NEW! Google Custom Search

Loading

Rose's Xmas Cookies

DeannaS's picture

I got this book at the library, but it's a 7 day holiday checkout - so what is the one thing I absolutely must make from it? Thanks!

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Gretchen's picture

(post #62895, reply #1 of 42)

The Grinch says "Just pay the fine"  .  Just kidding  ;o)

Gretchen

Gretchen
DeannaS's picture

(post #62895, reply #2 of 42)

Well, I'd try for a renewal, but I'm out of town next week anyway. I might just copy some recipes for later baking. But, to be honest, I haven't always loved RLB's stuff - hence why I haven't bought any of her books. So, I'm sort of looking for a "convince me" recipe.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

RuthWells's picture

(post #62895, reply #6 of 42)

Mini cheesecakes.

Ginger Pennies.

If you have a dog, Bones a Fidos.

That'll get you started. ; ) But I agree with Biscuit -- you simply need to own a copy.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Biscuit's picture

(post #62895, reply #3 of 42)

Everything.


Just give up, Deanna, and go buy yourself a copy.  IMNSHO, no one should be without this book in their collection.   Mine is so battered it's nearly ready for replacement, I've used it that much, and not just at Christmas.


BUT - I adore her Mexican Wedding Cakes, something Jumbles, the Maple-Macadamia Nut Bars, Davids Dream Bars, Filbertines, etc., etc.  I can't just pick a few.


Edited to say - I'm not crazy about RLB's other baking books - The Cake Bible and the Pie Bible - either (I know I'm in the minority there).  As a matter of fact, I gave mine away I didn't like them so much (g).


But this one - this one is not only worth having, but you really SHOULD have it.  Everyone should.



"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Chrismas...perhaps...means


 a little bit more!"  - The Grinch


Edited 11/27/2007 8:21 am ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

DeannaS's picture

(post #62895, reply #4 of 42)

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's not been all that into the cake and pie books. I'll give something from this book a shot.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Biscuit's picture

(post #62895, reply #5 of 42)

No, definitely not the only one.  There is only one recipe in the entire Cake Bible I use and that's for her Neo-Classic buttercream.  I'm going to get rid of the book this year after I copy that recipe down.  The Pie Bible is long gone.  Hated it.


I think what I like about this book is that the cookies really AREN'T just for Christmas and I love all the detailed instructions, including weights and dry measure, and how to store, how much ahead you can make the dough, etc.


Oh - the cheese pennies are really good, too!  And so are all the little meringue things she does.


BTW - there was/is a cookbook of RLB's I love and use regularly - Rose's Celebrations.  Meals, not just desserts.  A really good book, but it may be out of print now.  If you ever see a copy, check it out.



"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Chrismas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"  - The Grinch

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Amy's picture

(post #62895, reply #8 of 42)

Heresy! :)

I love the Cake Bible, and especially the Bread Bible. I'm not a Pie girl so can't argue with you there.

Biscuit's picture

(post #62895, reply #9 of 42)

(g)  Sorry - I've tried to like it, I really have.  But I just don't.  For almost every recipe in the book I know of a better one from another source.  At least, a better one TO ME.


It's going to Half-Price books sometime this year.



"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Chrismas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"  - The Grinch

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Amy's picture

(post #62895, reply #10 of 42)

I love Half Priced books. That's where I get most of my cookbooks.

Canuck's picture

(post #62895, reply #7 of 42)

If I had to choose only one recipe, it'd be the Chocolate Caramel Chews. They are wonderful. I own this book and just love it. I know we've had a thread with our favourites from it. You could start by photocopying those recipes...

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #11 of 42)

This is/was my project book, there's a whole thread of things I tried from it. The brittle is really nice, and for cookies, I really loved the chocolate phantoms. Rose's crescents were great too. Just don't try the cashew puffies (?) they were really blah. Oh, before I forget, the hazelnut thumbprints/linzer squares (2 cookies from one recipe) are in the top 3 of my all time favorte cookies. They are a must try :o)

DeannaS's picture

(post #62895, reply #12 of 42)

Thanks! I might try a batch of something tonight. I'll report back. I didn't realize this was your project book. Hm....more reading to do. :)

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #13 of 42)

I know there'll be recipes in there that you'll love :o)

DeannaS's picture

(post #62895, reply #14 of 42)

I went with Rose's crescents, cause I had all the ingredients. They're YUM! We ended up making balls instead of crescents, cause it was easier for Soren to help with forming balls. I think that worked just as well. I might have to refer to them as "cinnamon spheres" or something because saying "Rose's balls" just doesn't sound all that appetizing, does it?

