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Old 10-21-2004, 10:06 PM   #1
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Holiday Cookie Baking!

Is anyone else getting excited for the holiday baking this year? I am just trying to decide which cookies to bake when I go home for break.

So far some of my traditional favorites are:
-Russian Tea Cakes
-Chocolate Chip (nothing tops this!)
-Pistacio Party Cookies
-Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies
-Family recipe frosted x-mas tree sugar cookies (YUM)
-Peanut Blossoms
-Oreo (white/milk chocolate covered)
-Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

OoO the list goes on and on! Please add your favs to give some more ideas!

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Old 10-21-2004, 10:24 PM   #2
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candy- toffee
pralines, fudge
butter cookies, decorated
peffernese
springerle (because I have the molds, and feel guilty about not using them. But they acutally grow on you after awhile, but you must like the taste of anise. good w/tea.)
choc.chip (w/a touch of cinnamon)
I think that covers it.
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What exactly is peffernese and springerle? I've never heard of them.

Hmmm but the toffee sounds good and so does the pralines. Do you give candy as gifts during the holidays?
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Old 10-21-2004, 10:40 PM   #4
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There are several that seem traditional in my family.

Gumdrop Cookies
Snickerdoodles
Pecan Pie Squares
Lemon Bars
Peanut Butter Ritz Bites, chocolate dipped
Wasp Nests
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Old 10-21-2004, 11:08 PM   #5
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Here are a few of my T&T favorites. The last 2 are recipes I posted by request, and those who tried them gave them excellent reviews.

CHEWY DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (T&T)

WHITE CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE COOKIES (CHOCOLATE COOKIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS) (T&T)

MOCHA TRUFFLE COOKIES (T&T)

WHITE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLED MOCHA THINSIES (T&T)


PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH COOKIES

CHEWY COCONUT COOKIES
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What exactly is peffernese and springerle? I've never heard of them.

Hmmm but the toffee sounds good and so does the pralines. Do you give candy as gifts during the holidays?
springerle are cookie 'tiles' that are imprinted w/beautiful carved scenes. the original molds were carved from wood, now their some sort of resin, but still lovely. They are heavy on the anise, and if you like that flavor, they are very lite, interesting cookie and they must be made in advance to age.
peffernese are a spicy german cookie that my dad loved during the holidays-mom bought them at the A&P....I tried to make them a couple of years ago and found a recipe. I thought I'd try them again this year, as I have a new food processor and they have a lot of fresh ground spices in them. they're finished off w/powdered sugar.
toffee is the easiest, just remember to wipe the surface of the toffee before you pour on the choc. pieces. or the butter film will interfere with your chocolate sticking to the toffee.
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It's so hard to limit myself to just a few kinds! But we have a small family who aren't big sweets people (can you believe it?!?) so they don't eat much of them. Work and neighbors will benefit. So far I've narrowed it down to:

Lemon Buttercups
Vanilla cut outs (this year I think stockings and snowflakes)
Chocolate cherry chunk
Extra spicy gingersnaps (have a touch of cayenne pepper in them)

And I think I'm going to do some candy this year--a couple different kinds of truffles, coconut filled chocolates, sugared cranberries and almond brittle.

It's too much, but this is as much restraint as I can muster!!! :D
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It's so hard to limit myself to just a few kinds! But we have a small family who aren't big sweets people (can you believe it?!?) so they don't eat much of them. Work and neighbors will benefit. So far I've narrowed it down to:

Lemon Buttercups
Vanilla cut outs (this year I think stockings and snowflakes)
Chocolate cherry chunk
Extra spicy gingersnaps (have a touch of cayenne pepper in them)

And I think I'm going to do some candy this year--a couple different kinds of truffles, coconut filled chocolates, sugared cranberries and almond brittle.

It's too much, but this is as much restraint as I can muster!!! :D
Yes to the extra spicy gingersnaps...I put red pepper in my brittle sometimes, when I'm having a dessert to end a latin meal. serve it broken up over icecream. excellent!
What is chocolate cherry chunk?
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What is chocolate cherry chunk?
A chewy chocolate cookie with dried cherries and either dark chocolate or white chocolate chunks (hubby prefers the white).
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I think we need southerncook's cherry chunk recipe, don't we, PA?
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