Booze and Cookies 2007

Linda (John’s mom) said she thought the cookies this year were the best ever, which is high praise. It wasn’t the largest number of cookies we’ve ever made at Booze and Cookies* (I think about 32 dozen came out of the oven), but having fun is probably a better measure of success. As long as we have enough to munch on during the party and a few left over to have with coffee for the next week, I think most people are happy.

It was fun walking around seeing the random acts associated with baking – like Jennie putting the boxes together.

Shellin' Snicker Bars

Lori, a first-timer brought a peanut butter dough to wrap around small pieces of Snicker bars (what Jennifer and Jennie are doing here. Jennie prides herself on making perfect spheres). The final result was a warm, soft, chewy wonder. To prep them, the candy bars had to be unwrapped and cut. We referred to the process as “shelling the Snickers.” It was a porch activity.

Team Kifle was full of brave, new folks this year, but Lora, Scott (can’t see him here), and Katie were naturals. Rob (aka Titanium) added his cool to the dough from a distance.

Team Kiefle 2007

BTW, we tried using a tortilla press to flatten the Kiefle dough, and it worked pretty well until we broke the press and had to go back to smashing by hand (more fun anyway, imo).

The Arkansas and Ohio contingency changed into Griswald-ish Christmas clothes mid-party and ducked outside for a surprise caroling at the door. When someone came to get me for the show I was so overwhelmed by kitsch my knees buckled and I nearly swallowed my tongue. Look at how ‘neck J.’s leather hat is, especially nice with his beard.

Ugly Sweater Carolers

Red Shoes

I have to say Felley’s festive bell choir vest (above) is a close style second though. Even funnier to me is that the vest actually belongs to Jennie. She has to wear it during bell choir performances at her church (You know some sweet woman made a whole set of them.)

Normally the party starts around 12:30 and winds down around 5:00. But this year Tommy snuck back into the kitchen around 5:30 and started Date Cookies and Kolaski, two cookies that haven’t worked out too well for us in the past. Clever Tommy figured out a key ingredient was missing from the recipe (butter), and this time they turned out great!

Beating Kolaski Dough

John and J. pitched in to help Tommy, along with Jennie and David in the kitchen. We ended up with two great bonus batches. In the picture above it looks like Tommy is gold-bricking, but I can testify that the man was baking up a storm, especially once he got his second wind. We may not have made the most cookies this year, but I think we can safely say that we baked as long as we ever have.

My favorite action shot of the day:Happy Baker

*B and C is actually its unofficial name. John’s mom refers to it as “The cookie bake.” It started with John’s mom as she baked cookies for her family. Her three sons were home from college one year. As they helped her in the kitchen, the boys mixed a few cocktails to liven things up a little and, voila! The cookies got even better.

10 Responses to “Booze and Cookies 2007”

  1. 1 Chuck
    December 13, 2007 at 5:36 am

    Wow, looks like you guys had a great time! I love the Happy Porch Shot. It inspires me to shop for a Christmas sweater. Hope you are well.

    Chuck Mc

  2. December 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Chuck, surely your ears were toasty on more than one occassion that weekend. All I’ll say is that you’re kind of lucky copiers don’t work into my Good Home blog theme.

  3. December 13, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    “Occasion” I meant. Sorry Jennie.

  4. December 13, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    That looks like a fun get together. I love the idea of so many people making cookies (and drinking too!). Those peanut butter cookies sound delicious!!

  5. December 13, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    The picture of Claire is a perfect height for those boxes – Looks like she wants to eat whatever is in the boxes!

    Well, the vest was worn in the past, but thankfully I’m not a member of that bell choir any longer. Felley did it proud, though.

  6. 6 Chuck
    December 13, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    ok, i am embareassed. copier talk and a misspelling of occassion-coincidence? I THINK NOT.

  7. December 13, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Thank God you gave up the tortilla flattener. Kifle should be pressed by hand only. It’s part of the magic.

  8. December 14, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Love the name “Booze and Cookies”…nothing could be more perfect together.

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