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20 December 2012 @ 09:20 pm
Christmas Cookie Cats.  
To start the story, let me say how famous my grandma’s spritz cookies are in/around my family. She would make them by the ton when we were kids - some for her friends, neighbors and for family events. Little brown camels and frosted trees and poinsettias with green and red sprinkles on them. They are a delicious butter cookie that you can eat in two bites. My grandma also made the best sugar cookies ever, so thin and crisp and dusted with sugar - my favorite cookie of all time, Grandma’s sugar cookies. And ask anyone who knows me how much I can’t stand peanut butter; the taste, the texture, the smell, ugh - but my grandma made the best peanut butter cookies and I loved them. She had a talent.


Anyways, when my grandma’s hands got too arthritic to use the cookie press any longer, my mom took over the spritz cookie making. My mom also makes a good Christmas sugar cookie, with a little frosting for décor. A few years ago my mom’s hands got too bad for her to make the spritz, so one year we went without. There was an uproar from the family when there weren’t any spritz at our gathering and no tins for us to hand out to friends. After that, my sister took over the whole ordeal. She bakes, I decorate. We get a few inquiries ever year about whether or not we are still going to make the spritz cookies again. I guess we’ll have to pass the recipe and press along to The Nephew or Niece when the day comes that my sister can’t do it any longer.

I remember last year I was at therapy and one of the girls asked what I was doing when I got home and I told her I had to decorate all the spritz cookies. Then she freaked out because it seems she loves spritz and hadn’t had them in years. None of the other girls knew what spritz were, so I brought in a tin for them. I swear, the whole tin was empty almost by the time my appointment was over an hour later. Actually this year - my sister’s first Christmas at the new job - and she brought in a tin and one of her coworkers came up to her and asked, “Are these made from crack?”

This year we made a ton to take up to my Dad in the rehab ward, enough that he could share them with the other veterans and nurses and whatnot. So many, in fact, that the lid wouldn’t quite go securely down on the tin. We decorated the cookies and while I was not looking, Kirk came over and stole one of the camels and then took it to a corner where he ‘killed’ it and ate it. Little trouble-maker, James T. Kirk! Later that night, Dad’s tin of cookies was sitting on the counter and I came out to see Kirk had knocked the lid off and was stealing a cookie right off the top and running away with the damn thing.

My grandma’s spritz cookies - back by popular demand from family, friends, neighbors and kitties alike!

Also, it seems since I ventured to ask my mom if she was going to make her awesome Christmas sugar cookies this year, that I have somehow gotten roped into going over to her house this weekend to help decorate them. I think she forgets how extravagant I get with my decorating. My Christmas trees always look like those hideous ones from a Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Oh well, she’ll get what she pays for!
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marque: WinterSolsticevikingprincess on December 21st, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Sounds AWESOME.

And also reminds me of the time T(not yet married)AHtm and I, and our best friend, made drunken cheesecakes and pumpkin pies before Thanksgiving one year. No, the pies were not alcoholic... but WE were EXCEEDINGLY drunk.

So drunk, in fact, that we forgot to put sugar in the cheesecakes and had to sprinkle it on top and stir it in before they started to solidify in the oven. So drunk that when the cheesecakes and pumpking pies came OUT, we neglected to protect them from cats, and instead passed out (yeah, in our bunk, what about it? there might have been a bunk-located baking break, too, once we got the sugar in. don't judge!) until late the next morning.

When, upon staggering into the kitchen to make some desperately needed coffee, I found my then-roommate's big black cat sitting on the counter, calmly scooping out pawfuls of pumpkin pie (like someone drinking water from their palm) and eating it.

So we cut out the part he'd pawed and tossed it, and enjoyed all the rest!
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 22nd, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
No, the pies were not alcoholic... but WE were EXCEEDINGLY drunk.

The image that puts in my head is AWESOME.

You ate the cat-pie!!!! OMG, lol.

James T. Kirk stuck his whole face in a pumpkin pie once (the vet-tech cousin says that apparently there is something in a pumpkin pie that attracts animals). Then my sis was just going to put cool whip all over the top so no one could see the place where his face was. I was like, "I know our family annoys us, but come on, he licks his own ass and it's the holidays!"

I can't believe you ate the cat-pie! ;) This story makes me think of My Drunk Kitchen.

Edited at 2012-12-22 03:19 am (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on December 22nd, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Well, we were too poor to buy more pie fixings, and we threw away the part he'd touched. Also, it was not fed to anyone but those of us who knew the truth.

(Are you kidding? NO way my still-drunk ass was going to throw out pie. PIIIEEEEEEEEEE.) I bet the kitty face print was cute, though. KIIIIIIRK! Not my PIIEEEEEEEEE! *snickers*

I wonder what it is about pumpkin pie that animals like more than other pies?
Shirebound: Piglet ornamentshirebound on December 21st, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, they sound delicious!
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 22nd, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
They really are delicous - I wish I could share with the whole world!
Kate: holiday kittensceitfianna on December 21st, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooh these sound delicious and fun. I love the line about the cookies being made from crack, I know some foods like that.
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 22nd, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
We didn't get as many made this year as we wanted, but next year, we're definitely making you a batch! They are too good to pass up. They really do taste like crack!!

If I don't get a chance to say so before you go (why are holidays always so damn busy?) Have a good trip home and a great holiday!!
Kate: candy raspberriesceitfianna on December 22nd, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm heading out tomorrow morning, today was my last day of school. Thank you.

I keep having a moment of oh wait, I've made it through my first half year of this job and its working somehow, wow.

At the moment, I'm baking honey orange bread to use up some of my citrus from a school fundraiser, my wrapping is pretty much done and I'm realizing I can sleep more tomorrow. To drive, I don't have to wake up as early as I do for work.
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 22nd, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
You did! You made it through the first half of your first year!!

Okay, I've never had honey orange bread, but it sounds delicious. <3
Kate: muffinsceitfianna on December 22nd, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Neither have I but it was an orange recipe that actually required a good bit of orange juice so I tried it. Its out of the oven a little darker than its meant to be but smells good.

A lot of recipes for cookies and orange don't actually have that much orange in them. That's not helpful when I'm trying to use up all the oranges I have.
lindahoylandlindahoyland on December 21st, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing.
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 22nd, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love my grandma's cookie recipes for sure, I just didn't know the cats did too! lol

Hope your holiday season is going well, darling!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 30th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
My grandma used to make spritz cookies, too, and I loved them. My aunt makes cookies every year and manages to pick recipes no one likes. I wish she'd carry on the spritz tradition. Happily, my brother makes fabulous sugar cookies. Almost makes up for the loss of spritz. Almost.
dodger_sister: holiday 1dodger_sister on December 31st, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Someone in your family needs to pick up your grandma's spritz recipe - the holidays aren't complete without them!

My aunt makes cookies every year and manages to pick recipes no one likes.

If your aunt ever hits on anything you guys all like, then you just have to get to her ahead of time the next year and start bugging her if she is going to make those same ones again! ;) That's how we roll...one year my brother tried out a bacon wrap recipe and it was so popular that now he is required to bring it every year.

Happily, my brother makes fabulous sugar cookies.

Now, does he go thick and soft or thin and crunchy? It's always a debate in our family but I am more a thin/crunchy kind of girl (huh, 'a thin/crunchy kind of girl' sounded a little perverted in my head, lol).