Because I forgot to leave cookies out last night, preferring to make them today, Santa took his revenge on my oven. The first batch baked blithely for 12 minutes until reaching golden perfection. With the second batch (pictured above) the oven freakishly overheated so that the cookie bottoms scorched in ten minutes. I reached the scene in time to prevent total charring because I heard the oven pop a few times. That sound was apparently the heating element being shot to hell so that the third batch took half an hour to match the first while the oven cooled its way back to room temperature. Tonight we’ll be eating pasta. Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas or whatever.