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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Christmas Cookies

Tried new recipes this year, some of which were an absolute failure, but most weren’t.

Sugar Cookies – The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook
Lemon Cookies – America’s Test Kitchen Christmas Cookies 2012
Rum-Raisin Chocolate Ship Cookies – The Good Cookie: Over 250 Delicious Recipes from Simple to Sublime
Hermits – The Good Cookie: Over 250 Delicious Recipes from Simple to Sublime
Shortbread – Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich (I made one regular batch and one batch with nutmeg, because I LOVE NUTMEG.)
Pumpkin Walnut Bread – Cook’s Illustrated Holiday Baking 2007 (I love this recipe)
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – The Best of Fine Cooking Cookies No 23
Praline-Pecan-Coconut Bars – Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies
Bourbon Balls (I no longer remember where this recipe came from)
Peanut Butter Blossoms (I no longer remember where this recipe came from)
Lemon Coins – Carole Bloom’s The Essential Baker: The Comprehensive Guide to Baking with Chocolate, Fruit, Nuts, Spices, and Other Ingredients
I also plan on making Poticza from the The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook
And I’d also like to lemon poppy seed quick bread.
And probably a pumpkin pie.

I think I am going to give up trying to make pumpkin cookies. This year I tried Nancy Baggett’s Pumpkin Rocks with Cream Cheese Frosting (The All-American Cookie Book) and they were beyond a failure. I ended up with a flat, oily brown ooze. Theoretically, it’s because I use fresh (frozen) pumpkin, but this was a bigger mess than any other pumpkin cookie I’ve attempted to make with fresh (frozen) pumpkin.
The other recipe that failed was Chocolate Raspberry Cookies, which are delicious, but a complete mess.

And of course, there was the baking and decorating of sugar cookies, with peanut butter blossoms added in this year.

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