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Old 11-18-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Holiday Baking

Do you do it? What are your favorites or traditions?

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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The holidays wouldn't be complete without making a batch of sugar cookies with my mom's recipe (from a lady back home).

I make a bunch of toffee every year and give that away.

I also make sugar coated pecans, or what I call "meshuga" nuts!

Other than that I usually make whatever sounds good at the time. I often make a really awesome Cook's illustrated butter cookie recipe.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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BC, your sugar coated pecans sound fabulous!
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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The holidays wouldn't be complete without making a batch of sugar cookies with my mom's recipe (from a lady back home).

I make a bunch of toffee every year and give that away.

I also make sugar coated pecans, or what I call "meshuga" nuts!

Other than that I usually make whatever sounds good at the time. I often make a really awesome Cook's illustrated butter cookie recipe.
BC, when I was baking sugar cookies for the holidays, I found if I roll out the dough on the cookie sheet directly and then put it in the fridge to firm up, it was easier to cut the shapes and remove the inbetween dough scraps. That way I didn't have to transfer the cutouts to the cookie sheet. Someone once gave me a toy rolling pin as a gag. Little do they know how handy it is when rolling dough out on the cookie sheet. I can get right up into the corners with it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:41 AM   #5
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BC, when I was baking sugar cookies for the holidays, I found if I roll out the dough on the cookie sheet directly and then put it in the fridge to firm up, it was easier to cut the shapes and remove the inbetween dough scraps. That way I didn't have to transfer the cutouts to the cookie sheet. Someone once gave me a toy rolling pin as a gag. Little do they know how handy it is when rolling dough out on the cookie sheet. I can get right up into the corners with it.
I just may give that a try next time, Thanks!

Knowing me I'll remember to try it once all of the cookies are baked and out of the oven....
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I just may give that a try next time, Thanks!

Knowing me I'll remember to try it once all of the cookies are baked and out of the oven....
Stick a note on your recipe. And the next time you are out, pick up a toy rolling pin.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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Here are my favorites;

Roasted nuts
Wax cookies
Mexican wedding cakes
Rainbow popcorn balls
Peanut butter cups
Harvest bars
Grammy cookies
Honeycomb crunch
Chocolate fudge
Sugar cookies
Quick breads

These are the things I typically make, and I may have forgotten some. I like to give baked goods as gifts to friend's, co-workers, family, and neighbors.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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Gotta have snickerdoodles. After that, I make vinegar cookies,(I know.. but they are wonderful). Then whatever else i think would be fun and tasty.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:34 PM   #9
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Tradition requires seven different cookies -- krumkake, rosettes, sandbakkler, lefse (okay--not a cookie, but smeared with butter, sprinkled with brown sugar and rolled up it qualifies as a cookie), sugar cookies, Lebkuechen, Peppernuts (not the German ones--the Swedish ones). And, I usually make Spritz (so that makes 8 if you don't count lefse as a cookie).
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #10
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I like to make pies for the holidays. I made a pecan pie today and may make an apple pie tomorrow. SO has baked a pumpkin roll and Armenian holiday cookies. Following Thanksgiving, more holiday cookies, and another pie or two. SO may make paklava and I may make a cheesecake. It all depends on the holiday party and dinner schedule.

If I make cookies, it'll be walnut chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin with nuts, lemon shortbread. If SO makes cookies, it'll be anise cookies and pizzelles.
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