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Old 12-01-2010, 12:44 PM   #1
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Favorite Christmas Cookies

We're having a Christmas cookie exchange at work. I'm too sick to enter and don't want to spread my germs around the rez.

But I'd like to get everyone's favorite Chistmas Cookie and/or recipe.

My favorite to make and eat is SPRITZ cookies. My mom always had this cookie press, and I was wondering what it was. When we finally made cookies with the press, I was amazed at how professional and tasty they were...flaky and melt in your mouth.



Spritz Cookies:

2 cups real butter (whip in mixer until creamy)
1 cup sugar (cream in with the butter until light and fluffy)
1 egg (beat the egg, vanilla and almond extract in with
1 teaspoon vanilla the creamed butter and sugar)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
4 cups flour (gradually beat into the mixture)

If dough is too stiff to come out of the cookie press, stir a couple tablespoons of milk into the dough. Likewise the dough shouldn't be too soft, or your cookies won't hold their cute little shapes.

Make a log of dough and fill the cookie press. Press the cookies onto ungreased CHILLED baking sheets. Follow the directions on your cookie press, but the trick to a well formed cookie is all in the WRIST, and practice!

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms get light brown.

You can sprinkle the cookies with sprinkles or colored sugar before baking, or come up with other decorations, like candied cherries or other fruit bits, red hot candies or other little candies. The dough can be tinted - red or green of course, or you can find a chocolate recipe variation.

This recipe also makes A LOT, so there's lots to eat and share!
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:03 AM   #2
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I love spritz cookies! Those were the first cookies I learned how to make as a kid. mmmmm

My favorite Christmas cookies are actually storebought. You used to be able to only get them around Christmas time. I lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ove Swedish gingersnaps, and Nyakers Pepparkakor are so good.

Sunktaki, if you're reading this, have you had them? Being from Sweden what do you think of Nyakers?
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A few of my favourites:

An easy chocolate chip cookie recipe that has all the flavor of the best chocolate chip cookies but without the hard work.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
3 tbsp light corn syrup
3 tbsp water
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:
1. Cream butter, brown sugar, whice sugar, corn syrup, shortening, eggs, water and vanilla. Beat well.
2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda then add to creamed mixture. Beat well, then stir in chocolate chips.
3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
4. Cool on baking pan for 1 minute, then remove to cooling racks until completely cooled.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 c butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
2/3 c Plus 3 tb granulated sugar divided
2/3 c Firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 c Peanut butter
1 Egg
1 ts Vanilla
1 2/3 c All-purpose flour
1/2 ts Baking soda

Instructions
1. Combine margarine, brown sugar and 2/3 cup granulated sugar and in a mixing bowl; beat until creamy.
2. Stir in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla, mix well. Stir in baking soda and flour, mix well.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, then roll in 3 TBSP sugar, coating well.
4. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
5. Bake in a 350Foven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) .
2. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
3. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in lightly beaten egg, vanilla and cream. Blend well.
4. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar.
5. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes, or until lightly brown.

The Original Nanaimo Bar

Ingredients:

***Bottom Layer ***
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 5 tablespoons cocoa
* 1 egg beaten
* 1 1/4 cup graham wafer crumbs
* 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
* 1 cup coconut

***Second Layer ****
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter
* 2 tablespoons cream PLUS
* 2 teaspoons cream
* 2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
* 2 cups icing sugar

***Third Layer ***
* 4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions:

Bottom Layer

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.

Second Layer
Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer
Melt chocolate and butter overlow heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.
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wow! those sprits cookies look great
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3 ingredient whipped shortbread cookies

I made these the other day and they are so easy and so yummy.

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup icing sugar


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.In a large bowl, combine butter, flour, and confectioners' sugar. With an electric mixer, beat for 10 minutes, until light and fluffy. Spoon onto cookie sheets, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.

3.Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned. Remove from oven, and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies on to wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container, separating each layer with waxed paper.

They melt in your mouth and very easy to do - I added some coloured sugar to decorate but you can pretty much use anything you like...cherries, dried fruit, sugars etc.
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I love spritz cookies! Those were the first cookies I learned how to make as a kid. mmmmm

My favorite Christmas cookies are actually storebought. You used to be able to only get them around Christmas time. I lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ove Swedish gingersnaps, and Nyakers Pepparkakor are so good.

Sunktaki, if you're reading this, have you had them? Being from Sweden what do you think of Nyakers?
Hahahaha....I do prefer Mor Anna's gingerbread, they can be found at some walmarts, and Ikea of course...I prefer them over Nyåkers gingerbread, they are thinner and have a better taste in my opinion...

Warm new baked Saffron Buns and ginger breads and a cold glass of milk....yummiesss
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Amy and I will be by to collect :) I'll drive two hours each way for your saffron sweet rolls.
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Hahahaha....I do prefer Mor Anna's gingerbread, they can be found at some walmarts, and Ikea of course...I prefer them over Nyåkers gingerbread, they are thinner and have a better taste in my opinion...
Tusind tak!!! I'll have to pick up some of Anna's Pepparkakor at the Ikea in Round Rock!
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