Making a List, Checking it Twice….

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Melt in Your Mouth Cookies

I am wondering if you started humming or singing as you read that title?  I can never read those words without putting the tune with it and singing them.  It is definitely the season for making lists I am finding.

In fact I have several lists floating around here at this point.  There is the Christmas wish list that has all our kids and grandkids names on it; complete with things they would like.  Then there is the Christmas dinner list….the one with the menu.  To coincide with that list is the grocery list; with those last minute items that I forgot the last time I went to the grocery store to get the Christmas dinner stuff.

We should also not forget the list for the Christmas Eve party at my folks house. That one contains the food items I need to bring, the gifts we must not forget to take along and other random items that need to journey to their house.

Then there is the list for the things I need to finish up.  Things like getting the bedrooms upstairs ready for kids to stay overnight. Turning the water on upstairs is also on the list. Oh, and we mustn’t forget that the list should also remind me to finish purchasing and then wrapping the presents that need to get under the tree before Christmas day.

I also need to make tags for those gifts that are under the tree. My gift tags have never had names on them…..only stamped images. We started doing things that way, back when the boys were little and could not (or would not) leave their presents alone. Once they started getting married I thought I could put names on the tags; but they all insisted the nameless tags were a tradition….so I need to stamp some tags…..soon!

On one of my lists it reminds me that I need to finish the Christmas cookies that I have started. Today, I could check a couple of those cookies off my list as I finished piping the frosting star on them.



The two I worked on today are called Melt In Your Mouth cookies and Thumbprints. Both of these cookies are real favorites of mine. (To be really honest there are very few cookies that I have met that I have not liked!)

Just in case you are looking for one more cookie to add to your holiday baking; I will share the recipes with you today.



Melt In Your Mouth Cookies
1 cup butter (do not substitute)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
Milk (a few drops if needed)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter (melted -do not substitute)
1 teaspoon vanilla
green food coloring to make light green color

Cream butter and powdered sugar.
Add vanilla, flour, and cornstarch.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350º for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.
Return to oven and bake another 8 minutes.
Cool and fill center with frosting.
NOTE:  I like to use a #21 star tip and decorator bag to pipe a frosting star on top.

Thumbprint Cookies
1 cup butter (do not substitute)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve egg white)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter (do not substitute)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Red food coloring to make a light red

Blend butter, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients.
Roll into 1 inch balls and dip into slightly beaten egg whites.
Roll in finely chopped walnuts
Place about 1 inch apart on cookie sheets.
Bake 5 minutes at 350º.
Remove from oven and make thumbprint in center of each cookie.
Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes.
Cool and frost.
NOTE: I like to use a #21 star tip to pipe a frosting star on top of these cookies.

It is a good feeling to check things off my lists. I do find having them makes it easier for me to relax through this busy season that requires lots of preparation and planning. I think it might be because I know I am not forgetting something. I do find it is also helpful to contain my lists in one notebook. That way I only have one thing to keep track of.

It makes it easier for me to focus on what is important when I know the little things are taken care of or will be taken care of in good order.   It makes it easier to focus on the joy of the season and the anticipation of family gatherings.

So I am making my lists and checking them twice….    I am wondering what little tips and tricks do you use that make your busy holiday season run smoother?

And what are some of your favorite cookie recipes?  Please feel free to leave a link to your blog if you have some of these posted there! Cookies and tips and tricks!  I would love to check them out.

“The best way to get through any challenge is to step back,
look up at the sky, breathe deeply in and out,
smile if you have to…
then dive in.”

Waylon H. Lewis

28 thoughts on “Making a List, Checking it Twice….

  1. marijo1245 says:

    Wow! And I felt great to make it to Walmart with a list for once today! I jest, lists and I go way back, although I’m yet to organize them! I have nibbles of paper stashed everywhere with a list of sorts…The cookies look amazing!! I made peppermint sugar scrub tonight for my dry winter hands as well as some peppermint bark with smashed candy canes. Himself will be home by the end of the week and I jokingly told him that I had made Christmas enchiladas and he was elated. Come to find out, Christmas enchiladas are some strange tradition. So, I have some enchiladas to make…

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Chicken enchiladas sound wonderful!!!!
      Christmas is the time when I feel like I can really bake because everyone is around to help eat the stuff. It is not good if I bake to much for only my husband and me.
      Peppermint sugar scrub sounds great also….may have to try that one. I made some items to give as a Bingo gift for my side of the family.

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      • marijo1245 says:

        That sounds like amazing amounts of fun! I’ll take the peppermint candy to share with my ladies at His House today. Himself doesn’t eat sweets or baked goods and I like to make stuff, so I will fatten everyone else up a little!

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  2. devisecreateconcoct says:

    Faye – those thumb print cookies are so pretty. I wonder if I can squeeze those on to my list as well. Lol. My grandmother always said that the best part of Christmas is the preparation- so I say enjoy it each step of the way. Many great memories will come from the prep. Here is a link to the new cookie recipe I tried this year. So yummy.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Your grandma was so right. I think it just builds the anticipation and kind of stretches the season out a little longer.
      I am going to head over there and check those cookies out…..might have to squeeze those in yet!


  3. susieshy45 says:

    I make lists – sometimes. These days I do them on the phone- so much easier to carry around rather than a piece of paper which invariably gets lost.
    Christmas cookies – would like to make them but I am sorely tempted and then all of them would be in my belly, making my conscience do upside down jumps till I would lose sleep over the weight gain and then that would lead to more weight gain and then some more- so no cookies, but I love to drool over the pictures of cookies on Food Network – Anna Olson or Ina Garten and now your pictures- vicarious pleasures.

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  4. PaperPuff says:

    Ooh, you did the post on the cookies – super! Both recipes sound yummy (even with the walnuts!) but I don’t think I have ever seen a recipe quite like the first one so would love to try that. I’ll let you know!! And yes, lists, can’t live without them, although they always seem to disappear just as I need them most!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My lists kept disappearing…..that is why I bundled them into one notebook. If I lose that I am sunk!
      I have one more cookie recipe to share which is the #1 family favorite. Think I will do that tomorrow.
      My husband is not crazy about walnuts either, which is why I don’t always make the thumbprints. I now have two daughter in laws who love them ….so whoo hooo…back to making thumbprints.

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  5. goldenbrodie says:

    Thumbs up for your cookies!! Love them and I can feel them melting in my mouth. We made 2 fruitcakes this year and I just finished applying some rum to both of them for the third time. They look good, but haven’t tired them as yet. I’m basically finished shopping and only one more gift to wrap. I’m excited and always enjoys these days just prior to Christmas Eve. Just adore reading your posts and feeling your energy.

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  6. Anne Mehrling says:

    Your cookies are beautiful! I’m about to decorate the cut-out cookies I made two days ago.

    Having nameless tags is hilarious. Even if you had written that a week ago, I would not have known I would need it. Grandson David watched the pile of presents grow in the living room. After I finished wrapping the majority of them, he pointed to each in turn saying what was inside. AAuuuugh! He might not have known without the clue of the name tag. He hasn’t guessed his main present. I told him not to touch it because it is uneven, and the wrapping will tear if he picks it up. That would have been brilliant if I’d thought it up to keep him away from it, but it was the simple truth.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You can give the nameless tags a try next year! I stamp a tag and then stamp in a notebook. In the notebook (which I hide) the name and what is inside gets written. That way I know what I am doing…..pretty much.
      I just frosted cutouts today also. Mine are not that pretty when I am done but I am always glad to have them frosted.


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