Baking Dates: December 22 and 23, 2014
My Christmas tradition each year is to bake goodies for the players/families of my son Alex’s Travel and All Star baseball team. This year, I made a multitude of mini-breads and sugar cookies.
I label the breads so people know what they are getting. Here’s the big bucket of mini-breads after I had baked 90+ of them!
For the sugar cookies, I had seen a recipe for sugar cookies and royal icing in Food Network magazine, so I decided to give it a try.
I made cut out stockings and piped on the names with green frosting left over from the Christmas Tree Cake I made. I then personalized the goodies with the names of all members of each family. I piped on the outline of the top of the stocking in white royal icing and then outlined the bottom of the stocking that I had dyed red (took a vial and a half of red to get this color!). I then thinned the remaining icing and filled in the piping. Finally, I decorated the stockings using a variety of Christmas sprinkle decorations.
Here’s how the family cookies came out:
There were a couple of other families I included:
And here are the packaged goodies ready to be piled into my sleigh (CRV, actually) for delivery on Christmas Eve:
So thanks to the families and to the players. It was another amazing year on the field – from the state semi-final game to the weeklong tournament at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. Thanks to my baseball family for being my “other family”. Happy Holidays, everyone!