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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cookie Baking Marathon

Fitting in everything around everyone's schedules, we designated Tuesday as cookie baking day.

I had the sugar cookie dough chillin' in the refrigerator and the gingerbread dough ready to go when Jill and the kids arrived a little after 10:00 this morning. 

First up - gingerbread cookies. The cookie cutters were sorted because some are for gingerbread and some are for the lemon sugar cookies. There are rules that must be followed. Tradition! Then I roll out the dough in batches and Jill, Irene and Isaac fit all the cutters on, getting them as close together as possible. 
Once those are baked and cooling, we moved on to the sugar cookies, which are decorated with colored sprinkles before baking. 

 By the time we got all of those done it was time for lunch, and then the kids went upstairs to do some secret work in the gift wrapping center.
After lunch Jill took off to go to an appointment and the rest of us made fattigmann, a fried cardamom-flavored Norwegian cookie. 

It takes some muscle to roll out the very springy dough and  get it very thin. 

Irene's nimble fingers were very good at tucking the ends of the bows through the slits. 
Isaac manned the dutch oven full of hot oil. 

Tom helped supervise and did a lot of washing up. 
After the fattigmann cooled the last step was to plunge them into powdered sugar. 
We just got that cleaned up when Jill returned and it was time to decorate the gingerbread with royal icing. 

Jill and the kids went home a little after 4:00. Tom and I rested and I finally got to read the newspaper.

Then we went out to dinner. 

It was a very successful cookie day. 


  1. Well that's a fun day for everybody. I'm sure the kids will learn things that will stick with them the rest of their lives.

  2. Oh! the cookies look amazing and very yummy, especially those colorful ones with sprinklers. Now only if we could exchange cookies through the screens of our computers...

  3. I am so impressed! You guys are the most FUN, WONDERFUL grandparents around!!! It all looks absolutely delicious.

  4. Gracious, that's a lot of cookies plus all the ones you made earlier. When my kids were teenagers it seemed like I made thousands of deep fried cookie things I then dipped in powdered sugar. I had a rosette shaped iron I dipped in batter & placed in hot grease until they turned loose, floated & browned. Then I rolled them in powdered sugar. Hadn't thought of those in years

    1. I have a rosette iron and have made them in the past. I really like them.

  5. Everyone looks so intense! LOL Cute!

  6. What a fun day, such a great way to spend time with your grandchildren.

  7. What wonderful Christmas cookies! I am glad I don't live nearby, because I couldn't leave such goodies alone! :-)

  8. What a great day. Ha! I would have just eaten cookies for my dinner. Always time for regret in the morning.

  9. Wow, that's a lotta cookies! I do a lot of washing up too. Gotta have some constructive role in the kitchen!

  10. you look like a professional family bakery...what a fun tradition and lots of work. Too much sugar for me. I can only enjoy my sugar free brownies while surrounded by all the goodies friends bring to the door but hubby takes care of that for me...happy holidays!

  11. Those cookies look delicious. An interesting approach to cookie baking.

  12. I love how your grands seem to enjoy your projects and are creative about them. Those fattigmann cookies looked delicious--even with out the sugar.

  13. What a perfect day! The cookies are really pretty. I would love to make gingerbread cookies, just once, that would turn out right. The gingerbread I made last week was good but a little too done on the outside.

  14. Mmmmm those Norwegian cookies look so good. Good food and good times bonding with grands.

  15. Hi Linda, we used to do that when the girls were little and then the neighbor down the road wanted them to help her so off they went. Always fun and something to look forward to.

  16. Successful cookie day, for sure! I find the fattigman especially interesting.

  17. Another great Reeder tradition! I bet your house smelled wonderful as you cooked!

  18. Sounds like such a great day. I got a wonderful batch of homemade cookies from a friend and I really missed having homemade treats with my coffee.


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