Before Christmas Gramma and Paw Paw came over to make the cut-out Christmas cookies they make every year. Paw Paw made the dough and cut out the shapes.
Dad wore his Christmas apron.
Mom tried to put an apron on me.
I didn’t like it.
Then we made icing! Lemon, orange and almond.
While waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven, Mom introduced me to nonpareils.
Nonpareils are very good for licking off fingers.
Turns out I’m a very good cookie decorator …
and cookie eater.
While waiting for the next batch of cookies to come out of the oven, Dad tried to humor me by playing with his icing. This worked for a little bit but …
eventually the wait just got too long. All I wanted to do was decorate cookies and there were none to decorate. Did they not know that 15 minutes to a not-even-two-year-old is a very, very, very long time? Especially when it’s past my bedtime.
Milk helped. As did my bedtime routine. While Mom was giving me my bath and putting me to bed, Dad, Paw Paw and Gramma decorated the rest. Aren’t they pretty?
“I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store-bought cookies one can find.” —James Beard