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What are you baking these days? December 2012 [OLD]

Hi there, here we go into prime holiday season baking...
Just in time for it, here comes Nancy Baggett's "Simply Sensational Cookies", which I read through this morning. There are lots of super-sounding recipes, including some that have holiday written all over them (candy cane brownies, Andes Mint cookies...various shortbreads and spice cookies for example). This one's a keeper (her International Cookie and ditto Chocolate books are very good too). I just might have to make the espresso brownies with white chocolate this weekend, along with the sempiternal bread.
What treats are showing "lovin' from your oven", to quote a certain chubby fellow, these days?

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  1. Oh dear, another cookie cookbook to get from the library for me!
    I started my Christmas baking last night.. peppermint bark and 7-layer cookies...
    I have about 5 or 6 more treats to bake over the next week, since I am doing one of by first Christmas lunch next week-end, and I want to have the packages ready by then...

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    1. re: rstuart

      You will love it. There are also recipes in it using prepared cookie dough, tarted up, for the harried baker.

      1. re: buttertart

        Is this a book you had, or one you got recently. I don't even know if I have it, lol!!

        1. re: buttertart

          It's on hold.. and I just picked up Carole Walter's Great Coffee Cakes etc out of the library...
          You and roxlet are both very bad influences on me!

          1. re: rstuart

            I just got it in the Good Cook bundle sale. It's new, published in Oct i think. There are a few proofreading errors that made me want to scream..."modern flare" (honestly!) and a mention of dried pineapple rings that becomes cranberry rings farther into the recipe, for example.

            1. re: buttertart

              Cookie cookbooks! Might have to get that one!

        2. re: rstuart

          How long do the bark and the 7-layer cookies keep well? Thanks....

          1. re: Julia_T

            The bark keeps for quite a while, because it's mostly chocolate. I've had seven-layer cookies sitting around for a few weeks.. they get a bit dried up, but are still edible. The key is to wrap them well in tinfoil.

        3. Reposting from the other thread...

          I had a request last night for donuts from my son. We have a standard joke in our house: my husband says HE makes great donuts, but in the nearly 30 years I've known him, he has never made donuts once. He claims he made them all the time with his grandmother, but when my son asked my MIL about it, she said she couldn't recall, which isn't surprising since she hates cooking! As a joke, my son gave my husband a donut book, but I'm the only one to have used it. Anyway, this time I making the classic donuts from Marion Cunningham's The Breakfast Book. I'm toying with making the Berliners too, and then I can say with some confidence, "I am a Berliner," lol.

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          1. I just pulled out a pan of the 'gooey cinnamon squares' from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. They look and smell yummy but I can tell I left them in a few minutes too long and probably won't be as gooey as her description.

            They were a bit of a pain to make because I only have one large bowl for creaming butter and sugar and one hand mixer, and you have to do that step twice -- once for each layer. Based on how these are received tomorrow (they really do smell great) I may have to attempt this again soon when I have baking momentum... I hate stopping in the middle of baking to do a full wash and dry of a set of dishes/equipment to finish the recipe.

            I'm also baking SK gingersnaps today, and making the homemade Thomas Keller oreos next week.

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            1. re: calmossimo

              They do look great, don't they! I got that cookbook for my mother for her birthday, and i am fairly certain that I will also find a copy under the Christmas tree..

            2. Yearly Christmas baking here. Today it's the fruitcake. Heh, you are what you eat.....

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              1. re: jammy

                I love making fruitcake. I have several vintages in the fridge at the moment.

              2. Melissa Clark's Coconut Fudge brownies. Just took them out of the oven. Can't wait to dig in!

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                1. re: shaebones

                  Those are truly fabulous.. I finally tried them a few months ago, and am looking for another occasion to make them!