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If Ever There Was a Year for Christmas Cookies, this is the One [Bluebell]

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This has been a year like no other, and it’s not finished yet. We’ve been battered and bruised mentally and spiritually, if not physically. But – Christmas is coming! No matter what else life has to throw at us, we can look forward to Christmas with its many traditions including, of course, Christmas cookies.

Christmas cookies can be spiced and sturdy, like gingerbread men, or delicate, like sugar cookies. They can be chocolate, vanilla, nut-flavored, citrus-flavored, or pretty much any flavor you like. They can be rolled in nuts or sugar, filled with jam, dipped in chocolate, or sprinkled with jimmies. I like to make an assortment of all kinds, and in a typical year I will make 10 or 12 varieties, one of which is not exactly a cookie, but rather a chocolate-covered almond toffee.

I encourage everyone to make some Christmas cookies this year, even if you never have before, and even if you are the only one in your home. Maybe you have your mother’s or grandmother’s old cookie recipes, or maybe you have favorites you’ve found over the years. Or maybe you’ve never made them before, in which case I invite you to do an internet search and pick something you’d like to try. Or look in the “Cookies and Brownies” section of The Deplorable Gourmet!

What if you don’t have time to make Christmas cookies? After all, you don’t want to make them too early or they will go stale, or get eaten. And the closer it gets to Christmas, the busier you will probably be, especially if you are hosting a big family dinner or a party (well, in normal years anyway). Relax, I’ve got you covered.

Starting about mid-November, whenever I have a free half hour, I will mix up a batch of Christmas cookie dough and put it in the freezer. For cookies that will be baked in a ball shape, like Mexican Wedding Cookies/Russian Tea Cakes, I freeze the dough in the ball shapes on a cookie sheet (no need to leave much space in between) for about an hour, then put the frozen balls into a Ziploc bag and back in the freezer. For slice and bake cookies like Neapolitans, I freeze the dough in the form the recipe suggests, then wrap in wax paper, put into a Ziploc and back into the freezer it goes. For rolled out cookies, freeze the dough in flattened disks. Not all cookies will lend themselves to this treatment, but a good many will.

When you are ready to bake, it only takes a few minutes to pull the dough from the freezer, pop into the oven (no need to thaw first, unless you have to roll out the dough and cut shapes), and let the cookies bake for a little extra time. Keep a close eye on them.

This technique is especially useful because you don’t have to bake all the cookies at once unless you want to, and you don’t have to find space to store the baked cookies in your freezer. When I send cookies to out-of-town friends and relatives, I bake the cookies in this way the morning I plan to send them. That way they are still relatively fresh when they arrive a couple of days later (I always send them Priority Mail).

By the way, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy Christmas cookies! I have given them to my Jewish friends and no one has complained yet.

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The fanciest Christmas cookie I make – recipe here.

I invite you to leave your favorite Christmas cookie recipe in the comments. I can’t wait to see what you give us! In the meantime, here’s one of mine, which can also be found on page 70 of The Deplorable Gourmet.

Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and salt. Gradually stir in flour until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Dough will be very stiff.

Shape in 1” balls and place 2” apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork to 1 ½” rounds. Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes, or until they just begin to lightly brown around the edges. Remove to wire rack to cool.

If you want, while the cookies are still warm, you can sprinkle the tops with 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar through a strainer. (I have never done this.)

**Note – the butter MUST be softened considerably (although not melted). If the butter is too cold, the dough will be far too crumbly.

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Many thanks to CBD for allowing me to usurp his Food Thread today. And I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the reason we have Christmas cookies is to celebrate the birth of Christ, Who gave everything for us. Wishing you all a blessed Advent and soon, a merry Christmas.


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1 Yummy.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 06, 2020 03:58 PM (4thlk)

2 Russian tea cakes--the all time winner.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 03:59 PM (KATBx)

3 My mom made some kind of sandwich cookie with jam in between. I miss them and as I think about them I miss her.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 03:59 PM (lgiXo)

4 Cookies!!!

Posted by: That Guy What Always Says Yeah Buddy TM at December 06, 2020 04:00 PM (R5lpX)

5 I love Christmas cookies!

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:02 PM (NpAcC)

6 The Neapolitans remind me of ribbon cookies that a Swiss bakery sells near me. Instead of chocolate coating though, they have a layer of marzipan and fruit flavored jam in between each color. I look forward to them each Christmas.

Posted by: Pine Barrens at December 06, 2020 04:02 PM (oh+79)

7 Russian tea cakes--the all time winner.
Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 03:59 PM (KATBx)


Absolutely. Simple to make and yummy.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:03 PM (mZ8JI)

8 My mom made a delicious ice box cookies. The dough needed to set up in the freezer.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 04:03 PM (lgiXo)

9 >>> The fanciest Christmas cookie I make - recipe

Fixed link:
https://tinyurl.com/y6tun3fe

Posted by: banana Dream at December 06, 2020 04:03 PM (l6b3d)

10 You can't say the word "cookie" in my house without getting mobbed by multiple dogs.

Posted by: Mister Scott (formerly GWS) at December 06, 2020 04:04 PM (JUOKG)

11 Double-Stuffed Oreo's are Christmas cookies if you get them with green or red filling. Yes?

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (iEx0u)

12 Russian tea cakes--the all time winner.
Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 03:59 PM (KATBx)


This!!!
Except for the snickerdoodles and the lemon bars and the sugar cookies. OMG the sugar cookies.

Great thread Bluebell!!!

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (axyOa)

13 I have made chocolate chip and pecan cookies, chocolate crackle, and Russian tea cakes so far.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (mZ8JI)

14 I love homemade cookies - especially at Christmas time.

Yum.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (Rvt88)

15 The Food Network has a a great cookie show called the Christmas Cookie Challenge that I have been watching.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (NpAcC)

16 Me love cookies!!!

Posted by: ALH at December 06, 2020 04:05 PM (YxfPJ)

17 You can make cheese cookies in the microwave.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 04:06 PM (lgiXo)

18 It is customary in my neck of the woods to have a cookie table at weddings. The nonas and babas make the best cookies.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:07 PM (mZ8JI)

19 I had planned to make Orange-Almond Biscotti this afternoon but that didn't happen. So, maybe tomorrow.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:07 PM (Rvt88)

20 Bluebell,

Thank you for the cookies.

CBD - thank you as well.

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at December 06, 2020 04:07 PM (VcFUs)

21 Those look amazing but while I will stuff myself with cookies when they're at hand, I'm really not a big cookie eater.
And I don't mind oatmeal raisin cookies, which means I'm a Philistine.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 04:08 PM (lgiXo)

22 C is for Cookie.

That's good enough for me.

Posted by: jsg at December 06, 2020 04:08 PM (gtJ22)

23 Great post, bluebell!! Many happy childhood memories of making and giving away Christmas cookies -- and on into adulthood, too. We always make:
-Chocolate crinkles
-Snickerdoodles
-Toffee bars
[all three from the classic Betty Crocker Cookie book]
-Oatmeal lace
-Coconut shortbread
. . .

