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Phillip Black

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RE: Merry Christmas Sweet Thangs
12/13/2011 10:16:30 PM

Hi Pat,

Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad that you liked this thread. Counting you and LaNell, that makes three of us at least. I sure miss the Old Days!

Here's probably my last two Cookie Recipes, for this year at least. First of all, give these rich gingerbread cookies a sweet crunch and a special look. Just sprinkle a bit of coarse sugar over them before they go into the oven. Doesn't even need molasses!

Gingerbread Men

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the dry butterscotch pudding mix, butter, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the pudding mixture. Cover, and chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease baking sheets. On a floured board, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness, and cut into man shapes using a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks. Makes 2 1/2 Dozen Cookies.

Next, these Holiday Cookies are first shaped like candy canes and then decorated with crushed peppermint candy.

Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint hard candies
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract. beat until smooth. Mix in flour and salt.
  3. Roll into 4 inch strips, place on baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane. Dough may also be divided in half and colored with 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, if desired. Roll each color into strips, place side by side, press together lightly and twist like a rope.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 9 to 10 minutes. While still warm, remove from pan and sprinkle with candy and sugar mixture. Makes 2 Dozen.

Wishing You & Yours A Very Merry Christmas,

Phil

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Kathleen Vanbeekom

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RE: Merry Christmas Sweet Thangs
12/13/2011 11:27:28 PM

Hi Phil,

I like cookies! You have a lot of cookie recipes here, my sons would probably bake stuff if I bought the ingredients, a few months ago I bought tons of bake-able clay & art books and they did that for a long time, so it's only a difference of baking supplies vs. clay supplies and then they'll probably bake stuff for me :)

I was looking thru this thread awhile ago today. Looking for a place to post veggie & fruit recipes, side-dishes and desserts.

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RE: Merry Christmas Sweet Thangs
12/13/2011 11:32:24 PM

Now I just remembered when my youngest was about 2 years old and he bit the head off a gingerbread ornament that was covered in wax, it was salted gingerbread for ornaments, and was probably a few-years-old ornamental cookie, I saw him bite it, but he was a fast little runner and ran down the hallway and swallowed the head of that cookie. He survived to go on to getting running medals in school, and still eating everything.

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RE: Merry Christmas Sweet Thangs
12/15/2011 4:35:16 AM

Thank you Phil for these wonderful recipes! and Merry Christmas to Everyone!

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RE: Merry Christmas Sweet Thangs
12/16/2011 1:52:22 AM
Hi Phil,

All of these recipes look so delicious. Here's one that I found that sounds really good to me. Who knows, I might even decide to bake before Christmas to take dessert to my family gathering on December 23rd.
The Elves Snickerdoodles

The Elves Snickerdoodles

Taken from Disney Family Fun Magazine (online)

Being one of Santa's elves requires a lot of qualities we admire: industriousness, cooperation, attention to detail, and perhaps most of all, a sense of humor. Says one elf we spoke to: "We work hard all year long. The hours are long, so morale is important. The baker elves (the ones assigned to kitchen duty) know that one sure way to keep their crew happy throughout the holiday season is by serving plenty of these sparkly sugar-topped Snickerdoodles. The name alone just gives us the giggles."

Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Colored sugar or edible glitter
Instructions
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the shortening and butter. Gradually mix in the sugar. Beat in the egg until blended, then the sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.

  2. With a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture half at a time, until evenly mixed. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 to 60 minutes.

  3. Shortly before baking heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one or two large cookie sheets, or line them with parchment paper. Put the decorative sugar into small bowls.

  4. With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into 1-1/2-inch-thick balls. Roll the balls in the colored sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheets spaced about 3 inches apart. Bake the cookies on the center oven rack for 15 to 18 minutes, until they're a light golden brown. Cool the cookies on the sheet for 2 to 3 minutes. Then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes about 24 cookies.


    Take care Phil & have a blessed Christmas! Thanks for all your recipes and for just being you.


    Your friend,

    Cheryl

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