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colloweenie

You are super mom


theknittedgnome

You are so sweet! Thanks for that. Honestly at first my feelings were kinda hurt. I thought it was fun!


colloweenie

Believe me, as a fellow mom of a gamer boy...they eat like hippos. Those gamers are gonna LOVE you and their moms are gonna be super jealous of your mad skills


theknittedgnome

Until a friend with cat allergies started playing they were here at least once a week. I would usually make them all dinner and omg the amount of food they would eat!! I did make an extra tray for the one friends whose mom who hasn't been feeling well or baking.


colloweenie

You are a GREAT human. Merry Christmas!


killerpengu

I can tell you that even if they don’t appreciate you now, those friends will grow up to really appreciate your hospitality! My friend’s mum would always feed us like kings and I have such warm memories of those times and of her! Your trays look incredible! Merry Christmas!


theknittedgnome

That is a really good point. I still remember a couple of really nice parents! Merry Christmas to you too!


SenoraGeo

I'd be SO stoked if someone made those for me! :D


scotch_please

I stopped myself from leaving a semi-nasty comment rebuking your son, lol. Why are teenagers so awful sometimes? I think his friends are going to love it. Especially since a bunch of these can be eaten while gaming without getting too much frosting on their controllers! What are the bars that look topped with coconut shreds?


Tactical-Kitten-117

Not OP, but they look like 7-layer dessert bars.


theknittedgnome

Right? I think he thought he was being funny? They know me and know I am weird so this shouldn't be that embarrassing. I sure hope they like them! I tried to make a good variety. The bars are 7 layer bars. Graham cracker crust with chocolate and butterscotch chips, topped with sweetened condensed milk and coconut. So delicious. My Granny always made them.


siriuslycharmed

We call them magic bars in my family! So good.


theknittedgnome

That's a better name!


song4this

Hey...it's ... um ... me... one of your son's IRL gaming friends! :-)


KittyKes

I too game with your son


theknittedgnome

Awesome! Stop on by, I'll get baking!


song4this

^ Mom has game - now we know where Son gets it! :-)


Urplatesaysscammin

It seems like teenagers think everything their parents do is embarrassing. Trust me, his friends will be SO appreciative of this. I would be really honored if someone’s parent liked me enough to put all that effort into a gift for me.


theknittedgnome

You are so right, everything I do is super embarrassing! You would think he'd be used to it by now! I hope they all like them!


song4this

> everything I do is super embarrassing! So you wear a sweat shirt with his bebe picture on it when his friends come over?


theknittedgnome

Hahaha now you are thinking!


song4this

Imagine the captions you could put on it!!!


theknittedgnome

But then he would be legit embarrassed. I figure if in embarrassing without trying I better not put any effort into it.


Not_Exhaustive

Awesome idea! 😂😂


EMANRESU1900

And that’s the best compliment ever!!!! Those cookies are spectacular!!!! 🎄


theknittedgnome

At first I didn't take it as one but decided that actually it must be! I hope they like them all!


redditonlyonce

Oh you misunderstood. Leslie Knope is queen :).


theknittedgnome

She sure is!!


Magic_Town

That is so sweet of you. Those are some darn perfect looking cookies too, do you work for a bakery?


theknittedgnome

It felt like it the past few days! The key is to use cookie scoops, it really helps your cookies be the same shape. Before I fill the trays I decide how many cookies I have of each kind per tray so they all are the same. The leftovers in the back are what I gave my son, lol!


Magic_Town

Thanks for the tip! When one of my few friends who cooks and I get together to make cookies for events, they end up all randomly shaped.


lauthom93

My brother and his friends could easily eat one of these each. I don’t think your measurements are off at all.


Alywiz

We have an 18yo exchange student this year. Can confirm, teenage boys eat cookie like a vacuum cleaner


theknittedgnome

When they are here I always make them dinner, it's absolutely insane the amount of food they can eat! One of the guys has cat allergies so they don't play here as much anymore. I miss it but my grocery budget doesn't!


