Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Cookies of Christmas

In spite of everything going on in December, we managed to bake 12 kinds of cookies for Christmas plus have SP's family over for a Christmas Eve buffet of veggies & dip, cheeses & crackers, mushroom turnovers, puff pastry prosciutto & gruyere pinwheels, crabmeat squares, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, pork balls, and vegetable soup. Whew! So much baking! So much food!

 So here they are, the Cookies of Christmas 2012:

Cherry-Almond Biscotti - always on the list
Ischl Tartlets (AKA Linzer Tarts) - a family favorite, grandma's recipe
Walnut Cups - the inevitable
Biscotti All'arancia - a new cookie, definitely not one of my favorites, will not be making another appearance on the Christmas Cookie table
Chocolate Dipped Crescents - a constant, one of mom's favorites, and mine, too
Cinnamon Bun Pinwheels - one of my favorites
Triple Ginger Cookies - the one that dad, SP, and I kept gobbling, we even made a second batch
Raspberry Shortbread Bars - one of SP's favorites, this year made with peach jelly
Lebkuchen - sounded delicious with cloves, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, molasses, orange marmalade, candied ginger and almonds, but did not look at all like the photo in Food & Wine. These tasted OK but turned out like pancakes and were very sticky. Lebkuchen might show up again, but not this particular recipe. 
These were kind of a pain with needing to freeze the dough and then keep taking it back to the freezer in between baking a sheet of them. all those ingredients, all that time, all that effort, and they turned out like pancakes and then got sticky and soft. Ugh! The results of the stickiness - cookie tearing:
Cut Out Sugar Cookies - the usual family recipe
Peppermint Crunch Cookies - a new one this year, turned out just so-so, if they show up again it'll be as chocolate cookies with these peppermint crunch bits
Pizzelles - the usual anise-vanilla recipe
We have lots & lots of cookies to enjoy now! And of course, to give away to family & friends.

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