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Christmas Cookies

Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:43 pm

I make a number of Christmas cookies every year, here's this year's selection.

Sorgum Cookies

2/3 c butter
2 2/3 c flour
2/3 c sorgum molasses
1/3 c sugar
1/2 t baking soda
Mix the usual way. Make tiles using a cookie press and bake at 350F.

(I'll try to get the metric measurements next year).

This is the cookie press I use for these.

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They look like this before baking and the finished ones are in the background.

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:56 pm

I make Martha Stewert's Ideal Sugar Cookies, She's a great baker and a savvy investor. :D

http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/ideal-sugar-cookies

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Mine look a bit different than hers.
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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:06 pm

Swedish Dream Cookies

1 c browned butter
1/2 c sugar
2 t vanilla extract
2 c flour
1 t baking powder
pecan halves

Brown butter and allow to cool. Add sugar and vanilla then flour and baking powder. Mix well then form into 1 inch balls. Flatten by pressing a pecan half into each. Bake at 325F.

The browned butter should look like this.

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The finished cookie is the top one on the plate.

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:13 pm

Pecan Dreams

1 c butter
1 c confectioners (powdered 10 x) sugar
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract
1 c finely ground pecans
3 c flour

Mix and form into wine cork shaped cookies. It helps to have warm hands as they are difficult to shape. Bake at 350F and roll in powder sugar immediately out of the oven. Finished cookie shown above on bottom of plate.
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Postby Oddley » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:16 pm

Mmmm if only I wasn't diabetic, well done NCPaul they look really nice.
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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:26 pm

I make Julia Child's recipe (Julia's Kitchen Wisdom) for

Cat's Tongues - Langues de Chat

2 egg whites beaten to soft peaks
4 T butter
1/3 c sugar
zest from one lemon
1/2 t lemon extract
1/3 c flour

You'll have to check the internet for the mixing instructions. Silpats help a lot with these.

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:32 pm

Current Cakes

1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla extract
1 c currents

Mix and bake at 375F.

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:46 pm

Chocolate Chunk "Macaroonies"

From Death By Chocolate Cookies Marcel Desaulniers

2 c sliced almonds
6 oz. unsweeted coconut
1 1/4 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 t salt
8 T butter
2 oz. cream cheese
2 lg egg yolks
1 t vanilla extract
4 oz. semiwsweet chocolate, chopped

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:03 pm

Another from Death By Chocolate Cookies Marcel Desaulniers

White Chocolate Peppermint Patties

3/4 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
4 oz melted white chocolate
1/2 c sugar
6 T butter
1 egg
2 t vanilla extract
4 oz soft peppermint candy crushed

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:11 pm

Not a cookie per se, but if you're going to have hot coco, you'll need

Marshmallows

4 envelopes gelatin
1 c water
1 t Flori di Sicilia (an orange-vanilla creamsickle flavoring)
3 c sugar
1 1/4 c light corn syrup
1/4 t salt
3/4 c water
1/3 c rice flour
1/3 c powdered sugar

Bloom the gelitin in cold water with the flavoring (other extracts can be substituted but avoid using essential oils as they will deflate the puff). Heat the sugar, water and corn syrup to soft ball stage 237F. With a mixer fitted with a whisk at high speed, slowly pour in the hot syrup. Whip for about ten minutes of until the mixture gains a lot of volume and turns opaque. Pour into a pan lined with heavily oiled foil. Allow to set overnight. Remove from pan and cut with an oiled knife (I used a pizza cutter). Toss with rice flour and powdered sugar. There is a huge discussion about them here.

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?/to ... ntry566061

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Postby NCPaul » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:21 pm

Another from Martha Stewert

Linzer Thumbprints

6 oz toasted and skinned hazelnuts
8 oz butter
2/3 c sugar
2 lg. eggs
1 t vanilla extract
2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/4 salt
1 t lemon zest
1/2 raspberry jam

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Postby DanMcG » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:00 am

Those all look out of this world Paul, I think I just gained a few pounds just looking at them. thanks for sharing the pic's and recipes.
And to copy Oddley's post.......Mmmm if only I wasn't diabetic
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Postby wheels » Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:11 pm

Those marshmallows look superb.

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Postby beardedwonder5 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:59 am

Enough of the sugar kick. Any recipes for a savoury biscuit to complement the liver sausage recipes on site?
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Postby NCPaul » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:39 pm

I posted a recipe here that should be very good with liver sausage.

http://forum.sausagemaking.org/viewtopic.php?t=6352

Several have found it easier to roll the crackers out then cut them. Maybe a bit of carmelized onion on top of the liver sausage? :D
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