Friday, December 19, 2008

Ode to Christmas Cookies

First, before I drool too badly into my keyboard professing my love to Christmas cookies, I have to thank my buddy Marie. Marie is a wonderful cook, artist and just all around fabulous gal. She's so loving and generous that you feel like you get a giant hug every time you visit her site.

She awarded me with the honest scrap, an award given to bloggers you feel are honest. As Marie is nothing but truthful, it's a big honor.

Normally I'd choose a bunch of folks, but I'm tired. I'd rather talk about cookies. So first seven people, consider yourself tagged!

Dear Invisible Friends, I must also inform you I'm currently barreling down the road to Shreveport for In-Law Christmas Invasion 2008. My mother-in-law has no idea her kitchen is about to get annexed, her Chihuahua terrorized and her house transformed into the chaos of the Pond. If that's not enough, we're taking the swirl of chaos and clutter to my parents' house on Christmas Eve in Austin. So I may not get to visit ya'll until this weekend. Don't think I don't like you--I just don't have Internet in the backroads of Texas.

I have goats instead.

And now, for the drool...

Ode to Christmas Cookies and How I Love Thee

It's no secret I have a sweet tooth,
that last through out the year.
After all, I'm the sugar fiend,
the pie queen,
the one who can organize an entire social event around baked goods.

From rice krispies to cobbler,
I'm not very picky.
If it's got a bit of icing and some sugary topping,
I'll be more than fine.

But around Christmas, my heart starts dancing,
and my fingers start twitching.
My stomach rumbles and my butt gets to wiggling.
For Christmas means Christmas cookies.

Christmas cookies are different than other cookies, you see.
Whether cut out angels or pushed through a press,
Christmas cookies hold magic in their sprinkles.
Rolled, macarooned, dipped or squished into bars,
Every bite is a tiny burst of holiday joy.

Now I know everyone has their favorites and family traditions,
And I'm still trying to figure out mine.
But as a classy duck you can't deny,
that there's no going wrong with the traditional cut out type.
(Loaded with icing and sprinkles, or gravy as Daddy would say, can't hurt much at all.)

Even non-bakers can love Christmas cookies as much as I do,
With the magic of boxes and bags,
Add some milk and eggs,
Maybe some oil,
And you can come up with your own pans of frivolity.

O tub of dough, how I adore thee.
For you saved my butt the night before the office party.
Instead of measuring, rolling and chilling,
I gave into clever marketing.

I never said I was perfect. And how can you go wrong with a tub o dough?

Oh, ginourmous tub of dough,
How you inspire me.
For I'll barely touch a Christmas cookie now,
Since I can't stop imagining you plastered to my thigh.

But it's ok, o tub of dough,
Not even you can dampen my love of Christmas cookies.
After all, there's more than one cookie in the jar.
I could sample spritz, nibble on peanut butter or go after a nutty-honey mixture.

Slap me together some shortbread,
Pour on the pound cake.
Break out the pies,
Mix up the powered sugar icing.

For you see, dear Christmas cookies,
I've got a little secret of my own.
With seven days until Christmas,
there's a lot of holly jolly to sample,
and a lot of cookies to try.

It's a hard job, but someone's got to do it.

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! Tomorrow we have a new Kitchen Magic and on Sunday, the third date of the Fuzzy Duck and Rubber Chicken! Christmas is never ending at the Pond!


doggybloggy said...

we will be trying to make our very first gingerbread house this weekend....mmmmmm cookie dough!

Cindy said...

Visiting from SITS.
I have very sweet teeth :)
Mmmmm everthing looks so good!

Spring Fricks said...

Oh, this reminds me that I haven't made my favorite cookies yet. I've been so busy this Christmas that I haven't made any cookies. I have made three batches of baklava though and that will do nicely too.

Have fun with your family.

Mandy said...

I am drooling....

I have been up to my elbows in powdered sugar this week making cookies. I made Torchette (an italian cookie much like biscotti) and Buckeyes. Have I told you this already? I am having a major case of deja vu. I digress....

Those look yummy!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Did you make all those cookies? Even if you used a tub o dough, on some, that's a lot of baking my friend. They all looks so fattening and delish!

kels said...

so cute! Christmas cookies are my favorite too!

Are you from Austin? I visited there for the first time this summer and fell in love. What a great city!

Laurie said...

I love your angel cookie cutters, I want one! :)
And I must not be shopping in the right aisle because I have never seen dough in a tub! How cool is that!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

LOL, I love that tube of dough pic!

