Mrs. Sinclair over at The RHOK wants us to share our favorite Holiday Cookies and the recipes, of course!
I've been in the baking mood, but I've yet to bake. I've bought ingredients, but I haven't put them to use yet. I've also bought some adorable boxes to put my goodies in, but they're still empty. I plan on doing that this week...or maybe over the weekend. I have to allot a whole day to nothing but baking. I usually make some chocolate dipped pretzels, and a really yummy candy bar fudge along with some of my favorite cookies recipes.
You know, something like this...
Ala Cher from Clueless. Plop a whole roll of cookie dough on a baking sheet and toss it in the oven.
My FAV holiday cookies are simple. I usually gravitate toward the shortbread and butter cookies. I just love them and they go GREAT with a cup of coffee.
Here are my best cookie recipes:
Pecan Shortbread Recipe:
(Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/ )
- 3/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups small diced pecans
Cook's Note: This recipe can easily be doubled, as what was shown in the episode.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter/sugar mixture. Add the pecans and mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut into 2 1/2-inch squares with a plain or fluted cutter (or cut into any shape you like). Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature and serve.
(Source: http://www.gooseberrypatch.com/ )
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OK, back to the recipe...
- 1 c. butter
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 t. almond extract
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat about 10 seconds, until very soft but not melted. Stir together butter, sugar and extract. Add dry ingredients; mix well. If dough seems too dry, add another tablespoon or so of butter. Form into one-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-inch thickness with the bottom of a glass jar. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool. Drizzle Chocolate Glaze over cookies; let stand until glaze sets. Makes 5-1/2 to 6 dozen.
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 t. shortening
What are your favorite holiday cookies?
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