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A treasure trove of Christmas-cookie recipes
     BY JANET K. KEELER             1 cup raisins                         Preheat oven to 375 degrees.             Preheat oven to 375                          spray 9- by 13-inch baking pan                            Lemon Love Notes
     ST. PETERSBURG TIMES                                               Cream together the butter                degrees.                                       with cooking spray    .
                                    1 cup shortening                                                                                                                                                                        Makes 16 squares
                                                                        and sugars. Add the eggs,                  Combine pumpkin, sugar,                        Cream butter and sugar
   I worry when I put out the       1-1/2 cups light brown sugar,                                                                                                                                                           Bottom layer:
                                                                        vanilla and baking soda solu-            vegetable oil, egg, vanilla and                            .
                                                                                                                                                                until fluffy Sift together flour,
call for Christmas-cookie             packed                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup butter or margarine
                                                                        tion, and beat until blended.            baking soda mixture. Whisk                     baking soda and salt and add
recipes.                            1/4 cup molasses                    Add flour, oats, coconut and                                                                                                                      1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                 together the flour, baking                     to mixture. Add oats and mix
   After all these years, will      3 eggs                              gumdrop pieces. Drop heap-               powder, cinnamon and salt,                                                                               1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
                                                                                                                                                                well (mixture will be crum-
there be enough new and             3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour,       ing teaspoons of dough onto              and add to wet ingredients.                    bly). Take 2 cups of the mix-                               Top layer:
tempting recipes to fill our          sifted                            greased or parchment-lined               Stir in chocolate chips and                    ture and press into bottom
special cookie issue? Why                                               cookie sheets and bake 12                                                                                                                         1 cup sugar
                                    1/2 teaspoon salt                                                            nuts and mix well. Drop by                     of baking pan. Spread date
I get anxious, I’ll never                                               minutes.                                 teaspoonful onto parchment-                                                                              2 tablespoons all-purpose
                                    1 teaspoon baking soda                                                                                                      jam evenly over the crust,
know. Readers always come                                                 Remove to confectioners’-              lined cookie sheets. Bake 10                                                                               flour
                                                                                                                                                                then sprinkle remaining
through.                            3 teaspoons cinnamon                sugar-covered wax paper and              to 12 minutes.                                                                                           1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                                                                                                                                                                crumb mixture on top. Bake
   This year, just like the         1/2 teaspoon cloves                 sift additional confectioners’             Freezeworthy: Yes, but                       20 minutes or until golden                                2 eggs, beaten
last few, we had trouble            1/2 teaspoon nutmeg                 sugar on top. Remove to wire             cool completely first.                         brown. Cool completely on                                 2 tablespoons lemon juice
winnowing the roughly               1 cup chopped pecans                rack to cool.                              — Submitted by Mary                          wire rack.                                                2 teaspoons grated lemon
500 reader recipes to just          1 cup finely chopped apple            Testing note: Gumdrops                 Jeanne McIntosh, Indian                          Freezeworthy: Yes, but cool                               zest
two dozen because so many                                               are often labeled spice drops.           Rocks Beach, Fla.                              completely first.
                                      Preheat oven to 350                                                                                                                                                                 Confectioners’ sugar
looked tempting. We chose                                               They are the same thing.                                                                  — Submitted by Sue E.
30 recipes for testing and          degrees.                                                                                                                                                                                Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
                                                                          Freezeworthy: Yes, but cool            Chocolate Magics                               Conrad, North Redington                                   Combine butter, flour and
selected the yummiest 25              Rinse raisins in hot water,       completely first.
