It was truly almost a disaster of epic proportions. We are talking about a story that would be told as a holiday anecdote for years to come.
Until Pinterest saved the day.
We know, right? Pinterest saved the day for us? How would that even be possible?
Well, it goes a little something like this…
Lisa: So, I need your help. I just accepted an invitation for a cookie exchange. I’ve never been to one before, and I’m trying to decide what to bring.
Ashley: Fun! Those sugar cookies with the Hershey Kisses on top are always popular. And of course, chocolate chip is always a good safe bet.
Lisa: Hmmmm, I’ve never seen the Hershey Kisses cookies at Harris Teeter. Are they in the regular cookie aisle or holiday aisle? Or maybe I should I go with something like Pepperidge Farm Milanos Melts, just to be fancy?
Ashley: Dude, you can’t take store bought cookies to a cookie exchange. They have to be homemade. That’s the whole point.
Lisa: WHAT? That’s nuts! Why would anyone want to do that? That’s an awful lot of baking. Plus, there are no health inspectors in people’s personal kitchens. It’s flu season for crying out loud. Who would want cookies made by other people like that?
Lisa: Well, it doesn’t say anything on the invitation about bringing homemade cookies. It just says bring 12 dozen cookies for everyone to enjoy. HA! See! If they expected me to make that many cookies surely they would have put it on the invitation.
Ashley: Yeah, most people don’t think they have to actually put that part on the invite. It is the unspoken part of the whole exchange deal. Sorry to be a total buzzkill on this one.
Lisa: Ugh. This can’t be happening. What if I buy cookies and put them on a cute plate?
Lisa: What if I buy them, stick them in the oven to make them warm, then put them on a cute plate…ON A DOILY?
Ashley: No, absolutely not.
Lisa: Oh no, I’m screwed. I don’t bake. I have no cookie recipes. Wait! I know! What about those pumpkin ones I ate at your house last year? They were cute and delicious. Can I get that recipe or maybe you can even come over and make them for me?
Ashley: Hahahaha…who do you think you’re talking to? I didn’t make those cookies. My sister made them, with my children no less. While they wore aprons and danced around the kitchen singing into spatulas. It was all very Mary Poppins of them. Bad news for you (and for me, now that I think about it) is that she is not visiting this year for the holidays.
Okay, so y’all, this was a major problem.We both realized that we needed cookies. Of the homemade variety. Even if we bought the chocolate dipped Oreo cookies and tried to put them on a platter, people would know. Santa would know on Christmas Eve that the delicious, melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies had been replaced by a damn Chips Ahoy.
We only had one place to turn.
After all, we only have about a million cookie recipes pinned on our Feed Me, Mom board, so why not take advantage of them. I mean, the pinned recipes don’t bake themselves…we know, we have tried to use our mind powers to bring the images on the screen to life and it just doesn’t work.
So, in order to take the guess work out of holiday cookies for all of you, we took it upon ourselves to find the five best, easiest, most foolproof holiday cookie recipes. You’re welcome America.
- Brownie Cookies: What could be more delicious than that? Combines two of the best desserts on the planet into one tasty treat. You know who is lining up for these at the cookie exchange? Everyone.
- Magic Cookie Bars: Pretty sure they get this name because they magically disappear right off the plate before you even set it down. Let’s be real here, actually, they don’t even make it off the cookie sheet.
- Ritz Cookies with Marshmallow Fluff: The fact that they are totally dipped in chocolate is like an added bonus to the goodness waiting underneath. Can you imagine the moment you first snag one of these off the tray? We can, and it involves immediately picking up the entire tray and walking out of the party with it to eat alone in our car.
- Cheesecake Cookies: You know what, apparently there are people in this world who don’t really like chocolate. We’ll give you a minute to collect yourself. And supposedly, those people like cookie exchanges, too. Obviously, this cookie would be perfect for them. And for us, too if we are being really honest.
- Paradise Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie: The name really says it all. Who in their right mind is not loving a cookie from a place called paradise? Nobody in this group, that is for sure. Imagine yourself late at night with a plate full of these and a full glass of cold milk. Sorry Santa, we meant to save you some.
Is it possible we could actually become the kind of people who bake recipes from Pinterest? People who know the difference between baking powder and baking soda? People who know if they are supposed to sift their all purpose flour before folding it into their batter?
Well, it’s possible because our baking education has begun thanks to Pinterest. WE KNOW! WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!
It’s like we don’t even know who we are anymore.