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:08 PM (bDqIh)

24 It is customary in my neck of the woods to have a cookie table at weddings. The nonas and babas make the best cookies.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory

And if the host/hostess of the reception do NOT have a cookie table, some folks will just plain get up and leave.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:08 PM (Rvt88)

25 The Food Network has a a great cookie show called the Christmas Cookie Challenge that I have been watching.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:05
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We watch that. I learned that Ree Drummond prefers her cookies really soft.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:08 PM (iEx0u)

26 My son and I are going to make a day of it baking stuff, probably around the 15th. I make enough to feed an army so I usually give some to neighbors and I always take some to our mechanic. They look forward to me walking thru the door in December! Fireball fudge, orange balls (I wish I had a better name lol), chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread. Bluebell, I'm gonna try that shortbread cookie recipe.

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 04:09 PM (nxdel)

27 Being a danger to myself and others I was delighted to find pizzelle's at my grocery store.
I've already shared some with friends, have a couple of packages wrapped for gifts and am going to fix some hot chocolate to swill while I chow down on some.

Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at December 06, 2020 04:10 PM (Drr5h)

28 Wife will be making pecan tassies and nuthorns this year.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:10 PM (mZ8JI)

29 Recipes, people! We want to see your favorites! Please post them in the comments if you have a chance.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:10 PM (/669Q)

30 I like cookies a lot more than cheese.

So, yes, you can have too much cheese.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at December 06, 2020 04:10 PM (EZebt)

31 Skipping Christmas this year. Not even within radio-telescope distance of the mood. Will miss the cookies made by one relative, but on balance, not being around that group will be a plus, this time. Patience and forbearance now officially exhausted.

Posted by: rhomboid at December 06, 2020 04:11 PM (OTzUX)

32 New favorites:

Gingerbread biscotti (melted white chocolate on top!)
Oatmeal-Cranberry (slice and bake, so freezable)

Both from FineCooking.com

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (bDqIh)

33 I made lemon bars from the Pioneer Woman's recipe for Thanksgiving. Had never made them before. Really simple ingredients and the recipe is laid out so you don't waste any time. It has a cookie base. Ther3 were only 3 of us so leftovers went into the freezer and my son says they are terrific right out of the freezer especially because you can just grab one and eat it on the spot without waiting for it to defrost.

Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (sd8p8)

34 Prayers for Rudy Guiliani... he tested positive for Covid.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (NpAcC)

35 (Looks at clock)

Cookie Thread!?

Dammit, I can't eat cookies while I'm drinking too....

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (R/m4+)

36 Sorry for the borked link for the seven-layer cookies. Thanks, banana dream, for the correct link at comment 9.

These are kind of a pain to make but man oh man, are they good.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (/669Q)

37 Recipes, people! We want to see your favorites! Please post them in the comments if you have a chance.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:10
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What Double-Stuffed Oreo's don't count?

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (iEx0u)

38 Such nice looking cookies. A local Italian bake shop (assuming they are still open) has some great looking treats.When I was young and stupid, my mother discovered the frozen cookies dough things you cut and bake. I used a semi-sharp knife and sliced away. My mother liked to make peanuts butter cookies which I hated...just me only, don't like peanut butter for some reason.

Posted by: Colin at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (vn9ky)

39 ooh bluebell thread!

Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (nUhF0)

40 Pinterest has a lot of really yummy Christmas cookie recipes.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (NpAcC)

41
I just put a batch of hay biscuits for the rabbit in the oven...does that count?

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 04:14 PM (DUIap)

42 Italian Christmas Cookies


4 eggs
1 cup sugar
.5 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
3.5 cup flour
4 tsp baking powder

Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.
Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Icing
2 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
2 tsp vanilla
6 tsp water
Stir until creamy

Dip cookies into icing and trim with sprinkles. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:14 PM (Rvt88)

43 Cookie Thread!?

Dammit, I can't eat cookies while I'm drinking too....
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (R/m4+)


Yes you can!

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:14 PM (mZ8JI)

44 What Double-Stuffed Oreo's don't count?
Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:13 PM (iEx0u)
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Sure they do, if they are green or red.


Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:14 PM (/669Q)

45 Mom used to make batches of sour cream cookies with a cookie press, which was magic to me, like a Play-Doh cookie extruder.

I may have to bug Mom for the recipe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (Dc2NZ)

46 Does anyone have a recipe for Girl Scout cookies that substitutes something else for actual girl scouts?

Posted by: W. Adams at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (guGkK)

47 I just put a batch of hay biscuits for the rabbit in the oven...does that count?
Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 04:14 PM (DUIap)



When does the rabbit go in the oven?

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (mZ8JI)

48 >>We watch that. I learned that Ree Drummond prefers her cookies really soft.


Oh, no - crisp cookies rule!
The better for dunking in coffee, cocoa. . .

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (bDqIh)

49 Mmm...Christmas cookies! Love them all, and am particularly fond of pfeffernusse covered with powdered sugar.

Delicious thread, Bluebell!

Posted by: Gaelic Girl's Irish Democracy at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (5FCda)

50 For cut out cookies I'll make the dough one day and refrigerate. On another day I'll roll, cutout, then bake. Into the freezer they go in a freezer storage bag. Then royal icing and decorating when I'm in the mood. I think the freezing improves the texture.

Posted by: Betty at December 06, 2020 04:15 PM (/QabR)

51
kinda make me want to drive across town to the Polish bakeries in Hamtramck, I bet their Christmas selection is off the hook

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (DUIap)

52
"My mom made some kind of sandwich cookie with jam in between."


My mom made one with some kinda date filling. Man they were good.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (4thlk)

53 I love to make cookies. I have been trying (and failing abjectly) to make keto cookies. The labor is excessive, the ingredients expensive, and results are ...meh. My Josephine College daughter's favorite cookies are just plain sugar cookies. My favorite cookies are ginger snaps (with lots of ginger). I also like coal cookies, walnut bars, cocoa snowflakes, pumpkin cookies, thumbprint, pecan pie bars, and chocolate balls.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (0tmoY)

54 I'm getting an error message on the link for your fancy cookies

Posted by: Bruce at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (vd8XM)

55 BLUEBELL!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (MVjcR)

56 I imagine I'm the only who has ever taken a tin or Tupperware thingie out of the freezer and started on the cookies before they thawed.

I know I am.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (lgiXo)

57 I also like coal cookies, . . . . .
Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft

Nancy - are those the chocolate drop no-bake cookies?

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (Rvt88)

58 Any recommendations for country ham?

Posted by: Desultory joe at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (L9P9s)

59 Linky no worky.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (mZ8JI)

60 Cookie cookie cookie starts with C.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at December 06, 2020 04:17 PM (H5knJ)

61 Fireball Fudge

3 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teasp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Fireball whisky

Line 8x8 baking dish with foil. In large bowl melt chocolate chips according the package instructions.
Stir in sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and Fireball.
Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover with foil and let set completely (4-8 hours). Refrigerate one hour before slicing (makes it a little easier to slice).

I love this because there is no baking involved! and it's delicious.

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 04:18 PM (nxdel)

62 31 Skipping Christmas this year. Not even within radio-telescope distance of the mood. Will miss the cookies made by one relative, but on balance, not being around that group will be a plus, this time. Patience and forbearance now officially exhausted.
Posted by: rhomboid at December 06, 2020 04:11 PM (OTzUX)
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I'm sorry you're in a Christmas funk, Rhomboid.

