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promised christmas cookie recipes.

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jen kalb Dec 17, 2001 08:58 PM

Here are two of the recipes my family makes for Christmas, as promised. Nothing exotic, but delicious.

Apricot bars (makes 8x8 pan - double for 9x13) 32/64 cookies, more if you cut them small. They are rich.

ingredients
2/3 C dried apricots
1/4 tsp (+) salt (double if butter is unsalted)
1-1/3 C flour
1/2 C butter
1/4 C white sugar
1 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C chopped walnuts

preheat oven to 350F.

put apricots and water to barely cover in a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer gently, covered, approx 10 min til softened. Allow to cool. The liquid should be mostly absorbed. Chop when cool by hand or processor.

for shortbread pastry: mix butter, half of salt, white sugar and 1 C flour (you can cut together with pastry blender or process briefly in food processor) and pack into greased pan; bake for 25 min or until golden.

Topping: Mix remaining flour, salt and the baking powder. Beat eggs, beat brown sugar into beaten eggs, add flour mixture, chopped nuts and chopped apricots. Spread over baked layer and bake for 30 minutes or til done. I always have trouble deciding - Top should spring back some but not be rubbery - if you wait til a toothpick comes out clean it will be overdone.

Cool in pan than cut and roll cookies in powedered sugar. I recommend keeping these cookies in the pan (covered) and cutting and sugaring them only as you need them - they stay fresher uncut.

Mrs Ofsties Ginger Cookies

3/4 C butter (orig called for shortening); I often use a mixture, say 1/2 C butter and the rest shortening, for texture
1 C sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp molasses (unsulphured)
2-1/4 C sifted flour
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp powdered ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream shortening and sugar, add egg, beat well, then add molasses. Beat in dry ingredients sifted together. Chill dough well and form with your hands into small balls. Roll balls in granulated sugar and flatten onto cookie sheet (ungreased, I think, tho I use silpat sheets or teflon usually for these) with a the bottom of a glass or other flat object which has been dipped in the sugar (the glass will stick to the cookie if it is not sugared). the dough will not be sticky if it is cold enough. Cookies should be flattened as flat as possible(it takes several passes with the glass) and spaced, say 1/2 in apart. They spread some while baking.

Bake at 375F for 10-12 min - transfer from sheet immediately to cooling rack with thin spatula. Pack into tins when completely cool. These cookies store well.

Enjoy!

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    Heidi Claire Dec 29, 2001 08:18 AM

    The apricot bars are great - I made a double batch so we're still enjoying.

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      Heidi Claire Dec 22, 2001 09:45 AM

      Hi Jen, I was going to make your apricot cookies today. Your instructions call for eggs, however I don't see any eggs listed in the ingredients. How many does the recipe call for? Thanks.

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        jen kalb Dec 22, 2001 01:51 PM

        Hey I had forgotten that was an issue with this recipe.
        2 eggs should be right with the 1 C of brown sugar.

        Sorry and Merry Christmas!

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          Heidi Claire Dec 22, 2001 02:24 PM

          Thank you. I guessed that would be about right but I didn't have time or ingredients for a re-do if that was not the amount....and happy holiday to you, too.

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            Olympia Jane Dec 23, 2001 10:25 AM

            Double thanks to both of you for the egg question and answer. I just logged on to find the apricot bar recipe so I could make a batch this foggy morning...I would have been most mystified!

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        Janet F. Dec 18, 2001 05:36 PM

        Thanks Jen! I can't wait to make the ginger cookies.

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          Millicent Dec 18, 2001 11:31 AM

          Thank you -- I've been checking the cookie thread for days, hoping this apricot recipe would appear!

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            Jill D. Dec 17, 2001 10:57 PM

            Thanks, Jen! I plan to make the apricots this week and will report back.

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