Bebe_Bleau

Hey! If he thinks that's too much, ill be glad to take a few! Beautiful bakesmanship! 😋


theknittedgnome

I only saved him that small pile on the back 😂 he's always complaining I bake too much.


Bebe_Bleau

Im sure his friends do not agree with him.


theknittedgnome

They are always so glad when I cook or bake for them. I text his one friend if I've made his favorite, potato soup, or have been baking and he comes and either eats dinner with us or picks some up on his way home from work. Lol.


Bebe_Bleau

😁🎄😁


DesiredHappiness

Idk if your son is a teenager but as a teenage boy I think the best thing in the entire world is food and I can just imagine their thoughts when they're handed a giant tray of assorted cookies...


theknittedgnome

He's 19. They all know me and know I love to feed them! And they sure can eat! I assumed that a big tray of cookies was super fun. Its the per person that he thinks is so extra.


Sonya30360

Just don’t show this to my son! He’ll insist that I do it for his friends!


theknittedgnome

Haha! Or let me do it for them!


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That's the best thing ever. I would LOVE this


mamacrocker

As my (teenage) students say, You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. With that said, though, I think most of my students would go crazy for a full tray of these beautiful cookies. More than you’d think have parents who can’t or won’t take the time to do this. This will go down bc as a super- memorable Christmas gift!


theknittedgnome

I figured that anything they don't immediately eat could be shared. You are so right that they all have different circumstances. You can't go wrong with a little extra love this time of year.


DaintyAmber

Is your son's the little pile on the paper napkin? Lol. Love it.


theknittedgnome

Haha yep! The ugly ones or odd numbers are what he gets 🤣


Necessary-Elk-9099

Very good mom I wish you were one of my friends mom


AmeriBrit1972

What a sweet thing to do


theknittedgnome

Thank you. I hope they enjoy them!


Sheilamfw

What a wonderful Mom! I’m sure that his friends will absolutely appreciate these goodies👍😀


theknittedgnome

I hope so! I enjoyed making them. Most are family recipes so they are special for me to make.


NatalieAnneee

Awh I love this! And Leslie Knope is the greatest gift giver so definitely take it as a compliment lol. Only a handful of people have baked cookies for me for Christmas and it always my favorite thing. It heartfelt because you made them but also... delicious! So win, win. I can't think of a better gift than food for a bunch of teenage boys.


theknittedgnome

You are right, she really is! It's definitely a labor of love doing this much baking. I hope they enjoy them!


SpecialNeedsCannonX

What an incredibly lucky son ❤️🎄


stormyllewelIyn

This is sooooo sweet omg.


theknittedgnome

Someday he will think it's sweet and not embarrassing I'm sure!


deafstar77

That is so sweet of you, you beautiful tropical fish. Leslie would be proud!


theknittedgnome

Can you just imagine the cookie trays she would make? These would look pathetic in comparison!


Abject_Blackberry_67

Great cookie collection , very awesome!


Disastrous-Group7450

You are literally the best! 🎄🎄🎄


theknittedgnome

That is literally the nicest thing someone has said to me ever. Literally.


Disastrous-Group7450

😂😂😂 if I had an award you would get it!


theknittedgnome

I was hoping you would see my reply! Award received and appreciated!


wethail

awww! they’re going to rememebr this forever


splendorinthegrass_

I would kill for a tray like this!! Beautiful!


theknittedgnome

Don't resort to killing! I guess I need my son to make more friends so I can make more cookies!


marcella98_

That's so sweet of you!! Definitely something your son is going to fondly look back on when he gets older ♥ Merry Christmas!


theknittedgnome

I sure hope so! My Grandma's specialty was fudge and she made soooo many batches each year. When I was young I didn't appreciate the time and love that went into my favorite treat. Most of the cookies are old family recipes so they are special to me. Merry Christmas to you too! I hope you have a beautiful holiday!


cabbage_patch_cutie

You are raising a wonderful young man if he knows who Leslie Knope is.


theknittedgnome

It's one of our favorite shows! Every once in a while I can convince him to hang out and rewatch it with me.