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Jean's picture

(post #62895, reply #15 of 42)

Oh, thanks for the LOL!!



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
DeannaS's picture

(post #62895, reply #19 of 42)

:) I aim to please.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #16 of 42)

LOL!! THat's cute :o). I'm glad you like them, they were among my favorites too :o)

Lee's picture

(post #62895, reply #17 of 42)

I had the same reaction to the cashew puffies.  They were one of the few cookies I've made from the book, and I've made most of them, that I wouldn't make again.  LOVE the linzer thumbprints.  They've been part of my annual Christmas cookie assortment for years.

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #18 of 42)

I think that Ruth Wells had the same reaction to the cashew cookies. I found them just bland, rubbery and definately not worth making again (although the unbaked dough was so good I couldn't stop myself from 'sampling')! And yes, those linzer cookies are among my all time favourites :o).


I still have to make the orange dream bars (?) as they look so appealing to me. Have you tried those before?


Lee's picture

(post #62895, reply #20 of 42)

I still have to make the orange dream bars (?) as they look so appealing to me. Have you tried those before?


I don't remember the recipe.  I'll take a look later.


Have you tried the Three Nut Fingers?  We love them.  I use confectioners' sugar on them instead of cinnamon sugar.  We also love Rose's Crescents, Mrs. King's Irresistibles, the mini cheesecakes, David's Dreambars, Chocolate Phantoms, the chocolate caramel cookies.  My DGKs love the peanut butter and jelly cookies.  LOL, did I name almost all of the cookies in the book?


Oh, I forgot the brownies.  I prefer softer, cake-like brownies and these are great.  DH prefers fudgy brownies, but he still enjoys these.

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #22 of 42)

Now I can't remember if I tried them or not. There was one cookie I recall finding too dry, and now I'm wondering if that was the recipe. Hmmm... The peanut butter cookies weren't our favorite, but that;s just us, there was nothing wrong with the recipe. I tried all the macadamia cookies (ohh, the phantoms!!) and we LOVED them. I made the brownies too, and liked them :o).


slycat's picture

(post #62895, reply #21 of 42)

So tell me, do you use the food processor as she suggest in a lot of her recipes? Somehow that just seems wrong to me.


Cathy

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #23 of 42)

No, I always use the stand mixer. I just use the food processor to grind the nuts (if I can't buy them ground, which I prefer beacuse they are a finer grind). I don't particularly like my food processor, and find it very clumsy to use, with the knife sticking in and all. I looove my stand mixer however ;o)

slycat's picture

(post #62895, reply #24 of 42)

I made Marion Bush's Cranberry Chocolate Chippers last night. I used the food processor. The only change I made was I used dark chocolate chunks instead of semi-sweet chips. I was so sure they were going to spread as they were so soft, so I baked two to test. They baked up beautifully. DH and I ate the test cookies and gave them a thumbs up! The rest went into the freezer. These are a nice cookie. I always try to do a cookie with cranberries for my dad. These are very good. And doing them in the food processor made everything really easy.


Cathy

helena1's picture

(post #62895, reply #25 of 42)

That's great to know, thanks! I haven't made these yet, so I'll be sure ot give them a try once the oven comes back :o). I love anything cranberry.

Lee's picture

(post #62895, reply #26 of 42)

Hmmm.  I haven't tried those.  I was going to make Dorie's World Peace cookies today, but now I have a taste for cranberry chocolate chip.

Biscuit's picture

(post #62895, reply #27 of 42)

Is this recipe in Rose's X-mas cookies?  I don't remember it (?)  If not, where CAN I find the recipe?  Because my little son ADORES cranberries and chocolate chips!  This sounds like a terrific cookie.


"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"  - The Grinch

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Jean's picture

(post #62895, reply #28 of 42)

You can find it on line here. http://savorynotebook.blogspot.com/2005/09/cranberry-chocolate-chippers.html



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
wonka's picture

(post #62895, reply #29 of 42)

Thanks Jean. Copy and Pasted. I have her book on my wish list so perhaps Santa will bring it this year.

Jean's picture

(post #62895, reply #30 of 42)

You're welcome. Google is a good friend. I have the book, but I'd rather cook/bake from a print-out and not goober all over my book. I may try these myself one of these days.



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need