Mimi’s Perfect Holiday Weekend: baking, wrapping, trimming

It all started twenty years ago when life threw my dearest girlfriend and me a few disappointments.  We decided to make our own happiness and create a Christmas tradition.  Every December we spent a weekend baking, listening to Christmas music, drinking champagne and wrapping cookies.  Though we no longer do this together ( and certainly couldn’t drink the amount of champagne we consumed in our younger days) I cherish the wonderful memories.

“New York Rangers”?  We concocted this from another recipe by jazzing up toll house cookies with a cup of Kellogg’s rice crispies and a cup of coconut.  Sometimes we included chopped walnuts, sometimes we didn’t.

Candied Walnuts:  we usually made these at the end of the day because we were “loopy” and  they are so easy.  Take a 12 oz bag of whole walnuts.  Place them in a colander to shake off the “dust”.  In a very large bowl, beat 1 egg white and 1 tbsp of water until frothy.  Dump in the walnuts and toss to coat.  Whisk together 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tbps cinnamon and a pinch of salt.  Dump on top of the walnuts and toss to coat.  Turn the walnuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees, turning the walnuts over every 15 minutes.

Follow the diva for “Mom’s mocha drops” recipe.




…and a Diva dishes.   I think there is nothing nicer than making something and giving to someone.  It’s a labor of love really.  The reason I don’t make cookies anymore is if there are leftovers, I can’t resist my own home made cookies (or anyone elses for that matter!)  A store bought cookie will sit in my house for a month, until it’s stale.  By the way candied walnuts go great in salads.

Cookies wrapped and ready to give.  

Ready and waiting for Santa.

We’re ready and waiting for Santa.


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