Christmas Cookie Lala-Pa-Loosa

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by kaneohegirlinaz, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. kaneohegirlinaz

    kaneohegirlinaz

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    I haven’t baked cookies for Christmas in ages.  Mainly because it was just my husband and I and we usually traveled at this time of the year.  My generous husband bought me a Kitchen Aide stand mixer some years back, but I hardly ever pull it out.  This year is different!  My little sister is coming to stay with us for a week since losing her husband, as well as our Mother.  I thought it would be nice to have a Christmas celebration along the same lines as when we were kids. 

    Loads of goodies. 

    So I’ve started off with the regular cast of cookies, but with a couple of twists. 

    My husband has to have chocolate chip with nuts.  I found a different type of Toll House brand, mint & chocolate, two different flavored chips in one bag. 

    Then we have Oatmeal with dried cranberries instead of raisins.   

    I love Peanut Butter cookies nice and crisp. 

    Then for the chocolate lovers, from Hershey’s Kitchen, Very Chocolate Chocolate  Cookie, yum-o. 

    A batch of Blondies or Carmel Cuts to some people (we called them Haole Brownies), a favorite from our school days.  

    We have to have our paternal grandmothers ginger bread! 

    I threw in Mini Bundt® sized Rum Cakes for fun, and last but certainly not least of all, my first attempt at gingerbread men. 

    This is a little too much for four people, so I have boxed some up and visited with neighbors, after through taste-testing of course.

    I would love to hear about everyone else’s Christmas cookies, what are you making?

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  2. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Finally, DONE!

    I feel like I have been baking for days, oh wait, I have been.

    I delivered my last batch of cookies to our local Fire Station in thanks for all that they do for our community.

    Round two of baking with commence in two weeks.  I want to have fresh baked goods for my sissy when she comes to visit.
     
  3. kaneohegirlinaz

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    This year's Cookie-lalapalooza started a bit late, but I'll catch up.

    I started yesterday with Coconut Macaroons, which I have never made before.

    I was looking around the 'net and found a recipe that seemed promising.




    We didn't care for that much.

    It was a good thing that it only made one and a half dozen cookies.

     

    Today I set out two sticks of butter to make Chocolate Chip cookies, DH favorite.

    I was in formed after more than 20 years of making Toll House® cookies

    that he does not care for mine, REALLY?

    I found one that is an adaptation from Cook's Illustrated.

    DING DING DING!

    We have a winner!
     
  4. pastrycake

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    Here what I made:

    Gingerbread boys

    White chocolate macadamia with dried cherries

    chocolate turtle chips

    Fugdy brownies

    Chai snickerdoodles

    Triple chocolate chewie

    I am glad I am done baking but I made some dough ahead and freeze them so I can spend a few hours just baking them. I need some more ideas for next year with more festive colors.
     
  5. kaneohegirlinaz

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    today are the spritz cookies, I'm really excited to make these, I haven't made these since I was in high school and that was a LONG TIME AGO!!
     
  6. pastrycake

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    May try icebox cookies so make baking easier next year. Someone handed out toffee amd that seems simple and can be made ahead. What exactly is toffee bark? Just a chunj of chocolate, sugar, toffee and nuts? Anyone got a reliable recipe?
     
  7. leeniek

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    I just made shortbread this year and as part of my friend's gift I'm going to make her a batch of Belgium cookies because they're her favourite.  (and of course I will make  it a double batch so we have some too!)  

    Next year I think we might be hosting the family Christmas party, so I'll definitely do more baking for sure!
     
  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    LEE!!!!  WHERE YOU BEEN SISTER?!

    ARG!!  I made Spritz cookies following

    The Joy Of Cooking recipe and it was just awful! 

    My husband doesn't want me to give these cookies out to anyone, ARG!!!
     
  9. durangojo

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    i know i'm late to the holiday baking party .... my most favorite cookies on the planet are simple ones...topping the list are almond crescents, followed by italian seasme seed, and italian pignoli...biscotti of course, but that's not really a cookie cookie.... i have no idea what they are called( the italian equilvalent to rugelach maybe)) but my grandmother used to make a christmas pastry cookie filled with figs and dates... no matter where i was i always got a shoe box full every christmas....once a shoe box even managed to find it's way to the west indies...sadly, it was the last shoe box.....any idea what those cookies are?

    seasoned greetings bakers....

    joey
     
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  10. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Dear Joey, I asked DH what those cookies are called, but he said that he had never seen those before...

    This year’s cookies were a flop as far as DH is concerned and he told me that I should just stick to what I know, the savory side of cooking.

    I take that as a challenge, the gauntlet has been thrown down in front of me!!

    I have BettyR’s (haven’t seen her around much) recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies that I have to try now.  I like cookies, my favorite bakeries have been the Italian’s in the little Italy’s around the East Coast of the USA.

    So, as they say, IT’S ON!

    If any of our Pro-bakers could kindly help me out with tried and true recipes, this would most whole-heartedly be appreciated  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/redface.gif
     
  11. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I just want to keep this season going, I love cookies!

     
  12. kaneohegirlinaz

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    BUMP!

     
     
     
     
    HEH!

    Who else is making Christmas Cookies?
     
  13. cheflayne

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    Persimmon here. Also not exactly traditional but chocolate chip bacon (bmeb/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cool.gif).
     
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  14. skyler

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    Wouldn't be Christmas without these little treasures.  I've been making them for years.  An easy dough to work with!

    Shortbread

    Note:  Two cups of cake flour can be used in place of the flour/cornstarch.  Sorry, baking police...I use salted butter for these.  It's a taste preference after doing lots of testing.

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 T. cornstarch
    Pinch salt
    1/2 cup plus 2 T. powdered sugar
    2 sticks salted butter, room temp.
    1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

    First, remove 2 T. from the 2 cups of flour and replace with the 2 T. cornstarch. Mix salt with flour/cornstarch. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Form into ball and wrap in plastic. Chill for about 30 minutes to an hour. Preheat oven to 325. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to about 3/8-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with about 1 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake about 20 minutes. Watch carefully since ovens vary...start checking early.  You want them to just barely get color.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with fine sugar, let sit on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then remove to rack to cool.

     
     
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  15. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I sent a box of Chocolate dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread cookies to my Mother from

    Big Island Candies  

    Last night while 'surfing the `Net'

    I found a recipe that sounds promising, 

    a copycat of sort, but right now I

    think that I'm Cookie'd out.

    Maybe for Valentine's Day?
     
  16. skyler

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    Very nice for Valentine's Day.  I've dipped my shortbread in chocolate many times.  Like in the link you posted, never more than half the cookie goes in chocolate.  Always a winner.  For Christmas, I like to do star-shaped shortbread cookies.   
     
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