Cookies are a wonderful finger-food. No utensils required to eat them. This makes them excellent snacks for kids (and adults) and also a perfect party food. My whole focus at this time in my life is to make things simple. Less work, less cleanup, less last-minute. What I want is to have everything ready if guests arrive, so I can enjoy their company. I want the ease of being able to use fingers when possible, avoiding utensils. Parties are supposed to be about having fun, but this can be tricky for the host and/or hostess.
Holidays are all about cookies. Cookies are all about making ahead! What a wonderful bit of serendipity! I have found recipes over the years that have become complete favorites, but I am still finding new ones to try. Send me your favorite cookie recipe!
When I was young and living in Guatemala with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I make with my Busy-Mom-Method. Rather than take the time to make all the individual cookies by batches, with separate baking times, I would roll the cookie dough onto a greased baking sheet, working it evenly to the edges and bake it as one large cookie. It took a few minutes more in the oven this way, but it came out perfectly. Then, as these were simple cookies, I would make an icing that was just confectioners' sugar and water or milk, with a little vanilla for flavor, mixed up to a soft peanut butter consistency, and spread it over the hot cookie straight from the oven. This would warm the icing, making it easy to spread with the back of the same spoon I used to mix the icing. Once the cookie cooled, the icing would harden, and I could just cut the large cookie into small bar shapes, and voila! Cookies in half the time! Two of my favorite recipes for this method were the Hermits and the Simple Vanilla Cookies. If you are a busy Mom, try this method!