It truly is crazy living on both sides of the Pond.

That said, you may understand the craziness of what seemed like a simple task: baking cookies to add to the treats of our local church’s ESL class’ Christmas party last night. My new favorite word? Persevere!

My first thought was to make a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies substituting red and green M&Ms for the chips. But Jim took on the search challenge for these perfect additions and none were to be found. (This was on Wednesday so that I’d either bake that night or, at least, have the supplies on hand the next day.)

On his second trip, he discovered red, green and white M&Ms that were mint. Hmmm. That could be a tasty alternative.

Apparently all systems were go…except that I forgot I don’t own a hand-mixer in the States. The texture is always better with an electric mixer.

No matter: The mint M&Ms had a cookie recipe on the back that called for refrigerated sugar cookie dough. You know, the kind that’s already made and you simply slice and bake. Score!

Jim went out again and purchased the dough plus the peppermint extract and green food coloring that would give that wonderful mint flavor and lovely green tint. As soon as I put the dough in the bowl to add the extras, I suddenly realized that I don’t own a dough roller in the States. The next step was to roll the dough and use a round cookie cutter to shape the cookies. Ugh.

Time was flying by. I needed to create SOMETHING fun and deliver them to the church within the next few hours.

I considered a few other options, but it soon became clear that I would simply buy cookies on the way to the church. End of problem.

But our grandsons were here and they were anxious to decorate cookies — why did I ever mention that possibility?

Quick flip through some cookbooks and nothing caught my eye. (Hey, at least I had those cookbooks on this side of the Pond!)

I made the executive decision to use the green dough and just create less-than-perfectly-rolled cookies. I checked the number of cookies per batch and divided the dough and shaped the segments into balls. After I put them on the cookie sheets I pressed them down into circles and baked them.

Unfortunately the circles enlarged during baking and some of the cookies looked a bit more square than round once I separated them, but that was fine with me.

Mintly decoratingThe bottom line was that the cookies baked and cooled, I added vanilla icing, and two little boys were quite happy to creatively decorate with the mint M&Ms.

When my daughter delivered them, the party organizers were excited to see something other than chocolate chip cookies. AND they had a new task: figuring out the decorations! Milan and Alek created a caterpillar, a flower, a sunny day, a tree with grass, stripes, a flag, and some other surprises.

Thankful that I persevered…I would have missed some wonderful moments with the boys! And I loved hearing them discuss the decorations, even imagining the recipients recognizing the creativity involved.

It was a delight to witness them willingly creating, all the while knowing that they themselves would not be attending the party.

(Grammy let them each have one, though. Even Poppy sat down for a cookie with the boys!)

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Grandma Kc says:

    This is absolutely my kind of fun! And it doesn’t matter if the cookie dough is homemade or refrigerator dough, the kids are going to have fun. That is what it is all about!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      You are so right, Grandma Kc!! Hoping to have more afternoons like this one over the next weeks. Maybe with better planning?!

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