Christmas Cookies

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Postby NCPaul » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:56 am

The last new cookie I made this year was Thomas Keller's "TKO" also from his Bakery cookbook (this also can be found online).

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It is pretty easy to guess what cookie he was looking to improve upon (and does). If you want a real dark color to the cookie, use coco powder marked "noir". You may need to add some milk to the dough to get something that can be rolled and cut. After the filling has cooled, whip it to a spreadable texture.
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Postby NCPaul » Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:01 am

The final cookie box looks like this:

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Not shown are the Rye Ale, fruitcake, pickled orka, pepperoni, or strawberry jam. :D
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Postby DanMcG » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:36 am

Those all look Delicious Paul, What a treat it would be to get a box of those.
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Postby BriCan » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:48 am

Paul, this sooo cruel. I am doing the first of two around the clock to keep up with things ........ all I got to in the last 20 hours is a sausage roll and a cup of tea. :( your stuff ls mouth watering to say the least

Nice work :wink:
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Postby wheels » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:54 pm

Cruelty, that's what it is, Cruelty!

I'm starving! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:20 pm

Nurembergers

2 1/2 c flour
1/2 t soda
1/4 t cloves
1 t cinnamon
1 t allspice
1/4 t cardamon
1/2 c chopped almonds
1/2 c chopped candied orange peel
1 c honey
3/4 brown sugar
1 egg
1 T lemon juice
1 t lemon rind

Bake at 350

This peel works very well for these cookies.

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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:28 pm

Sugar Plums

1 c butter
3 oz. cream cheese
1 c sugar
1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla extract
2 1/4 c flour
1/2 salt
1/4 t baking powder

1/2 c sugar
2 t cinnamon

Bake at 350F

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I don't know why my mother called these sugar plums or why she pressed them out in this shape.

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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:34 pm

Cream Pralines

3 c sugar
1 t soda
pinch salt
1/2 c cream
3/4 c dark corn syrup
2 T butter
3 c pecans

Heat to 236 F and add nuts. Mix until the candy loses it's gloss then spoon quickly to Silpats.

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The final cookie box:

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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:44 pm

I started this year with another cookie from Thomas Keller's "Bouchon Bakery Cookbook", vanilla macarons with French butter cream.

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These I think will be the hit of the Christmas cookie tin this year. :D
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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:56 pm

Springerle

4 eggs
1 # powdered sugar
juice of 1/3 lemon
1/4 c butter
3 1/3 c AP flour
1 1/2 t baking soda (or ammonia)
1 1/2 t anise oil

Mix and press into molds. Dry the cookies overnight on cookie sheets. Bake at 325F.

I bought molds for these from HOBI cookie molds and they are beautiful hand carved 12 days of Christmas. After drying, the cookies puff and form a crispy shell above a chewy base.

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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby DiggingDogFarm » Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:22 am

They look great, Paul!!!!


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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:10 pm

Zimtsterne

3 T butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 t lemon juice
2 1/3 c flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/4 t cinnamon
1 1/4 t salt
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c ground walnuts

1 egg white thinned with water as egg wash
yellow sugar

Mix, roll and cut with a star cutter. Bake at 375 F.

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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby DanMcG » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:58 pm

You know this thread is torture for me! looking good again this year Paul.
I just spent a half hour looking for the cheese cracker recipe, then found it on page one of this thread. Not sure why the search didn't find it.
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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:26 pm

Gingerbread snowmen (I’m calling them Stormtroopers)

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This is the recipe I used:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/ ... ies-recipe
With a double recipe of this flavored with orange extract:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/ ... aze-recipe
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Re: Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:27 pm

Benne wafers are small, thin, crisp sesame seed cookies that are eaten for good luck in the low country around Charleston South Carolina.
From Cooks Illustrated
½ c. AP flour
1/8 t baking powder
1/8 t salt
6 T butter
¾ c. light brown sugar
1 egg
¼ t vanilla
¼ c. sesame seeds, toasted

Good source for benne seeds:

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Finished cookie:

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