A few years ago I decided I want the giggles back in my baking and the invitation went out to my bffs. When I told them we could drink wine in the afternoon, they all jumped on board.
Dinner is kept simple, some meatballs simmering away and a cheese manicotti just in case there isn't enough spaghetti. (Jim and I now have leftovers for Saturday).
Over the years we have realized that even with my double ovens we weren't going to get everything done in time, so I prepare mine ahead of time, that way I can concentrate on keeping the wine glass filled and popping the prosecco.
Lindsey is the first to arrive and is more than happy to get started, so she can relax. This year she premade her millionaire's shortbread (which is a mandatory recipe), but loving to bake :) she also made us some snickerdoodles. Is there anything better than the smell of cinnamon in your kitchen. If I decide the sell the house I am going to bake these cookies before the open house.
Sharon arrived and the kitchen started to get hopping. The knive was chopping up toblerone bars for her Toberlone Shortbread.
Dale opted to follow the advance baking plan and showed up with her stash, which we all promptly put in our boxes. Maryjo meanwhile had to relax while she waited for the kitchen aid and the counter top to open up.
Maryjo is making her famous chocolate chip cookies with colourful M&M's for Christmas.
Our stash, the kids are waiting for these pictures.
Relief we survived, no burns, no cuts, no spilled wine (yet), but the night is young.
It's 6:30 and the guys are arriving, a quick hello to the ladies and into the family room to relax with a drink and discuss their beloved leafs, golf, TFC, Raptors, etc.
Dinner is served, thanks to the ladies for their contributions.
Merry Christmas everyone. The greatest gift in my life is in the hearts of my family and my loving friends. Thank you for being a part of my life and sharing so many wonderful times.
M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
Imperial Cheese Biscuits
Granma Aldene's Shortbread
1 cup butter
1/2 cup fruit sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup rice flour
Cream butter well. Blend in sugar creaming thoroughly. Slowly add flours and blend until smooth. Press into a ball and knead lightly on floured board until smooth.
Pat dough into ungreased 9 inch pan
Prick all over with a fork
Bake 275 about 45 mins
Cut. When cool
2 cups flour
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup butter(melted)
Mix together and press into bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Bake @ 350 for 20 min.
In a pot put:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Pour over crust immediately.
When cooled, melt a large Jersey milk chocolate bar over low heat and spread over bar. Chill and cut into small squares...serve cold
Keep frozen until serving.