The whole week prior to Christmas has been slightly hectic. Christmas parties all over town, pathetic attempts at trying to finish up work stuff before the break and squeezing in a few shopping trips here and there. In the midst of it all, CT3 and I decided we would make holiday cookies for his family!
These aren’t just any holiday cookies, you see. They are cookies that each year Gammie has always made for the family, packaged them in tins and to give to each of the families during the holidays. Before she passed, she had taken the time to write out her recipe and give it to all of the grandchildren and spouses so we would have the original recipe in her handwriting.
Before we started, I made CT3 promise me we weren’t committing to a yearly tradition of making cookies for everyone in the world (we made enough for all of his family, us, people at work and we still have two tins leftover sitting in my kitchen as we type!) Not that I am opposed to doing them annually, it is just easier for me to function without having expectations of having to do something, etc…same deal with why I hesitated on the Christmas cards. Anyway, CT3 and I got a plan and carved time throughout the week to make the cookies. One night we would shop for all of the ingredients, one night we would plan out everything and get it all ready and the next night we would go to town cooking. We had to have a night to decipher Gammie’s handwriting and make sure we had everything exact to specifications.
CT3 met me at the store to shop. Each of the ingredients were highly specialized, down to the brand name and the store to purchase the respective item at. There were multiple items in which we could not find and this threw us off a few days. I literally contacted by phone 9 different stores and visited another 4 before I found one of the ingredients. It was quite the task and I felt as if my life was complete when I found it. I wanted to call and tell people, but since it was a surprise for his family, I had no one to call and brag about my efforts to. HA!
Cookie making night came and we were off. A little of this, a dash of this, mix it all together…no, that’s not how it went. It started off slow and almost 5 hours later, we had our first ever successful batch of Crullers. CT3 was our official taste tester and the verdict was “the taste was good but the texture was slightly off…”
The next night we started the process over. This time, thinking we were now pros and would be much more efficient, we made two batches at a time. I laid out the ingredients needed and CT3 measured. We got one batch of dough ready and refrigerated it til we finished the next. After that, we took a much needed dinner break! That night, we successfully made twice as many Crullers in a 5 hour time period! CT3 and I went to bed feeling proud of accomplishments, knowing we had tried to make Gam proud and hoping his family would be surprised and excited with our creation.
In between the time we had made the cookies and the time when we would hand them out on Christmas morning, we saw CT3’s family and his dad gave us a baggie with the traditional holiday Crullers inside. CT3 and I caught glances as his dad explained his Aunt had made just a few for us to have. Neither one of us said anything as we knew we could use his Aunts as a taste comparison (she actually knows what she is doing and has made them before!) to our own and knew his family would still be grateful for our efforts….and their tin full of cookies!