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Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/16/2010 8:29 AM EST
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Hi Pam .... Welcome !! it's nice to meet you.  You sure picked a good time to join this board - Christmas!
I wish we lived closer - I'd bring you mint chips.

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/16/2010 5:25 PM EST
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That is such a good idea Pam!  Thank You for posting qnd becoming a member! 

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/16/2010 7:08 PM EST
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Hello fellow bakers,

I am pretty new to this site and must tell you that I am very excited to take part in all of this bake talk!

With the minimal time I have to work with, so far this Christmas season I have made:

Sugar cookies - Christmas cutouts of course but it was hard to actually get the dough rolled out and cut due to my friends eating the dough
Molasses Cookies with a ginger frosting
Gingersnaps

Sadly, this is all for cookies (I have made different types of brownies, bars, and cakes as well). I hope to do much more in the coming days!


Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/16/2010 7:14 PM EST
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Hi Jamie -- it's great to meet you.  Please, let me know the recipe for those Molasses cookies.  Ginger frosting!!!
I make gingersnaps too .... what's your recipe.
You tell me yours and I'll tell you mine -- lol lol

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/16/2010 8:29 PM EST
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We're making chocolate chip cookies, spritz cookies, and cut out sugar cookies.

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 8:05 AM EST
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In Response to www.verybestbaking.com/community/forums.aspx/baking-forums_holidays-entertaining_christmas-cookies-baking-this-year?plckFindPostKey=Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:e59fe383-2a9e-4e99-9d95-b12fa9c358d5Discussion:aba14889-4eeb-4775-a645-0f66610049ecPost:dbc718e7-2134-4b4a-a6e4-06b17fc64e01">Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?:
Hi Jamie -- it's great to meet you.  Please, let me know the recipe for those Molasses cookies.  Ginger frosting!!! I make gingersnaps too .... what's your recipe. You tell me yours and I'll tell you mine -- lol lol
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy - Thank you so much!

I'd love to share my recipes...

Frosted Molasses Cookies:
1C softened butter
1C packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1C dark molasses
1t vanilla
4.5C flour
1T ground ginger
1T ground cinnamon
2t baking soda
1t salt
1/4t ground allspice
1C buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375

1) Cream butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, molasses, and vanilla. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and allspice; add to the creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

2) Drop by tablespoon-fuls 2in. apart and bake for 7-9 minutes or until set.

Frosting:
1/4C shortening
1/4C softened butter
1/2t vanilla
2C confectioners' sugar
1/4t ground ginger
4t milk

1) Cream shortening and butter together in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and ginger. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy.

2) Spread over cookies!

I also added a holiday touch and sprinkled green and red sugar crystals!


I do not have my gingersnap recipe readily handy. I will be sure to post that for you tonight! Smile

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 10:05 AM EST
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Thank you  Jamie ...... I LOVE new cookie recipes.  Do you collect them?  How do you save or store recipes?
Right now I have a couple bottles of regular molasses in my cupboard, but no dark.  Do I have to have dark?

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 8:14 PM EST
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I am making GingerBread Men cookies might make something else maybe oatmeal cookies .Cool

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:05 PM EST
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I will be making the Famous Fudge for my family at our Christmas celebration. They all enjoy having goodies to snack on before and after the big meal. 

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:09 PM EST
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In Response to www.verybestbaking.com/community/forums.aspx/baking-forums_holidays-entertaining_christmas-cookies-baking-this-year?plckFindPostKey=Cat:3473a929-a609-4b85-8818-bf915c7505deForum:e59fe383-2a9e-4e99-9d95-b12fa9c358d5Discussion:aba14889-4eeb-4775-a645-0f66610049ecPost:5532df5e-8409-4eca-b1d2-324607e57878">Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?:
Thank you  Jamie ...... I LOVE new cookie recipes.  Do you collect them?  How do you save or store recipes? Right now I have a couple bottles of regular molasses in my cupboard, but no dark.  Do I have to have dark?
Posted by Nancy G


No problem, Nancy!

I love to bake cookies and because of that, I have MANY recipes. I do collect them and as I bake them, I try to figure which ones are who's favorites. My brother and his friends devour anything I put in front of them but I am able to pick up on who likes what the most. On the flip side, my fiance likes his cookies a certain way. Although he will eat whatever I bake, he is one for thick, chewy cookies. This past Thanksgiving, I made a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie that was comparable to bread-like mounds and he LOVED them. He wanted me to omit the pumpkin and try them as straight chocolate chip (which I have yet to do).

I usually print my recipes off the internet or browse cookbooks picking out specific recipes. If I print them, I store them in a folder in my kitchen where they are always available. If I am scoping out a recipe book and find just ONE cookie recipe I like, I will buy it. Once I take it home, I usually go through the recipes multiple times as I am sure I would love other goodies as well. All of my recipes are in my kitchen. Paper recipes are stained with oil or covered in dried butter stages of cookie dough and my cookbooks are full of slips of paper. I love it!

