Walking in a Christmas Cookie land~

Walking in a Christmas Cookie land~

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It is Christmas cookie season!!!! I love making Christmas cookies! I think they are a wonderful thing to eat and they go straight to your hips. But they are worth it! I will be the first to admit this was a huge undertaking here in South Korea. At first, I thought I would bake the cookies alone and then I decided to make them with a friend. Now transportation took two trips because moving everything from one place to the other was a bitch. But that’s okay it all got done.

I was super lucky in the fact my uncle sent me some cookie cutters, vanilla extract and cookie frosting from home. (Thank you Uncle John!) This gave me a good start and I scoured easy recipes online for simple cookies. Why do people make 20 ingredient cookies? Are you fucking nuts??? Let me tell you when you start to see shit like shortening, cream cheese, 20 thousand spices etc…in your cookie recipe you say, ‘fuck that.’ So I found some simple recipes with ingredients I could use through all recipes and replicate easily. Iherb is amazing for spices! And you can get powdered sugar (organic only) but hey it works! And the shipping to South Korea is not that bad.  Sugar and Flour is not too expensive here in Korea.

but Butter….motherfucking butter…wants to give me a heart attack. There are no substitutions when baking christmas cookies. You cannot use margarine! No no no . So butter it is…butter that is about $6 a pack. And so I spent roughly $40 on butter because believe it or not many small grocery stores don’t sell butter so you must have enough so you don’t run out. Isn’t that amazing?

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(Our lovely baking supplies)

Anyhoo, originally I was ambitious and wanted to make cookies for all of my students. I then realized that would make me kind of loopy to churn out that many cookies and it would break the bank. So I settled on the alternative of baking cookies for my three schools staff. But there were extras that I was able to give out as well. All in all after 6 hours of baking I was exhausted but I had all of my cookies made. So we had sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, walnut snowballs, thumbprint cookies, snickerdoodles, and peppermint chocolate cookies. A bit ambitious but it was a nice selection.

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It was nice to hear the teachers exclaim that they were too pretty to eat. The only thing I could think of was, eat them. Cookies are for eating.

And I have polished off my own Christmas cookies. There is a reason you never bring too many home. They will always disappear to your ass and your thighs.

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7 thoughts on “Walking in a Christmas Cookie land~

  1. You do realize I have a sugar cookie recipe up on my website… 🙂 Glad to see you put the cutters to good use. Sorry but butter would not travel all that well and even here it is running over $3 a pound.

    They look lovely.

  2. I stole the cookie recipe from John too… I lose it every year!! They look delicious … We have already eaten the batch on the tree…another coming up !!!

  3. Good for you, Nina..I always make cookies but this year ,I’m not up to it, but I nearly passed out with the price of butter.Hell, I’d have to do exactly as you did, bite the “bullet”..lord , that would break the fu—- bank for sure..but, they look wonderful, and Nina, you are right..cookies are for eating, ..why the hell else would you make them in the first place? I want to wish you a wonderful holiday, and a very Merry Christmas, and the best of the best for a happy and prosperous New Year. No doubt it’s a bit difficult, but you’ve been there, done that, and know how to handle what was once a family ttradition, now is a different time a different place and a new kinda life style..anyway, I’m out if here, stay well, and I love you lots…
    love, Aunt Millie

    1. Auntie Millie thank you! A very merry christmas and happy new year to you as well! It’ll be different for both of us but you can always mix the old with the new to create memories! Love you too!

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