Are you a fan of Semi-Sweet on Facebook and Twitter? If you're not, you should be - you'll have access to all manner of "bonus content," including links to interesting health- and nutrition-related articles, delicious-looking recipes I find, news about goings-on around town, and many days, updates on what I'm eating (you might find something new to try!). A couple of days ago, I posted some tips for making it through the holidays while still fitting into your skinny jeans, and also about baking cookies. And a few people commented - surprised comments like "Hey, idiot! The two are incompatible!"
Well I argue they're not. I'd describe my diet this time of year as "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" - that is, I sacrifice calories in certain areas so that I can indulge in others, while still avoiding holiday weight gain. And I also exercise that oh, so elusive word - "moderation." So when L. and I baked the Candy Cane Kiss cookies I'm about to tell you about, I had one. And no BLT's (batter licks or tastes) while in process. And the rest of my day was filled with wholesome, low-calorie, healthful foods (but for those few pretzels I had at a board meeting, natch). You. Can. Do. This. Too.
OK, lecture over - on to the fun stuff!
It's the official start of one of my favorite holiday pass-times . . . baking cookies. L. and I kicked off bake-a-palooza 2010 with a great Candy Cane Kiss cookie baking session and they came out beautifully. This is an easy recipe that's great to do with kids - if you have those around the house, too. If you want to make extras, this recipe doubles great, and you can freeze the cookies to eat/give away later. Just make sure they're fully cooled, and then use a 9x13 plastic container with a lid (ours are Rubbermaid), and if you're anal like me, you might want to invest in some super-duper big Ziplocs to put around the containers. No freezer burn's going to penetrate your goodies, no-siree. Wanna see a slideshow of our efforts? Check it out now, but beware, there's music.
I've laid in my ingredients to do a boat-load of my now-famous rugelach (every faux-Jew's gotta have a rugelach recipe in her repertoire), some dog biscuits for doggies-not-ours, walnut snowballs (L's favorite and mine too), sugar cookie cutouts, and probably something with pecans, because I somehow ended up with two bags of them.
I'll keep you posted as I go along!