When the view from the windows is like this, little is better than staying indoors, turning on the oven, and baking up your own storm.
I've begun making the dough for what could end up being a dozen types of cookies I plan to take to work on Monday. Double recipes of twelve different cookies in one weekend with only one oven is a bit ambitious, and the weather is sucking the ambition right out of me, but I'll still give it a shot. Right now I've just finished a double batch of Marilyn's Toffee (not counted in the dozen...making it a baker's dozen, I guess).
I also talked to the toffee's namesake this afternoon and she doesn't recommend doing a double batch, but since I rarely heed good advice I did it anyway. The pan did end up being terribly scorched and I had to employ three different cleaning methods to restore it to a workable state, so perhaps the time savings were not so great. The toffee turned out perfectly, however, and is now resting until tomorrow, except for the occasional edge piece that somehow falls off in my fingers and then into my mouth.
Here is the list of cookies that I'm planning (subject to change on a whim, of course):
1. Chewy cranberry cookies, drizzled with white chocolate (was going to dip the edges in white chocolate and pistachios, but I'm out of pistachios and ... see photo above...)
2. Cook's Illustrated's Best peanut butter cookies (subscription required for recipe).
3. English Ginger Cookies - a recipe from an elderly batchelor attorney in my hometown.
4. Sesame Cookies - I haven't decided on which recipe to use yet.
5. Coconut macaroons, also from Cook's Illustrated.
6. Monster cookies - my adapted Mrs. Field's cookies with M&Ms
7. Shortbread - plain, simple, and simply divine.
8. Chipotle Mexican chocolate sandwich cookies - from Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Cookie issue
9. Tuiles or pizzelle - I haven't decided yet
10. Swedish Brunli - chewy almond cookies. These are gluten free for a special friend.
11. Peppermint meringues
12. Some type of chocolate cookie or brownie. With bourbon (a little in the cookie and a lot in me).
Wish me luck!
(PS there aren't aliens in the tree - it's the reflection of our dining room lights in the window.)