Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Cookies


I've been a busy girl this week. I make absurd amounts of cookies every year (97 dozen this year, yes, I am insane) so I can give them away. I like to have a variety so we can enjoy them but if I make this many kinds just for us it is too much. So I give heaps aways and keep enough for us to enjoy but not gain 300 lbs. by eating them.

Let's tour clockwise from the top.

Chocolate Mint Snow-top cookies: A friend brought me these when Limelette #1 was a toddler. Limelette had some weird intestinal thign going on and I had to collect stool samples for several days. My friend brought the dough to me, chilled and formed in the shape of a turd. It was a good laugh and they tasted really good after we baked the still giggle when I make them.

Peanut Butter cookies Loved 'em as a kid, love 'em still. 'Nuff said.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies A different friend gave me some of these one year and I loved them. They are light and have a really interesitng texture. I asked for her recipe, she was sweet enough to share.

Reese's Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip cookies Recipe right off the bag. What can I say? I dig 'em.... a lot!

moving to the center......

Grandma K's Sandtarts I was on the hunt for the perfect cut-out cookie recipe for at least 10 years. It had to be thin and crispy, not cakey. It had to have nice flavor and have a dough that was not a nightmare to work with. A gazillion failed recipes later, I went to a Ladies Tea at my church and there in a basket, with the clouds parting to beam down a heavenly light upon these fabulous things, were the perfect cutout cookies. I asked who brought them, fell at her feet, and BEGGED for her recipe. She very graciously agreed to share her grandmother's heirloom recipe and proceeded to give me all the tricks of the recipe for obtaining perfection. She makes cakes for weddings and on 3 occasions she has asked me to make this recipe for a wedding telling me I am the only one outside her family who handles this recipe properly. I am honored that she'd share. I am delighted she thinks I do so well.

Chocolate Chip cookies Need I say more?

Russian Tea Cakes Time for MY grandmother's recipe. Nana made these every year. Everyone waited with great anticipation. When she died the duty fell to me to provide the family with this little delight. My mom asks for a double batch as her Christmas present every year. My kids inhale them. My husband casts a jaundiced glance if I am too generous in giving these away. For your own baking pleasure here is the recipe

Nana's Russian Teacakes
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla. Blend in flour, then nuts. Chill dough. Roll into 1 inch balls. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown (the cookies do not spread). Roll in more powdered sugar while warm. Cool. Roll in sugar again.


logo said...

My latina cousin gave me this recipe, she calls them Mexican wedding cakes though.
The other ones sound good too.
I need you to send me cookies, since I can't get a black cake.

bsoholic said...

Heck yeah, I want some of those peanut butter cookies! I too loved those as a kid!

Those peanut butter chocolate chip sound good too though!

Merry Christmas

Jodes said...

yummy I love cookies more than any other dessert. I think a couple of those would have fit in with the card ya know!!!!! HA LOL, just kidding. I have a choc chip recipe from a cookbook that everyone rants and raves over. Maybe I will share it soon.

barefoot_mistress said...

Yummy! Sets up sleeping bag and pillow outside of my PO Box waiting for my shipment of cookies! :P....

Sheri said...

Russian teacakes are one of my favorites. I love the way they practically melt in the mouth.

What a delicious array of goodies you've made! Your friends and family are very lucky to have such a talented baker as yourself in their lives!

lecram sinun said...

Mmmmm yummmm... those look awesome!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Yum yum! Whoa girl. You're good!

Doug Bagley said...

Man those look good!

Bridget Jones said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh those look fantastic!!! Your grandma's look the best! Thanks for the recipe, lime!

Merry Christmas!!!


Fred said...

Hey Lime, have a Merry Christmas and a great holiday weekend. See you next week!

Chickadee said...

Wow, you made A LOT of cookies. LOL. I love Russian Teacakes. Those are sooo good. I made a few new cookies and some of the recipes are keepers. Yay!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Manic Mom said...

Wow! I wanna get on your cookie-gift giving list! Yum!