Wednesday night was our annual Cookie-Making Party. Actually, it's a Cookie-Decorating Party. In the spirit of fun competition, we gather to create the Best in Class in categories we make up as we go along. My son-in-law, Robert, smoked us all last year with a 3D Christmas tree. He was a rookie trying to make a name for himself, and we were stunned by his raw, newcomer talent. We kept that famous cookie in the fridge for close to 9 months, a petrified testament to Cookie Greatness.
I won "Best Use of Shading" with this snowman.
Em won the "Ethereal Theme Award" with her angelic creations. Love the hair.
G.T. got the "Academic Cookie Award" with his slope intercept equation.
Elle got the "Best Use of a Classic Theme" with this fireplace scene.
Rob tried to top his 3D tree this year, but got overly ambitious and it backfired on him.
Tom had a migraine and was unable to participate in the festivities, but he occasionally called out encouragement as the competition tightened. Secretly, we were glad he couldn't pull out one of his "Best Contemporary Designs," as he has in the past. It leveled the playing field just a bit to compete without him.
Here's the recipe we use, same as always. The buttery cookie base is just perfect for the sweet almond-y frosting. You will be in Cookie Heaven.
Have a great Christmas, and I will be back on the 26th!