun! It's half the fun to bake together and then to share the results with others makes for a perfect cookiepalooza. Great pics of the process and the bakers.

  5. I love the name, Cookiepalooza, and the photos! What a fun time!

    I typically bake cookies every year and send them to my husband's office and bring them to doctor's offices. I skipped it this year. Next year, though, I will have Cookiepalooza with my daughter and husband, thanks to your inspiration!