Some of the questions I’ve answered over the years:
“You must really like to bake, huh?”
-Well, I guess I do. The first thing I ever bought with my first paycheck ever was a cookie cookbook at Cracker Barrel. It was November 1994, and I took my mom out to breakfast. My job didn’t last (I was fired because I was 15, not that they didn’t know this when they hired me), but my cookbook did. I like baking, and doing the cookies every December generally cures me until the next year.
“What do you do with all the cookies?”
-Many are given as gifts, like to neighbors and teachers. Many more are consumed by my four taste-testers at home. What’s left over goes to my family Christmas get-together in Illinois.
“Why the F do you do this?!”
-I generally ask myself that same question on or about December 18th. I don’t really know why I do it. When Larry Potter was little, we didn’t have a lot of money, so I started baking as a way to celebrate Christmas. It also probably had something to do with my massive sweet tooth. I started doing this 24 days thing in 2004, and I suppose was just that bored.
“Hey! Can you send me some cookies?”
-Probably not. It’s not that I’m not generous and kind (shut it, JDub), but that I’m so very bad at getting to the post office. I don’t know why. But if you stop by, I’ll gladly pack you a plate of them.
“What’s your favorite cookie?”
-I don’t have a favorite cookie, per se, but some definite favorite flavors. I love caramel and lemon, so anything with these flavors are good in my book. And in the same vein, I can’t stand black walnut flavoring or brownies with nuts. So you probably won’t be seeing any of those here.
“Do you make the same cookies every year?”
-I like to mix it up. I have my favorites, but I’m always looking for new recipes to try. As I go, I find some good ones and add them to the rotation. I do about half old recipes, half new ones. And some leave forever like a beloved sitcom, but then may make a special appearance years later, also much like a beloved sitcom.
“Do you ever have cookies that don’t turn out?”
-Generally, I have one batch a year that fail. And one year, I made Earl Grey cookies that I thought were amazing, but my mother and JDub declared a human rights violation.