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Show us your Christmas cookie platters!

TrishUntrapped Dec 20, 2010 10:19 AM

We've been talking about them, now it would be fun to see some of the cookies folks are talking about.

Here is a platter I brought into work this morning. It contains Chocolate Crunch Cookies and Peanut Butter Fudge. I haven't made all my cookies yet because Christmas isn't until Saturday, but can't let the folks in the office starve.

 
  1. TrishUntrapped Dec 7, 2011 05:00 AM

    This was such a fun little thread from last year, thought it was worth bumping up again this year.

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      modthyrth Jan 1, 2011 07:07 PM

      Aw, all my Christmas cookie baking plans were dashed by emergency gall bladder surgery this year, and Christmas just didn't feel quite right without a cookie tray. I did manage to throw a really fun Nutcracker themed birthday party for my daughter's best friend this December before my cookie plans changed, and making the dessert table helped to scratch that itch. On that dessert table (which I designed to look like a stage production of the Nutcracker ballet), I made Russian (dancer) teacakes, chocolate mice and mouse king, sugar plums, a gingerbread house from the Land of Sweets, snow-filled krumkake, rosettes, icing trees, pointe-shoe shaped sugar cookies, and snowflake cupcakes. Pictures here: http://tradewindtiaras.blogspot.com/2...

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        TrishUntrapped Jan 2, 2011 03:00 AM

        Mod,

        That table is just sugar plum amazing!!!!!!!

        I make similar chocolate mice, using two kisses rather what appears to be a kiss and a chocolate covered cherry. Like your variation!

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          modthyrth Jan 2, 2011 07:36 AM

          You have a good eye for chocolates, Trish! ;-) Yes, I used a cherry cordial for the body and a kiss for the heads. Gumpaste tails, royal icing noses and eyes, gumpaste and disco dust crown for the Mouse King.

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          morwen Jan 2, 2011 05:54 AM

          Love the how to make cookie cutters post! I've started making my own and I've found that adding a piece of pegboard and pegs is a huge help. Tape the cutter template to the pegboard and use the pegs to help mold curves and corners. A peg on each side of the flashing in strategic places helps hold the cutter in place while you're bending and shaping.

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            modthyrth Jan 2, 2011 07:35 AM

            Pegboard is a brilliant idea!! I'm definitely giving that a try next time. That would allow me to use a thicker flashing, too.

        3. clamscasino Dec 24, 2010 09:15 AM

          Not on a platter, but in a box....ready for delivery

           
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            mom22tots Dec 23, 2010 03:44 PM

            Chocolate crunch cookies look great! Recipe please!!!

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              TrishUntrapped Dec 24, 2010 02:26 AM

              Chocolate Crunch Cookies
              (A no bake recipe, easy to make with kids)

              People always ask what is in them. The sum is really equal to much more than the parts.

              16 ounces milk chocolate (I tend to use Ghiradelli bars, some folks use Hershey, whatever you like)
              4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
              12 ounces semisweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
              10 cups cornflakes

              1. In a large metal pot (don't use non-stick it effects the chocolate) melt the chocolates over very low heat stirring gently just until melted and glossy. Don't overheat or burn the chocolate. Can also melt in a double boiler.

              2. Remove from heat and add the cornflakes, gently stirring until they are all coated (will take a few minutes), careful not to crush them.

              3. Drop by spoonfuls (I make mine small) on waxed paper. Cool at room temperature to set for two to three hours. Yield 9 - 11 dozen depending on size. Store at room temperature. Don't refrigerate.

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                mom22tots Jan 1, 2011 05:05 PM

                Yum!! Thanks

            2. TorontoJo Dec 23, 2010 12:47 PM

              OK, not quite a platter, as my other 3 cookies are currently in the chest freezer, but I just finished making these chocolate candy cane cookies for the first time, and I think they are ridiculously cute.

               
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                jenscats5 Dec 23, 2010 05:22 PM

                They are cute!! Can you post a recipe?

