I’m not sure what it was about today but it kicked my butt. It just seemed like one thing after another, and talking with friends, it doesn’t sound like it was just me that was having issues with November 24th.

Enter Too Cute Tuesday, always the perfect antidote to a crummy day. We forwent the cocktail in favor of chocolate mint oolong tea. Because alcohol is a depressant, folks and sometimes, a gal just needs a cup of tea and to whine with a friend.

I told Dorrie to give me a little Donna Reed here. I think baking and drinking tea made us both feel quite proper.

This week continues our TCT Month of Giving. Dorrie requested we help her make Christmas cookies so she could serve them at her store during the annual Midnight Madness Sale in Bar Harbor. (Bonus this week is we can eat our mistakes!)

This recipe comes from Dorrie’s Grandma Dora LaBianca. Not quite a sugar cookie, not quite shortbread, this is a cookie that’s slightly sweet and gets better as it ages. Just like us! Awesome!

Sadly, Christie has the flu and Sue was out beginning Thanksgiving festivities but Dorrie and I held down the fort and made a ton of cookies. (By the way, this recipe will literally make over a hundred cookies!)

2 lb. flour
1 lb. sugar
1 lb. Crisco
3 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
9 eggs (6 egg whites (save the yolks), and 3 whole eggs)

extra flour
rolling pin
cookie cutters
cookie sheets
wax paper and tape (to protect your table)

‘Cocktail’ of the Night: Stash’s Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea

Just some of our cookies, already better having aged a few minutes out of the oven.

1. Have the crappiest day. Trip and almost fall on your way into Craft Central even.

2. Chocolate tea? Don’t mind if I do!

3. Mix up the dough (all the first group of ingredients above except the egg yolks), ideally with one of those fancy Kitchenaid mixers. Put the dough in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

4. After covering the table in wax paper, begin rolling out dough. Use lots of flour to keep things from getting sticky. Cut out the cookies. Realize how therapeutic it is already!

5. Once your cookie sheet is full, brush the cookies with the egg yolk. Sprinkle with sprinkles (guess that’s why they call them that).

6. Cook for about 12 minutes at 350 F, or until golden.

The good thing is they cool quickly and a few times, broke easily. (Opps! Oh well, might as well try them…)

All in all, the day ended on a high note and restored my faith in humanity… and myself. Here’s to Tuesday!

Note: If you don’t want to roll out all the cookies in one day, put the dough in the fridge or freezer!

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