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How about each VBB member post 1 recipe of there favorite Christmas Cookie.  By doing this, we sure can get a great collection of recipes and we would also get some new ones.  I will c
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Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/4/2010 9:14 PM EDT
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Come on VBB members, where are the Cookie recipes?

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Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/5/2010 9:34 AM EDT
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Thesr are great cookies for an exchange a bit different.
Chocolate Chunk Espresso Bean Jumbies
2 Cups large walnut pieces
2 Cups plus 2 Tb flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 Sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Cups coarsely chopped milk or semi sweet chocolate chunks
2 Cups dark chocolate covered espresso (coffee) beans
toast nuts on a baking sheet until fragrant Cool
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a blow.  Beat butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs then vanilla.  With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture until well combined.  By hand stir in the nuts, chocolate and coffee beans.
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.  Using a small ice cream scoop, drop mounds of the dough, about 1 3/4 ounces each onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 8 cookies per sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  (Rotate the pans halfway through the bake time.) Remove to wire racks to cool.

Spicy Chocolate -Orange Cookies
3 Cups flour
1 1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 tsp orange zest
3 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/2 Cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
1/2 tsp orange juice
Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and peppers in a bowl.  Add zest.
Beat butter and sugar un bowl of electric mixer, use paddle attachment if using a stand mixer, beat until creamy.   Scrape down sides of mixer bowl.  Add eggs one at a time scrape down bowl between additions.  Add flour mixture on low speed until fully incorporated.
Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.  Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass, making a slight indent in the center of each cookie.
Bake 8-10 minutes; cool on baking sheet then transfer to wire rack.
Combine confectioners sugar, egg white and orange juice mix until smooth.  Spread icing in the center of each cookie.  Allow icing to set.

I will be waiting eagerly for other recipes to try.  Thanks in advance for expanding my recipe collection and waist!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/5/2010 2:23 PM EDT
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I have a great Ginger cookie recipe, not Ginger snaps, just Ginger cookie.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/15/2010 5:58 AM EST
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One of my family favorites has become the pfeffrneusse. I will post it as soon as I can.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/15/2010 6:07 AM EST
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Dark Pfeffernusse

A small, somewhat hard molasses cookie with a milde anise flavor.  A Christmas tradition.

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
mixture of 3 drops of anise oil and 1 Tbs. hot water
3 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix shorening, sugar, egg, molasses, and anise mixture.  (Anise oil may be obtained at the pharmacy.)  Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.  Blend dry ingredients; mix in gradually with hands.  Knead dough until right consistency for molding. (I use my Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook) .  If dough seems too soft, refrigerate until firm.  Mold into 1/4 inch in diameter balls and place on greased baking sheet.  Bake about 12 min. or until golden brown on the bottom.  Cookies harden on standing.  Dust with powdered confectioners sugar if desired.  Store in airtight container with a slice of apple to mellow them.  Mkes about 8 doz.cookies.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/15/2010 6:58 AM EST
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i HAVE A FRIEND AND WE EVCHANGE COOKIES FOR THE HOLIDAY S BECAUSE THEIR IS A LOT OF US TO GO AND BUY GIFTS FOR AND THAT WORKS OUT BETTER .

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/19/2010 6:43 AM EST
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Thank you all verybest bakers. I have a wonderful selection of cookies to bake. Please keep adding them to this forum.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/22/2010 7:21 AM EST
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These little gems are so good! And popular, so don't be afraid to double the recipe. I've never been able to get away with making a single batch, lol.

French Christmas Cookies

40 Graham Cracker singles (2 packs)
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1 pkg Neste minis chocolate chips (12 ounce size)
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 c) Butter
1 cup half & half

Line a baking tray with paper candy cups. You can find these at Michael's craft store, candy making & cake decorating supply stores, and candy shops sometimes have them too. Preheat oven to 375*f

Put the grahams in a ziploc and crush with a rolling pin. Don't worry about getting them too finely crushed or all even.
Cream butter and sugar. Add crumbs, mix until combined. Add 1/2 & 1/2 and nuts, mix until combined. Fold in chocolate mini chips.
Fill candy cups 2/3 full. Bake 10-12 minutes, just until set. Don't overbake or they will not be chewy.

