wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread men. Fragrant with
ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be
adjusted to suit your own individual taste.
Rum balls are the
perfect adult indulgence for as their name implies, 'rum' balls
contain rum and since we do not bake these cookies the alcohol taste
and content are not lost during baking. more
Stephanie talks about
the different ways to package cookies to give as Christmas gifts to your
friends, family and co-workers. more
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter,
liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried
These melt-in-your mouth,
shortbread-like cookies go by many names; a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican
Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a
Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball.
traditionally a Christmas cookie that blends butter, sugar, and
flour to make a rich and delicate tasting cookie.
of us have favorite cookie recipes that we like to bake at holiday time. They are
the ones we look forward to baking and serving as they are part of our family
traditions and invoke pleasant memories. But, if you are like me, I always
like to try something new and a little different. Sometimes they will get
added to the next year's "must bake" list and sometimes not. So I
hope you will browse through these cookie recipes and give a few a try.
on Storing Cookies: Freshly made cookies always need to be
cooled completely before storing in airtight containers or the cookies
will become soft from the steam they produce while they are still warm. For
frosted cookies, always let the frosting dry completely before
storing so the cookies will not stick together. It is best to store
filled and frosted cookies in a single layer or between layers of
parchment or wax paper. Always store each type of cookie
separately. If you store different flavored and textured cookies
together they will end up taking on the characteristics
of each other i.e. a dry crisp textured cookie stored with a soft
textured cookie will absorb its moisture and become soft.
Likewise, a shortbread stored with a spice cookie will end up tasting
like a spice cookie. continued below
A seasonal favorite,
buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam.
They get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to
make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam.
Scottish Shortbreads would make a fine Christmas cookie with
rich and buttery flavor and tender and crumbly texture.
are cake crumbs mixed with frosting,
formed into balls, and covered with a crisp outer shell of colorful
candy coating. more
Pumpkin Cookies have a
wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its
complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely
delicious with a cream cheese frosting.
Ginger Cookies are aptly
named, as they are both ginger colored and ginger flavored. They have a
sugar coated crackly surface and when you bite into one you will find
the texture soft and chewy with a flavor that is buttery and spicy.
Nanaimo Bars are British
Columbia's best known confection. They are wonderfully rich with two
layers of chocolate that are separated by a layer of buttercream
Spritz Cookies, also
known as Swedish Butter Cookies or Pressed Butter Cookies, are a
very popular Christmas cookie. They have a lovely vanilla flavor and
a rich buttery texture that is tender crisp.
Brownies are America's
favorite bar cookie and these are rich and dense with chocolate.
Peanut Butter Cookies
are instantly recognizable by their crisscross pattern. They have that
'sweet and salty' flavor combination that make them irresistible.
Ginger Snaps are a
highly addictive, sugar coated cookie that gets its chewy texture and
spicy flavor from adding brown sugar, molasses, and spices (cinnamon,
ginger and cloves) to the batter. more
Royal Icing is a pure
white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Besides its
lovely finish it also colors beautifully and it is used as a
frosting for cakes and cookies and also for intricate piping of
This cookie is a
chocolate lover's delight. Not only are they made with a whole pound of
chocolate, but they also contain both white and dark chocolate chips.
Magic Bars simply layer
six ingredients; melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, sweetened
coconut, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and a can of sweetened
condensed milk in a pan and the bars are baked. There is no mixing.
Rugalach is a Eastern
European cookie that is made with a cream cheese flavored dough that is
cut into triangles and rolled around a filling to form a crescent. This
recipe makes Rugalach in bar form which is much less work.
For this recipe we add
Dutch processed cocoa powder to a basic shortbread dough to give it
a smooth chocolate flavor and cornstarch has replaced some of the
all purpose flour to produce a delicate melt-in-your-mouth texture.
This popular British
shortbread consists of three delicious layers; a buttery shortbread, a
smooth caramel, and a shiny layer of melted chocolate.
