The Gleeful Gourmand: First Wave of Christmas Baking

Friday, December 9, 2011

First Wave of Christmas Baking

I'm sorry I've been so lazy with my posting lately - pestilence has spread throughout our house like wildfire, starting around Thanksgiving with Liam, running right through both girls, and finally landing on me with incredible flourish (read: phlegm). Anyway, now I feel like we're all back up and running again, which I'm thankful for since the Christmas countdown has begun.

Yesterday Liam and I had a chance to spend some quality time together and get some Christmas baking done - the first of many waves, I think. This year I wanted to try something new, so on his request I made some of the featured sweets in Bon Appétit's December issue. Specifically, we made the Peppermint Meringues, and the Lemony Slice-and-Bake Cookies. I was a little nervous with the meringues, because I think I had only made them once before, and it was a really long time ago. I shouldn't have worried, though, because the recipe was easy to follow, and they turned out to be delicious. Both Buck and I agreed that it had the perfect balance of peppermint and sweetness, so that the mint wasn't overwhelming, and it wasn't too sickly sweet. And they were so much fun to make! Liam loved seeing the egg whites in action. He loves eggs in all forms (I think if he could just eat eggs, that would be fine by him), and thought it was really neat that eggs could do something besides being scrambled.

The Lemony Cookies turned out really nice as well, though I had some trouble with the frosting, but that was baker error, not recipe error. I didn't measure correctly and ended up with soupy frosting. Again, I liked these cookies because they were different from the norm, but still delicious - light and bright citrus, with just enough sweetness. These would be great for just us, but I think I'm going to share them as gifts, too!

Click on these links for the recipes: Peppermint Meringues, and Lemony Slice-and-Bakes


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