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Christmas is coming... are you ready?

'Tis the season to be... ah bah humbug! I'm not *that* much into Christmas! (Although I will admit, my very first Christmas in Japan was just plain weird and lonely. It's a good thing a number of us decided to get together and have a X-Mas party and to-do because it would've been really depressing otherwise. We also went to Kobe for Illuminarie; a X-mas lights display that was started after the Hanshin Earthquake). Anyhow, back to the present... This year's just being a bit weird. Maybe it's the cold weather outside, but this year, I have this inordinate desire for COOKIES!!! The Sunday paper had a bunch of cookie recipes which I'm debating trying out, and am also debating taking the "easy" route and simply buying a bunch of cookies from the bakery. Haven't quite decided yet.

The female sibling unit bought a 1lb tin of shortbread cookies from Murchie's when she put in the last tea order there (she was out of her lemon spice tea), and we've *flown* through that tin. I quite like the cookies, and while I'm tempted to put in another order, I'm thinking maybe trying something else would be better. Afterall, variety is good, and we've had their cookies now for this year. I just don't know what to buy / get / make. >_<; The problem with lots of bakery cookies though is the concept of super-sizing. I don't like gigantic nibblies. Nibblies should be bite-sized. (Hence how easy it was to go through the Murchie's tin of cookies. They're bite-sized and made with butter and containing orange zest. *Evil* things I tell you, EVIL!!)

So, my quandary, since I like bite-sizers: what to make / buy. Nothing too sweet so the icing coated cookies aren't great, but every now and again are okay (for purchase; too fiddly for me to make). Sugar cookies maybe?... shortbread... maybe?? I have no idea what else to try for. >_<;;

I *am* thinking about making 2 batches of cream puffs; bite-sized of course. These are also very evil. Since they're so small, you don't notice how many you've eaten... :P But that probably won't be for at least another week. They only hold for about 4-5 days, and I'll need to buy 1L of half & half to make them (they're easy enough to make, just time consuming to fill. It's a very forgiving puff pastry recipe filled with a custard cream, sometimes I dip them in choco too for a bit of interest).

I'm also thinking that *maybe* I'll make peppermint chocolates. That's a recipe I haven't made in years, but really liked how they'd turned out. I never did buy the candied flower decorations that were to go on top, and I vaguely recall chipping my marble mortar and pestle trying to do this one year. The problem is breaking up the candy canes to a fine crush / dust state. (Anyone have any tips / tricks for crushing hard candy??) It's also hell on piping tips and bags since the choco/mint mix is quite thick and the mint dust / crush tends to clump.

What's everyone else planning on making / getting in terms of sweets? (Willing to share recipes for made?) I'm at a serious loss this year. ^^;
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