What Are You Making For The Holidays? And a cookie recipe

Have you started planning your holiday menus yet? I haven't.

I don't get it when people start planning food so far ahead of time. For Pete's sake, Thanksgiving is three weeks away, and Christmas is a couple of months...I can't plan farther than a week or so. Last year I pretty much planned Thanksgiving the day before. If I'm hosting it would probably be two days before.

So I decided to do a survey...what one thing do you make every year that you'll be making again this year? Maybe I can get some ideas from other people.

In the meantime, here's a recipe for some delicious cookies that you can make. Whip some of these up so that you have something to eat while you're planning your holiday dinners. This is adapted from a Baker's chocolate recipe, and boy are they good...

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour

Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until the butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is totally melted, then stir in the sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Add the flour and mix well, then refrigerate it until you can handle it to roll the dough into balls.

Heat the oven to 350F.

Shape the cooled dough into 1" balls and put them on a baking sheet that's been lined with parchment or waxed paper.

Bake for 8 minutes, no more!  Leave them on the baking sheets for 1 minute after removing them from the oven, then put the paper sheets on a cooling rack.

Cool completely, then eat them all before your family gets home. You are justified in doing this because it counts as recipe research.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com