Maybe you and MRs. R can fly out to Hawaii for a tropical getaway.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:18 PM (Dc2NZ)

63
My mom made one with some kinda date filling. Man they were good.
Posted by: lowandslow at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (4thlk)

That might be the same filling I remember.

Posted by: N.L. Urker at December 06, 2020 04:18 PM (lgiXo)

64 I'm getting an error message on the link for your fancy cookies
Posted by: Bruce at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (vd8XM)
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I know. I'm sure I screwed that up. I can't fix it, but I've alerted CBD and if he's still sober maybe he will.

In the meantime, banana dream kindly provided the correct link in comment 9.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:18 PM (/669Q)

65 Best thread EVER!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:18 PM (MVjcR)

66 "My favorite cookies are ginger snaps (with lots of ginger)."

I remember my mom make those also, the house smelled amazing.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (4thlk)

67 Snackwell Devil's Food cookies are good.

Really good.

I'll eat the whole damn box is what I'm saying.

Posted by: jsg at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (gtJ22)

68 Fixed.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (xT2tT)

69 My wife would make about 10 different kinds of cookies every year. About 6 years ago she went to making candy. She says it's a lot easier for her.
Butter Toffee
Peanut Brittle
Divinity
Candied Pecans
Fudge

Posted by: Bruce at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (vd8XM)

70 Hi Weasel!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (/669Q)

71 Bluebell,
If 2020 has taught us nothing...

Let it teach us to cut out the background noise and cling to tradition. And love. And baking.

I'm heading to San Diego for Christmas. I hope to cook all freaking day on Thursday for a few extra Marines. I will make cookies. Everyone loves cookies.

Thank you for the kick in the posterior.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (U2p+3)

72 I hate to admit it, but one cookie I like is the maple cookie sold at CVS (along with the future COVID shot) When they are on sale, I pickup a couple of boxes.

Posted by: Colin at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (vn9ky)

73 I know. I'm sure I screwed that up. I can't fix it, but I've alerted CBD and if he's still sober maybe he will.

In the meantime, banana dream kindly provided the correct link in comment 9.
Posted by: bluebell

Thank you

Posted by: Bruce at December 06, 2020 04:20 PM (vd8XM)

74 Fixed.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (xT2tT)
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Thank you.

Don't bother looking at comment 64, it's nothing you need to see.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:20 PM (/669Q)

75 Snackwell Devil's Food cookies are good.

Really good.

I'll eat the whole damn box is what I'm saying.
Posted by: jsg

I'm that way with Archway date filled oatmeal cookies. I love me some homemade pastries but Holy Cow!

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:21 PM (Rvt88)

76 Thanks for the Cookie Thread, Bluebell!

My favorite all-around cookie is the Ranger Cookie, which is in the Deplorable Gourmet. I make the dough and keep it in a plastic container in the refrigerator. That way, I can bake one cookie or more anytime without having to bake several dozen. And they are always best right out of the oven!

I will look up another recipe and post it in the comments below.

Posted by: Legally Sufficient - Trump Won! at December 06, 2020 04:21 PM (WFcrO)

77 I LOVE this thread!!!

Best Christmas Cookie cookbook ever, Rose Levy Berenbaum's Christmas Cookies. It's beautiful and I have made every recipe in it, and there is not a bad one in the bunch.

Note: I did not make the Notre Dame Gingerbread Cathedral, because I am not a glutton for punishment. But I did make a number of gingerbread houses with the gingerbread recipe, which is exceptional.

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 04:21 PM (+X9Vs)

78 51 kinda make me want to drive across town to the Polish bakeries in Hamtramck, I bet their Christmas selection is off the hook
Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 04:16 PM (DUIap)
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http://www.newpalacebakery.com/cookies.html

Scroll through the numbers up top

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:22 PM (Dc2NZ)

79 Let it teach us to cut out the background noise and cling to tradition. And love. And baking.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (U2p+3)
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Yes! We must do this for our sakes and the sakes of those we love.

Those Marines are going to love your cookies. What a kind thing to do. Everyone will be happy.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:22 PM (/669Q)

80 Here's one of my favorites, but they don't ship well.

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y4ruoz4d

Posted by: Emmie, not Emmy at December 06, 2020 04:22 PM (ofYez)

81 Blue BELL! Blue BELL!!!

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Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:23 PM (MVjcR)

82 Toffee Bars - from Betty Crocker

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla and egg yolk. Stir in flour and salt. Press in ungreased sheet pan.

2 Bake bars 25 to 30 minutes or until very light brown (crust will be soft). Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on hot crust. Let stand about 5 minutes or until chocolate is soft; spread evenly. Sprinkle with nuts.

3 Cool bars 30 minutes in pan on wire rack. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:23 PM (bDqIh)

83 Is Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey a national thing or just a Connecticut thing?

Posted by: 3 angry Irish inches at December 06, 2020 04:23 PM (fZouj)

84 Growing up there were several families (mostly relations) that went nuts baking Christmas cookies and we'd have an evening to sort, sample and bag to take home the offerings.

They rotated houses yearly, and I remember going inside to the aroma of literally thousands of cookies. Near to made a kid cry with pleasure.

Nowadays this has been distilled down to a couple families, but the aromas and variety are still there.
Plus the tastes are enduring.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:24 PM (KATBx)

85 Best Christmas Cookie cookbook ever, Rose Levy Berenbaum's Christmas Cookies. It's beautiful and I have made every recipe in it, and there is not a bad one in the bunch.

Note: I did not make the Notre Dame Gingerbread Cathedral, because I am not a glutton for punishment. But I did make a number of gingerbread houses with the gingerbread recipe, which is exceptional.

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 04:21 PM (+X9Vs)
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I have a couple of her cookbooks but not that one. Notre Dame Gingerbread Cathedral? Yikes! Talk about having big aspirations. Did she do a Rose Window too? Gargoyles? I need to look this up - there must be pictures online.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:24 PM (/669Q)

86 Hi Weasel!
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:19 PM (/669Q)
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Howdy! Great cookie thread! Bigly and luxurious!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:24 PM (MVjcR)

87 Wife found a simple cupcake type recipe on fakebook, I think.

Preheat oven to 350.

In a cupcake tin, smooth some premade chocolate cookie dough in the bottom of each cup.

Set a Reese's peanut butter cup bottom side up on top of cookie dough.

Mix up brownie mix, brand of choice, and fill cups to 3/4 full.

Bake for about 18 minutes, depending on oven.

We have a gas oven so I had to actually let them bake a couple of minutes longer.

* I used the smaller Reese's cups, but next time, I'll use the bigger cups.

Posted by: That Guy What Always Says Yeah Buddy TM at December 06, 2020 04:25 PM (R5lpX)

88 @83

Domenic the Christmas Donkey is a world class irritant.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:25 PM (KATBx)

89 "Undercook the colored layers of cookie"....ok. Then chill to make sure they never finish cooking?
Is this that Al Dente BS that every cookbook pushes? At some point do I throw it at the broadside of a barn as part of the test?
I hate unclear recipes.

Posted by: Downcast, fallen, but got up. at December 06, 2020 04:25 PM (k2MWh)

90 https://preview.tinyurl.com/y4ruoz4d
Posted by: Emmie, not Emmy at December 06, 2020 04:22 PM (ofYez)
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Oh man, those look fantastic. I even have the cardamom. I have to try those. Thank you.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:26 PM (/669Q)

91
I'm that way with Archway date filled oatmeal cookies. I love me some homemade pastries but Holy Cow!
Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:21 PM (Rvt8

Those sound pretty damn good, too.

