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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.

Syb's picture

(post #63376, reply #31 of 91)

Did you know they make blueberry candy canes? 


I didn't, until we took our school caroling.  The first old peeps home we went to handed out candy canes.  I was shocked to see blue ones.  Subsequent recipients of our holiday offerings had to look at some dark blue tongues and mouths ringed with blue.


Cookies--just getting started.  I made three batches of biscotti, Meryl's cinnamon cookies (love them), date bars and log jams.

Astrid's picture

(post #63376, reply #38 of 91)

Take it from me, don't buy the chocolate mint candy canes. Yuk. There has been too much talk about chocolate and mint around here, I think that is why I fell for them. Hhhumph.

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HollyW's picture

(post #63376, reply #61 of 91)

Hi ya Mad Mom~


 


Sorry I missed your Marshmallow post, if I had been around I would have given you my trick...parchment paper or a heavy brown paper bag lining the pan, pop the whole baby out and  cut...then I roll those bad boys in powdered sugar.  Anyway sounds like you got it covered :)


 


Now for the next question....this may sound really stupid...(remember I am a natural blonde) but is making peppermint bark as simple as melting white chocolate and adding chopped peppermint?  Do you add peppermint oil?  or water or anything else?  I LOVED peppermint bark when I was a kid, my grandma always put a plate of it out while we played Old Maid.  I would love to know how you do this...thanks a bunch!


 

KarenP's picture

(post #63376, reply #64 of 91)

I would love to know how you do this...thanks a bunch!


You'll find it here, Holly
http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=21090.5

HollyW's picture

(post #63376, reply #80 of 91)

Karen~


 


Thanks for the link....I will be making this today...sounds delish!

TracyK's picture

(post #63376, reply #66 of 91)

Yes, it basically is that easy! I made it in two layers... dark chocolate on the bottom, with 1/2 tsp peppermint oil extract added, then white chocolate on the top, with about 3/4 tsp peppermint added, then smashed candy canes sprinkled over the top. So yummy and sooooooooo easy!


MadMom's version has cream added to one of the layers, and white chocolate on the bottom as well as the top... I worked from her recipe but modified it because I am lazy, LOL.



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madnoodle's picture

(post #63376, reply #67 of 91)

And you can be even lazier and skip the peppermint extract.  The kids have made this for teacher gifts the last two years, and I just melt white chocolate (Callebaut, in the microwave), while they merrily smash candy canes, stir the two together, spread on a parchment covered cookie sheet et viola (sorry, couldn't resist!)--peppermint bark.  Gets rave reviews from daycare workers and preschool teachers.

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(post #63376, reply #68 of 91)

LOL, That's really Wallah you know.


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63376, reply #69 of 91)

LOL, Jean, you sleigh me.

maria's picture

(post #63376, reply #88 of 91)

I would love your recipe for toffee  - by any chance do you have one for malted milk balls.  Thanks ]


May

MadMom's picture

(post #63376, reply #89 of 91)

This isn't my recipe, it's TracyK's, but I think it's great.  (I'm not a fan of nuts, so I make it without the hazelnuts and it's still delicious.)  It's in Tried & True, BTW.


Hazelnut Butter Toffee

1 cup unsalted butter (if you have salted, use it but omit the salt)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
6 Tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped and toasted (you can also sub sliced almonds, pecans or cashews)
at least 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips, the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate chips work very well)

Prepare sheet pan by covering it with waxed paper. Sprinkle 1/4 cup hazelnuts on pan, spread evenly.

Melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, salt, and corn syrup and stir till sugar is dissolved. Bring heat to medium-high, bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until it caramelizes and reaches 300 on a candy thermometer.

i Note: I don't actually use a candy thermometer, I just boil the candy until it is a nice caramel color and has that caramel smell.

Pour candy over hazelnuts on sheet pan, spreading with a spatula as thin as possible (1/4 inch or less). Immediately top with chocolate, spreading with a spatula as it melts to cover the entire surface of the toffee. Top with remaining nuts, pressing into chocolate.

Chill until cool and chocolate has hardened. Peel toffee from wax paper, break into bite-size pieces to serve.



 




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maria's picture

(post #63376, reply #90 of 91)

Thanks Madmom - I'll give it a try. I am still hunting down a recipe for malted milk balls - can't seem to find one - have you?


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MadMom's picture

(post #63376, reply #91 of 91)

I posted it in the other thread where you asked Wop...don't know if it's any good or not, but it was the only one I could find.  When I googled, most were recipes using malted milk balls, rather than recipes for making the things.  It's probably worth a try.



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helena's picture

(post #63376, reply #29 of 91)

I made white chocolate chip-cranberry cookies, mexican wedding cakes, jam filled linzer thumbprints, apricot-almond biscotti and your macaroons (which are *wonderful*, thank you so much for sharing the recipe!). I still have some snickerdoodles and macadamia cookies in the freezer, so I'm adding that top the stash. For the office Christmas party, I am adding an apple-bundt cake and an apricot-crumb bar cookie, as well as bite-sized chocolate mousse squares.


I tried to make RLB's pecan turtles with hazelnuts, but failed miserably at the caramel. I followed th instructions to cook to hard ball stage and the caramel got awfully hard, not what I was looking for (which was chewy). I failed at making truffles, just didn't have the time.


