Cousins' Christmas Bake-off

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One of the advantages of Ashley and Katie getting older, 
being the big college freshmen that they are, turning over the Christmas baking to them this year.

As the girls baked away, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and I 
enjoyed chatting, while browsing blogs and Pinterest!  
Every now and again, we offered a hand, 
but they baked like old pros and did a wonderful job with the treats they created!

First up, Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies.
They were a little fluffy, but very tasty!

Next, my sister-in-law, Leighann, was part of the assembly line to make
 Chocolate Covered Nutter Butter Reindeer.

Are they not the cutest things???

Sugar Cookie/Candy Cane Kisses Blossoms were added to the line-up.

And Sugar Cookie Flowers ...ummm, Stars

Candied Pretzel Creations

Brownie Pops and Round Whoopie Pies...

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies...
{ The girls were busy little elves, were they not??? :) }

Last up, a Snowman Cake.
Leighann found a two sided cake pan at a yard sale for $1.00!

On a wing and a prayer ....and with lots of toothpicks, he stayed together.

Instead of icing the Snowman, which would have diminished his intricate details,
 the girls decided to NOT lightly DUST,  but to pat on powdered sugar.

...gobs of powered sugar! :) 

As the hour drew late, things got silly, 
and powdered sugar began to fly, --the girls had a little food fight!  
Powdered sugar casualties resulted and in the end,
 the Snowman was not the only thing covered in white. -ha! :)

The girls have declared, it will soon be time to turn all the Christmas preparations over to them.  
We countered that in another five years, we may discuss it! :) 
 I'm thinking I'll be much older before I relinquish the reins fully on my favorite Holiday!
But it sure was fun sharing the baking duties with them!


  1. What a fun day you must have had. The girls made some delicious looking treats to be enjoyed.

    I pinned that same Santa hat pretzel cookie. They look so cute.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Rhonda:

    Looks like a day that each of you enjoyed together....Nothing is better than homemade cookies during the holidays!

    Happy Holidays to you!

  3. How incredibly fun! If they were my kids I'd turn over the reins now bz you know how I'm not such a fan of cooking! By the way, your lemon squares were a huge hit at the brunch. I had the lemon pie filling out to put a dollop on if they wanted and the consensus was everyone liked them with the lemon dollop. I'll be blogging the brunch later. I was too busy to take pictures but I recreated a couple after. My camera is kind of iffy right now too. Guess I'll have to get it looked at. If I don't talk to you before, have a very merry Christmas!

  4. What a lovely way to spend the day! It's so wonderful to watch our daughters grow into young women. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  5. How fun! Love that they had the powdered sugar flying.... they make the BEST memories. :)

  6. Oh how fun fun fun!! I love baking together with family and with friends too. Missing though, is the beautiful Rhonda photo. We love you Rhonda. Kathi


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