~~louise~~ said...


If I ever ate all those cookies I'd be flying to Austin without a plane! You go girl...and have a few for me.

P.S. I must look for those tubs of dough...

Anonymous said...

I don't really have a sweet tooth, but when the weather starts to get cold, I get the irresistible urge to bake and bake and bake until my oven begs for mercy. Can you believe dh has asked me to stop making cookies???

Love your ode to cookies! :)

Maybe you can see if you can somehow rig the goats up so that they can receive and send internet signals??

Pearl said...

LOL wow i've never seen a tub of dough flipped out like that!

have a wonderful trip to texas! and those cookies are adooorable - esp. the little angels! i'd probably then spend 3 hours decorating them and drawing little faces with different expressions on them.. hahaha

Live.Love.Eat said...

OH tub of dough, thank you for making Blonde Duck so happy!!!!!

Marjie said...

I never saw a tub of dough - that's a hoot! Have fun in Shreveport and Austin. We'll miss you, Duckie, but you surely do need to bring Bittie and Bear to visit their grandparents, now don't you? Merry Christmas if we don't see you before then, and I'm looking forward to your stories!

Grace said...

lovely poetry, even lovelier cookies. and come on--who wouldn't prefer goats to the internet? :)

Aleta said...

After reading your blog and seeing the pictures, I feel like the Cookie Monster, "COOKIE!!!!!"

Grammy Staffy said...

I loved this post....thanks

Congrats on the award. I love Marie too.

I've left a Christmas message for you on my blog. I hope that you can drop by and read it.

Merry Christmas

Jen Sue Wild said...

congrats on the award!!

I love christmas cookies I just wish I was good at makeing them..

Cathy said...

Oh, so moving and passionate! I'm right there with you!

Safe travels to you! And good luck surviving without the internet for a few days -- it darn well near killed me when I went to my parents' house over Thanksgiving!

Pam said...

All the treats are making me hungry! Have a fun and safe trip.

Linda said...

Have a good trip and wear some shorts for me.

Reeni said...

Loved all your cookies. Have fun on your trip!

nikkicrumpet said...

Brilliant...if anything on this planet deserves an "ODE" it's Christmas cookies!!!!

jenjen said...

Duckie --

Your cookies are delightful -- I wish I could try one! Have fun with your in-laws.

PS - I finally got your little gift sent. Sorry it took me so long!


The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I'm afraid if I had Tub of Dough it would be so easy to never quite get around to eating the actual baked cookie product!

I don't know what that first photo is, but it looks good. I want some of that.

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

I bow to your creativity both in cookie land and writing! Tell that mean and snobby Silver bird to get lost would ya? ;)

Bunny said...

I don't know Miranda, you'd think you were my daughter the way you love sweets! I think the 2 of us have sugar running through our veins instead of blood! LOL!!!

Jan said...

Congrats on your award, and the cookies. Enjoy your trip. Y'all come back here, real soon

The Acting Mom said...

Thanks for stopping by and congrats on the award! I mostly act on stage, but have been in a couple of short films.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Too the angel cookie cutters! (Stomach growls) Now I have to go find a cookie! :-) Susan

Marie said...

Ahhh... Christmas Cookies, my only weakness. (shaddup!!) Your cookies look pretty good, even if they came out of a tub! I wish we could get that kind of stuff over here!!! It would make things so much easier this time of year! Have a wonderful time in Shreveport! Have a safe and uneventful journey!

Anonymous said...

Those look so absolutely delicious! I'm coming over, ok?

Susan said...

Oh Yum- they look yummy...
Thanks for stopping by my blog-
I enjoys this post:)

Queenie Jeannie said...

Sooooo hungry for cookies now!! You DID make extra for me, right???

Cynthia's Blog said...

I loved the first cookie you posted. Realy pretty and it looks even better!

noble pig said...

I have never seen that tub-o-dough. I would keep it in the fridge and eat it with a spoon.

Michelle said...

Man, I gotta catch up on blogs. Th holidays are making me fall behind. Your cookies are adorable. I would have just eaten that tub 'o dough just like it is and then proceed to get sick. :)

Cakelaw said...

LOL - such a fun poem, and all of those cookies!!! Enjoy your Xmas cookies, and wishing you and everyone at the Pond a very merry Xmas.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - such a fun poem, and all of those cookies!!! Enjoy your Xmas cookies, and wishing you and everyone at the Pond a very merry Xmas.

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