Of course, it's also my nephew's birthday this week and I spent my Sunday afternoon preparing cupcakes and marsmallow snowmen. It all seems to come too close toegther!

knittermom's picture

(post #63376, reply #30 of 91)

No cookies as of yet, except for your Sand cookies that I baked at the church during my beginning cooking class, so we could contribute to our 4H cookie exchange. My oven has been kaputz for the last few months, but my new one was delivered just this morning, so the boys and I are going to spend the next three days making gingerbread houses and cookies - yay! Can I just be catty and say that not one cookie we received in the exchange was good? I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes mentioned here, since I know you all require that your cookies look AND taste good. Off to look for the Gourmet cookies and the pecan sandwich ones, plus the jam thumbprints...

Kris

JaneRI444's picture

(post #63376, reply #32 of 91)

All my dough is in the freezer, and I'll have an all-day baking frenzy on Friday.   Two of Biscuit's recipes ..... her gingersnaps (can't wait to see how they come out - I totally OD'd on the fresh ginger) and peanut butter chocolate chunk.   Oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, italian butter cookies, snickerdoodles, fudge chews, and white chocolate candy cane bark (just cuz it's purty).

SallyBR's picture

(post #63376, reply #33 of 91)

I only made choc chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and your cranberry lemon - not really for Christmas, but in the past month.


I need to bake some cookies this week, Alex arrives tonight - I think he will love the cranberry lemon. I'll get up early and make a batch tomorrow morning


 


 


 

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63376, reply #34 of 91)

Oh, Christmas Cookies!  I felt like there was SOMETHING I'd forgotten--I knew I bought all that flour for a reason. . .


(G)


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KarenP's picture

(post #63376, reply #35 of 91)

I've been doing dog treats.  I'll get to cookies sooner or later and the cranberry lemon drops will be at the top of the list.  Truffles, peppermint bark and anna's almond roca that will be handed out.  I did banana bread, cranberry bread and lemon bread which are all frozen and ready to go in my luggage.  THAT should be a treat to check in.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63376, reply #36 of 91)

What kind of dog treats?  I usually make biscuits, and have made liver treats in the past.  All I can say about the liver treats is whew! But, the dogs would do ANYTHING for one.


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tcurda's picture

(post #63376, reply #37 of 91)

It's been a long time since I've baked for Christmas (hmmm... since 1999 when we lost DFIL and I got cancer) so I've finally gotten up the nerve to try again with:

Mean Chef's Choc. chip cookies
Snickerdoodles
Cranberry lemon drops
Choc. covered cherry cookies
Sand cookies
Ginger-lemon cookies
Black pepper lemon sweets (hmmm, might be too many lemon cookies here...)
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And I'm going to take a stab at making truffles (first time).

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63376, reply #39 of 91)

"(hmmm, might be too many lemon cookies here...)"

You can never have too much lemon!

tcurda's picture

(post #63376, reply #41 of 91)

That's what I'd think too, I love just about anything lemony. I'm going to do it, others in the family are making sugar cookie cutouts and similar, so I think we need to have something as a counterpoint. :-)

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KarenP's picture

(post #63376, reply #42 of 91)

  I've made three so far.  I found a mastercook compatible cookbook one night when I was looking for treats for my furry friends down the street.  A google of dog treat recipes revealed many.  I've made one with boiled carrots, one that looks like a swirl cookie, and one with bacon. 
http://www.gbronline.com/kcathey/goldenbone/dogbisc.htm
  This is the all around favorite so far:
                     
* Exported from MasterCook *


                        Pooch Peanut Butter Swirls


Recipe By     :
Serving Size  : 0     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    :


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
                        --Dough #1
  4               cups  whole wheat flour
     1/2           cup  cornmeal
  1 1/3           cups  water
     1/3           cup  peanut butter
  1                     egg
                        --Dough #2
  4               cups  whole wheat flour
     2/3           cup  cornmeal
     1/2           cup  banana -- mashed
  1                     egg
  1 1/4           cups  water
  2        tablespoons  vegetable oil
  2        tablespoons  molasses
  2        tablespoons  cinnamon


Combine all #1 ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead on a lightly floured
surface. Set aside. Combine all #2 ingredients and mix thoroughly. Knead
on a lightly floured surface.


Roll each dough separately to a 1/8 inch thickness, into rectangles.
Lightly brush a little water over the top of the light dough. Place the
dark dough on top, then roll up like a jelly roll. Wrap the roll in
plastic and chill in the freezer for one hour. Cut the roll into 1/4 inch
slices. Place them on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at
350 degrees for one hour.


 


 


 


 


  

Wolvie's picture

(post #63376, reply #43 of 91)

le sigh. ;-)


One more thing I'm going to be making - Grady will love them!


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KarenP's picture

(post #63376, reply #46 of 91)

  LOL, spreading the Christmas cheer...a good thing.  You will have to warn people not to eat them.  I gave some to my boss for her dog, she about had it in her mouth when she noticed the note that said they were for him. 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #63376, reply #44 of 91)

Thanks!  I think my two hogs will love this.


Leigh

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Fledge's picture

(post #63376, reply #45 of 91)

All of the cookies in the Holiday Baking Issue.


All Spice were not as good as I would have hoped.


Tuck's (Regan Dalys) Sour Cherry Choco chips won out in the whole family.


My grandmother's sugar cookies.


Cookie baking marathon over. Got that outta my system.


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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #63376, reply #53 of 91)

Sounds like you're enjoying that beautiful new kitchen!

Fledge's picture

(post #63376, reply #83 of 91)

I hope to see it soon, once I get all the c ra p off the counter tops! Whew!

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