Posted by: jsg at December 06, 2020 04:26 PM (gtJ22)

92 My grandmother left behind a collection of 750 recipes when she passed. Of them all, this is the best cookie:
Lemon Whippersnaps
350° oven, 10 to 15 minutes
1 pkg lemon cake mix
2 c whipped topping (4.5 oz carton)
1 egg
1/2 c sifted powdered sugar
Grease cookie sheets. Combine cake mix, thawed
whipped topping and egg in large bowl. Stir until
well mixed. Drop by teaspoons into powdered
sugar; roll to coat. Place on cookie sheets. Bake to
light brown. Makes about 3 dozen.
Seriously - the BEST.

Posted by: MBurris at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (GLNsC)

93
I hate unclear recipes.
Posted by: Downcast, fallen, but got up.

My Mom and Gramma wrote "Bake until done" on most of their recipe cards.

I fed lots of first attempts to the garbage disposal.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (Rvt88)

94 I might make a Nakatomi Tower out of ginger bread.

https://tinyurl.com/y5k62w8f

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (Dc2NZ)

95 Bluebell -
Your shortbread cookie recipe calls for 2 cups of powdered sugar - I think 2.37842 cups would be better. Also, you should have mentioned Christmas cookies.
Your pal,
Weasel

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (MVjcR)

96 "Undercook the colored layers of cookie"....ok. Then chill to make sure they never finish cooking?
Is this that Al Dente BS that every cookbook pushes? At some point do I throw it at the broadside of a barn as part of the test?
I hate unclear recipes.
Posted by: Downcast, fallen, but got up. at December 06, 2020 04:25 PM (k2MWh)
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Yes, that part is weird, but what they are really saying is don't overcook, because the layer is superthin and that would be easy to do.

As I said, they're a pain to make, but oh boy, are they worth it.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (/669Q)

97 I found a recipe for Fruit Cake Cookies if anyone's interested. It's an oldie from my MIL's Methodist church.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:28 PM (iEx0u)

98 Your shortbread cookie recipe calls for 2 cups of powdered sugar - I think 2.37842 cups would be better. Also, you should have mentioned Christmas cookies.
Your pal,
Weasel
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:27 PM (MVjcR)
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Math! Math! What is this, the gun thread??!!

Glad you read the post.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:28 PM (/669Q)

99 My pleasure, Bluebell! I like spice cookies just about as well as chocolate.

And thanks for the post! Many Christmas blessings to you and your family!

Posted by: Emmie, not Emmy at December 06, 2020 04:28 PM (ofYez)

100 For n.L. Lurker, I present,

Date crumbles

Date mixture:

1lb pkg of pitted dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

Simmer in a sauce pan over low heat until mixture is smooth. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Oatmeal mixture:

1.5 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup Crisco
3/4 cup soft butter or margarine

Sift:

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking soda
3 cups Quaker oats

Place 1/2 of the oatmeal mixture in a 9x12 pan. Spread date mixture evenly over this crust bottom. Add remaining oatmeal mixture on top. Scatter 1/2 cup oatmeal on top. Bake 1/2 hour at 350 degrees. Cool before cutting into squares and serving.

Posted by: Baron Munchausen at December 06, 2020 04:29 PM (anPrq)

101 Rose Levy......hmmmmm, my cut out cookie recipe is from a book called Sweetness by Sandra Levy. I'm wondering if they are related because Sandra was part of the Levy Restaurant Corporation. Had a cute bakery on Oak Street in downtown Chicago before it went to hell.

Posted by: Betty at December 06, 2020 04:29 PM (/QabR)

102 Not a baker at all, see, danger to myself and others above, but I'm attempting to bribe a friend who is a baker into making pfeffernuese.
Maybe with some peppermint schnapps included.

Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at December 06, 2020 04:29 PM (Drr5h)

103 Gingerbread Biscotti - Fine Cooking/Abby Johnson Dodge

10 oz. (2-1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp. ground ginger
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 oz. (1 cup) pecans, coarsely chopped
4 oz. (1/2 cup) lightly packed dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup molasses
2 large eggs
2 tsp. finely grated orange zest (from about 1 medium navel orange)

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:29 PM (bDqIh)

104 Is Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey a national thing or just a Connecticut thing?
Posted by: 3 angry Irish inches at December 06, 2020 04:23 PM (fZouj)


We have Ramadan traditions in Morocco! Inshallah!

Posted by: Horny Muslim Teens at December 06, 2020 04:29 PM (mZ8JI)

105
*bangs door open*

Do we have a Food Thread or a Cookie Thread?

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 06, 2020 04:30 PM (mht8P)

106

http://www.newpalacebakery.com/cookies.html

Scroll through the numbers up top

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:22 PM


isn't that the bakery just down the street from where Bozo Conservative got his wedding tux?

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 04:30 PM (DUIap)

107 Domenic the Christmas Donkey is a world class irritant.
Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:25 PM (KATBx)
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I rate this statement as sad but true.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:30 PM (/669Q)

108 Thank you, beloved Horde, for sharing your recipes!

Posted by: Emmie, not Emmy at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (ofYez)

109 Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:28 PM (/669Q)
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just wanted to be the first to heckle you.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (MVjcR)

110 Gingerbread Biscotti, continued. . .


1 Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350 F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment.

2 In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, brown sugar, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and baking soda on medium-low speed until well blended. On low speed, briefly mix in the pecans and apricots. In a measuring cup, lightly whisk the molasses, eggs, and orange zest. With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the egg mixture. Continue mixing until the dough is well blended and comes together in large, moist clumps, 1 to 2 minutes.

3 Dump the dough onto an unfloured work surface. Divide into two equal piles (about 1 lb. each). Shape each pile into a log that's 10 inches long and about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, lightly flouring your hands as needed (the dough is a bit sticky).

4 Position the logs on the lined cookie sheet about 4 inches apart. Bake until the tops are cracked and spring back slightly when gently pressed, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the sheet to a rack and let cool until the logs are cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

5 Carefully peel the biscotti logs from the parchment and transfer to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, saw each log into diagonal slices 3/4 inch wide. Return the slices to the cookie sheet (no need for fresh parchment) and arrange them cut side down. It's all right if they touch because they won't spread.

6 Bake until the biscotti are dried to your taste, about 10 minutes (for slightly moist and chewy) to 20 minutes (for super-dry and crunchy). Transfer the cookie sheet to a rack and let the biscotti cool completely. The biscotti will still give slightly when pressed, but will harden as they cool. When cool, store in airtight containers.

*Even better if you get the white chocolate they sell for making bark, warm it and drizzle on top of the cooled biscotti, or dipped, whatever

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (bDqIh)

111 @ 98

Don't you throw your sugar and flour by the dram? Or even grain?

Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (KATBx)

112 i have zero christmas spirit this year

Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (nUhF0)

113
Slovak Nut Roll. That is all.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (mht8P)

114 84 "I remember going inside to the aroma of literally thousands of cookies. Near to made a kid cry with pleasure." - irongrandpa



Just something about the smells of all that cookie baking that put you in the Christmas mood, more then just about anything else.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (4thlk)

115 isn't that the bakery just down the street from where Bozo Conservative got his wedding tux?
Posted by: AltonJackso
n at December 06, 2020 04:30 PM (DUIap)

Yeah, and a block away from the store with that erotic dolphin fountain that Shibumi liked so much.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (Dc2NZ)

116 Gosh you guys, all these recipes you are posting sound wonderful. Thank you!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (/669Q)

117 18 It is customary in my neck of the woods to have a cookie table at weddings. The nonas and babas make the best cookies.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory

Pittsburgh?

Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (nUhF0)

118 Simple pfeffernusse cookies recipe (YouTube)

https://tinyurl.com/y4aw9yww

Posted by: Gaelic Girl's Irish Democracy at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (5FCda)

119 Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (nUhF0)
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Make cookies! It's FSJ's first Christmas ever and I can tell you he's plenty excited!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (MVjcR)

120 >>Rose Levy......hmmmmm, my cut out cookie recipe is from a book called Sweetness by Sandra Levy


Pretty sure Rose Levy Birnbaum is based in the Boston area?

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:33 PM (bDqIh)

121 Don't you throw your sugar and flour by the dram? Or even grain?
Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (KATBx)
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I do the "a little of this, a little of that" method.

Okay, that's a lie. I measure like my life depended on it.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:33 PM (/669Q)

122 112 i have zero christmas spirit this year
Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (nUhF0)

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Wrong attitude, sweetie.

Don't let the enemy steal your joy...or hand it to them.

Posted by: SMH at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (RU4sa)

123 Don't you throw your sugar and flour by the dram? Or even grain?
Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (KATBx)
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grain!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (MVjcR)

124 Hiya Bluebell !

Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Bell and your family !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (arJlL)

125 Gaelic Girl
Thank you for that link.
I'm still not trying it because I'm pretty sure I'd burn my house down around me.

Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (Drr5h)

126 I'M NOT DRUNK!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (xT2tT)

127 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I use Pioneer Woman's recipe)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 to 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons water (if needed)

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and stir well. Add chocolate chips as desired.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-13 minutes.

Posted by: Legally Sufficient - Trump Won! at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (WFcrO)

128 Uh oh.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (/669Q)

129 Ooooh I rember those white fluffy ball like thingies.

Those will melt in your mouth.

My Mom would always bake cookies at Christmas. And I don't mean out of a box. These were from scratch. The rest of the year forget getting any baked good tho.

Posted by: jakee308 at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (aiTkO)

130 Thank you, JT - same to you! Making any cookies this year?

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:35 PM (/669Q)

131 https://www.tasteofhome.
com/recipes/rosettes/

I make rosettes every year. I use the recipe from the cardboard package of irons I bought *mumbldy* years ago. I sprinkle the with powdered sugar.

Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 04:35 PM (QoPXA)

132 Make cookies! It's FSJ's first Christmas ever and I can tell you he's plenty excited!
Posted by: Weasel

maybe KTY will want me to ...

Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:35 PM (nUhF0)

133 It is customary in my neck of the woods to have a cookie table at weddings. The nonas and babas make the best cookies.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory

Pittsburgh?
Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:32 PM (nUhF0)


Correct.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 04:35 PM (mZ8JI)

134 When it comes to baking, I stink. I can screw up Poppin' Fresh tube garbage.

Posted by: clutch cargo Now 100% Lubricant Free at December 06, 2020 04:35 PM (L8ADy)

135 33 I made lemon bars from the Pioneer Woman's recipe for Thanksgiving. Had never made them before. Really simple ingredients and the recipe is laid out so you don't waste any time. It has a cookie base. Ther3 were only 3 of us so leftovers went into the freezer and my son says they are terrific right out of the freezer especially because you can just grab one and eat it on the spot without waiting for it to defrost.
Posted by: Sharon(willow's apprentice) at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (sd8p

^^Did they have good lemon flavor? Several times when I've tried to make lemon bars they turn out "chess cookies". Have not figured out what I was doing wrong...

Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 04:36 PM (6lKe4)

136 Domenic the Christmas Donkey is a world class irritant.
Posted by: irongrampa

Jingetty JING !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 04:36 PM (arJlL)

137 117 18 It is customary in my neck of the woods to have a cookie table at weddings. The nonas and babas make the best cookies.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory

Pittsburgh?
Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone

Big in Youngstown and NE Ohio as well - for European ancestry weddings. The Mudagons, however, have no worthwhile traditions - according to Nonna.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:36 PM (Rvt88)

138 I make a great soft gingerbread cookie with lemon icing...

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (Zmnko)

139 Thank you, JT - same to you! Making any cookies this year?
Posted by: bluebell

Honest Injun ?

I cannot tell a lie......NOPE !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (arJlL)

140 I love Rum Balls. That way you get a cookie and a little booze at the same time.

1 cup ground nuts (walnuts, pecans, you choose)
3 cups ground Nilla wafers (1 box)
2 TBLS white corn syrup
1/2 cup Meyers Dark rum you can use others but won't be as good
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Mix corn syrup and rum. Pour mix over ground Nilla wafers and nuts. Roll into balls and then roll in powdered sugar.
Let stand uncovered 3 days or longer.

However I like to eat a few right away for the big blast of rum flavor. Don't really like rum to drink but I LOVE it in desserts. Go figure.

Posted by: Weekreekfarmgirl at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (6T5sH)

141 just wanted to be the first to heckle you.
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:31 PM (MVjcR)
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Thank you for your kindness.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (/669Q)

142 I wish I could remember the names of those cookies cause then maybe I could find a recipe for them.

Posted by: jakee308 at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (aiTkO)

143 136 Domenic the Christmas Donkey is a world class irritant.
Posted by: irongrampa

Not as bad as "Do they know it's Christmas "

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM (Zmnko)

144 I am trying to post recipes but here's what I get when I ry to copy/paste from a word doc: 500 Internal Server Error
The server encountered an unexpected condition which prevented it from fulfilling the request.

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/cherrypy/_cprequest.py", line 670, in respond
response.body = self.handler()

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM (z/+He)

145 140 I love Rum Balls. That way you get a cookie and a little booze at the same time.

1 cup ground nuts (walnuts, pecans, you choose)
3 cups ground Nilla wafers (1 box)
2 TBLS white corn syrup
1/2 cup Meyers Dark rum you can use others but won't be as good
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Mix corn syrup and rum. Pour mix over ground Nilla wafers and nuts. Roll into balls and then roll in powdered sugar.
Let stand uncovered 3 days or longer.

However I like to eat a few right away for the big blast of rum flavor. Don't really like rum to drink but I LOVE it in desserts. Go figure.
Posted by: Weekreekfarmgirl at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (6T5sH)

I have a recipe to share !

Posted by: Schwetty Balls at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM (gtJ22)

146 Thank you for your kindness.
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:38 PM (/669Q)
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I'm a giver.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM (MVjcR)

147 126 I'M NOT DRUNK!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (xT2tT)
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Get down off the roof! And put some pants on!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:40 PM (Dc2NZ)

148 rum ball!!!

