Monthly Archives: December 2008

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 9

It just occurred to me that this is a lot of cookies.

#9 Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

These taste a great deal like Oreos, but they have a finer texture and aren’t so cardboardy.  Dutch process cocoa seems to give things a very sandy delicate texture I’ve noticed.  Regardless, these cookies certainly make you want to grab a stack with a tall glass of milk (a delight I bitterly mourn as I write–I shall drown my sorrows in a cup of very overpriced Mariage Frere Casablanca green tea with bergamot and mint that I bought in NY in April…it takes away the sting of my milk loss).

You can still add pictures of your own Christmas cookies here.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 8

#8 Sour Cherry Hamantaschen

Okay, so really technically, this is a Purim cookie, but they’re really good and sour cherries are pretty Christmasish, right?  The filling is sour cherry jam and dried sour cherries and a little vanilla.  The recipe always makes more than it does cookies which is good for me because it’s awesome on toast.  This morning I had it on some spelt bread that I made yesterday from this recipe.

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You can still take lovely pictures of your own Christmas cookies and post them here.

I’m working on another Secret Santa gift for a friend in my women’s group.  I only have until tomorrow to finish it (ack!), so I better get back to work…

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 7

I can dig 7 swans, but anyway…

#7:  Florentines

My favorite Italian confection.  We had these cookies at our wedding baked by our favorite Italian place in town.  These had to be about the most fun “cookie” to make (it’s more like an almond nougat that you then bake)–you make the almond mixture and then put about a tablespoon of it on the baking sheet and 10 minutes later they pop become these enormous cookies.  I made them beforehand and we decorated them with chocolate on one side.  The surprise in them is this delicious candied orange peel I got from my favorite spice store.  This particular recipe is from one of my favorite cookbook authors, Nick Malgieri from his Chocolate book.  You can still add pictures of your own Christmas cookie creations here.

florentine

Some of my cousins and I are participating in a Secret Santa swap.  Here is my contribution for my person who shall remain nameless lest she or others read this and spill the beans.  I got the pattern here.  It was a pretty simple bag to sew except her directions were different for lining the bag than I’ve tried before, which wouldn’t have been a big deal except that I used a pretty heavy interfacing plus I interfaced the lining with a layer of canvas. 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 6

I’m curious if you’ve ever seen a goose egg?

#6 Linzers

My Mom started making Linzers at work a few years back in an effort to make cutout cookies slightly more interesting and jam cookies classier.  I always make a couple jam cookies, but this is the first year to make more traditional linzers.  These have hazelnuts in the dough per this recipe and I filled them with lingonberry jam which I couldn’t pass up because it was so pretty in the jar.

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Remember you can post pics of your own Christmas cookies at The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies on Flickr.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 5

What kind of golden rings are they really?  Plain?  With jewels?  White gold, yellow gold?  For such a high point in the song there is a curious lack of helpful description.

#5 Meringues

There are two cakes that I LOVE more than anything to bake: Baumkuchen, which is a major project and Buche de Noel which looks like a major project but is actually pretty quick and dirty.  If you put me in a room and my only task was to make a ton of meringue mushrooms, I could be very happy for a long time. 

With not being able to eat Buche this year because of the dairy, I made these little meringues instead and we dipped them in chocolate.  I flavored some with cocoa and some with coffee per this recipe which did make them delicious.  I will enjoy the extreme lack of humidity that we have here in CO that allows these gems to be the crispy delights that they are.  I love how they look on the charmeuse.

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Seriously consider adding your own cookie pictures to The 12 Days of Christmas (Cookies) group on Flickr.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 4

What on earth is a calling bird?

#4  Gingerbread Snowflakes (#2 in the cutout series)

Since I started this whole shin dig, I’ve made some kind of gingerbread, usually in the shape of snowflakes.  I cannot make them in little people shapes because I always think of Hansel and Gretel.

This year I tried the Moravian Spice cookie recipe for the snowflakes instead of my standard.  Big disappointment were the spice cookies.  The dough was tough and hard and I got a cardio workout trying to roll the suckers.  I usually fall on the side of if you can make your cutouts thinner, please do, they taste better, but after a while, I plum gave up with these.  Thankfully royal icing covers a lot of frustration and they turned out pretty, again decorated by the crew.

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Check out The 12 Days of Christmas Cookies on Flickr and add your own pictures of your Christmas cookies!

Cookies are below this post…this is something completely different.

We had the ultrasound yesterday.  It’s so incredible to watch the baby move in real time. 

Here’s baby waving hello:

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Here the baby’s chin was lifting up the same way that my nearly 3 month old niece lifts her little chin when you interact with her. 

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How incredible that family characteristics are already in place in utero?!  I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.