Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christmas Printables, part 2

I told you it was an addiction.  In my defense, I think my time wasted spent on Picnik is paying off… this batch of printables is better than the last.  But maybe I’m baised.

Once again, help yourself.  Click to get the full view, then right click and hit “save image as…”  Enjoy!

Gingerbread Men

A classic crispy gingerbread cookie with royal icing.

Source: Martha Stewart, the Queen of the classics.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

Is there anything more Christmasey than Gingerbread men?  I think not.  My daughter, who is 10, is at an age where she is very interested in helping me bake, and she is capable and helpful in the kitchen.  Plus, she is very crafty and really wanted to make a gingerbread house this year.  I had planned on making gingerbread men anyway, so I figured we could kill two birds with one stone.  

I ended up feeling awesome about the gingerbread men, all cute in a classic sort of way.  And, I ended up feeling, well, *ahem* something different than awesome about the gingerbread house.  But more on that later.

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Christmas Printables

I have a confession to make.  Baking cookies is not my only obsession.  In fact, I have several, and some of them change with the tides.  Right now, my new obsession is creating cool photo collages and word art on Picasa and Picnik.  I’m slowly getting better at it.  So, in the spirit of sharing my hobbies, I will share some of my recently created Christmas printables here.  Feel free to print them to your hearts delight.  Just click on the image to get the full-size version, then right click, choose “save image as…” and they are all yours.

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

A simple recipe for a pistachio cookie with dried cranberries, perfect for Christmas.

Source:  The Girl Who Ate Everything, a great blog from a self-proclaimed foodie.

Yield:  About 4 dozen smallish cookies.

I did something for this cookie that I have never done before in my entire life.  I actually bought and paid for a packet of dry sugar cookie mix.  I was kind of embarrassed.  I was walking around the store, hiding the cookie mix behind a box of light bulbs, hoping no one would see me with it.  I felt like I was buying porn or something.

If we are keeping count, there are actually a couple more firsts for me, courtesy of this cookie recipe.  Namely, buying shelled pistachios ($8 a can, but completely delicious) and buying pistachio flavored instant pudding mix, which I have never had any use for.  It’s been a completely foreign experience, all the way around. Continue reading “Cranberry Pistachio Cookies” »

Peppermint Joe-Joe’s

A recipe for a crumbly chocolate cookie sandwiched with peppermint filling.

Source: Craving Chronicles, one of my favorite recipe sources.

Yield: About one dozen completed sandwiches.

I am a sucker for peppermint.  When we were first married, my husband and I lived on campus at a University known for it’s agriculture program.  They have an amazing creamery, and I ate lunch there as often as I could afford it.  My favorite flavor of their amazing ice cream is, you guessed it, peppermint.  The downside is that you can only get it around Christmas.  The further downside is that I no longer live in that city, and a two hour drive for ice cream seems excessive.  Right? 

These days, when I need a peppermint fix, I go to a local restaurant that has a very tasty, huge, and messy ice cream sundae.  I always get peppermint ice cream with hot fudge.  It is heaven, and I mean that most sincerely.  Eating peppermint and chocolate together is practically a spiritual experience.  

I used Pinterest as the new Google, and searched for Christmas cookie recipes.  There were an amazingly huge number of them, in the thousands.  And, because it is Pinterest, all of them are so pretty!  This chocolate-and-peppermint concoction caught my eye immediately, obviously!  It is the first in this year’s series of fun Christmas cookies, and it is no surprise at all that it came from Craving Chronicles.  

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Christmas Cookies

When you think of holiday desserts, you think of candies and pies, and most of all, cookies, right?  I do.  My sister-in-law and I get together before Thanksgiving every year, and make lots and lots of holiday desserts, and freeze them.  We generally make pumpkin roll, graham cracker pudding (an usual but delicious family recipe that bears absolutely no resemblance to pudding at all), toffee, some kind of candy, and 3 or 4 different kinds of cookies.  It’s a marathon, but the goodies last through the holidays and often well into January!

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Brown Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe might be different than what you expect.  Once you’ve tasted brown sugar cookies, you’ll never want to make anything else!
sugar cookie recipe

Source:  Sweet Peas Kitchen.  It’s the first recipe I’ve made from this blog, but I will definitely be back!

Yield: about 4 dozen

It snowed today.  Yesterday, it was warm and sunny, nearly 60 degrees in November.  I actually used the air conditioning in my car yesterday.  This morning, we woke up to 6 inches of fresh snow, the first of the season.  My snow-loving daughter was thrilled.  I was NOT.

On the bright side, though, cold snowy weather makes me want to stay in and bake.  I found this recipe not too long ago, and I’ve been wanting to try it.  The whole idea of a simple brown sugar cookie is intriguing to me.   Plus, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find an un-frosted cookie appealing.  It’s just easier and quicker without frosting.brown sugar cookies

I got my daughter to help me with the baking, which is always fun.  She was sweetly singing along with the radio, and happily rolling cookie dough.  We had a little discussion about what happens to butter when you cook it (namely, that it turns brown) and we watched as the butter in our saucepan browned.  When she tasted the dough, she described it as “buttery.”  Nothing wrong with that!

The cookie is quite simple, but there are a couple unusual steps to watch out for.  The first step is to brown your butter on the stove, not something I’ve ever done for a cookie recipe before.  Then you put it in the mixer bowl, with the rest of the butter cut into little chunks.  I hear the best way to melt butter is with more melted butter, after all.

The other weird thing about this recipe is that it calls for no sugar, except a little to roll the dough-balls in.  The dough gets all it’s sugar in the dark brown variety.  And yes, I think you can make this with regular light brown sugar, but honestly, if you are taking the time to add flavor to your butter, just splurge on the dark brown sugar.  It is so flavorful and molasses-y.  

sugar cookie recipe

Once your dough comes together, you roll it into balls, roll the balls into a sugar-and-brown-sugar mixture, and bake for about 12 minutes.  Mine came out perfectly with 12 minutes of baking, and they cooled slightly crispy, but still chewy in the middle.  You’ll definitely want to get these into a container with a tight lid right away, before they get too crunchy for comfort.

The real surprise for me was how amazing these taste.  They look so simple, so unassuming, but they are amazingly flavorful.  I seriously love these.  The flavor reminds me of the nutty crust my mom puts in her Peach Cobbler (my favorite dessert of all time).  My picky husband also loves them, and asked me to make them for Christmas, which I’m taking as a compliment!  I’m sure your family will love them too!

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Brown Sugar Cookies
 
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A recipe for a simple, crispy brown sugar and browned butter cookie.
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 14 T. (1¾ sticks) butter
  • 1¾ cup dark brown sugar, + 2 T. for rolling
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups + 2 T. flour
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T. sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a skillet on the stove, melt 10 T. butter and heat until brown, stirring constantly.
  2. Place melted butter into mixer bowl, and add remaining 4 T. butter, cut into small chunks. Stir to melt butter chunks, and allow to cool.
  3. Add salt and brown sugar, mix well. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add soda, baking powder, and flour. Mix just until incorporated. It should form a heavy dough.
  6. In a separate shallow dish, mix 2 T. each of sugar and brown sugar for rolling.
  7. Form dough into small balls, and roll in sugar mixture. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.

If you enjoy this recipe, you may also enjoy:

Slap Yo Momma Good Praline Cookies from the Girl Who Ate Everything
Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Sugar Cookies from Craving Chronicles
Soft Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Brown Sugar Cookies