Today is a splendid day to get some international students over and bake up some Christmas cookies. Never mind that Christmas is not their tradition, religious or otherwise. They want to bake cookies. I (mostly) only bake cookies once a year. They want to bake with me. So Christmas cookies it is.
I bake shortbread and Snickerdoodles and oatmeal cookies and coconut macaroons. I sometimes bake molasses cookies and chocolate chip cookies. But mostly the first three. Sugar cookies that are beautifully decorated are better bought from the bakery – I went yesterday to Peace of Cake in Stevensville, Maryland and bought all I need. I have little patience for icing and sugar sprinkles, let alone resting, refrigerating, rolling and cutting dough. Nope, much more of a drop cookie person…and the shortbread goes into a mold. I tell myself that it isn’t laziness, but instead it is about standing back and letting experts do what they do best. I like to think I can do that sometimes.