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Gourmet's 2006 Christmas Cookies

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serpah Dec 7, 2006 04:39 PM

This year, I got sucked in by Gourmet's Christmas cookie cover and decided to try baking a bunch. I've done that before with their 2004 issue and the cookies turned out great.

Last night, I invited a friend over and we baked the Chocolate-Hazelnut Crinkle cookies and the Tea & Honey Crisps. We made the batter for the Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox cookies, but didn't have time to bake them.

The chocolate cookies turned out amazingly with a great crunchy taste. We made larger balls than recommended and ended up with a crunchy-cakey kind of consistency. The smaller cookies were more like macaroons, which I prefer. The batter tasted like chocolate filling; it was the only kind of cookie batter that I've actually liked raw. The cookies turned out great, but I don't have a large cookie box for them to layer with wax paper, and the powdered sugar is getting a little soggy on the cookie.

The Tea & Honey crisps were interesting. The recipe calls for confectioner's sugar (icing sugar, which I had no idea was also called confectioner's sugar), and the batter turns out to be very goopy, so you really need the stencils to be able to spread the batter onto the parchment paper. We were dubious about how they would turn out but they were actually really nice, thin crisps with a hint of tea in them. They have 2 1/4 teaspoons of tea in them, so using earl grey gives them a nice lemony taste.

Has anyone else tried baking those cookies?

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    ctbrit RE: serpah Dec 7, 2006 04:56 PM

    Serpah,
    We tried the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and the Pistachio/Cranberry ones at the weekend.

    The Crinkles were a bit fiddly (roasting nuts for flour etc) but turned out great - like you said a bit like little cakes & were good all week. Confectioners/Icing sugar was a little soggy on top - sort of made a thin icing rather than a dusting but they still got rave reviews from friends.

    Pistachio ones were also good - I overbaked them a little (crappy apartment oven) but they were very easy to make & festive with the green/red colors.

    I was intrigued by the tea crisps but was a little put off by the prep work - now I know they work, will give them a try. This weekend going to try some recipes my husband remembers his grandmother making (hopefully they'll live up to memory :)

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      serpah RE: ctbrit Dec 7, 2006 05:03 PM

      Well, the prep work on the crisps is not too bad. You don't need a silpat liner at all. Parchment paper works fine, you can just reuse the same stuff you used for the crinkle cookies. And the whole "draping over a spoon" thing was completely unnecessary unless you really want the stuff to look exactly like in the pictures.

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      christy319 RE: serpah Dec 7, 2006 05:31 PM

      Thanks for the reviews! I've been planning to make these.

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        HBOO RE: serpah Dec 7, 2006 06:11 PM

        I made the Chocolate Crinkle cookies and the Pistachio/Cranberry ones. I enjoyed them both, although I had a problem with the Pistachio/Cran dough being too crumbly. It was fixed easily by adding a couple of spoonfuls of milk.

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          Procrastibaker RE: serpah Dec 7, 2006 08:19 PM

          Anybody out there try the pink macaroons with raspberry ganache? I was kind of sucked in by their cuteness. Or what about the salted caramels? I am definitely going to make the pistachio cookies...

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            christy319 RE: Procrastibaker Dec 8, 2006 03:03 AM

            I am planning to try their macarons, and I'm interested to see how these, from an American magazine, compare to the other recipes I've tried (usually from French bakers). Parisian macarons are notoriously difficult to make well.

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              Mila RE: christy319 Dec 15, 2006 05:39 PM

              This is going to be one of my cooking experiment during my week off at Christmas. Here are links to two blogs that discuss them fairly comprehensively.

              Let us know how they turn out.

              http://brandoesq.blogspot.com/index.html (1/2 way down the page

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              http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog/2006/...

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            Procrastibaker RE: serpah Dec 15, 2006 01:46 PM

            I went ahead and tried the pistachio cookies and they turned out brilliantly. The colors and taste are both great. And I did the salted chocolate caramels. Bit of a PIA but really delicious.

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