                                    then drain on paper towels                                                     Makes 2 dozen                                Beach, Fla.                                               confectioners’ sugar in bowl;
for publication.                                                          — Submitted by Nancy
                                    and set aside.                                                               1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour                                                                                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mix until crumbly Press into
   I do the initial cull, weed-                                         Carns, Largo, Fla., and Linda                                                           Spicy Hot Chocolate                                       ungreased 8-inch square
ing out recipes that can be           Cream shortening with                                                      1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
                                                                        Broback, Spring Hill, Fla.                                                              Cookies                                                   pan.
found in most cookbooks,            brown sugar until light                                                      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                    and fluffy, then add molas-                                                                                                   Makes about 5 dozen                                       Bake 8 minutes, or until
among them snickerdoo-                                                  Frosted Nutty                            1/4 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          golden brown. Cool.
dles, oatmeal raisin, choco-        ses. Add eggs one at a time.                                                                                                2 cups all-purpose flour
                                                                        Krisp-o’s                                1/2 cup sugar (plus extra for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Combine sugar, 2 table-
late chip and the Mexican           Mix and sift flour, salt, bak-                                                 dredging)                                    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
                                    ing soda and spices; add              Makes 30 to 36 squares                                                                                                                          spoons flour and baking pow-
wedding cookie — or, as I                                                                                        1/2 cup light brown sugar,                       unsweetened cocoa
                                    to shortening mixture and           1/3 cup butter or margarine                                                                                                                       der in bowl. Add eggs, lemon
like to call it, the Cookie                                                                                        packed                                       1 tablespoon cinnamon
                                    mix lightly. Stir in nuts,          5 cups mini-marshmallows                                                                                                                          juice and zest. Mix well. Pour
With Many Names. Cookies                                                                                                                                        1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                                    chopped apples and raisins,                                                  1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted but-                                                                          evenly over crust.
that require special equip-                                             3 tablespoons unsweetened                  ter, room temperature
                                    and mix well by hand. Drop                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon salt                                           Bake another 25 minutes.
ment or are more fussy and                                                cocoa
time-consuming don’t often          by tablespoon onto greased                                                   1/4 cup smooth peanut but-                     1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light                            (Top puffs up but falls in
                                                                        1 teaspoon vanilla extract                 ter
make the cut.                       cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 15                                                                                                  brown sugar, packed                                     cooling.) Cool in pan on rack
                                                                        6 cups Rice Krispies                     1 teaspoon vanilla extract                                                                               and cut into 2-inch squares.
   This year, my teenage            minutes.                                                                                                                    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
                                                                        15 whole Oreo cookies,                   1 large egg                                      sugar                                                   Sprinkle with confectioners’
son, home recovering from             Freezeworthy: Yes, but
                                                                          crushed                                                                                                                                         sugar.
getting his wisdom teeth            cool completely first.                                                         Filling:                                     3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted
                                                                        Peanut butter to spread                                                                   butter, room temperature                                  Freezeworthy: No.
pulled, joined the effort.            — Submitted by Wanda                                                       1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy
Margaret Lauck of Sun               Fickey, Temple Terrace,             1 container vanilla frosting               or smooth                                    1/8 teaspoon black pepper                                   — Submitted by Becky
City Center, Fla., can thank        Fla.                                  Butter a 9- by 13-inch bak-                                                                                                                     Lamson, Riverview, Fla.
                                                                                                                 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar                   1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
him for the inclusion of her                                            ing dish.                                                                                 (or to taste)
                                                                                                                   Preheat oven to 375 degrees.                                                                           Pink And White
over-the-top Rice Krispies          Chocolate                             Microwave butter, marsh-               Lightly grease baking sheets                   2 teaspoons vanilla extract
treats. We renamed them             Raspberry Crumb                     mallows and cocoa for 3 min-             (or line with parchment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peppermint Bark
                                                                        utes on high, stirring after                                                            2 egg whites
Frosted Nutty Krisp-O’s,            Bars                                                                         paper).                                                                                                    Makes a few dozen pieces,
and they are indeed an                                                  each minute. Mix in vanilla,                                                              Glaze:
                                                                                                                   In a medium-sized bowl,                                                                                depending on how big you
amazing treat. “Make these,           Makes 36 bars                     Rice Krispies and crushed                                                               1-1/4 cups confectioners’
                                                                                                                 whisk together the flour,                                                                                break them
Mom,” he mumbled, dream-              Bottom layer:                     Oreos. Press mixture into                                                                 sugar                                                   24 candy canes
                                                                        baking dish and allow to cool            cocoa, baking soda and salt.
