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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mbw1024 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:26 pm

mbw1024 wrote:Not a cookie but I think I am making these this year.

http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2012/02/pea ... -truffles/


I was going to make balls but found these bars with same flavor profile so I went the easy route. Hate rolling all those balls! Anyway these seem to have come out well. Next time I think I would you mini chips in the filling to make them easier to cut. The large chips are hard to cut especially after being chilled.

http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/10/no- ... tzel-bars/
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mindehankins » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:40 pm

Those look really good, and I like the salty aspect. AND I have everything in the house, to make them, including the mini chocolate chips. Sweet!
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby Lindy » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:18 am

Oh yeah, gonna have to try THOSE babies!!
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mbw1024 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:51 pm

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Today's Walnut Cups

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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mindehankins » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Yum, MBW! Are the walnut cups like pecan tassies? They look beautiful with the powdered sugar.
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mbw1024 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:28 pm

It is a cream cheese dough with a walnut filling.
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby liamsaunt » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:19 am

I have two more cookies to contribute to this thread. Chocolate-chip butterfinger cookies. Recipe here:

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/dessert ... p-cookies/

I made these for my office and they were a big hit. I tried one and they have a really good texture, both crispy and chewy. Plus, they were really easy to make. Picture:

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The second one is a little more time consuming. Wichcraft peanut butter cream cookies. These are on my desk today, so I will have to report back on whether they are a hit or not. Recipe:

http://www.marthastewart.com/342224/pea ... ch-cookies

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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mindehankins » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:05 pm

Hey Lindy - look what came in the mail today! I've finally got a need for these, thanks to you. I finally have a sugar cookie recipe that I can make - so I'm going to make them year-round, and get good at it :)
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby Lindy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:41 pm

Aw, geez, now I'm jealous!! Hahahaha!!!
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mindehankins » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:39 pm

I realize that it's long past Christmas, but I just came across a brilliant way of filling icing bags for cookies/cakes, and thought I'd put it here in case it might help someone down the line.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... xE-pnqmsE0

I've been making a batch of sugar cookies every weekend, and learning to pipe and flood and decorate, slowly. And I'm loving it :D
This may develop into a new hobby for me!
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby Lindy » Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:31 am

Minde - I'm glad you're having so much success and so much fun!!
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby mindehankins » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:59 pm

Ohhh geez! I hope someone can help me, but I fear this post won't even be seen for a long time :(
Did anyone write down the cut out cookie recipe? It's my go-to, now, but I always searched here on the forum to find it. I never wrote it down! I'm supposed to make the cookies for a cookies and milk bar, for my daughter's baby shower, and the blog with the recipe has been made private!!! Sure hope someone wrote it down! I did pm Lindy as well.
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Re: Time to start another Christmas cookie thread..

Postby lprof » Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:14 am

PERFECT SUGAR COOKIES

2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces, at room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temp

1. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with flat beater, mix flour, sugar, and salt on low speed until combined, about 5 seconds. With mixer running on low, add butter 1 piece at a time; continue to mix until mixture looks crumbly and slightly wet, about 1 minute longer. Add vanilla and cream cheese and mix on low until dough just begins to form large clumps, about 30 seconds.

2. Remove bowl from mixer; knead dough by hand in bowl for 2 to 3 turns to form large cohesive mass. Turn out dough onto countertop; divide in half, pat into two 4-inch disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate until they begin to firm up, 20 to 30 minutes. (Can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 2 weeks; defrost in refrigerator before using.)

3. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out 1 dough disk to even 1/8-inch thickness between 2 large sheets parchment paper; slide rolled dough on parchment onto baking sheet and chill until firm, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, repeat with second disk.

4. Working with first portion of rolled dough, cut into desired shapes using cookie cutter(s) and place shapes on parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking time. Repeat with second portion of rolled dough. (Dough scraps can be patted together, chilled, and re-rolled once.) Cool cookies on wire rack to room temperature.

The only thing I would add as a tip to making these cookies is that once your cookies are cut out and on the cookie sheet, you should freeze them for about 5-10 minutes. That keeps the edges nice and defined when baking.

ICING:
Royal icing is recommended. It dries very hard and holds its shape well.

If you’re not used to using royal icing, you can use Wilton Cookie Icing that comes in a plastic container. You just heat the icing while it’s in the plastic bottle, and pipe it out through the top. It dries nice and hard like royal icing.

Additional note:

(The recipe is from Cooks Illustrated, so it’s all about the science of cooking.)

Here’s an explanation of the recipe and method:

Published Nov 1, 2003.

Rolling out cookie dough is a sticky business. Most recipes add excess flour, and the resulting cookies are tough. Could we make tender, crispy cookies that roll out easily?

The Problem
Every year when we bake holiday cookies we are reminded why we only do so once a year. The dough clings to the rolling pin, it rips and tears as it is rolled out, and the tactic of moving the dough in and out of the refrigerator to make it easier to work with turns a simple, one-hour process into a half-day project.

The Goal
A simple recipe that would yield a forgiving, workable dough, producing cookies that would be sturdy enough to decorate yet tender enough to be worth eating.

The Solution
Use enough butter to stay true to the nature of a butter cookie but not so much that the dough becomes greasy (shortening adds no flavor to cookies and is not an option). All-purpose flour has enough gluten to provide structure, while superfine sugar provides a fine, even crumb and a compact, crisp cookie—definitely positive attributes. Cream cheese—a surprise ingredient—gives the cookies flavor and richness without altering their texture. For a dough that’s incredibly easy to handle, use the “reverse” creaming method: incorporate slightly softened—not melted—butter into the flour and sugar. (Standard creaming involves whipping butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy, then adding eggs and dry ingredients.)
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