Years and years ago when the kiddos were young I baked up a storm for Christmas.
Peanut brittle. Toffee. Fudge. Pounds and pounds of fudge.
Chocolate-covered pretzels. Banana bread. Strawberry bread.
Fruitcake (yes, I am the one person in the world who loves fruitcake!).
Rum cake. Zucchini bread. Pumpkin bread.
Thumbprint cookies. Candy cane cookies.
Gingerbread men. Decorated sugar cookies.
I loved all that baking! (I even made plum pudding one year!)
I gave away tons of baked goodies as gifts and the rest was served
at our Christmas Eve open house for family and friends.
Such sweet memories!
Christmases are different now, with kids/grandkids in Hawaii, Oregon and North Carolina
...and we're in Arizona.
Diets change, too.
So my baking binges are a thing of the past.
Still, sometimes the urge hits and there's nothing to do but give in to it and bake something.
So I did!
Candy cane cookies!
Its been 20 years or more since I made a batch of these.
They take time to make but that's OK when you're in the throes of a Baking Urge.
Hands all greasy and gooey.
Carefully rolling each log to the correct size.
Twisting them together two by two.
Loading up the cookie sheet and popping them into the oven.
Enjoying the wonderful smell of cookies baking.
Mmmmmm...the smells of Christmas and treasured memories!
Life IS good!