Today there is an emphasis on eating healthy including your holiday treats. I’m more than willing to give it a try.
Day 3 – Baking – Baking during the holidays for me is about the camaraderie and family bonding during our annual bake day. While I love using the cookie recipes that have been passed down through the generations, I also get that Crisco shortening is not all that good for my general well-being. Yes, the traditional sugar cookie recipe we use calls for Crisco. This year, I’ve been researching healthier recipes for baking day.
Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, honestly, I’m not likely to hit all those milestones. Organic, real butter not margarine, almonds, and honey I can do.
Shortbread cookies are a holiday favorite in our family. This year we’ll try these gluten-free, almond flour shortbread cookies. I found this recipe and several other gluten-free cookies on the King Arthur Flour blog.
We choose a day, a few recipes and do our grocery shopping.
Baking day starts with breakfast and a bit of discussion, we get organized; which recipe needs the hottest oven, which cookie do we want to taste first, are we frosting any cookies this year?
Once all the cooks are present and accounted for, the teasing begins, for while baking day does involve some actual baking, it’s more about revisiting the great family moments throughout the year and holidays past.
We reminisce about our mother/grandmother, who taught us all we know about proper baking and our father/grandfather who taught us all we know about eating all those wonderful baked goods and showing appreciation for them. Always kiss the cook!
And the end of the day, we’ve shared many laughs, made new memories , consumed a few calories and stored dozens of cookies for our Christmas Eve celebration.