Monthly Archives: December 2007

Twelve days of Christmas Cookies: Day 8 Cherry Balls

My sister-in-law has been making these for years. they are delicious! Easy to make and no baking! Good for kids to make as well.

Cherry Balls
1/2 C Soft butter ( no margarine)
1 1/2 C Icing sugar
1 1/2 c Fine coconut
1 tbs Cream or milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Almond flavoring ( optional)
Maraschino cherries
Graham Cracker crumbs

Mix to everything except cherries into a paste. Drain cherries well and roll paste
around them. Then roll in crushed graham wafer crumbs. Refrigerate.

Twelve days of Christmas Cookies: Day 7 Almond Meringue Cookies

Thse are one of my favourites- I have trouble stopping myself from eating . They are quite good as a low calories cookie- about 40 caloroes per large cookie.

Almond Meringue Cookies
makes 18 large cookies

3 egg whites
Pinch salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped almonds ( can use flaked as well)

DIRECTIONS
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form, about 5-8 minutes. Fold in vanilla and almonds. Drop by well-rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets ( use spray oil OR “Slide” foil. Bake at 200 degrees F for 30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
Store in air tight container or may go “soft”

Twelve days of Christmas Cookies: Day 6 Florentine cookies

From the Twelve days of Christmas Cookies Series :
These are exquisite! Rich buttery lacy cookie with chocolate center. I take these as hostess gifts. People just rave. You can use mil chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate if you like. I personally prefer dark chocolate. I have also made with high end belgian chocolate and chocolate chips and they are both good :-)

Florentine cookies

2/3 cup butter

2 cups quick oats (uncooked)

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup all
purpose flour

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp
salt

2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat
oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter. Stir in oats, sugar,
flour, corn syrup, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well. Drop by level
teaspoonfuls onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. Spread thin with a spatula
or back of a spoon. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until browned. Cool on wire
racks before peeling away the foil. Melt the chocolate and spread on
one half and stick another to it. P.S. It takes a bit of
experimentation to see how thin you want to spread the cookie dough.

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 5 The Best Ginger Cookie Recipe

From the 12 days of Christmas Cookies series

BEST Ginger Cookie Recipe

These are easy to make and look great. Bit soft in the middle with a nice crunch. A “pretty” cookie with not too much effort or skill required to make :-) .
These are nice year round.

Ginger Cookie Recipe
4 cups flour 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. each ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves
extra sugar for rolling balls in
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
In a large bowl mix together flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger
In a second bowl mix together remaining ingredients ( except the extra sugar for rolling)
Combine and mix thoroughly
Roll into balls and coat with sugar
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until just set and brown on the bottom ( this is exactly 12 minutes on my oven)
Note! Don’t flatten cookies, bake as balls and they spread themselves
.

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4 Grandma Brown’s Scottish Shortbread Cookies

From the 12 days of Christmas Cookies series
These are LITERALLY world famous. They are the best shortbread cookies you will ever taste.

Grandma Brown’s Scottish Shortbread Cookies

1 Cup Corn Starch
1 Cup Rice flour
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
! Cup Icing Sugar
1 lb butter ( yes- you are reading correctly- a whole pound of butter! )
optional- 1tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F. Blend the dry ingredients into the softened butter. ( I used a food processor to blend with no problems)

Spread the batter into 2 pie plates or rectangular 9×13 pan.

Bake for 20 -25 mins- check often and remove from oven when golden or pale brown. Prick with fork all over surface. Cut when still warm ( the shortbread get very hard and will be impossible to cut when cooled). Store in cool dry place .

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3 Holiday Macaroons

From the 12 days of Christmas Cookies series

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3

Holiday Macaroons

1 tin sweetened condensed milk (300 to 330ml)
2 egg whites
pinch salt
5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (i used fine)
2 to 3 cups slivered dried pineapple, mango and papaya.
(I think I used about 2 1/2 cups but you can add more or less
depending on your taste and you can get these easily from bulk barn -
the most time consuming thing is cutting the fruit into slivers but
kitchen scissors make it easier.)

Whisk the condensed milk, egg whites and salt together. Mix in the
coconut and fruits. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets
lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 325F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand
for 5 minutes before transferring.

Makes about 40-50 cookies.

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2 The Ultimate Sugar Cookie


Here is Day 2′s recipe from 12 days of Christmas Cookies recipe series :-)

The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

1 cup white sugar
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup butter ( softened- I have never used margarine but I think you could try it)
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla (must be real vanilla!)
4 cups flour
½ cup canola or other vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375.
Cream the sugar and butter together.
Lightly beat eggs sepreatly and add to creamed mixture.
Mix the beaten eggs, vanilla and oil. Add the rest of ingredients. Cover and chill overnight ( I put in ziplock bag). Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes…. the may look slighly underdone when you take out- but do not overcook- they will continue to cook after you take them out.

Eat plain, frost/sprinkle however you like :-)

Twelve days of Christmas Cookies: Day 1 German Crescent Cookies

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Each day I will publish another recipe for one the worlds best not necessarily JUST for Christmas cookie recipes :-) Also feel free to share your own :-) .

A friend of a friend made these and they were absolutely the best cookie I had ever tasted. They are easy to make and EVERYONE raves about them. I make them anytime but they are particularly good at Christmas.

German Crescent Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup icing sugar sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract- use REAL

2 cups flour

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped or Ground

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter with sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Shape into rolls about 3/4-inch in diameter shape.Cut into pieces about 2 inches long. Put onto ungreased cookie sheet and bend ends to form crescent shape.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on wire racks.

While still warm, roll in icing sugar.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Great New Product – Stamp N Bond and Some Tips and Ideas for Using

I was introduced to Stamp N Bond from Stampendous at my local craft store and fell in love. Th ebottle costs about 8.00. The product looks like clear embossing powder, but it is actually tiny beads of glue that melt and “activate” when you heat it up. The glue is REALLY strong.
How can you use this? It looks FANTASTIC when used with glitter or even embossing power that you don’t heat.
To use the stamp n bond, put Versamark or similar on your stamp. stamp your image and pour the Stamp n bond powder on it, shake it off, etc. Heat with heat gun and put your glitter on it… shake it off. it will hold!

Some tips:
Do NOT overheat the stamp n bond! Just heat til it gets glossy.

Move quickly- the glue will dry fast.

Staps with simple and not too intricate design work best. You lose detail with glitter.

Stamp n bond works beautifully with embossing tape. Just sprinkle on the Stamp N Bond, heat and add glitter for stunning effect.

Twelve days of Christmas Cookies: Top 12 Best Holiday Cookie Recipe Countdown

Looking for the BEST Holiday Cookie recipe?

Each day I will publish another of the worlds best Christmas Cookie recipes. Also feel free to share your own :-) .

12 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: #1 German Crescent Cookies

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2 The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3 : Holiday Macaroons (macroons??)

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4 Grandma Brown’s Scottish Shortbread Cookies

12 days of Christmas Cookies: Day 5 The Best Ginger Cookie Recipe