ing of the day when he              1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted but-                                               In another medium-sized                        1/2 teaspoon cinnamon                                     24 ounces white chocolate
could eat solid food again.           ter, room temperature             slightly.                                                                               2 tablespoons milk
                                                                                                                 bowl, beat together the sug-                                                                               chips
   From that point, Karen           2 cups all-purpose flour              Spread 1/2 to 3/4 cup pea-
                                                                                                                 ars, butter and peanut but-                    Generous pinch of cayenne                                 1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint
Pryslopski, a St. Petersburg                                            nut butter over the cooled
                                    1/2 cup light brown sugar,                                                                              .
                                                                                                                 ter until light and fluffy Add                   pepper                                                    extract
Times photo editor and the                                              mixture. Spread frosting over
                                      packed                                                                     the vanilla and egg, beating                     Preheat oven to 350                                     1/8 teaspoon red food color-
project’s chief tester, and I                                           peanut butter and refrigerate.
                                    1/4 teaspoon salt                                                            to combine, then stir in dry                   degrees.                                                    ing
                                                                        Cut into squares.
got to work. We sat down                                                                                         ingredients, blending well.                      Combine flour, cocoa, cin-
                                      Filling:                            Freezeworthy: No.                                                                                                                               Bailey’s Irish Cream, for driz-
one Sunday morning in                                                                                              To make filling, in a small                  namon, baking soda and salt
                                    2 cups (12-ounce package)             — Submitted by Marga-                                                                                                                             zling
September with a pot of                                                                                          bowl, stir together the pea-                   in a medium bowl. Whisk
coffee and an overflowing             Nestle Toll House semisweet       ret Lauck, Sun City Center,              nut butter and confection-                                                                                 Place candy canes in a zip-
                                      chocolate morsels                                                                                                         together and set aside. Com-                              pered freezer bag, wrap bag
box of recipes. From that                                               Fla.                                     ers’ sugar until smooth. With                  bine the sugars in a small                                in a towel and use a rubber
treasure trove, we selected         1 can (14 ounces) sweetened                                                  floured hands or a teaspoon                    bowl. Whisk together and                                  mallet to crush them. Set
the recipes that sounded              condensed milk                    Cherry-pecan Icebox                      scoop, roll the filling into 24                set aside.
good, but also those that                                               Cookies                                  1-inch balls.                                                                                            aside.
                                    1/2 cup chopped pecans                                                                                                        Using an electric mixer,
represented a range of fla-                                                                                        To shape the cookies, scoop                                                                              Melt half of the white
                                    1/3 cup seedless raspberry            Makes 8 dozen                                                                                                   .
                                                                                                                                                                beat butter until creamy Add
vors. As always, we gave                                                                                         1 tablespoon of the dough                                                                                chocolate chips in micro-
                                      jam                               1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,                                                       sugar mixture, black and cay-
high points for simplicity.                                                                                      (a lump about the size of a                                                                              wave on medium (50 percent
                                      Preheat oven to 350                 room temperature                                                                      enne peppers and vanilla.                                 power), checking at 30-sec-
(The ranks of Keeler Elves          degrees.                                                                     walnut), make an indenta-                      Beat on high speed for about
                                                                        1-1/4 cups sugar                                                                                                                                  ond intervals. Add half of
also include Times photog-                                                                                       tion in the center with your                   1 minute. Beat in the egg
rapher Scott Keeler — my              With electric mixer, cream        1 egg                                    finger and place one of the                                                                              peppermint extract and stir.
