I've been baking up a storm this week, so dress appropriately. Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll (at right). I'd like to say that unfortunately there will not be popcorn balls at the verni, since as of yesterday they were being beaten out by the sugar cookies, but maybe we'll have a little shopping/snacking/drinking party at HQ closer to X-mas, which will definitely include popcorn balls. Here's what's on the menu for the vernissage:
Sugar cookies with a great peppermint swirl in the middle. I also did a version with a peach swirl in the middle, and my cookies are stars, not circles. I got the idea (and the pic) from the latest issue of Blueprint magazine
Chocolate Peanut Butter balls! My grandmas recipe, these are a Christmas favorite that I am now forced to make every year. Delicious and sickeningly sweet, I don't even eat them anymore, I just make them for everyone else!
Shortbread spritz cookies (the spritz is the name of the cookie press). I just picked up my own cookie press this year, but the recipe is my grandmas (an old scandinavian recipe), and she's been making them FOREVER using this giant vintage metal cookie press. It's about 1 1/2 ft. long. I'm not even joking.
And of course, the HQ staple and most voted for treat in the poll, the mini cupcakes. Keeping things festive, I made spice cake, 1/2 with vanilla and 1/2 with creamcheese icing, with a dash of nutmeg on top. (thanks to Jill for icing them for me on Saturday since I will be in Ottawa for Ladyfest during the day, you saved the party Jill!)