RasolAlegria

This is absolutely amazing, and it looks beautiful. Your son's comment was rude and uncalled for; he should be appreciative instead, but do not let your sons comments discourage you. Doing something like this is a very nice thing, and it really stands out. Also, I'm sure that his friends are gonna love it and be very thankful.


theknittedgnome

Thank you for the compliments! I'm really extroverted and not easily embarrassed, he's basically my opposite. So sometimes I'm a bit overwhelming for him. After his initial response and some time he's more laughing at my ridiculous self vs mean or mad.


Snoo-70306

Youre a good mom!


theknittedgnome

Thank you! I true, sometimes a bit too hard as you see here!


dottieshotty

That’s the sweetest thing I’ve seen all day. Go mom!


theknittedgnome

Thank you! I took a tray to the comic book shop today too and they were much more appreciated there!


dottieshotty

You’re amazing!


theknittedgnome

They are always so sweet! I found what I think is the recipe one of the employees was telling me his grandma used to make and made it special for him. He was thrilled!


Catmeow82

High praise!


theknittedgnome

Right? I knew it was a lot but thought it was fun not embarrassing...


Catmeow82

I think you did a fantastic job and they're lucky you're extra, they should just appreciate it!


theknittedgnome

I mean there are worse things for me to do excessively!


Catmeow82

Right? Being an amazing baker is deffo on the right side of doing things excessively


s_lane

You are amazing!! What an inspiring parent you must be!


theknittedgnome

I think I'm pretty fun!


Frenchbullmese

Well that’s down right one of the best compliments of ‘21 I’ve heard! Your son is a good man!


theknittedgnome

Leslie is pretty great! I was so excited to show him and he was like uhhhh.... 😂


Frenchbullmese

teenagers have weird ways of showing appreciation sometimes 🙃 he’s a lucky kid! You’re clearly a very caring mom ♥️ I hope your family had a fantastic Christmas and a happy new year! 🎆


theknittedgnome

They really do struggle with it! Good point. The trays ended up being a huge hit! They thought everything was delicious. We did have nice holidays! I hope you did as well!


aroseonthefritz

Best mom ever!


throwethTFaway

Who’s Leslie knope


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Female mc from US series called Parks and Recreation. She's known to be always extra due to her ambition in politics lol. Very sattire. Its a funny series. If you liked The Office US you should watch it


mkdive

Those are amazing looking!


theknittedgnome

Thank you! I didn't quite get to two types I wanted to make. Someday I want to make a cookie table!


HufflepuffCariad

As if that's an insult! I would love to be compared to her. Great cookies!


theknittedgnome

There definitely are worse comparisons. She's one of my favorites. Have you watched The Goldbergs? The mom in that is a bit more over the top than me but he feels we are similar.


guitarguy109

You gotsta get yourself a son who appreciates you!


theknittedgnome

Lol right? Taking applications! I always joke I should have had more than one kid, I've got lots of mom-ing in me!


ImAGodDamnCupcake

Aw that's so wonderful! Everything looks delicious! 🧇


theknittedgnome

Thank you!! I think the molasses cookies will be the surprise favorite. If I do say so my tweaks to the spices in my great grandma's recipe have really made them amazing! They are soft and chewy and so good.


PerformanceLoud3229

Ohh what do you have up there? I need more cookie ideas.


theknittedgnome

Trying to go in order of the front trays. I made: Monster Cookies Ditties these are a type of no bake with coconut and nuts. One of the workers at the comic book shop was telling me about a cookie his grandma made so I tried to find the recipe. Snickerdoodles Soft Molasses Cookies Crinkles 7 Layer Bars Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge I had wanted to make snowballs and spritz cookies but just didn't get them made.


bamblerina

Wow that is amazing. Never mind what your son says, his friends will love this and will always remember it!


WitchCraftyYT

that's so sweet!!


Makaria7

Am I a Leslie Knope???


theknittedgnome

If so we should team up and make some treats! I wanted to make little cards saying what the cookies are but only did that for the tray I took to the comic book shop. That would be a fun addition and could be so cute!


