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Christmas Cookie Count

CookiM0nster's picture

I finished baking the last Christmas cookies of the season yesterday. Phew! And I'm curious, what has everyone else made this year? I know Adele has posted a (partial?) list. I know there are others. What did you make? What were you especially fond of? and what would you give a pass to next year?

My old-standby favorites are still the cramberry lemon iced drops, the chocolate-covered cherry cookies, and vanillekipferl.

My favorite new cookie of the year is the cardamon butter cookie with espresso and chocolate icing from the current Gourmet.

In the nice, but not special category I'd put the chocolate hazelnut cookies fron the Holiday Baking issue (sorry FC!), and the almond bars from the current Gourmet.

And in the category of cookies I really wish I could have found the time to make are the pecan sandwich cookies from In the Sweet Kitchen. I love those.

Adele's picture

(post #63376, reply #1 of 91)

Okay, I did your cranberry/lemon, Cissy's crysalized ginger logs, FC's choco cherry macaroons, banana nut bread, sugar plums, Tracy's butter toffee - all those shipped.  To do are the chocolate cherry ones with the icing on top and peanut butter, this will be done with Miss Fiona this weekend.  For the office I also did truffles twice and two fudges, white choco bark, in addition to most of the above - I did double batches.  Tomorrow my fridge and freezer will be bare- yeah!


(I know I've forgotten something)  EDIT:  Cranberry/Pear jellies


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!


Edited 12/20/2004 11:58 am ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

anneelsberry's picture

(post #63376, reply #2 of 91)

Made Alice Medrich's gingersnaps, almond stars, Tracy's butter toffee, fudge, and jam thumbprints.  Have the dough in the fridge for coconut sticks and some spritz cookies.  Debating whether to make coconut macaroons, rugelach or gingerbread (can you have Christmas without a few gingerbread men?)  Of course I need to have at least two cookie trays to give tomorrow and the rest by Thursday.


Kids are at my aunt's today making gingerbread houses.


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deejeh's picture

(post #63376, reply #3 of 91)

So far - Chef Wannabe's (I think) gingerbread people, MS's chocolate gingersnaps, Ina Garten's coconut thumbprints (Thanks, Meryl - they're terrific), Mexican wedding cake thumbprints, hazelnut-chocolate ganache thumbprints, traditional shortbread, maple buttons, crystalised ginger logs, cantuccini, MadMom's peppermint bark, white chocolate bark with dried cranberries and pistachios,  chocolate faux torroni with almonds and hazelnuts.  Still to go - apricot-pecan rugelach, orange-pistachio shortbread and Tracey's butter toffee with cashews.  I love this time of year...


deej

madnoodle's picture

(post #63376, reply #4 of 91)

Hmmm, started so long ago that I can't remember what all is in the freezer.  Cran-Lemon cookies (batch 2, since I inhaled batch 1), Cranberry-toffee hermits, gingerbread people and trees (most of which will go to preschool tomorrow), Tracy's toffee, poppycock, 2 types of rugelach, 2 types of biscotti, peppermint bark and easy fudge for DS to give to daycare and preschool teachers, butter tart squares (b/c I just can't do tarts).  I think that's it.  There are a couple more things on my list, but in an attempt to keep the sanity in Christmas, I'm not going to stress over them.  If they get made, great, if not, does anyone really notice if your holiday goodie tray has 18 different types of treats instead of 24?

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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63376, reply #5 of 91)

My goodie tray has none

madnoodle's picture

(post #63376, reply #11 of 91)

 

My goodie tray has none

You're clearly not from the prairies.  We're big on squares and such here.


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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63376, reply #12 of 91)

If I ever need cookies, I will just go to work and take some out of my freezer. LOL

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63376, reply #15 of 91)

Have we talked about MS's Chocolate Gingesnaps?  They sound good.

sarahendipity's picture

(post #63376, reply #17 of 91)

Ms chocolate gingersnaps are fantastic!! I don't usually chill the dough and they turn out just fine. The recipe calls for quite a bit of chopped chocolate, but I just add until it looks like enough.


 


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deejeh's picture

(post #63376, reply #20 of 91)

They are the best!  Crunchy and chewy, lots of big chunks of chocolate, fresh ginger and dried...they're the quintessential Christmas cookie, IMO.  Here's the recipe, if you want to give them a try.  (BTW, the dough freezes wonderfully - I make it up into balls, freeze them on a cookie sheet, then throw them into a freezer bag.)


I'm attaching a Word file with the recipe - I can't seem to cut and paste it correctly.


deej

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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63376, reply #28 of 91)

Thanks so much for posting the recipe, deejeh.  The recipe looks interesting.  I'm going to check to see if my ginger is fresh.  I might make them this afternoon.


 

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63376, reply #85 of 91)

Thanks for posting the Chocolate Gingerbread cookies.  They are wonderful, and I'll be making another batch very soon.

deejeh's picture

(post #63376, reply #86 of 91)

YVW - glad you like them.


deej

DeannaS's picture

(post #63376, reply #6 of 91)

I made less this year than most and they're all family favs, but here's my list:
Peanut butter kiss cookies
Snickers Surprises
Russian Teacakes
Rugelach
Cut-outs (though these don't go to the family, as we'll decorate again down there with ones my sis makes)
The ill-fated thumbprint cookies (which I did not remake)

Though not cookies, I also am required to do white chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate coconut drops every year.

What's the cherry cookie recipe? We usually have a cherry cookie, but I haven't done it this year.

Edited cause I forgot one: pecan shortbread


Edited 12/20/2004 3:28 pm ET by DeannaS

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63376, reply #8 of 91)

They're chocoltae covered cherry cookies, a soft chocolate cookie, covered with a baked-on chocolate icing, with a sour cherry hiding in the center. I know I've posted the recipe around here somewhere. I'm hoping one of the search goddesses will be able to find it...

