December 25, 2009
Here is just a fraction of my holiday cookie baking. Sadly, these were the only two recipes I managed to take pictures of so far.
Anyways, on a happier note I just won a giveaway from Patrica’s blog: http://browniesfordinner.com/! Patrica has such a wonderful blog with tons of recent holiday cookies. I won Dorie Greenspan’s famous book! Something I have wanted to get for over a year now. I read the email about two minutes ago and it absolutely made my night! I have never won anything like this before. yay me.
I made sugar cookies. This recipe is from recipiezaar and claimed by a blogger to be the best recipe ever. Although I didn’t find them to be “the best”, they were pretty decent. I made a batch of royal icing from Elizabeth Falkner’s Demolition desserts and decorated them with sprinkles.
Granny’s Sugar Cookies
Makes approximately 84 cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, softened (do not substitute!)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream sugar and butter till fluffy; add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture till completely blended. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour to prevent sticking. Transfer cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until just faintly golden around edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks. Decorate with frosting if desired.
To make about 1/2 cup of Royal Icing, combine an egg white and a pinch of cream of tartar in a bowl and whisk until foamy. Sift 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar and add to the egg mixture 1/4 cup at a time. Beat for about 2 minutes until smooth. Can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Next are the S’mores cookies. These are supper delicious with crushed graham crackers, Hershey’s bars, and mini marshmallows. They have been making an appearance on tons of blogs and I knew I had to make them! Somehow, my cookies didn’t turn out looking quiet as beautiful as everyone else’s. They ended up looking pretty chunky and rustic looking, not very round and flat, but I think it gave them good character 🙂 I love how you can see the Hershey’s chunks! Please Enjoy!
Here is the recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2 Hershey bars, chopped
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, remove from oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a piece of a hershey’s bar into each cookie. Return to oven and bake for 3 more minutes. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.