HelloMotherCluckers

Aww this is amazing, you are so talented! Does your son need any more gamer friends? 😂


theknittedgnome

Of course he does! You can never have too many friends and I always am looking for reasons to bake!


HelloMotherCluckers

Bless you 😭 I wish I had incredible baking skills like yours! I can cook pretty well, but I suck at baking lol


theknittedgnome

Baking is tricky because you can't improvise as much. Getting a cookie scoop was a game changer for me. All my cookies are the same size now and bake nice and even. 7 layer bars look and taste impressive but are super easy. My Granny always made them and her recipe is the same one on Allrecipes. Definitely a good place to start.


[deleted]

Tell your son I'm interested in joining the group. 😂


theknittedgnome

You're in!!


BlackPlague1235

Uhh hey, it's been a while. It's me your 24yr old son. On a serious note, this makes me miss my mom.


theknittedgnome

Hello my sweet long lost son! Sending you all the love and hugs. I know the holidays are extra hard when you are missing loved ones.


restlessimissyou

his friends are gonna go crazy and then your son will realize he has the coolest mom ever.


I_am_dean

>Very Leslie Knope of me Yeah well everyone loves Leslie, so wear it like a badge of honor. This is so sweet! They’re definitely going to appreciate it.


theknittedgnome

There are definitely worse people to be compared to!


song4this

The crinkly cookie with the powdered sugar - I think you should call it The (snowy) Thing cookie, one of the Fantastic Four characters... https://duckduckgo.com/?q=fantastic+4+the+thing&t=ffcm&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Four


theknittedgnome

That's an excellent idea! When he was little I would make star wars themed breakfast with two sun Tatooine (fried eggs) and Tusken Raider taters.


Little_Split6716

Damn ur a super mom, I wish my mom was like u


theknittedgnome

Awe, thanks sweetie. I hope your mom shows she cares in all sorts of different ways! Not all moms show love with food.


jennthern

That’s so sweet. I’m sure his friends will love their treats.


theknittedgnome

I hope so! They get them tonight so I'll be excited to hear!


Not_Exhaustive

# Wow! Your son hit the Mom-Lottery! I wished I was at the receiving end!


theknittedgnome

Well thanks! I do try!


SilkyFlanks

Nice! They look scrumptious.


theknittedgnome

Thank you! The peanut butter fudge is my personal favorite but the molasses cookies are really good too!


sanderoons

Can I be ur kid


theknittedgnome

Please submit your application! Lol! He's my only and 19 now so it's probably time for some new kids!


sanderoons

Ahahah you're awesome


MediocreAdvantage

If your son and his friends don't want them, I will gladly become your proxy son, those cookies look amazing!


theknittedgnome

If I knew I was going to get all of these new Reddit kids I would have baked more!


Borderweaver

I don’t know if you’re of German ancestry, but you bake like it. Bake all the cookies!


theknittedgnome

I'm an American mutt with some German but unfortunately no real German culture. I'm from the Midwest and baking like this is pretty common but more with older people, my grandma's used to bake like this but, I'm the only one of my friends and family that does.


DotOrgan

You are a good person and you should feel good. Have a great Christmas!


theknittedgnome

Well thank you! I hope have a Merry Christmas!


Sweetpeasweetie

That is very Leslie knope of you but in the best way, shes awesome and so are you! 😁


theknittedgnome

I've decided to ignore his sarcasm and take it as a compliment!


Anxious_Deer_7152

Wow, that's an amazing thing to do! 😊


siriuslycharmed

I did something similar last year for all of my nursing school friends. They loved it, I bet your son’s friends will too!


theknittedgnome

It's so fun spreading cheer with baked goods!


BeowulfasaurusRex

Truly delightful!


M1ssAnne7hroP3

Bless you. That's a lot of baking!


smashwashere

You are the kind of parent I hope I will be some day


[deleted]

Wow you are amazing !! What a lovely gesture


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