About the molasses - I'm not too sure if you have to use dark. You could always give it a shot to see how they come out!

Also, here is my most recently used Gingersnap recipe. Please allow me to warn you that these are addicting...

2 1/2C flour
2t baking soda
1t cinnamon
1t ground ginger
1/2t salt
1/2t ground cloves
1/2t ground allspice
1/4C unsalted butter softened
1C packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 C dark molasses
1/4C sugar  (I used raw sugar)

Preheat the oven to 375

1) Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and allspice together in a large bowl.

2) In a mixer bowl - cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy (2 minutes). Add egg and molasses and mix until blended (2 minutes). Gradually stir in flour mixture until blended. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3) Place sugar in a small bowl. Scoop cookie dough and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet 2 in apart. Press down with palm of your hand. Bake 8-10 minutes or until tops start to crack. Let cool of baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

*This is a stained recipe Wink

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:27 PM EST
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Thank You --- I've copied and mailed it to myself.
:-(  I JUST finished stirring up a batch of my gingersnap recipe .... Yours are next.

It's so funny that I had never made, or wanted to make, a gingersnap in my life until I found the recipe just a few weeks ago.
And the people I give my cookies to just love them.   Amazing

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:34 PM EST
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Wow ......... Actually I've tried a big number of the available recipes. The ones I make over and over (and certainly will make for Christmas give-away) are: Snickerdoodles Regular Chocolate Chip  (some with pecans, some nut free) Regular Chocolate Chip made with only White Morsels  (sometimes I make a mix of white and chocolate) Chewie Brownie Cookies  (uses cocoa powder ... a great cookie) Oatmeal Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snickers candy bar cookies  (I made some with Butterfinger instead of Snickers) Ice Cream Sundae cookies Chocolate Cookies with Rolo candy inside Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints Gingersnaps Sandies (Mexican Wedding Cakes) White Chip Island Cookies (Very Best cookie I've ever made)
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy...

Would you please share your recipe for the Ice Cream Sundae cookie with me?  I never heard of them and boy do they sound yummy!

I almost forgot to tell you this, I saw this cookie recipe and thought of you.  You make cookie dough and wrap it around a Marachino Cherry...doesn't that sound good!  If you want it, let me know and I will post it for you! 

Thank you!

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:41 PM EST
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I made 4 kinds of cookies and 1 kind of candy!

The four cookies were Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie, Triple Choc. Carmel cookie, Russian Tea cookie and a Coconut Shortbread cookie.  For my candy, I took a pretzel ring and put a Hershey Kiss on top, baked it for about 2-3 minutes.  Then I took an M&M, pushed the semi melted kiss down so it filled the pretzel ring, then refrigerated it.  They got so neat and they are very good!  Perfect for children to make and eat of course!  

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:45 PM EST
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Susan -- the recipe is right here ...
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/144569/Ice-Cream-Sundae-NESTL&Eacute;-TOLL-HOUSE-Cookies/detail.aspx

Be careful ....  this is the recipe that made other people and me crash everytime we  tried to print it.  I hope that's fixed by now.

This cookie is worth the work of chopping marachinos and crushing ice cream cones.   It's so much worth those efforts that when sitting in front of the TV or something, I chop extra marachinos and store in 'fridge. ... I always have some ready to go.
Tonight I wasted some on another effort .......

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 9:51 PM EST
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Thanks Nancy...I will check it out!

By the way, I saw this cookie recipe and thought of you.  You make cookie dough and wrap it around a Marachino cherry...doesn't that sound good!  If you want it, I will post it for you!

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/17/2010 11:04 PM EST
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hee hee hee - Susan, if it calls for a marachino - I want it!!

I have one recipe that tells you to push a cherry into the center of a flattened ball of  plain dough then cover it with a smear of chocolate dough.  It's good but not great.

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/18/2010 12:00 AM EST
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Old fashion sugar cookies and some cherry ones and a few I saw on tv

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/18/2010 5:36 AM EST
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I make fudge and something called White Chocolate Party Mix.  This has rice chex cereal, M and M's, Peanuts,
Cheerios, White Chocolate chips and oil.  Oh, I forgot pretzels.  Anyway, I make this and pass it out to my firends.

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/18/2010 6:25 AM EST
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 Cut out cookies, molasses cookies, Hello Dollie bars oatmeal raisen & choclate chip

Re: Which Christmas cookies are you baking this year?

posted at 12/18/2010 6:33 AM EST
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I have a new favorite. The mint chip, double chocolate cookie recipe found on the back of the Nestle package. Simply yummy if you are a chocolate and mint lover!
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