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                  TorontoJo Dec 23, 2010 05:47 PM

                  Sure! I adapted this recipe:

                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Candy-Cane-Cookies-233372

                  My changes:

                  I made the cookies smaller -- 1 inch balls, pressed with a glass to about 1/3 of an inch thickness, then trimmed with a small biscuit cutter (maybe an inch and a half?).

                  Baked the cookies for 7 minutes only. Note that they don't expand at all, so you can put a lot on a cookies sheet. The cookies stay nice and soft that way -- the reviews indicate that the full baking time make the cookies too crisp.

                  I made a pure vanilla buttercream frosting, the peppermint extract would be overkill for me, as the crushed candy canes provide plenty of minty kick. The frosting I used is from this thread:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/364734

                  jdub1371 and Axalady both posted similar recipes, which makes my most favoritest vanilla frosting.

                  Instead of making sandwich cookies, I just frosted the top and dipped it upside down into the crushed candy canes. Oh, and I skipped the red food coloring.

                  They are really tasty. The soft chocolate cookie with the vanilla frosting are sort of like a one-bite cupcake, and the candy cane gives it a nice crunch and just enough peppermint flavor (make sure you crush them finely, otherwise you'll end up with chunks that are hard to chew). I can see kids going crazy for these. I might try and make the cookies a bit more intensely chocolate-y or maybe add some espresso powder to the mix next time.

                  Oh, and next time, I think I'll just roll the dough out, chill it, then do the cut outs. Rolling, pressing and trimming individual balls was rather time consuming. :)

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                    jenscats5 Dec 24, 2010 06:29 AM

                    Thanks for posting that!!

              2. Living4fun Dec 23, 2010 05:35 AM

                Results of my cookie weekend.

                 
                 
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                  blue room Dec 23, 2010 09:03 AM

                  The picture on the left is more colorful, but I can almost TASTE the ones on the right!

                2. sarahjay Dec 22, 2010 10:41 PM

                  Got mine all out today. I did all candy this year, no cookies. I did enough cookie baking at work this year. I made fudge (I was going to try real fudge this year, but it's been so wet I didn't want to risk it and went with a marshmallow fudge recipe my grandma used) vanilla bean caramels, vanilla marshmallows with cocoa powder, coconut marshmallows with coconut and powdered sugar, spicy pecan and pumpkin seed brittle and peanut butter nanaimo bars (recipe here: http://sarahjbakes.blogspot.com/2010/... )

                   
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                    ttoommyy Dec 23, 2010 04:54 AM

                    Very nice sarahjay. I've always wanted to make marshmallow but never have. Coconut marshmallows with coconut and powdered sugar sounds delicious!

                  2. TrishUntrapped Dec 21, 2010 01:10 PM

                    Wow, now I am feeling like a slacker! Those platters you all posted are amazing!!! I am so impressed.

                    But to be fair to myself... I won't really start baking until Wednesday and Thursday...when the Chocolate Almond Lace Cookies are coming out and some of my other specialties. Still, I don't decorate like the rest of you... but variety, as they say, is the spice of life!

                    1. jenscats5 Dec 21, 2010 10:31 AM

                      Here's what I'm taking to an appt. today.....already gave out some others, so I'm nearing the end!

                       
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                        jenscats5 Dec 21, 2010 10:33 AM

                        Counter-clockwise from the white round things....

                        Spice cake balls
                        Lemon cream cheese cookies
                        Honey-vanilla caramels topped with marshmallow & dipped in chocolate
                        Maple-bacon fudge
                        Peanut-pretzel bark

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                          ttoommyy Dec 21, 2010 11:02 AM

                          Very, very nice jenscats5.

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                            jenscats5 Dec 21, 2010 12:33 PM

                            Thanks so much!

                        2. ttoommyy Dec 21, 2010 09:51 AM

                          I didn't take any pictures this year, but here's a pic from last year.

                           
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                            ttoommyy Dec 21, 2010 09:58 AM

                            Also from last year.