                                    together butter, flour, brown                                                                                               whites and continue beating                               Spread the mixture out on
husband —and designer                                                   2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour             peanut-butter balls into
                                    sugar and salt until it resem-                                                                                              until mixture is smooth. Add                              wax-paper-lined cookie sheet
Jennifer DeCamp.)                                                       1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda              the indentation. Bring the                     the flour mixture, beating on
                                    bles coarse crumbs. With                                                     cookie dough up and over                                                                                 and sprinkle with half of the
   Karen loves coconut and          floured fingers, press 1-3/4        1/8 teaspoon salt                                                                       the lowest speed, just until                              crushed candy canes. Melt
I adore peanut butter, so                                               1 cup chopped pecans                     the filling, pressing the edges                incorporated.
                                    cups of the crumb mixture                                                    together over the center. Roll                                                                           other half of chocolate chips,
we have to work to keep             onto the bottom of a greased        3/4 cup red and/or green can-                                                             Form dough into two logs,                               add remaining peppermint
our personal preferences in                                                                                      the cookie in the palms of
                                    9- by 13-inch baking pan.             died cherries                          your hands to smooth it out.                   rolling until 10 to 12 inches                             extract and red food color-
check during the selection          Reserve remaining mixture.                                                                                                  long and about 1-1/2 inches in                            ing, and stir. When mixture is
                                                                          In a large mixing bowl,                Repeat with remaining dough
process or you can imagine          Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or           cream butter and sugar. Add                                                             diameter. Wrap logs in plastic                            cooled and spreadable, frost
what the selection would                                                                                         and filling.
                                    until edges are golden brown.       egg and mix well. Combine                                                               wrap. Refrigerate at least 45                             first layer with pink choco-
look like. That’s part of the                                                                                      Roll each rounded cookie                     minutes.                                                  late. Sprinkle with other half
                                    Remove to wire rack.                the flour, baking soda and               in granulated sugar and
reason that the Chocolate                                               salt; add to creamed mixture                                                              Line baking pans with                                   of the crushed candy canes.
Magics and their peanut-              Combine 1 cup chocolate                                                    place on the prepared cookie
                                                                        and mix well. Stir in pecans                                                            parchment. Use a sharp knife                              Drizzle with Bailey’s Irish
butter centers from Gayle           morsels and sweetened con-                                                   sheets, leaving about 2 inches
                                                                        and candied cherries.                                                                   to slice dough into 1/4-inch                              Cream, if desired.
Hackbarth of Summerfield,           densed milk in small, heavy-                                                 between cookies. Grease the
                                    duty saucepan. Melt over low          Shape dough into four 8-               bottom of a drinking glass                     rounds. Arrange cookies                                     Let stand for about an hour,
Fla., and the Choco-Nut                                                 inch rolls and wrap in plastic                                                          about 1 inch apart. Bake 11 to                            or until cool and hardened;
Sandwich Cookies from               heat, stirring until smooth.                                                 and use it to flatten each cook-
                                    Spread over hot crust.              wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4         ie to about 1/2 inch thick.                    13 minutes. Cool completely                               break into pieces.
Kathy Schembs of Clearwa-                                               hours, or until firm. Unwrap                                                            on a wire rack. While cook-                                 Note: If you want to do one
ter, Fla., made it this year.         Stir chopped pecans into                                                     Bake the cookies 7 to 9
                                                                        and cut into 1/8- to 1/4-inch                                                           ies are cooling, mix all glaze                            layer in traditional choco-
The other reason is that            reserved crumb mixture                                                       minutes, or until they’re set.
                                                                        slices. Place 2 inches apart                                                            ingredients together and                                  late, use 12 ounces semisweet
they are delicious.                 and sprinkle over choco-                                                     Remove from oven and cool
                                                                        on ungreased baking sheets.                                                             whisk until smooth. Drizzle                               chocolate chips and 12 ounces
                                    late filling. Drop teaspoon-                                                 on rack.
   The most surprising cook-                                            Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to                                                            glaze over cookies. Let sit                               white chocolate chips, then
ies were Merry Christmas            fuls of raspberry jam over                                                     Freezeworthy: Yes, but cool                  until glaze sets.
