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06 December 2010 @ 12:39 pm
COOKIE POST!!!!!!!  
Been planning to do this for a while, but just haven't had the chance with the madness going on. This is what's on the baking agenda this year:

 

Mexican Sugar Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon anise seed, ground
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white sugar
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat shortening until light and fluffy. Add one cup sugar, and anise seed. Mix until creamy. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking power, cream of tartar, salt and orange juice. Mix well.
  3. Knead dough until smooth. On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/2 inch thick. Cut using cookie cutter into different shapes. Bake until light brown, 5 - 8 minutes. Roll cookies in mixture of 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon while still warm.

Buckeye Balls

Makes 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 (16 ounce) jars peanut butter
  • 3 1/2 (16 ounce) packages confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 (12 ounce) packages semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
 

Directions

  1. Blend together the peanut butter, sugar and melted butter. Allow to chill in refrigerator.
  2. Roll into 1 inch round balls and return to refrigerator.
  3. In a double boiler over medium heat, melt the chocolate and shortening. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. With a toothpick inserted in the balls, dip them into the chocolate so they look like buckeyes. Place on waxed paper and allow to set in refrigerator.

Spumoni Chocolate Chip Cookies


Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the instant pudding mix until well combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries, and pistachios. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until light brown, about 10 minutes.

Cherry Hazelnut Biscotti

Makes 30 Servings


Ingredients

* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
* 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 4 eggs
* 1 1/3 cups sugar
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs; add the sugar, oil, lemon juice and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in cherries. Divide dough in half.
2. On parchment-lined baking sheet, shape each portion into 12-in x 3-in. rectangle. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully remove to wire racks; cool for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
3. Transfer biscotti to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 3/4-in. slices. Place cut side down on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until firm, turning after 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.


Chocolate Mice

Makes 1 Dozen


Ingredients

* 4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
* 1/3 cup sour cream
* 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
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* 1/3 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
* 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
* 24 silver dragees decorating candy
* 1/4 cup sliced almonds
* 12 (2 inch) pieces long red vine licorice

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate, and combine with sour cream. Stir in 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
2. Roll by level tablespoonfuls into balls. Mold to a slight point at one end (the nose).
3. Roll dough in confectioners sugar (for white mice), and in chocolate cookie crumbs (for dark mice). On each mouse, place dragees in appropriate spot for eyes, almond slices for ears, and a licorice string for the tail.
4. Refrigerate for at least two hours, until firm.



Easy Decadent Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.
 

Footnotes

  • Roll truffles in ground walnuts (or any ground nuts), cocoa, coconut, confectioners' sugar, candy sprinkles, etc.
  • To flavor truffles with liqueurs or other flavorings, omit vanilla. Divide truffle mixture into thirds. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur (almond, coffee, orange) to each mixture; mix well.


So, what are you guys making this season?
 
 
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✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrine: disney|rapunzel & flynn giggles.elliania on December 6th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
My, my! I'll have to try those!!!!! :D
Lois: Clark :: Filled With Dorky Gleekalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
VERY worth it. Most of these I've tried other years and they turned out awesome. The truffles, especially.
✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrine: hp|show me that you care.elliania on December 6th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'll have to translate it, though. To be sure I understand all the ingredients and measures right, LOL.
Lois: Lois :: Facepalmkalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Dammit. XD I wish I knew an easy way to do it.
✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrineelliania on December 6th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
haha ^^;
don't worry, it shouldn't be that bad!

Thanks for sharing, btw!! <3
Lois: Lois :: Gigglekalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Not a problem! I've been wanting to do this since October! I think there will be a few more recipe posts before the season is over.
saavikam77: Holiday Ornament 2saavikam77 on December 6th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Cookie recipes, YAY! \O/

Not sure what we're making this year yet, but I'll probably go get groceries for them on Friday, so we can get a head start, since that's what we're giving out as gifts again this year. :)
Lois: Coffee :: Peppermint Mochakalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
You can't go wrong with either cookies or java, that's my position on it. We'll get the last little pieces this weekend and start Sunday night to cap off the birthday weekend.

