Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Came Early This Year

To begin with, I made my most favorite cookies this morning, which makes me happier than ever.

I just love Gumdrop Cookies*.  (and I admit that I am terrible at making food look delicious, but I assure you that these cookies are just that.)

Aren't you completely stunned that I was able to distinguish between the red and the green ones?  No?  You must not know me well enough...

The real Christmas gift I'm talking about is the fact that the wonderful Todd Gocken, of Expedition designing fame, has designed another sweater which I edited and then he sent me some yarn to knit one up for myself!

Briggs & Little Heritage in Khaki - I thought it was fitting as the sweater is called "Brigade" and is a military style sweater.  The pattern hasn't been released yet, but I'll let you guys know when it's up.  I can't wait to start knitting on this one.

*Recipe for Gumdrop Cookies, if you're interested:


- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup nuts (optional)
- gumdrops

Mix butter and sugar.  Add eggs, mix.  Add sour cream, mix.  Add flour, soda, and salt, mix.  Add oatmeal and nuts (if you want), mix.  Ta-da!  Dough is done.

Scoop, spoon, plop, toss, or drop cookie-amount globs of dough on cookie sheet and gently press three gumdrops onto each one.

Bake at 400 degrees for 9-10 minutes.

My batch made exactly four dozen cookies this morning. Deeelicious.


  1. yay cookies! although those aren't actually red, they're orange. (on my screen, anyway...)

  2. Those cookies are just adorable. :) I hope your boyfriend appreciates how talented you are!

    And yay for knitting goodness, I look forward to seeing the sweater when you're ready to start work on it.

  3. Did you pick the gumdrops by yourself? If you did, I really am impressed and proud of you.

    Lovely yarn!


  4. Yep, those gumdrops are definitely orange. Why did you pick out all the good colors? ;-)

    That is an awesome gift from Todd. Sweater yarn! Woohoo!

  5. Woo! Those cookies look all kinds of yum! I cannot wait to see the sweater - the yarn is super!

    Thanks for being you today.=)

  6. Any recipe that starts with a cup of butter works for me. I'd leave the gumdrops off, though. My mom always had those things sitting out in a candy dish, and the only flavor I could stand was the orange - the green? Feh!!

    Lucky you, a new sweater project!

  7. How cool is that? Test knitting a new sweater PLUS free yarn! Gotta love that. Just don't get too many cookie crumbs on it, m'kay? :)

  8. Although I have to admit the gumdrops don't turn me on. Marshmallows, maybe, but gumdrops??? (I was always the child who complained about food until I tasted it; then I asked for seconds)

    As for red or orange, I think the gumdrop gods have played a little trick on us. So long as you celebrate Christmas with the Irish, you're safe either way. If they call it orange, they'll just think you're making cookies in their honor...Right?

    I'm so impressed with your sweater editing...I'm still a newbie sweater knitter. I'd like to shake your hand!

  9. The cookies sound great! I don't think I've ever had gumdrop cookies.

  10. Thanks for the cookie recipe. Will make some for company that are arriving this week. Lucky you with all the Briggs and Little wool. It is so lovely to work with.
    Ron in Mexico

  11. I've made cookies very similar before and they really are wonderful!

  12. Briggs and Little is such a rugged yarn, and definitely holds a fond spot in my heart. Your Expedition pullover was lovely, and I'm sure this one will be too.