One of my favorite traditions growing up was when all the ladies in my family gathered in my mom's kitchen to bake Christmas cookies. My grandma would bring her cookie cutters and rolling pins to make sure there was enough, and we'd spend the whole day stepping on each other's toes, licking icing off our fingers and making the biggest, happiest mess you've ever seen.
When I first moved to Colorado, my baking attempts resulted in hard, clay-like cookies. After 10 years of playing around with the recommendations for modifying recipes - subtract some baking powder here, add some water there, increase the temperature, and add a sprinkle of fairy dust - What's the one thing I've learned?
Stick with recipes that were made for high altitudes!
So this December, I'll be skipping the extra math and baking up one or two (okay, all ten) of these tried-and-true recipes that are sure to both succeed at our altitude and taste delicious!
I couldn't wait to start baking with my own kids- although in our house, the boys get in on the fun!