Category Archives: cookies

This year’s Christmas menu

Breakfast: bagels and lox with capers and homemade scallion cream cheese

Lunch: garlic and cheese fondue with French bread and apples

Dinner: Thai pork skewers with peanut sauce, coconut rice, and improvised Thai salad

Dessert: peppermint brownies and peanut blossoms



Before guests arrived for the cookies and cocoa party.

Before I finished that second glass of Jack on the rocks (but after I started it).

Before I spiked my cocoa with Goldschlager.

Before I spiked my cocoa with Bailey’s.

Before I spiked my cocoa with Frangelico.

Before I stopped paying attention to what I put in my cocoa.

Before I attempted to play the piano.

Before I realized I couldn’t even play the piano with one finger.

Before I tried to lead an a capella rendition of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Before I failed at leading a round of Christmas carols.

Before I realized Neil was recording my futile musical attempts on my computer for his Christmahanukwanzaakah concert.

Before I broke the DVD player.

Before I broke the VCR.

Before I spilled half a gallon of milk on the table trying to make more cocoa.

Before I passed out on the couch (which may also have been before some of the guests left the party).

Before I woke up in a puddle of drool at 11:30pm wondering where everyone went.

Before I spent four hours wishing I could fall asleep.

Before I spent Monday wishing I was dead.

All was calm. All was bright.

Just warming up.

I’ve got the last of my ginger snaps in the oven right now, leaving just the lemon bars, peppermint brownies, and chocolate liqueur truffles to finish for tomorrow’s cookes and cocoa event.

I am starting to run out of steam. My back is getting sore and my feet are tired from standing for the last several hours. But I love baking so much, I can’t stop. I look at all the cookies I’ve already finished and I just want to make more, more, more! We’ll see how I feel tomorrow; maybe I will whip up some chocolate chocolate chip cookies before people start arriving.

Are you coming? I hope so. I had been so excited that Billy was actually going to be able to come – we both had a day off at the same time! – but at the last minute he was invited to go to a Giants game. For free. I guess free Giants tickets don’t really compare to cookies and cocoa with your wife and her girlfriends (and their families), even though it should. At any rate, I hope people show up, because otherwise I am going to have to eat all 400 of these cookies all by myself. And shit. That would be an awfully lonely thing to do. Send me an e-mail if you need directions! I’ll supply the cookies.

Cookies and Cocoa

Oh, and by the way, for the folks I know here in the NY area, there are plans in the works for a cookies and cocoa party on December 21 (Sunday). I’ll be hoping to get in some of my quasi-annual mega cookie baking, and rather than give 1,000 cookies to the building maintenance guys here, I’m thinking I’ll share them with you.

Here’s how it works: I’m planning to at least make the following recipes:

  • the world’s best chocolate chip cookies
  • chocolate liqueur truffles
  • raspberry jam strips
  • peanut butter kisses

I will take requests for other favorites, and if you have your own favorite cookie recipe, bring it along! There will be schnapps for the cocoa, toasty Christmas carols on the box, and cookies galore. E-mail me for more details, like, you know, where it is and stuff.

The Great Cookie Bake of 2006

The Great Cookie Bake of 2006 is now over. I stopped counting somewhere around 2 million. And, for the record, they are delicious. Every single one.