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What kind of cookies do you bake for the holiday?

coasterqueen wrote: I usually bake a TON of cookies for the holidays, but this year I'm scaling back a bit -- mainly because the girls (and ahem...I) would eat them and we don't really need them. tongue.gif

I usually make Russian tea cakes, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, sugar cookies, peanut butter kiss cookies.

This year I'm nixing the Russian tea cakes and doing the rest -- but not nearly as many as most years. The girls and I baked chocolate chip and peanut butter kiss cookies last night. Hopefully sometime this week we'll get the other batches done.

mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied: Cookies are not really a tradition in my house, as far as holiday baking goes. But I did make some chocolate chip almond biscotti a couple weeks ago and froze them. I also like to make snickerdoodles and oatmeal chocolate chip on a regular basis. Probably more often then we need. blush.gif

PrairieMom replied: I have done a ton of baking, I scaled back this year too, but still ended up with a bunch of stuff.
This year I did
pretzles with almond bark
ritz crackers with peanutbutter covered with chocolate
ginger snaps
Peppermint pinwheels
regular fudge
fudge with nuts
sugar cookies

I usually make gingerbread men , almond bark with candy canes, and butterscotch egg nog stars, and English toffee and peanut brittle too, but I am just to busy this year.

Kaitlin'smom replied: laugh.gif none MIL does the cookie baking

I will sometimes make some if I need them for something, Kaitlin and I will be baking some soon for her school, my work and for christmas eve at my eldest sisters house. but it will probably be just chocolate chip or cut outs.

mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied:
Whoa Tara, you should sell little treat packs with your bows! Yum! tongue.gif

Does anyone know how to make almond rocha, like chocolate covered almonds and toffee stuff? I LOVE it!! wub.gif

Anthony275 replied: i made gingerbread last night and they taste so bad

PrairieMom replied:
laugh.gif I usually give huge platters to our friends. DH calls them Garbage can lids. laugh.gif I suppose the platters were about 18 inches across, and I would bake enough to make probably 8-10 of those, plus what ever I want for our house. Its a lot of cookies. My friends aren't getting them this year. I had to call and warn them so they would do their own baking for a change. laugh.gif

Our Lil' Family replied:
Mmm, Rae can I get that biscotti recipe? I LOVE almond and I'm sure it's heavenly with the chocolate chips too. I'm trying biscotti this year for the first time...I have a lemon recipe but I might do both.

Maddie&EthansMom replied: I bake these orange cranberry cookies that are out of this world and make your house smell just like Christmas

I also make scandinavian almond cookies, dipped pretzels (rolled in different toppings), buckeyes, turtle bars and pickles....

there might be more that I'm missing

luvmykids replied: I don't know what they're technically called, but we do Christmas tree cookies (the kind from a cookie press, with almond flavoring), Nuremburgers, Cranberry Oatmeal, Fudge, Cranberry Candy, Choc chip, and White Choc Chip/Macadamia. This year I'm also doing Thin Mints (Ritz crackers dipped in mint chocolate) and Candy Cane twists.

Our Lil' Family replied:
Ok, I want this recipe too! I'm a freak for almond flavored cookies!!

mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied:
Sure thing, here it is!

Chocolate Almond Biscotti
1/2 c butter, softened
1 1/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 c sliced almonds (I did NOT put the almonds in because Wil is allergic to nuts, so I replaced them with chocolate chips). wink.gif

Beat butter and sugar, add eggs and almond extract; beat until smooth. In seperate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Blend into batter. Batter will be stiff. Add almonds (or chocolate chips) with wooden spoon. Divide batter in half and shape into 2 x 11 inch logs. Bake 20-30 minutes on middle rack at 350 (I baked them for about 25 minutes). Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice 3/4 inch thick while warm. Return slices to oven and bake additional 5-10 minutes, depending on how dry you want them.

Enjoy! thumb.gif I froze them and they thaw out real nice. Great dipped in coffee or tea! tongue.gif

Our Lil' Family replied: Thanks Rae! I'm going to try this tomorrow or Thursday!

lesliesmom replied: I made my pizelles (italian waffle cookies) over the weekend. Think I'm going to need to make another batch of those but they take so long because I can only make 2 at a time. Made rolled butter cookies which the kids lost interest in quickly. Probably going to be making spritz cookies this weekend. My mom does the gingerbread boys because she has the room for them. Not sure what else, was thinking of trying polish angel wings again.

Our Lil' Family replied:
OH YUM! My best friend's mom is Italian and I ask for these every year! My mom tried them one time, dipped half in dark!

grapfruit replied:
LoL! laugh.gif What'd you do wrong?

luvmykids replied: I forgot about Kiflings and Biscochitos...the Kiflings are a Polish cookie but I think lots of people call them something else...they are crescent shaped, anise flavored and covered in powdered sugar. Biscochitos are a Mexican staple around here.

Maddie&EthansMom replied: Almond Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 recipe Almond icing

1. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter till softened. Add sugar and beat till fluffy. Add egg and almond extract and beat well. add flour mixture and beat till well mixed.

2. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 12 inch long roll. Place 2 rolls 4 to 5 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using your hands, slightly flatten each to 3 inches wide. Repeat with remaining rolls. Brush flattened rolls with milk and sprinkle with almonds.

3 Bake in a 325 degree oven for 12 to 14 mins or till edges are lightly browned. Cut warm cookies diagonally into 1 inch strips. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Drizzle with icing.

Almond icing: Stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp almond extract, and enough milk (3-4 tsp) to make icing of drizzling consistency

***these cool off and harden very quickly. I use a pizza cutter to cut them. wink.gif Some of the almonds will fall off, just press them back on or "glue" them back on with the icing.

Naomi you will love the way your house smells after baking these!! Mmmmmmm!!!!

lisar replied: We mad ginger bread house's does that count? I havent made any this year yet.

Hillbilly Housewife replied: Oh man. What don't I bake.... lol

I usually make a couple different types of biscotti, some oatmeal, choc chip, butterscoth chip, snickerdoodles, cake cookies, apple cookies, sugar cookies, some chocolate covered shortbread cookies... yuum now i'm hungry!

Kirstenmumof3 replied: thumb.gif I usually make shortbread cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter balls and chocolate macaroons

Anthony275 replied:
everything...the dough cracked

DansMom replied: Daniel and I made awesome vegan ginger cookies last night. Anything that you can use cookie cutters with is a hit in my house.

Calimama replied: We only make sugar cookies with cookie cutters, and then we ice them with white cake frosting and food coloring.

My2Beauties replied: Last year all I made was Chocolate Chip, I feel so out of place in this thread emlaugh.gif This year I'm making of course Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Macadamia and gingerbread cookies shaped like Christmas Trees (those are for Santa wink.gif )

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