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Like I said earlier this holiday season, my favorite part of Christmas is the Christmas plays – not the baking.
And in full disclosure, I have to tell you that I thought I had found a fool-proof sugar cookie recipe this year. I decided to make it this year for our neighbors when we went caroling. The only problem was that when I went to gather the ingredients, I realized that I was out of vegetable oil…
But I was not out of olive oil and in my book an oil is an oil is an oil.
So I made these fool-proof sugar cookies with two sticks of butter and one cup of vegetable oil, except I used olive oil.
Those of you who can bake are already laughing, but I really thought my oil substitution would make no difference.
Of course, when they came out of the oven, I sampled a cookie or ten and they had a little different taste than I had remembered, but I figured it was all good. They looked the same.
However, when my husband came home and tried one, he gave me a cordial response…these are, um, edible.
But when I started to package them up to take with us caroling, he interrupted my efforts with a hearty “Don’t give those to the neighbors!”
They were that bad.
I threw over 50 cookies in the trash.
Not to be deterred. I tried again a few days later with the correct ingredients and I am happy to report that the recipe is indeed fool-proof, if the fool doesn’t try to substitute ingredients. (ha!)
In other Christmasy news, the kids did a great job this holiday season! They shared at Hebron Colony on Christmas Eve and then did a little play for our families later that evening. Their dramatic abilities just get better and better each year. I am so thankful to get to do Christmas dramas with them.
And I am thankful when my baking is edible. As are all the folks in my family!
Merry (Two Days After) Christmas!