Posted by: vmom Mobile Autonomous Zone at December 06, 2020 04:40 PM (nUhF0)

149 At Christmas I always buy a tin of Nyakers
Gingershap cookies at World Market.
They are really thin, crispy and good.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:40 PM (NpAcC)

150 Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM (z/+He)
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Ah yes. Unfortunately you can't copy and paste from Word here without an intermediate step.

Use this link to "clean up" your recipe:

https://www.charset.org/html-special-characters

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:40 PM (/669Q)

151 Not as bad as "Do they know it's Christmas "
Posted by: It's me donna

The most annoying song ever. Of course they don't!! More than half the population of the world is not Christian.

Sheesh!

Posted by: Tonypete at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (Rvt88)

152 Bluebell was kind enough to give me a taste of those Mexican Wedding Cookies, and they are fabulous.

Understand that she is a Red Sox fan, so if anything I am downplaying their scrumptiousness.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (xT2tT)

153 >>Relax, I've got you covered.


Does this mean you will sending me cookies?

Posted by: JackStraw at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (ZLI7S)

154 GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ... Alton Brown's Chewy GF 2007 recipe is very good. Even folks who grew up eating regular Tollhouse CC cookies love them! Family members with Celiac Disease are thrilled anytime I make them (at more times than the Holidays). The recipe is lengthy, so I will not post it here. However, it is easy to find on the interwebs (just make sure to find the 2007 version).

Posted by: Kathy at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (h3RRP)

155 The photo of the gingerbread man gives me the sadz because "you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man" was the favorite game of the late great Gilded german shepherd. She had amazing closing speed!

Posted by: Gilded at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (xNm/g)

156 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (xT2tT)
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A bluebell cookie is a superior cookie.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (MVjcR)

157 Lovely pictures of cookies and the food thread is always a blessed break from politics. Today we had our after church luncheon. The organist made cookies. I don't know what they all are, but she has a bountiful supply of them-mint cookies , chocolate chip, peanut butter, others. She als gives them out for Christmas and has been baking cookies since she was in 4H about 80 plus years ago. She even made sugar free ones for the people who are diabetic. She took me aside and said, "I have something for you, pastor." She made some kind of gluten free chocolatey cookies that was like a fudgey version of cookies but with a crispy outer layer.She always make gluten free cookies for me whenever she makes cookies, which I think is very, very kind of her.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (WkPC9)

158
The rainbow cookies are my weakness...

A half pound of them could be my last meal. Hell, make it the full pound.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (s2VJv)

159 Does this mean you will sending me cookies?
Posted by: JackStraw at December 06, 2020 04:41 PM (ZLI7S)
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Sure! Post your name and address right here in the comments and then sit back and wait.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (/669Q)

160 Chocolate Sugar Cookies

1 stick + 2 T margarine (10 T total)
1 2/3 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 C cocoa
2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 C milk
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Powder Sugar for rolling.

Cream margarine, sugar, vanilla and eggs well. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Chill dough for at least 3 hrs.

Roll into 1 in. ballls and roll the balls in powder sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 mins. Cookies spread some and the powdered sugar will separate into designs.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 04:42 PM (iEx0u)

161 We started making shortbread as teacher gifts after my son and I made it for a grade school family heritage project/presentation. This recipe is easy because it's all done in the mixer (he was 6) -- we do green and red sprinkles on top to make it festive.


Scotch Shortbread - Williams-Sonoma

https://tinyurl.com/yxhmwdy3

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:43 PM (bDqIh)

162 My mom made cookies because she was a preacher's wife and had a sociable "open house" at Christmas. She would make the Mexican wedding cakes, the rosettes described above with the iron thingy (she called them "timbales") and with a cookie press, those little cream cheese butter cookie wreaths with green sprinkled sugar and a cinnamon red hot at the top. That recipe can still be found online. Also the seven layer cookies which she called Hello Dollies.

I still make the cream cheese wreaths to please my brother

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 04:43 PM (Y/Ps0)

163 Unles it was noted in the food thread, speaking of booze.
Yesterday was the 87th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
I celebrated with some Bulleit Bourbon.

Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at December 06, 2020 04:43 PM (Drr5h)

164 The most annoying song ever. Of course they don't!! More than half the population of the world is not Christian.

Sheesh!
Posted by: Tonypete

We should sing "Do they know its toilet paper ?"

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 04:44 PM (arJlL)

165 Ooooh I rember those white fluffy ball like thingies.

Those will melt in your mouth.

My Mom would always bake cookies at Christmas. And I don't mean out of a box. These were from scratch. The rest of the year forget getting any baked good tho.
Posted by: jakee308 at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (aiTkO)

Pecan snowballs?

https://southernbite.com/pecan-snowballs/

Posted by: One of the quiet ones at December 06, 2020 04:44 PM (2GPSc)

166 Thanks Bluebell!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES 1900 OR JUST SUGAR COOKIES

1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 C sugar, plus more for tops of cookies
½ C buttermilk
3 eggs, beaten well
1¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground nutmeg, preferably freshly grated, “the whole nutmegs are grated on a lemon rind grater”
4 C flour, sifted

Cream together butter and 2 C sugar, add eggs, and beat well. Sift together flour and nutmeg, mix baking soda into buttermilk, and add both mixtures alternately to creamed mixture, mixing well. Chill dough. Preheat oven to 375o. Roll out dough to less than ¼ inch thick, cut in round shapes, sprinkle tops with additional sugar, place on well-greased cookie sheets, and bake 8 to 10 minutes.

FOR CHRISTMAS COOKIES USE THE FOLLOWING METHOD

“Roll the cookies and cut in fancy shapes or animal or other designs. Do not sprinkle with sugar before baking. After the cookie is baked and has cooled frost with the following icing:

3 C confectioner’s sugar
¼ C butter, melted
4 Tbsp cream
Colored sugars, silver dragees, cinnamon imperials, “your own imagination will direct your decorations”

Add melted butter to sugar and cream together. Add cream and beat well to form a smooth frosting. Ice cookies and decorate with additional ingredients.

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:44 PM (z/+He)

167
126 I'M NOT DRUNK!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (xT2tT)


88 Equal parts peppermint schnapps, jack daniels, and blue caracou poured over crushed ice.

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at December 06, 2020 03:40 PM (VcFUs)

I can say with a degree of confidence bordering on certainty that I will never drink that.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 03:42 PM (xT2tT)



you tried one didn't you?

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at December 06, 2020 04:44 PM (VcFUs)

168 Gaelic Girl
Thank you for that link.
I'm still not trying it because I'm pretty sure I'd burn my house down around me.
Posted by: Winston, GOPe, not one dime, not one vote at December 06, 2020 04:34 PM (Drr5h)

Well, hopefully your baker friend will come through for you!

Posted by: Gaelic Girl's Irish Democracy at December 06, 2020 04:45 PM (5FCda)

169 My Ma taught me quite a bit about baking, but she was an intuitive cook, so it was really hard to follow her.

She simply KNEW on a basic level how to do things in the kitchen plus she could measure, by sight, a quantity of an ingredient with frightening accuracy.


Onliest time I ever saw her be meticulous measuring was making candy and that turned out just as stellar as any of the est of her baking.

