I had intended to write a couple of non-OR posts over the holidays. With holiday travel and various illnesses, my blogging was delayed but not canceled. I can’t help but use OR to make better decisions throughout my life, so my non-OR posts will actually contain a little OR.
I enjoyed reading Anna Nagurney’s blog about how she uses OR to handle the logistics of Christmas cookie baking. So do I! This year, I made all the dough on the same day, refrigerated, and then baked as time permitted. I was happy with the logistics, which allowed me to bring cookies to friends and relatives before Christmas this year. Sometimes I rely on baking bar cookies for simplicity, but I wanted to try a few new recipes this year that required shaping. The picture below is of Dr. Nagurney’s cookies, since I forgot to take pictures of mine.
This year, I baked
- Spritz (both regular and chocolate, which are my favorite)
- Sugar cookies with either key lime or vanilla icing (the key lime cookies were this year’s favorite)
- Peanut butter cookies
- Rum balls
- Almond crescents
- Maple walnut cookies
- Jam-filled cookies
January 5th, 2010 at 7:50 am
I’m sure that your cookies were as delicious as Anna’s.
(Her husband) Professor Lad Nagurney
October 25th, 2010 at 10:41 am
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