DeannaS's picture

(post #63376, reply #9 of 91)

Mmmm, sounds good. Our family's version is sort of like that, but with maraschino cherries. :{

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Jean's picture

(post #63376, reply #14 of 91)

Third one down in this thread. :)


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DeannaS's picture

(post #63376, reply #24 of 91)

Thanks Jean,
If I get my act together, I just might try to whip these up before Friday. :)

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RheaS's picture

(post #63376, reply #7 of 91)

Not much for me this year. I bought all sorts of ingredients, but no energy or too emotional to bake these days. I tried to bake a batch of spritz cookies this weekend, got too frustrated and threw out the dough. I made some cranberry coconut chews that taste great, especially on the same day that they were baked, but they got a bit hard the next day. I stuck a couple of slices of apple in with them to see if that helps. I have a tray of peppermint brownies that have to be frosted. I also made a meringue cookie with a hazelnut dacquoise in the middle from RLB's cookie book, but it's too sweet. I'll try another batch of something tonight, or freeze all my perishable ingredients. I feel like I let down all my friends this year. I didn't even make any buche de noels.

Bethany's picture

(post #63376, reply #10 of 91)

I made the cranberry lemon cookies too! It's one of the best un-chocolate cookies I ever had. I also made chocolate-chocolate chip (my favorite), chocolate chip, mocha crinkles, spritzers..... holy smokes.... I am drawing a blank. I cannot remember the rest.

 


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jocelyng's picture

(post #63376, reply #13 of 91)

I made:  Cranberry Turtle Bars, David's Dream Bars (RL's Christmas Cookies), Almond Florentine Bars (F&W Holiday Issue), A. Medrich's Beacon Hill Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Ganache,  Holiday Biscotti (Pistachios and Cranberries) and one other one that I can't recall.  I also made MM's White/Dark Choc Bark and my own version of the same. 


I didn't have time to make goodies for my husband's colleagues (the above was for a cookie swap) because I spent two weeks working on decoupaged trays for teacher gifts.  Apparently they are not too pleased to be getting Amazon gift certificates!  I am looking forward to baking some new things over the holidays - I've had enough of cutting, gluing and varnishing for a while.


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63376, reply #22 of 91)

How do you like the beacon hill cookies? I've been meaning to try those for ages.

jocelyng's picture

(post #63376, reply #23 of 91)

They were delicious.  Didn't yield very much, though.  About 20-24, I think.  That's why I ended up making so many different kinds.  I needed at least 72 and preferably 144 cookies.


Jocelyn

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #63376, reply #16 of 91)

not as many as I'd like, as I got the eyeroll from DH this morning when he said "Whatcha makin?" 
"more cookies" 
(not that he doesn't like cookies - he does! but he's worked super hard to drop 20+ pounds, and he doesn't resist temptation well)


made CM's cranberry lemon drops (skipped icing. lazy. and I just can't warm up to powdered sugar icing)


peanut brittle (okay, not a cookie, but managed to embed a splinter of brittle in my index finger - ow)


Mocha truffle cookies - these are excellent!


two batches of Caramel Matzoh Crunch.


still thinking of making more of Meryl's Cinnamon cookies. loved those.  adn i want to try Tracy's Hazelnut Butte Toffee.


maybe i can sneak those in while he's outside painting.
hee.


 


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TracyK's picture

(post #63376, reply #18 of 91)

You totally can... I made a batch of the toffee last night, sans nuts and plus colored sprinkles, for some coworkers, and it took all of 15 minutes. Silpats on cookie sheets work well for spreading... I have the half-sheet-pan type with the edge. Wouldn't trust myself with edgeless cookie sheets!!



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MadMom's picture

(post #63376, reply #19 of 91)

Your toffee is delicious, as always, even without the hazelnuts.  It's now broken up into bite sized pieces, waiting for the hordes to descend at Christmas.  Have finished my second batch of peppermint bark, and have to do divinity tomorrow.


Oh yes...prepare for a Walmart rant.  I started on my peppermint bark and realized I didn't have any peppermint candy.  No problem, there's a Walmart up the street, and I can run up there.  Was sent from one end of the store to the other.  Did you know they make blueberry candy canes?  strawberry candy canes?  chocolate mint candy canes?  Just try and find a frickin' peppermint candy cane.  Are these people insane?  Who on earth ever ate a blueberry candy cane???  After twenty minutes of running around that stupid store, I finally found one box of cheap peppermint candy canes hidden behind some strawberry ones.  Geesh.  I hate that place. 


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deejeh's picture

(post #63376, reply #21 of 91)

I just made another batch of your peppermint bark.  This stuff is so good (and I don't even like white chocolate...).  I'm looking forward to watching my pals scarfing it down :)


deej

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63376, reply #25 of 91)

Oh yes...prepare for a Walmart rant.  I started on my peppermint bark and realized I didn't have any peppermint candy.  No problem, there's a Walmart up the street, and I can run up there.  Was sent from one end of the store to the other.  Did you know they make blueberry candy canes?  strawberry candy canes?  chocolate mint candy canes?  Just try and find a frickin' peppermint candy cane. 


It's not just Wal-mart--this is rampant this year!  Most places had tons of other flavors and very little peppermint.  Frustrating.  


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Jean's picture

(post #63376, reply #26 of 91)

I wanted some to garnish a peppermint cheesecake, we found some colored red, white, and green. Turned out really good!

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #63376, reply #27 of 91)

Yes, I found some of those, too--I liked them!  And, at least they were peppermint flavored!


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