WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 HERALD DEMOCRAT B7
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
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
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
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