Making the Cut

November 29, 2017

Well, it’s time to cull through the stack of Christmas cookie recipes, hold some auditions and see who makes the cut. Sounds brutal, but editing to one selection keeps things simple while still keeping the holiday festive. Espresso Hazelnut Cookies, classic Shortbread and Walnut Horns are being edged out by a twist on last year’s selection…the Chewy Molasses Cookie. By pressing a thumbprint into the center of the cookies while they’re still warm from the oven and filling them with 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry preserves…well, they were simply the hands down winner.

Chewy Molasses Thumbprint Cookies. Chewy, spicy with a little extra Christmas magic.

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All you could ask for…

December 10, 2016

in a holiday cookie. Gently spiced with deep rich molasses flavor. A crispy edge with a chewy middle. And, best yet…simple. Fifteen minute prep and less than one half hour to bake them off, my adaptation of a Chewy Molasses Cookie from Epicurious.

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Chop it, melt it…

December 24, 2014

mix it, roll it. Does a classic Christmas treat get any simpler? Perfect if you have a bit of free time before the Christmas Eve festivities start, this recipe for Bourbon Balls found in Garden & Gun. And, if the South doesn’t know their Bourbon Balls…who does? Merry Christmas.

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Rhonda Ruckman’s Bourbon Ball recipe can be found here:http://gardenandgun.com/article/bourbon-ball-recipe

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Pumpkin X 2 Part 2

January 28, 2013

Before you forget you have it, it’s time to put that pumpkin puree that was left over from the earlier soup recipe to good use. We’ve made it through January so why not treat everyone with a batch of these Iced  Pumpkin Cookies. A soft drop cookie with no fancy ingredients…you probably have everything you need in the pantry. And, if you leave out the machinery and stir these up by hand, they are not only simple, but quiet as well.pumpkcookiereciprev

Stop the madness.

December 8, 2012

Well, at least the cookie madness. Where is it written that one must make dozens of variety of Christmas cookies to have a festive holiday? It’s tempting, sure, when they are pictured everywhere starting in October, luring you in with their exotic ingredients or a clever (?) twist on the classic. Well, keep it simple and keep your sanity. Limit your cookie baking to one or two recipes that you’ve made before, are familiar with and that you know your family and friends enjoy. These Hazelnut Espresso cookies from the kitchens at Everyday Food are at the top my list. And, even though I could  make them all year-long, I keep them as a special holiday treat along with a simple shortbread or Ina’s Rugelach.tstdHZLnutz4FIngrds_HzlntEsprssoFcookieDwHzlFcrop_esprssoHZLNT3f

http://www.marthastewart.com/341852/hazelnut-espresso-cookies