Frosting:
Melt together 1 pkg each chocolate and butterscotch chips. Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter. The easiest way to do this is to put the frosting into a ziploc and snip the tip like a decorator bag. Top each cookie with a dollop of the frosting.



If anyone has a tried and true snickerdoodle recipe that makes really chewy snickerdoodles, I'd love to have that!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/22/2010 9:55 AM EST
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Kimberly - this is the old Snickerdoodle recipe in my 1961 Betty Crocker cook book ........
It's the recipe I've used forever -- still use.

SNICKERDOODLES

1 cup soft shortening (part butter)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Heat oven to 400.  Mix shortening, sugar and eggs thoroughly.
Blend all dry ingredients, stir in.
Roll into balls the size of small walnuts.

Roll in a mixture of 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon.
Place 2" apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes.  (These cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/23/2010 5:09 PM EST
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I will dig up some of my favorite ones like potato chip cookies and post them after Thanksgiving.  By the way hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/23/2010 6:30 PM EST
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It's taken a lot of time but I'll read every single cookie recipe here in Very Best Baking.  Wow - so many. 
I've printed out all the ones I want to try.   Tonight I'm going to make White Chip Orange Cookies.

I have so many favorites .......
The ones I make over and over and always have in my cookie basket are:
Chocolate Chip (of course)
White Chip
Chewie Brownie Cookie
Spicy Oatmeal
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter
Snickers cookie
Snickerdoodles
Ice Cream Sundae cookie
Chocolate Rolo Caramel
Gingersnaps
White Chip Island
Sandies (Mexican Wedding Cake)

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/24/2010 12:57 PM EST
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Cranberry Nut Bars

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in the sugar. Beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in the flour and butter. Mix well. Fold in the cranberries and the walnuts. Transfer to a greased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 16 servings

I have made these using raspberries and they are D-licious

 

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/24/2010 1:08 PM EST
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Danish Vienna Fingers (Wienerstanger)

2/3 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp grated lemon rind

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup strawberry or rashpberry jam or jelly

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the sheets. Preheat the oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg. Beat until light. Add the lemon peel, flour, and baking powder to make a dough. Chill for 30 minutes. Divide into 4 parts. Roll each part into strips that are 15 inches long. Place on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Press a groove in the center the length of each strip. Bake for 10 minutes. Spoon the jam or jelly along each groove. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until pale gold on the edges. Mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add enough water to make an icing. Drizzle the cookie strips with the icing when you take them from the oven. Cut diagonally into 3/4 inch cookies.

Makes 45 cookies  Innocent

 

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/26/2010 8:40 PM EST
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Pressed Jello Cookies

3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 pkg (3 oz) jello, any flavor
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix flour with baking powder, set aside.

Cream butter; gradually add sugar and gelatin, beating well.
Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well.
Press onto ungreased cookie pans.  Sprinkle with non-pariels, or colored sugar.
Bake 350 degrees for about 6-8 min. til lightly browned.  Makes approx. 10 doz. cookies.

My kids always loved these cookies.  I usually use lime or cherry jello and add a few drops of food color to the batter for more color.  These are quite tasty and look pretty on a tray.   Happy cookie exchange!!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/26/2010 10:00 PM EST
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I think this is a great idea!  My family and I do a lot of baking, especially around the holidays and it's always nice to have something new and different.  I will go through my recipe box and come back and post a few soon!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/26/2010 10:01 PM EST
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Thanks Susan -- that's a super idea.  Jello!!  A Jello cookie.....

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/27/2010 3:28 PM EST
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Potato Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup crushed fresh potato chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar

directions

  1. Combine butter and the 1 cup powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat until well mixed. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in potato chips and pecans with a wooden spoon.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. While cookies are still warm, sift with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Makes 40 cookies.
  3. Make-Ahead Tip: Freeze baked cookies in a freezer container up to 1 month.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/27/2010 6:48 PM EST
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I just bought a new cook book that is nothing but Christmas cookies and candies, I will post a recipe from it!

Your welcome and I am happy to see the many responses...with such awsome recipes!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/27/2010 7:18 PM EST
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Elsa - thanks for such an intriging recipe.  I can't wait to try it.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/27/2010 7:20 PM EST
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Susan -- I want that book!!!! 
What's the title?  Where did you get it?
 
Oh, how I want a cookbook that's just Christmas sweet stuff
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