Yeah, I have no idea where it comes from

By Mir
December 12, 2013

You remember how surprised we were when Chickadee got her ADD diagnosis? All, “How in the world did THAT happen?” It’s a puzzle, truly. You could’ve knocked me over with the proverbial feather, at the time, and yet…

… yesterday I had a lot of work to get done and so of course by lunchtime I’d wandered into the kitchen and laid waste to about three pounds of butter. Huh.

But, uh, I was totally WORKING, see, because ’tis the season for baking, and I’ve got your holiday cookie recipes right here. I’m a giver. And that’s totally what I meant to do and was completely productive. Or something. Yes. Um. Can I offer you a cookie…?


  1. Lucinda

    Ha ha. I live and die by my lists. The days I don’t have a list, I get NOTHING done but I wander around a whole lot. Case in point. My husband will go to the store with three things on his list and come back with those three things. I will go to the store with three things in my head and come back with a car load of groceries but not the three things I need. Look! Himalayan sea salt! Pretty! So I completely understand the Squirrel! phenomenon. My daughter is the same way. Our catchphrase is “Oh, I got distracted.”

    • Crista

      The catchphrase around here is, “Oh, there musta been shiny things.” :)

  2. LizD

    They look delicious!

    Is it possible to substitute butter or lard for the shortening in the molasses cookies?

    • Mir

      I don’t really know. I mean, I’m sure you could, but the consistency is the thing with these cookies, and the consistency comes largely from the use of Crisco. You could try it, I guess! Report back if you do?

  3. eileen

    I just made the molasses cookies on a whim. Oh, my WORD. My house smells amazing. They are the perfect blend of crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. Which happens to be the standard to which I hold all good cookies. I actually don’t know whether to thank you or curse you.

  4. Carrie

    Ha! This is pretty much exactly what is going on in my house right now – my 7 year old snowflake just got an ADHD inattentive diagnosis, and suddenly much of my life struggles became clear to me. And, I am gentler on myself now when I find that I have just made fudge and cooked a gourmet meal in the middle of the day, not recalling the massive work deadline tonight, which I will have to bribe myself into meeting with fudge…

  5. c

    I think I’m gonna try the molasses cookies with coconut oil… been craving molasses cookies, and I regret reading the comments over there on the other site… can’t unread that remark

  6. 12tequilas

    Just wondering: in the photo? of the chocolate chip cookies? it looks like there’s more than one kind of chip in there…

  7. Holly

    Thanks for the cookie recipes – I always have great results with your recipes.

    Somehow its mid-December and I have no decorations up, haven’t done any baking and haven’t wrapped a single gift yet. At least I’m done shopping but boy, I am super behind this year!

  8. Isabel

    Made your Chocolate chip cookies last night and they are delicious! Thank you for the recipes! :)

  9. Full Spectrum Mama

    You ARE a giver – because every time I come over to this here blog i end up with a big smile on my face. Unfortunately will have to eat own cookies, though, from similar weekend “work” project. Love,

  10. Heidi

    Thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Now … about cookies. I JUST finished making the chocolate cream cheese cookies, and they are amazing. I’d characterize them as grown-up chocolate chip cookies. Made half a batch, since I didn’t know how they’d go over here, and will definitely be making more.

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