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2012 Holiday Cookies

Hello, bakers and bakers-to-be! How about sharing your holiday cookie plans for 2012? I was reading this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/465142

....and really became inspired!

I will choose from my following favorites, and maybe add a new one or two:

Coconut Macaroons
Almond Hazelnut Biscotti
Mexican Wedding Cakes
Almond Crescents
Cream Cheese Spritz
Chocolate Pecan Thumbprints
Shortbread
Browned Butter Pecan Shortbread
Almond Horns (or nuggets
)Gingersnaps
Rainbow Venetians
Sacher Bites
Rugelach
Sarah Bernhardts
David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Biscotti
Gaufrettes
Lebkuchen
Christmas Logs
Victorian Ribbons
Biarritz
Lemon Thins

I might try a sbrisolona, which has been on my list for a while, and maybe the World Peace Cookies mentioned in the link above.

Also, I am going to try to do more savory baking, such as crackers, raincoast crisps, cheese straws, flavored nuts, etc.

And, as usual, my ambitions will exceed the time available and I will barely get my cookies into the mail (for distant family members) in time for the big dayl.

Please share your ideas!!

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  1. Gingerbread men
    Cut out sugar cookies
    Cranberry coconut cookies
    Carrot cookies (my dad's favorites)
    Biscochitos
    Biscotti
    Candy cane cookies

    I'll probably add quite a few more. My daughter has nut allergies so I've had to eliminate the many nut-containing cookies from my rotation in recent years.

    Happy baking!

    5 Replies
      1. re: janehathaway

        Can you share or link to Carrot Cookies recipe? Or expound... they sound interesting...

        1. re: thursday

          I will find my recipe and post it. I think the original one came from the Betty Crocker cookbook. My daughter is allergic to eggs so I found a different recipe. The general idea is that you boil and mash carrots and they are stirred into a dough that's sort of drop sugar cookie-ish. Then they are frosted with an orange glaze. I'll post the recipe as soon as I can find it.

          1. re: janehathaway

            That sounds like a great recipe, and perfect for my niece who also has an egg (and dairy, the poor thing) allergy. I'd love the recipe as well when you have a chance to post it.

      2. Pepparkakor
        Pfeffernusse
        Springerle
        Lebkucken
        Minty Meringue Drops
        Peanutbutter Bonbons
        Snowy Mountaintops

        Plus a dozen or so new recipes for an Italian Wedding Cookie Cake that will be the centerpiece of my New Year's Day party.

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        1. re: JKDLady

          I keep reading about Snowy Mountaintops - what are they?

          1. re: sandylc

            Snowy mountaintops are my boys' favorites(13 and 15), although not mine. They are a chocolate cookie dough surrounding a Hershey's kiss in the shape of a triangle or mountain. After baking, the top is dipped in confectioners' sugar. I've yet to find a recipe that isn't too dry in the cookie part, but my boys insist every year, so I make them.

          2. re: JKDLady

            @jdkLady-can I ask how you make your pfeffernusse? They are a favorite, but I've never made them before

          3. Sandy, I'd love to see the recipe for your Chocolate Pecan Thumbprints.

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              Chocolate Pecan Thumbprints

              Very rich and chocolatey.

              Yield
              46 cookies
              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Ingredients

              Dough
              2 cups unbleached flour
              1/4 t. salt
              6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
              2 T. neutral oil
              1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
              1 cup granulated sugar
              2 large egg yolks (save the whites for a later step)
              2 t. vanilla extract
              2 cups pecans, very finely chopped
              2 large egg whites, lightly whisked

              Filling
              8 oz. bittersweet (60%) chocolate (I use Ghirardelli)

              Garnish
              approximately 46 toasted pecan halves
              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

              Instructions
              1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
              2.In a small bowl, stir together the cocoa and oil until thoroughly blended.
              3.In mixer bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes. Add the yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in the vanilla and the cocoa mixture. Mix in the flour and salt just until blended.
              4.Place the chopped pecans in a small bowl and the whisked egg whites in another. Using a 1 1/4-inch scoop, make balls of dough, then roll each one between your palms before dipping it in the eggs whites. Let excess drip off, then roll the balls in the pecans. Rolls again in hands to make nuts adhere.
              5.Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet two inches apart. When the sheet is full, use a 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon to make a very deep indention in each ball. There will be a bit of cracking around the edges; don't worry about it.
              6.Bake for about 12 minutes or until set. Remove cookies to a rack and cool thoroughly.
              7.Melt the chocolate by whatever method you prefer (double boiler or microwave). Using a tiny spoon, fill the indentions with a blob of goodness. Top with a pecan half. Let chocolate set.
              8.Cookies keep well in tins after the chocolate is set.

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  You're welcome....they're kind of putzy, but good for chocolate-lovers.

            2. I think I've settled on:

              COOKIES
              1. Green Tea Shortbread (My recipe)
              2. Brown Sugar Thins (Brown Eyed Baker, but part of a larger recipe)
              3. Ginger Molasses (All Recipes, modified)

              CANDIES
              1. Maple-Glazed Pecans (Tartine)
              2. Peppermint Bark (My "recipe")
              3. ??

              ?? = either sponge toffee, marshmallow, or caramels. I'm not sure yet.
              I may also break down and make one more cookie. Probably something chocolate. With coffee. Suggestions welcome!

              2 Replies
              1. re: jlunar

                Mocha macarons?

                And as for the ?? -- salted caramels would be kinda awesome.

                And yes, I'm being totally self-centered here. :)

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  LOL Jo! Duly noted... duly noted XD There will be some experimentation in the next couple of weeks!

              2. Planning on reducing the list this year, but must make:
                Rudolph peanut butter cookies
                Knockoff of Starbucks' Cranberry Bliss Bars (not really cookies, but hardly savory)
                Mexican wedding cookies
                Plus at least 1 more--will be scanning everyone's lists!