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
are bursting with flakes of sweetened coconut and have a wonderful deep
chocolate flavor. more
through the website it suddenly occurred to me that there wasn't a
recipe containing both chocolate and mint. I decided the perfect
dessert to feature these ingredients was a three layer square,
really a Nanaimo Bar, only peppermint flavored
If you are in the mood
for a crispy buttery chocolate chip cookie this recipe fits the
Amaretti is the Italian name
for macaroons, which means little bitter things. Crisp and crunchy on
the outside and soft inside, these small domed shaped cookies originated
in Venice Italy during the Renaissance period.
Although this recipe is very
similar to a plain shortbread, it differs in that it uses not only all
purpose flour but also rice flour and almond flour which subtly changes
both its flavor and texture.
candy-like square is made with rice cereal, melted marshmallows, and
Low-Fat Brownies have a wonderfully moist
and chewy texture and a
deep chocolate flavor. They
are wonderful plain or topped with fresh berries and/or a scoop of
low fat vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or a fruit sorbet.
S'mores are deliciously
sweet and gooey. They take roasted marshmallows and pieces of chocolate
and sandwiches them between two graham crackers.
A stack of these sweet
and buttery Icebox Cookies, dotted with flecks of red candied
cherries, makes you think of Christmas.
Peppermint Whoopie Pies
takes two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwiches them with
crushed candy canes in a marshmallow filling.
are a sweet and chewy,
no-bake confection made from a combination of crushed vanilla wafers,
confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, chopped pecans or walnuts, held
together with a little corn syrup and bourbon.
buttery rich round of shortbread and covers it with a chocolate
glaze and pieces of crunchy nuts. Delicious.
These sweet and buttery
cut-out cookies are always a favorite for not only can you tailor the
shape of the cookie to the occasion but you can also dress them simply
with granulated or colored sugars or make them very decorative by
frosting them with royal icing. more
Gingerbread Biscotti are not
overly sweet, have chunks of hazelnuts,
lots of sweet and juicy raisins, lovely flecks of rolled oats, just a
hint of molasses, and are warmly spiced with ground cinnamon, ginger,
and cloves. more
These Lemon Cookies have a
buttery sweet lemon flavor and a crisp texture. Excellent when drizzled
with a lemon glaze. more
It's hard to beat this delicious
square, with its fluffy marshmallow filling sandwiched between a buttery
shortbread base and loads of toasted coconut.
Continued from above
Notes on Cookie Containers: For
gift giving try to choose a container that matches the personality or
hobbies of the recipient. Ideas for containers are: new or antique
cookie jars, hatboxes, flowerpots, baskets, cookie tins, cellophane
bags, lunch bags, gift bags or boxes, festive paper or glass plates,
bakery boxes, plastic containers, jam jars (mason jars), or bowls. Adorn them with ribbon, raffia, or
metallic twine and attach a pretty gift tag or label.
Notes on Shipping Cookies: If you plan to ship cookies, choose cookies
that keep well and are not fragile. The last thing you want is for
the cookies that you spent a lot of time making and packing, to end up
stale or in a pile of crumbs. Generally, the cookies that have a dry
crisp texture tend to last longer than cookies that are soft and moist.
Some good examples of cookies to ship:
Mexican Wedding Cakes,
Chocolate Wafers, or
Any baked good that needs to be refrigerated and therefore is perishable
should not be shipped, unless you are going to ship them overnight with
an ice pack. If you are not sure of the shelf life of the cookies you
want to send, make a test batch, store them in an airtight container and
see how many days they stay fresh.
The container you use for shipping your
cookies should be airtight. If there is the possibility of the lid
coming unsealed (like a cookie tin), use clear packing tape to seal the
lid shut. Place the container of cookies
in a heavy duty corrugated container or box that is larger than the
package of cookies to allow for about 2 inches (5 cm) of packing
materials (popcorn, newspaper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts) all the
sides of the cookie container.
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