Yesterday was one of my favorite annual celebrations: our church’s cookie open house at the pastor’s digs. Not only can you find every sugary treat imaginable all in one place, but enjoy each delicious bite among fabulous company.
I absolutely love cookie open-house day! I had been looking forward to Sunday, planning and re-planning my own recipes for weeks. This day has a very special meaning to Husband and I. You see, my 1st ever cookie open house was also my 3rd date with Husband. He must have already been privy to my sugar addiction, and I’m sure that this gathering definitely earned him loads of brownie points with me. 2008, the following year, we put the pedal to the metal rushing from our beachside honeymoon just to make an appearance (and stuff our faces) with home-baked cookies. I’d made the cookies a week in advance and kept them frozen for a drive-by freezer raid on the way from our luna de miel to the pastor’s cozy festively decorated home. This weekend, we finally had the chance to bake together for our 1st low-anxiety Christmas cookie open house.
My cookie contributions included minty marshmallows (vanilla mallows topped with crushed dinner mints) and Ina Garten’s fabulous rugelach recipe, which Husband and I filled in various forms. Our favorites were Ina’s original cinnamon-sugar and nut filling and Husband’s creative sliced bananas and chocolate chip filling. Yum yum!