Posted by: irongrampa at December 06, 2020 04:45 PM (KATBx)

170 Marica, I've never seen a sugar cookie (or any cookie) recipe with buttermilk before. That's intriguing! I love the idea of adding nutmeg and yes, fresh is best!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:46 PM (/669Q)

171 I'm watching a video on springerle molds and cookies. I didn't know that you let the cookie dry before baking to preserve the intricate design of the cookie stamp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TFKTTiMPoc

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:46 PM (Dc2NZ)

172
Get down off the roof! And put some pants on!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:40 PM (Dc2NZ)


This isn't the book thread!

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at December 06, 2020 04:46 PM (VcFUs)

173 My mom was like Bluebell at Christmas. Making batches and batches of cookies. We kids would try to sneak past the kitchen and out the back door so we wouldn't have to 'grab a bowl and start stirring'. We never made it. She'd make containers of cookies and deliver them to her friends. She would also freeze a bunch of them. We'd be eating Christmas cookies all through the following summer.

My sister is the baker between the two of us. She's not a cook. I'm the cook that does the whole big meal...she brings cookies.

My absolute favorite are iced sugar cookies! The woman that does my nails knows someone that makes and sells them during various holidays. They're huge and so good they make ya wanna slap your momma.

Posted by: Tami at December 06, 2020 04:47 PM (cF8AT)

174 >>I make rosettes every year. I use the recipe from the cardboard package of irons I bought *mumbldy* years ago. I sprinkle the with powdered sugar.


Oh wow, we made those with mom -- haven't had 'em in many years. Yum

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:47 PM (bDqIh)

175 Charlie Brown cookies delight children and adults alike. Chewy yet soft and full of crowd pleasers like cranberries and white chocolate chips, these cookies are hand-sized classics that go wonderfully with a cold glass of milk.”—The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe van Beuren with recipes by Dixie Grimes

“These cookies will keep in an airtight container for 4 days.”

CORA’S CHARLIE BROWN COOKIES

Makes 8 large cookies

1 C (2 sticks) butter, “unsalted,” at room temperature
2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1¾ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash salt
2 C rolled oats, “quick-cooking or old fashioned will work”
1 C chopped nuts, “Cora uses pecans or walnuts”
1 C sweetened shredded coconut
1 C white chocolate chips
1 C dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350o. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla, and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, add flour mixture to creamed mixture, and stir well. Add oats, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, and cranberries, drop batter in 3-inch rounds onto prepared baking sheet, and bake until firm and lightly brown on top, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:47 PM (z/+He)

176 Nice post Bluebell!

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:48 PM (sfhL4)

177 Nice post Bluebell!
Posted by: artisanal 'ette

Seconded !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 04:49 PM (arJlL)

178 Cookie sheet question -- single or double layer?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:50 PM (Dc2NZ)

179 I bought one of those Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 Grill, Air Crisper, Dehydrator, etc machines. I am so happy with it. We just received it and have only had time to make Sweet Potato Fries and Cheeseburgers. The Sweet Potato fries were a priority! And they were so darn good. It is one of those appliances in the dead of the winter here that we will enjoy so much.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM (sfhL4)

180 My ma always baked from scratch for my dad and us boys. The smells from cooking during the holidays made up a big part of them for me.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM (+ya+t)

181 Bluebell-- That sugar cookie recipe if from "Look No Further" by Richard T. Hougen (1951). Husband collects old cookbooks. Also loves to cook out of the Deplorable Gourmet. We had some lentil and sausage dish from it last night and it was great!

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM (z/+He)

182 vmom,


I know you're down. But if you make yourself do something you KNOW will bring joy to someone else, you will find joy yourself.

My mom used to make little popovers filled with raspberry jam. My brother and I would try to eat them right out of the oven and scorch our mouths every time!

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM (U2p+3)

183 Last Christmas I discovered a neat way to get perfectly round butter cookies (to which dough I added orange zest and chopped pecans): save empty toilet paper rolls (stop sniggering!) then roll up your dough into logs, wrap in saran and press them into the toilet carboards. Roll a bit more to get them evenly in the cardboard. Tap the ends so they are even too. Chill. Take out of the rolls, unwrap and slice to the thickness you want (I actually used a wire soft cheese slicer), place on cookie sheet and bake. Saves that tedious cutting with a round and scraping up the bits and rolling out again. My butter cookies are loaded with butter so that gets really messy after a while.

Posted by: here in Italy at December 06, 2020 04:52 PM (wv6uN)

184 This past week's cooking:

Pork loin roast - braised with wine, sage, garlic

Salmon, my favorite very simple all in one meal of gobs of fresh baby spinach, quickly parboiled then drained, seasoned with nutmeg and sandwiched between two salmon fillets and baked.

Penang (red) Curry with leftover pork roast, red bell pepper, mushrooms and green beans.

Soup of the Week
- Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque


and the Ninja stuff...
We're going to do burgers again tomorrow.
Frozen burgers straight from the freezer to the machine. Cleanup is a breeze, just put the pieces in the dishwasher. So fun!

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:52 PM (sfhL4)

185 Thanks for the kind words, everyone. And thanks to CBD for letting me do this for the low low price of $249.99 paid in unmarked bills and pennies and left under the overpass.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:52 PM (/669Q)

186 For the last few years we've been doing tit for tat with out opponents.

This year we all need to step back and realize that that's no longer going to work. So let them gloat and smirk and act like they deserve all they've got and we got off lightly.

Don't react any more. Let them see you don't care what they think anymore because you don't care about them and that you will do your best to make the country survive their insanity.

They just aren't worth the effort anymore. We need to put all our effort in the survival of what we know is right because we can no longer assume that they wish this country and the other half of it's citizens well. They no longer live in the land of reason and good will.

Treat them like the zeroes that they are.

And as they say, smiling will make you feel like smiling. So defy them and smile thru the rain until the sun comes out again.

Posted by: jakee308 at December 06, 2020 04:53 PM (aiTkO)

187 you tried one didn't you?

Posted by: BifBewalski AOS Moron at December 06, 2020 04:44 PM (VcFUs)

...shudder...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 04:54 PM (xT2tT)

188

Doing a yule log this year. And go the extra mile with confection/meringue mushrooms.

And forest molded bundt cakes for family members. Sprinkled with powdered sugar to resemble snow.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:54 PM (sfhL4)

189 Here in Italy, what a great idea!

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 04:54 PM (Y/Ps0)

190 My mom had a couple of cookie cutters she's break out at Christmas. A star, a Christmas tree and Santa. My younger brother, sister and I would cut the cookie dough, some sort of sugar cookie I think, and she'd bake them. Then we had yellow, green and red frosting for them, along with different sprinkles to make buttons, lights, whatever.

If I remember, they were pretty good on day one, but not so much after that. They dried out and were too hard.

Posted by: Martini Farmer - Now a Pirate, Hoisting the Black Flag at December 06, 2020 04:54 PM (3H9h1)

191 Cookie sheet question -- single or double layer?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 04:50 PM (Dc2NZ)
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I use single layer and line them with silicone mats. I do have some old double layer ones and they worked fine, but that was long before silicone mats were available.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:55 PM (/669Q)

192 Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookies - FineCooking.com

1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1-3/4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
5-3/4 oz. (1-1/4 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. table salt
6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, slightly firm
1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
3/4 cup very firmly packed, very fresh dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Mix the dough:

In a small saucepan, heat the orange juice until very hot. Add the cran-berries; let steep off the heat until softened, about 15 min. Drain the cranberries, pat dry on paper towels, and coarsely chop into 1/4-inch pieces.

