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nonny2t
12-18-2007, 02:38 PM
I thought it might be fun to see what people make in the way of cookies and such for Christmas. You know, different than other times of the year. Maybe a favorite family recipe or something. Who knows, you might find one you would like to try and pry the recipe out of someone.

So here goes. This year because of the dang surgery I only did rice krispie squares, chocolate chip cookies and milk chocolate fudge. Basically, they are just to munch on as we travel north on Friday and to share on Christmas Eve with family.

Usually I make the fudge, Mexican wedding cakes, kieflies, chocolate chip cookies, coffee hermits, toffee and sometimes buckeyes.

Abbily
12-18-2007, 02:45 PM
My mom and I usually do the baking together, but this year she's making the molasses cookies and the... oh, crud, I can't think what they're called now, but they're made with that fruitcake fruit and pecans, and they're so yummy... and my kids and I are making chocolate chip cookies and candycane cookies.

marykz
12-18-2007, 03:09 PM
we are a regular cookie factory here, all recipes are old family favorites, can share on request.

Sweet spiced pecans (made 6 lbs so far)

sugar cookies (special heirloom recipe, crunchy and flat, not soft and chewy) (about 300 cookies there, with sprinkles, no icing)

3 types cookie press cookies (all double batches):
butterfly spritz (like shortbread)
snowflakes (with cream cheese)
Christmas Trees (almond flavored)

Butter Nut snowballs with Walnuts or pecans (large batch of about 100, all rolled in powdered sugar)

soft sugar cookies with eggnog glaze (small batch)

gingerbread cookies (small batch)

Usually we make a few more varieties of cookies, bar cookies, and chocolate candies, but I am too tired this year.

can you tell making cookies is our main tradition? lol.....

jdee
12-18-2007, 03:15 PM
Wow, I feel kinda lazy. I'm only making a couple of pecan pies. My sister is bringing most of the deserts.

debinoz
12-18-2007, 03:15 PM
We've already made our sugar cookies and as soon as the kids get home we'll be making peanutbutter fudge. Over the week-end we'll probably make some strawberry divinity, chocolate logs, and some regular chocolate fudge.

Eccie
12-18-2007, 03:29 PM
Everyone in my family usually gets a box of assorted baked things from me but this year I just have not had the time. I am making fudge and chocolate dipped ritz craker sandwhiches with peanut butter in the middle for us to nosh on. Oh and a wish bread for Yule

HollyP
12-18-2007, 03:37 PM
I love the holidays and baking so we become a bit of a cookie/ sweets making factory here too.

we make:
nut crescents- like mexican wedding cookies
pecan puffs - mini pecan pies
pizelles
sugar cookies with sprinkles
spritz cookies
shortbread
brownie bites
english toffee
peppermint bark
caramel dipped pretzels rolled in various nuts& chocolate

Sharly
12-18-2007, 03:48 PM
Carey - do they have vanilla wafers too? My mom used to make what we called pecan rolls. I know they had pecans, crushed vanilla wafers, the fruit and I don't know what else. It was sticky and we would roll them up in wax paper and put them in the fridge. Then when they were chilled, we would slice them. They were so good. Oh, and she made the very best divinity and carrot cake. Man. I miss that stuff!
This year, I only made some Chocolate, Cream Cheese Cupcakes, and Oreo Balls. I didn't make any of my regulars, Date Nut Balls, Hard Cinnamon Candy, or Buckeye Balls.

bethany
12-18-2007, 03:57 PM
I was thinking I should get cracking on some of this. We don't make a ton (because we'd eat it) but so far we did do white chocolate dipped pretzel rods (with sprinkles of course), and Hershey kiss angels. Later this week we'll do the gingerbread house, and there's wreath cookies (with corn flakes), melting moments and maybe those thumb print jam cookies...and sugar cookies too!

Also, if anyone needs inspiration, http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook/cat0001.html

Abbily
12-18-2007, 04:53 PM
Sharly, that sounds fabulous! Ours don't have vanilla wafers, though. It's a traditional family (I think German) recipe.

Sanibelle
12-18-2007, 05:09 PM
I have to tell everyone that MaryZ's spiced nuts are the best... she sent me some in the last swap package. I told myself that I would just have a couple but I wound eating the whole bag by myself...(I hid them from my DH!!!) I would love her recipe (hint)

I made a huge batch of snickerdoodles - I love them and they are really easy and yummy. For Christmas Eve I am making Rachael Ray's 5 minute fudge wreath to bring with me. I may also make Giada's Panettone Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Syrup. My DH is Italian and they do the tradition Italian Christmas Eve and I thought that this would be a big hit with his family.

Here is the link:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_90098,00.html

Abbily
12-18-2007, 05:55 PM
I love Giada, and oh my goodness that sounds good!! I'm the cook for our traditional Italian christmas eve, and I am definitely going to make that!

nonny2t
12-18-2007, 07:49 PM
Mary: Can I get the eggnog glaze recipe? My husband loves sugar cookies and drinks eggnog by the container full so he would love those. Thanks!

Who else has some cool stuff to share????

Indygirl
12-18-2007, 08:12 PM
Pumpkin cheese cake for one thing. It's the favorite in our house.

marykz
12-18-2007, 08:32 PM
Of course my friends!!

the spiced pecan recipe is from (the magazine) Southern living:
it has the recipe for the spice blend, then how to use it in the nuts (and other things) in this PDF:
http://www.southernliving.com/southern/images/extras_ss/features/474633/SweetSpiceBlendRecipeIdeas.pdf

I use a little more salt on the nuts when they cook, and I used ground candied ginger this year for a little more kick.