                                                                        8 minutes, or until lightly                                                                                                                       follow the same directions
Macaroons from Mary Ann             the pecan-crumb mixture.                                                     completely first.                                                                                        for assembly   .
                                                                        browned and edges are set.                                                                Freezeworthy: Yes, but cool
Birchmire of Largo, Fla.            Sprinkle with remaining             Cool for 2 minutes before                  — Submitted by Gayle                         completely first.                                           Freezeworthy: No.
It’s ridiculous how loaded          1 cup chocolate morsels.            moving to racks.                         Hackbarth, Summerfield,
                                    Return to oven and bake 25                                                                                                    — Submitted by Nancy Per-                                 — Submitted by Mary Beth
with ingredients they are                                                 Testing note: We liked these           Fla.
                                    to 30 minutes, or until center                                                                                              kins, Tampa, Fla.                                         Long, St. Petersburg, Fla.
— chocolate chips, pepper-                                              cookies best when they were
                                    is set. Cool completely on                                                   Maple-date Bars
mint candy, candied cher-                                                      .
                                                                        crispy To get a crisper cookie,
                                    wire rack.                                                                     Makes about 30 bars                              DR AMIN MUSANI; 20p4; 2 in; Black;
ries, pecans and cornflakes.                                            bake for full 8 minutes.
Really though, we dare you            Freezeworthy: No.                                                          1-3/4 cups finely chopped                        000020318r12
                                                                          Freezeworthy: Yes, but cool
to eat only one. Amazing.             — Submitted by Yolanda            completely first.                          pitted dates (about 12
   Among my favorites are           Cruz, Tampa, Fla.                                                              ounces)
the Chocolate Raspberry
                                                                          — Submitted by Gail Sloan,                                                                   Experience
                                                                        Tampa, Fla.                              3/4 cup water
Crumb Bars from Yolanda             Gumdrop Cookies                                                                                                              That Makes A Difference
                                                                                                                 1/3 cup real maple syrup
Cruz of Tampa, Fla. They              Makes 4 to 5 dozen                Pumpkin                                    (Grade B, if possible)
are a gooey delight, and one
I’ll add to my regular holi-
                                    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
                                      room temperature
                                                                        Chocolate-chip                           1 teaspoon grated lemon                        Dr. Amin Musani, Au.D.
                                                                        Cookies                                    zest                                           Texoma’s First & Most Experienced Doctor of Audiology
day rotation.                       1 cup light brown sugar,
                                                                          Makes 4 dozen                          Cooking spray                                      Call 903-463-9900 Today
   This year, just like last,         packed                                                                                                                        
                                                                        1 cup canned pumpkin                     1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted but-
we’ve rated each recipe for         1 cup sugar                                                                                                                      119 W. Main • Denison
                                                                          puree                                    ter, room temperature
“freezeworthiness.” It’s            2 eggs
good to be able to make a                                               1 cup sugar                              2/3 cup sugar
                                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract                                                   1 cup all-purpose flour
batch or two when you’ve                                                1/2 cup vegetable oil                                                                          Beautiful Selection
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away in the freezer for later.
Some cookies are better for
that than others.
                                    2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
                                                                        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                                        1 teaspoon baking soda, dis-
                                                                                                                 1/4 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                 1 cup regular oats                                        Wedding
                                                                          solved in 1 teaspoon milk                Combine dates, water and
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                                    2 cups quick-cooking oats
                                    1 cup flaked coconut
                                                                        2 cups all-purpose flour                 maple syrup in a heavy sauce-
                                                                                                                 pan over medium heat. Bring
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ninth annual St. Petersburg                                             2 teaspoons baking powder
                                    1 cup fruit-flavored gumdrops,                                               to a boil; cook 12 minutes, or
Times Christmas-cookie                cut in 1/4-inch pieces (before    1 teaspoon cinnamon                      until most liquid is absorbed,
roster.                               measuring) and dredged in         1/2 teaspoon salt                        stirring frequently (mixture                                                                                      Since 1942
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