Chopping & Baking at PorterRanch

  This is the weekend
 we'll go & chop down our tree
 & this is when all the fun begins!
We have only a dusting of snow
 & are expecting more tomorrow.
 Which means I will also be
 in my nice warm kitchen baking!
 Baking & boxing
 Christmas cookies for everyone!
Now, let me ask you,
 do you start from scratch
 or do you start from the big tub
 of Nestle Toll House Cookies
 that you bake at 350
 for 9 to 11 minutes?
 Have you all seen
 what some very talented
 cookie makers are pulling
 out of their ovens? 

It's an edible winter wonderland.
  Kind of gave me a bit of anxiety
 when I saw the level of artistry.
  These are my favorite.
  Old fashioned like my grandmother
 used to make. 
I like to actually see the cookie part
 since I'm not an icing kind of girl.
 It's how the cookie part tastes
 that's most important, right?
This is a pretty departure
 from the typical red & green.
  I like that too!
And these golden angels are
 pretty enough to hang on the tree!
 When you bake for someone,
 you're giving more than cookies.
 Layers and layers of buttery goodness
 wrapped in wax paper also says
 "I love you."
More artistry using that
 swirly swivel toothpick technique thingy.
  I think these are actually
 going to be ornaments...
These would win the prize
 at the Porter's.
Gingerbread is our favorite!
Before I go preheat the oven,
 I want to show all of you smart designers
 the gorgeous creations by
 Rogue Confections.
Handmade, pure Belgian chocolates
 adorned with edible inspiration
 from vintage wallpaper patterns.
These handmade pretties
 were produced in the kitchen
 of ex-television set designer,
 Sherri Adler. 
You can visit Rogue Confections
 to learn more,
 or you could stop by PorterRanch
 & have some of these!
Baked with love of course!
xo Lisa

photo credits:
 Country Home, silliLilli, 45 Minute Gourmet,
 Food Network, Country Living, Alexandra Grablewski,
Sugar Cookie Couture, Sugar Craft, Garden Party NYC,
 Gourmet Magazine, Rogue Confections, Country Living.


Town and Country Mom said...

Wonderful images all! I'm with you, though, more cookie less icing! We always do some iced ones for Santa, but for gifts and munching, it's usually shortbread or peppermint chocolate chip. Have fun getting your tree!

JMW said...

What gorgeous chocolates! I would be afraid to eat them because they are so pretty, but then the chocolate lover in me would quickly get over it and devour them! With the snow coming this weekend, I may stay in with the kids, too, and bake some cookies. Good idea!

Juju at Tales of said...

What a totally splendid array :)

EntertainingMom said...

We're baking here too! "Testing" out all sorts of new recipes that we may give to teachers as gifts. The eggnog cake is in the oven... peppermint stick brownie truffles are next on the agenda!

Simply love the photos you have chosen. Would love to sink my teeth in to one of the sugar cookie snowflakes!

All The Trappings said...

Dang! I was hoping for EASY cookie recipes to bring to a party tomorrow and now you have me wanting to make those beautiful snowflake ones! Do you think if I worked from right now until 11am tomorrow morning I could complete a 1/2 dozen??

All of them are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration images!


Leah - The Inside Story said...

Those cookies are a work of art. You've inspired me to bake some, from scratch of course. Beautiful!!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Angela and I always bake cookies during the holidays!
This is such a sweet post, Lisa.
Have fun baking and decorating.

Jane K. Schott said...

I am sending your info on Rogue Confections to everyone. Really beautiful post Lisa. You put the sparkle in the holidays!

LPC said...

Gingerbread cookies, definite favorite:).

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

So many delicious cookies, so little time! What a yummy post Lisa. XO

Renee Finberg said...

i feel like i have just been to an art show!!!

those cookies are divine.
who could bare to eat one?

i have only cut down an xmas tree once in maine.
it was magical.


Ann said...

OMG... I can't eat those cookies.

They are too beautiful:)

CALinteriors said...

Such gorgeous creations...they look heavenly and yummy :))

WA Blog Team said...

We love this post! What amazingly beautiful cookies!! Happy Holidays.