The Eggnog Glaze is mind bendingly easy:

3 C powdered sugar
Dash white rum, or rum extract (tablespoon of the real stuff, teaspoon of the extract)
3-4 Tbsp eggnog
Whisk until smooth
Add more powdered sugar, or eggnog until you get the consistency you like. It will dry and set up fairly hard (but not as hard as royal icing)

Drip over cookies, add sprinkles on top if desired.

I love this glaze, and use it on cookies, or pound cake or even cupcakes.

enjoy!!!

mks22300
12-18-2007, 08:51 PM
I love baking and I go to town at Christmas!
I made:
Raspberry Almond Thumbprints
Macaroons, with raspberry jam in the middle
Gingerbread men and drop ginger cookies
Chocolate Maple Cookies
Andes candies cookies
Eggnog thumbprints
Chocolate raspberry spritz
Irish Cream Fudge
oh and strawberry jam bars
This weekend I'll be making a couple of pies for Christmas dessert.

marykz
12-18-2007, 08:59 PM
oooh chocolate maple cookies? that sounds fabulous- can you share the source or recipe?

and Sanibelle- THANKS for the panettone link- yum, and the Rachael Ray fudge ring is a fabulous idea for this party we have to go to!

fibrenut
12-18-2007, 09:26 PM
My hubby is jonesin for some divinity and maybe some peanut brittle n stuff. O yeah and truffles, definitely truffles. Yep, Yep, Yep...truffles fer sure!!!:drool: :drool: :drool:

Sanibelle
12-18-2007, 09:34 PM
MKS...Irish Cream Fudge???? What could be better... please share that recipe.
Thanks Mary for the recipe for the nuts... they are so good.
Wow - I think I just gained 5 pounds reading this thread.....

kellyh57
12-19-2007, 01:02 AM
I usually do sugar cookies, but I'm sick of them! (I make them for about every other holiday it seems!) For my son's preschool teachers and church AWANA leaders & some friends, I'm making candy arrays. I made peppermint brittle, caramels, Oreo Truffles and fudge. I'm also making some mint cookies tomorrow for a Christmas "party" type thing.

Kelly

Sharly
12-19-2007, 11:41 AM
Carey - they were really good. Unfortunately, it was one of those recipes that she never wrote down! And, at the time, I never paid enough attention to know how to re-create it!

Wow, everyone, everything sounds so good!!

mks22300
12-20-2007, 09:34 PM
Here's where I got the Chocolate Maple cookies. They look like little pancakes when they are baking. You can't really taste the maple, but it gives the cookie a very good flavor. I decided not to frost them but instead put the frosting in a baggie, snipped off a small portion of the corner, and made little squiggles on them.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Maple-Cookies/Detail.aspx

Here's where I got the Irish cream fudge, which is do die for! I made it a couple of days before my staff Christmas like someone suggested from the reviews so the Bailey's has time to dissapate a little. I ran out of Bailey's for the topping, but used Irish Cream coffee creamer and you wouldn't know the difference.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Irish-Cream-Truffle-Fudge/Detail.aspx

vaknitter
12-22-2007, 09:45 AM
I love to bake all year long and feed those I work with well - otherwise the hubby and I would be 400lbs : )
Typically come Christmas / New Years I make :
Molasses cookie cutter cookies
Molasses cookies
Buttermilk Spice Cake in a christmas tree pan with Betty Crockers double boiler icing
Bouche D Noel - french yule long (soooo yummy with a touch of Amaretto)
pecan pie (for the hubby)
mince pie (all from scratch with a touch of Brandy)
sprizt cookies
Believe it or not the hubby's favorite treat this time of year is when I make chicken soup - boil down a little roaster and add some veggies and noodles
Suddenly feel the need to bakes something !!

knitncook
12-22-2007, 10:15 AM
I am determined to make my mocha crinkles today. As soon as I get off work (another 2 hours) They are SOOO yummy. Chocolate and coffee and pepper and powdered sugar. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

willowangel
12-23-2007, 10:54 AM
Just spiced cookies for me this year - I love cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger, so here they are :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1041.jpg

The.Knitter
12-23-2007, 11:43 AM
I made Almond Biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and sugar cookies with sprinkles. I divided them into cans and then filled the "hollow" spots with christmas candies. Each family in the family gets a can.

cando
12-24-2007, 04:13 PM
I made 2 kinds of sweets to give to friends and neighbors. Boxed it in candy boxes to gift.

Melomakarona - This is a greek christmas spice cookie soaked in honey.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y170/vinrao/Desserts/IMG_5497.jpg

Besan burfi - This is an Indian sweet made with chickpea flour and ghee.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y170/vinrao/Desserts/IMG_5489.jpg

penguinwear
12-24-2007, 04:30 PM
Everything looks and sounds so good.:cheering:

In the past I have made cookie trays and given them as gifts, including to the local firestation and police stations {to thank them for their service}, but this year I wimped out. Last night, Hubby and I made oatmeal cookies to give to his parents and I made fudge for him to take to work. I try to give away as much as possible; I love to bake and its better to split a batch of whatever than to have it sitting around tempting me. :mrgreen:

jacquiw
12-28-2007, 06:37 AM
My gosh you Americans can cook when the holidays come around. We don't bother with anything much here in Australia as its way to hot.