Combine the two, and you end up with the 12 days of cookies - or 50% of it, since I managed 6 of the 12 days in the song.
Holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of Peta Eats is sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us.
If I'd had unlimited time, and people to pass the finished biscuits on to, I'd have made 12 batches of biscuits and treats, one for each of the 12 days in 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. I'm sure I could have managed the latter requirement amongst family and friends, but the first was never going to happen. But with a spot of 11th hour baking this evening, I've managed 6 rather laterally themed cookies.
Recipes to follow in some future posts, as it's getting late, and if I don't finish this up soon, I'll miss the posting deadline again!
A Partridge In A Pear Tree - Spiced pear and oatmeal cookies
Five Gold Rings - Saffron shortbread rings with vanilla icing and gold and silver nonpareils
Eight Maids A Milking - Condensed milk snowballs made with homemade dairy free condensed almond milk
Ten Lords A Leaping - Peanut butter and popping candy fudge
Eleven Pipers Piping - Strawberry piped sandwich swirl biscuits
Twelve Drummers Drumming - Fridge biscuits with 'Drumstick' chew bar chunks
As an aside, according to Wikipedia, there was an alternative version of this song in 19th century Scotland. I stumbled across it whilst looking for other options for some of the 'trickier' days that even with some creative thinking I was a little stumped with. However... they didn't exactly help:
"The king sent his lady of the first Yule day,
A popingo-aye [parrot];
Wha learns my carol and carried it away?"
The subsequent gifts are listed as follows:
A goose that was grey
A bull that was brown
Three ducks a-merry laying
Three swans a-merry swimming
An Arabian baboon
Three hinds a-merry hunting
Three maids a-merry dancing
Three stalks o' merry corn
I've no idea what a goldspink even is, and baboon biscuits, whilst amusing, didn't seem any easier than leaping lords or piping pipers!