BTW, I have birthday plans for you, but they may come a little late. I may have both your birthday and Christmas at the end of the month. You okay with that. I promise it'll be worth it. *snugs*
saavikam77: Wishsaavikam77 on December 6th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I guess I'll have to be. ^___^ *bounces*

*snugs back*
Lois: LS :: Perry Lois Glompkalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Just think, I'll have my extra check to use on it. There are two things I REALLY wanna do for you and I want to have the money to get them both. One of them is something that you really need with all the writing you do.
saavikam77: Clois Flightsaavikam77 on December 6th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wait, WHAT!? XD And here I was thinking it was something ficcish or the like. :p

*buzzes with excitement*

I have something to send you, too. That I've been needing to send since April. *facepalm* XD
Lois: Lois :: Lovekalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Now, it's not a computer, so don't get that excited. But it is a little pricey, but it's essential to someone who writes as much fandom as you. I just need to make sure I have the funds for it. Doesn't seem right that I have one and you don't. Bryan might enjoy it, too.

Make it a Christmas/birthday present. ;)
saavikam77: Supes Ornamentsaavikam77 on December 6th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, now my curiosity is really piqued! O_O *ponders*

And of course it's not a computer. XD I would never expect such a thing, especially when my lappy is more than sufficient, and you guys are about as broke as we are. :p

*smishes you tight* ^___^
Lois: Lois :: Gigglekalalanekent on December 7th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
*just smiles secretively*
januaried: gen + cupcakesjanuaried on December 6th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh baby. :D These are going in my memories.
Lois: RL :: BR :: Snowkalalanekent on December 6th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
YAY! I was hoping these would be helpful to someone! :D
Obsessed fangirl: Grandkids - Kiara Devon AJbabettew54 on December 6th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
PRINTING!! Thanks, hon!! Kiki would love to make cookies with grandma! Need to start a tradition, like now!! :D:D
Lois: Clark :: Filled With Dorky Gleekalalanekent on December 9th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
YAY! Nice to know you'll get some use for it!
K: Burn Notice- Flashykabuki_party on December 6th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
So, I'm going to try all of these and top of that I am to find the ugliest christmas sweater imaginable. and I don't even celebrate christmas. THAT'S THE SPIRIT! :D :D :D

/no really. mexican sugar cookies is at the top of the list followed by spumoni. pistachio pudding mix? MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Lois: Lois :: Gigglekalalanekent on December 9th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to get to do these the weekend so that they'll be good to go as presents for some of the family. And I'm with you on the spumoni. NOM!
bistyboo1974: christmas/yummy drinksbistyboo1974 on December 7th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
NOMNOM. I think I gained a few pounds just reading these recipes. ;)
Lois: Lois :: Smart-Ass Grinkalalanekent on December 9th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should have posted a warning. ;)
ColtDancer: christmas cookiescoltdancer on December 7th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Dude!

Buckeyes are a HUGE deal in this house!!! LURVE them! Good to see you don't use the paraffin wax, either. My original recipe actually melts a bit of paraffin wax in the chocolate, which gives it the shiny texture. The idea is a little freaky (though, I've had plenty with no ill-effects - just think of those wax juice bottle thingies we used to buy and drink the kool-aid out of, then chew on the wax....). However, they work just fine without using any wax.

A FAVORITE. :)
Lois: Lois :: Lovekalalanekent on December 9th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Not alone in that! They're a serious favorite around here, too. And I've never actually used the paraffin before. Although I could see why and it's not like it'll hurt you. You learn something new every day! :D
maaike_fluffy on December 7th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Dude, you Americans OWN cookies. O_O *salviates* I need to try some of your recipes on my new oven. *hee* :)
Lois: Clark :: Filled With Dorky Gleekalalanekent on December 9th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yep, now you see why there are so many of us constantly on diets. Just LOOKING at the cookies adds ten pounds! XD