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PostSubject: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 2:49 pm

I'm hungry, anyone have Christmas cookies?
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 2:55 pm

Nick, I'll give you a recipe for some great Christmas Cookies and Leanna can make it for you.

Brown Sugar Christmas Cookies


Ingredients

* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup slivered almonds

White Icing:

* 1 cup confectioners' sugar
* 2 to 4 tablespoons cream or milk
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Green Icing:

* 1 cup confectioners' sugar
* 2 to 4 tablespoons green Creme de Menthe or water
* Few drops green food coloring if using water
* Colored sugar or nonpareils

Directions

In large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugars until smooth. Add the vanilla, eggs, baking soda and salt and beat until light and fluffy.

Mix in the flour thoroughly until the dough is stiff and shape into a ball. Divide the ball into 4 parts and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide each part in half.

Knead each piece slightly and shape it into a roll 2 inches in diameter.

Working with two rolls at a time, place rolls lengthwise on an 11 by 16-inch rimless baking sheet and flatten with palms of hands. Roll two strips of dough out right on the baking sheet to make two strips 3-inches wide and 16 inches long about 2 inches apart. With a straight-edged knife, score into elongate triangles. Leave the dough in place and press a piece of almond onto the edge of the short side of each triangle where the trunk of the tree should be.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and with a straight- edged knife cut in triangles while still warm to separate them along the scored lines but leave them in place. Trim the uneven edges to straighten while cookies are still warm.

Mix the ingredients for the white icing and the green icing in separate small bowls. Drizzle the icings decoratively over the Christmas trees and while the icing is still wet, sprinkle with the colored sugar or nonpareils.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 2:56 pm

Thanks Mary!! These sound delicious! :eat:
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 2:57 pm

got any samples Mary? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 3:05 pm

Mary those DO sound good!! I'm actually glad you started this thread Nick, I was hoping there were other cooks/bakers out there and that we could share recipes. Here's one of my favorites:

Chocolate Truffles


Ingredients

  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts, and/or toasted coconut, for coating truffles
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

Directions

Place the 10 ounces of chocolate and butter in a medium size glass
mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and repeat this
process 1 more time. Set aside.

Heat the heavy cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over
medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture
over the melted chocolate mixture; let stand for 2 minutes. Using a
rubber spatula, stir gently, starting in the middle of bowl and working
in concentric circles until all chocolate is melted and mixture is
smooth and creamy. Gently stir in the brandy. Pour the mixture into an
8 by 8-inch glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Using a melon baller, scoop chocolate onto a sheet pan lined
with parchment paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Place the cocoa powder, nuts, and/or toasted coconut each in its own pie pan and set aside.

In the meantime, place the 8 ounces of chocolate into a medium
mixing bowl which is sitting on top of a heating pad lined bowl, with
the heating pad set to medium. Depending on the heating pad, you may
need to adjust the heat up or down. Stirring the chocolate
occasionally, test the temperature of the chocolate and continue
heating until it reaches 90 to 92 degrees F; do not allow the chocolate
to go above 94 degrees F. If you do, the coating will not have a nice
snap to it when you bite into the chocolate. Once you have reached the
optimal temperature, adjust the heat to maintain it.

Remove the truffles from the refrigerator and shape into balls
by rolling between the palms of your hands. Use powder-free vinyl or
latex gloves, if desired.

Dip an ice cream scoop into the chocolate and turn upside down
to remove excess chocolate. Place truffles 1 at time into the scoop and
roll around until coated. Then place the truffle into the dish with
either the cocoa powder, nuts or coconut. Move the truffle around to
coat; leave truffle in the coating for 10 to 15 seconds before
removing. In the meantime, continue placing the chocolate-coated
truffles in the cocoa or other secondary coating. After 10 to 15
seconds, remove the truffle to a parchment lined sheet pan. Repeat
until all truffles are coated. Allow to set in a cool dry place for at
least 1 hour; or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Truffles are best when served at room temperature.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 3:14 pm

Chocolate Truffles? You guys are making me HUNGRY! :eat:
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 4:09 pm

Both sound good!! Yum!!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 4:56 pm

I make peanut brittle here's the recipe:

Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 c sugar
1/2 c. corn syrup

Mix together, microwave for 4 minutes.

1 cup peanuts

Mix in and microwave for 3-1/2 minutes.

1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter

Mix in and microwave for 1 minute

1 tsp baking soda

Stir in, mixture will get foamy. Pour out onto buttered cookie sheet and spread as thin as possible with the back of a metal spoon. Be careful the mixture will be molten hot.

Notes: The cooking times are for my microwave, yours may vary. You can use any kind of nut you prefer. For easy clean up line the cookie sheets with foil and spray with PAM.

I usually make this with cashews for Christmas gifts.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 5:15 pm

mmmmmmcooookies...... :eat:
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 6:30 pm

OK here's another family favorite, I like these best warm right out of the oven:

Ginger Snaps

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Extra granulated sugar.

Blend dry ingredients together and set aside. In separate bowl; cream together shortening and sugar; add egg and molasses mix well. Gradually add in dry ingredients mixing to blend.

Roll into small balls and roll in extra granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350o for 15 minutes. Recipe doubles well.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 7:30 pm

I'm printing out all these recipes for Leanna! Ummm, I mean me Very Happy :eat:
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 9:19 pm

Nick Needs To Know wrote:
I'm printing out all these recipes for Leanna! Ummm, I mean me Very Happy :eat:

They sure sound good. I didnt even know you could make your own peanut brittle. wow.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 16, 2008 9:25 pm

:eat: Keep the recipes coming!! These all sound fantastic!!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 12:43 pm

Glad to see other cooks/bakers in here too! I love the idea of a recipe exchange!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 2:03 pm

COOKIES, we want more COOKIES!! Christmas Cookies Cookie10
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PostSubject: Mantecaditos   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 2:41 pm

Mantecaditos
Makes about 40

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
5 maraschino cherries, cut into eighths



Place oven rack in middle position of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine flour and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter,
shortening and extracts with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually
add sugar to butter mixture and cream until mixture is light and
fluffy. Blend in flour mixture. Dough should be slightly moist. If
dough looks dry, sprinkle with water and work into dough. If dough is
sticky, sprinkle with additional flour. Spoon dough by teaspoons and
form into balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently press each
ball with palm of hand to form cookie. Garnish with a cherry piece
placed in the center of each cookie. Bake 20 minutes or until golden.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 5:23 pm

Steve these really sound good!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 6:50 pm

Looks like Nick will be spending the weekend baking for Leanne.
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeWed Dec 17, 2008 8:30 pm

Hmmmm, I thought she'd be making them for me!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 30, 2008 8:21 pm

No Nick... print them out for YOU and then YOU make them for Leanna!!

Now I'm hungry.....
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Cookies   Christmas Cookies Icon_minitimeTue Dec 30, 2008 8:29 pm

i know i don't want to see the nutrition/calorie label on those truffles. OMG they sound wonderful
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