                             
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                              jenscats5 Dec 21, 2010 10:34 AM

                              Both are gorgeous!!

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                                ttoommyy Dec 21, 2010 11:12 AM

                                Thank you! Two more...and that's it! lol

                                 
                                 
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                              morwen Dec 21, 2010 10:42 AM

                              I love the plaid effect. Check out this person's use of plaid, chintz and gingham-type effects. She does the country quilt thing very effectively: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookiecr...

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                                ttoommyy Dec 21, 2010 11:01 AM

                                Those are amazing...in fact, all her cookies are amazing. Thanks for sharing morwen.

                            3. blue room Dec 21, 2010 07:28 AM

                              All so nice! I'll keep watching this thread. I'm inspired-- it would be fairly easy to do a lunar eclipse in cookies, wouldn't it?

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                                todao Dec 21, 2010 09:52 AM

                                It'd be a good use of time to bake cookies while waiting around for the lunar eclipse. It'd keep me from falling asleep and missing the entire experience; which is an understandable risk at 3 AM.

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                                morwen Dec 21, 2010 07:18 AM

                                Here's mine. Cut out cookies; Linzers with Blueberry Lime Jam/Cranberry Pepper Jelly; Molded Walnuts with Chocolate Ganache; Truffetes: Cranberry w/Cranberry Liqueur, Mocha Latte, Macallan Single Malt Scotch; Spritz cookies that didn't spritz and so got rolled, flattened and sugared; Chocolate-Peanut Butter Chip; Candied Orange Peel both plain and spicy chili, dipped in chocolate.
                                And just for kicks there's a photo of the fall leaf cookies as well!

                                 
                                 
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                                  Mothership Dec 21, 2010 07:26 AM

                                  Absolutely beautiful cookies. We're starting to bake tonight...

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                                    blue room Dec 21, 2010 07:32 AM

                                    Morwen, how did you achieve the pinwheel effect on the bright yellow star cookie at about 9 o'clock in the left picture?

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                                      morwen Dec 21, 2010 10:36 AM

                                      I outlined and flooded the cookie with orange icing and while it was still wet put a generous dot of red icing in the center and allowed it to sink in. Then I took a toothpick and from the center of the red dot, pulled the toothpick in an arc outward toward each of the star's points.

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                                      birdmonkey Dec 21, 2010 09:05 AM

                                      Almost to amazing to eat!

                                    3. todao Dec 20, 2010 03:49 PM

                                      Now that I've retired, I don't have an office to share cookies with but I did make up some plates for friends:
                                      These include Diabetic Ginger Cookies, Diabetic Maple Cookies, Diabetic Fruit Cake, Chocolate Fudge, Date Bars, Cameleon Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Mint Truffles, Mexican Wedding Cookies, "Magic" Cookie Bars, Toffee Cookies, and "No Bake" fruit cake. My wife and I still have to make the Zuni Gâteau Victoire and Raspberry Coconut bars. Those are on the agenda for tomorrow. Then we'll start delivering the plates. Gonna be fun .....

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                                        sunflwrsdh Dec 20, 2010 04:40 PM

                                        Beautiful:)

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                                          TrishUntrapped Dec 20, 2010 04:55 PM

                                          Todao, I would absolutely LOVE your recipes for the diabetic ginger and maple cookies and the Raspberry Coconut Bars!

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                                            todao Dec 20, 2010 09:07 PM

                                            I'm not sure my wife will allow me to disclose here Raspberry Coconut bar recipe; but I'll advocate on your behalf to see what I can do. I know she wouldn't be pleased if I posted it on a forum.
                                            My email address, cryptic as it is, is listed on:
                                            http://www.chow.com/profile/203621?ta...
                                            Send me a note to and I'll get back to you as soon as I've received a decision from the kitchen master. We cook together but I built the kitchen for her so she has the final word in there.

                                        2. todao Dec 20, 2010 03:45 PM

                                          Those look mighty good ... I'll grab the camera and see what I can produce to join your thread.

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