Dec 2 2013

Sweets of My Labor

Melissa Crytzer Fry

Amid the craziness that was my Thanksgiving, I forgot to post the โ€œafterโ€ shots from my recent cookie-baking frenzy (and even more disheartening: I forgot to take a photo of my two completed cookie towers that were set out on Thanksgiving Day).

Enjoy these in-progress and completed cookie shots!

Black cherry-chocolate linzertortes - before the final "sprinkling." Click to enlarge.

The final 'sugared' product. Sandwiched between the two cookies: bittersweet chocolate and black cherry preserves. Click to enlarge.

Cherry chocolate chip walnut cookies. Click to enlarge.

White Chocolate Dream Cookies (orange zest gives these cookies a nice touch). Click to enlarge.

These sugar cookies and the following took a day to decorate. Click to enlarge.

Yes, those are bats that have absolutely nothing to do with Thanksgiving. But, as you recall ... I love bats! Even brown ones.

Chocolate-raspberry thumbprints. Click to enlarge.

My new favorite cookie: this guy with its chocolate-peanut butter base has a surprise hiding underneath. A marshmallow!

Full confession: I made a seventh kind of cookie. But it’s naughty-looking, so I decided not to picture it! You can probably imagine what it looks like by its name, “chipple.” It was a joke to get a reaction from my brothers in law. But with a brownie base and peanut butter dollop, they were pretty darn good, too.

The only thing sweeter than these treats? The time again, with my house restored to normal – finally – to curl up with a good book.

Hope your holiday was sweet!


21 Responses to “Sweets of My Labor”

  • avatar Cynthia Robertson Says:

    Oh YUM!! They are beautiful works of art, Melissa.

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Thanks, Cynthia. I only bake cookies like this every couple of years, so when I do, I go all out.

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  • avatar Julia Munroe Martin Says:

    YUMMMY!! I’ve made no cookies and of course now I’m jealous and mustโ€ฆ even though I am certain I won’t be able to decorate so beautifully! Nice!!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    I’ve seen your cookies before! They will be gorgeous!

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  • avatar Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Melissa – I’m going to hold you personally responsible for the calories I inhaled through my screen while drooling over these delicious-looking cookies!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    If we COULD gain calories from online drooling, I’d be in BIG trouble, Laurie. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  • avatar Shary Says:

    Those all look amazing! It’s a lot of work to bake like that, but so worth the effort. Now I’m inspired!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Have you done any baking, Shary? I was a bit ahead of the true holiday baking season, so I’m done for now. Hope you have fun with your confectioner’s creations.

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  • avatar Donna Says:

    Wow, you were busy!!! It all looks sooooo good! Bet you made everyone happy with all those treats.

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Yes, my brother-in-law lived up to his “Cookie Monster” persona. He had a cookie hanging out of his face every time I turned around. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • avatar Erika Marks Says:

    Oh my dear–the drool!! Those are incredible–seriously, those are more magnificent than any I have seen in the boutique-y bakeries–and I don’t even dare imagine how delicious they must TASTE!
    I have been thinking about you and your family and knowing you were winding down from the holidays–thank you so much for sharing this special peek into some of the joy:)
    Hugs! (And yes, the bat ones might be my favorite;))
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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    What a compliment, Erika. Thank you. Any time for cookie-baking with you and the girls?

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  • avatar Natalia Sylvester Says:

    These all look AMAZING, Melissa! My stomach started grumbling just looking at them. I can only imagine how beautiful and delicious they must’ve looked arranged on the cookie tower! Hope they were enjoyed by all!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    Sigh. The cookie towers that weren’t pictured. But, yes, a hit. So fun to share with people who appreciate the work and time — and love — that goes into them!

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  • avatar Jackie Cangro Says:

    How could I even pick a favorite? The only thing I could decide would be which one I would try first.
    First, the linzer cookies. I think. Then I would move on to the chocolate peanut butter cookie. Then I’d try the thumbprint cookies. Oh, my mouth is watering.
    I love the “eyes” on the bat cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet they were just devoured!

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    Melissa Crytzer Fry Reply:

    You are a woman after my own heart, Jackie. The linzers were great, but my two favorites are the thumbprints and the ones with the chocolate-peanutbutter base. Sadly, the marshmallow ones have disappeared (she says, as she wipes chocolate crumbs from her face)

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  • avatar Nina Says:

    ooooh, yummy. It shows that we’ve known each other for a while because I remember your other cooking frenzies here and there. They’re always fruitful!

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  • avatar Jolina Petersheim Says:

    Those first ones makes me want to crawl through the screen and devour! So yummy-looking and beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • avatar Jessica Vealitzek Says:

    I am so glad I didn’t post photos of my cookies…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • avatar Diann Says:

    These look so beautiful, Melissa! You’ve inspired me: I think I’ll try some linzer cookies for Christmas.

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  • avatar Leah Says:

    These look incredible! I’ve Ben baking all weekend too. It’s fun and I love my creations. But like you, I’m so ready to just sit on the couch and read!

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