Put the oatmeal in a food processor and pulse eight to ten times to just break up the oatmeal. Remove 1/2 cup and transfer to a long shallow pan (like a 7×11-inch Pyrex dish). Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt to the food processor and pulse with the remaining oatmeal eight to ten times just to blend the ingredients. Don't overprocess; the oatmeal should remain coarse.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and orange zest on medium low until well blended, about 2 min. Add both sugars and mix for another 2 min. Blend in the egg and vanilla, scraping the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add half of the dry ingredients, then the cranberries, and then the remaining dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
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Shape the dough:

Have ready six 15-inch sheets of plastic wrap. Portion the dough into thirds. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto each sheet and use the plastic to roll and shape the dough into logs about 8 inches long. Refrigerate the dough to firm it slightly, about 30 min. When chilled, roll one log at a time in the reserved oatmeal. Reroll each log tightly in a clean sheet of plastic wrap, twisting the ends firmly to seal. With your hands at either end of the log, push firmly toward the center to compact the log so it measures about 7 inches long and 1-1/2 inches thick. Refrigerate the logs until firm enough to slice (they must be very well chilled), about 4 hours, or freeze for up to three months.
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Bake the cookies:

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Working with one log at a time, use a tomato knife or other small serrated knife to slice the dough into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, using a gentle sawing motion. Set the rounds 1 inch apart on the prepared pans.

Bake the cookies until set on top and lightly browned around the edges, about 15 min., rotating the pans as needed for even browning. Let cool on the sheets for about 5 min. before transferring the cookies to racks. When cool, store between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months.
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These are really good.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:55 PM (bDqIh)

193 I grew up in a household that always had a home baked desert available to snack on year round. Cookies, cakes and pies. This time of year was always best when my mom would ramp up the baking. From mid October to the end of December. Most of the gifts my mom would give for Christmas was a baked item and the people that received it were always grateful. Best memories was the sound of my moms blender when I was asleep or hearing the buzzer go off to the oven.

Posted by: JROD at December 06, 2020 04:55 PM (0jZnq)

194 Do gnocchi count as cookies?

Posted by: DaveA at December 06, 2020 04:56 PM (FhXTo)

195 https://tinyurl.com/y3zwnjg9
no time for cookies this year. it's time for civil disobedience.

Posted by: jeff at December 06, 2020 04:56 PM (J2JqR)

196 Congrats on your thread Ms Bluebell.

A damn fine thread it is.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at December 06, 2020 04:56 PM (aA3+G)

197 Thanks bluebell, you stirred up many nice memories of days gone by.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 04:56 PM (+ya+t)

198 Bluebell-- That sugar cookie recipe if from "Look No Further" by Richard T. Hougen (1951). Husband collects old cookbooks. Also loves to cook out of the Deplorable Gourmet. We had some lentil and sausage dish from it last night and it was great!

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM (z/+He)
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Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 04:57 PM (/669Q)

199 >>And forest molded bundt cakes for family members. Sprinkled with powdered sugar to resemble snow.



Sounds lovely!
Are you a member of the "Bundt of the Month" club at Bake from Scratch.com?

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 04:57 PM (bDqIh)

200

to the kitchen... dinner soon

enjoy your Sunday evening

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:58 PM (sfhL4)

201 Yes bluebell! Thank you for the cookie thread! There is ALWAYS time for cookies! And you're a natural at blogging, by the way. Thanks for taking the time and effort to put this together for us!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:58 PM (MVjcR)

202 197 Thanks bluebell, you stirred up many nice memories of days gone by.
Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 04:56 PM (+ya+t)

Exactly, my Mom baked like there was no tomorrow this time of year. And many of those cookies above the fold remind me of that time.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (aA3+G)

203 Last Christmas I discovered a neat way to get perfectly round butter cookies (to which dough I added orange zest and chopped pecans): save empty toilet paper rolls (stop sniggering!) then roll up your dough into logs, wrap in saran and press them into the toilet carboards.

Posted by: here in Italy at December 06, 2020 04:52 PM (wv6uN)
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That does sound like a great idea! I have some refrigerator cookie dough in the freezer frozen into logs and they are . . . less than perfectly round. Next time I'll try your way.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (/669Q)

204 COOKIES FROM CAKE MIX ... Most cake mixes call for adding eggs, oil, and water to form a cake batter. However, by simply adding less water, you can create cookie doughs suitable for either loosely dropping onto baking sheets OR rolling-chilling-slicing before baking. This method works especially well with younger kids who have shorter attention spans.

Posted by: Kathy at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (h3RRP)

205 "34 Prayers for Rudy Guiliani... he tested positive for Covid.
Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 04:12 PM (NpAcC)"

I would bet money it is a fake positive test to keep him out of the courts and off the TV

Posted by: Deplorably Bonnie Blue says TRUMP WON at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (BNMel)

206 Thank you, MisHum. From you, that means a lot.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (/669Q)

207 >>>Charlie Brown cookies delight children and adults alike. ...
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Not going to say it.

Posted by: Gilded at December 06, 2020 05:01 PM (xNm/g)

208 Thanks for taking the time and effort to put this together for us!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 04:58 PM (MVjcR)
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My pleasure. And it's about one millionth the time it takes you to put together a typical gun thread.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:02 PM (/669Q)

209 I would bet money it is a fake positive test to keep him out of the courts and off the TV

Me too

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 05:02 PM (Zmnko)

210 Everyone decanted from the food thread?

I hate 2020 and can't wait for it to end

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 05:02 PM (9sWOw)

211 >>My mom had a couple of cookie cutters she's break out at Christmas. A star, a Christmas tree and Santa. My younger brother, sister and I would cut the cookie dough, some sort of sugar cookie I think, and she'd bake them. Then we had yellow, green and red frosting for them, along with different sprinkles to make buttons, lights, whatever.

I told bluebell the other day that every year my grandmother, my mother and now my sister make two types of German Christmas cookies, Springerle and Lebkuchen. The tradition actually goes back well beyond them to ancestors in Germany. They are both delicious but Springerle are special.

Springerle are made using wooden molds and some of the molds date back over 100 years. One of my favorite Christmas traditions although tempers have flared over who gets the last cookie.

Posted by: JackStraw at December 06, 2020 05:02 PM (ZLI7S)

212 Bless you, Bluebell.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, buy ammo at December 06, 2020 05:03 PM (d1uFV)

213 Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:02 PM (/669Q)
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No way. Fine job!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:03 PM (MVjcR)

214 I'll take the spritz, gingerman and what looks like oatmeal with icing please.

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 05:04 PM (9sWOw)

215 Posted by: artisanal 'ette at December 06, 2020 04:51 PM
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I was thinking of you today as I was looking at that online. I got the Ninja Air Fryer that flips up to save counter space last year for Christmas. Doesn't grill of course. I'm jealous but don't really have the space for that toy.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:04 PM (iEx0u)

216 Remember back before Chex Mix was sold pre-made? One year my husband and I made deluxe Chex Mix (used mixed nuts instead of peanuts) as gifts for co-workers. We made several big batches in the oven and poured it out on the dining room table to cool before bagging them.

Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?

Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (6lKe4)

217 That first picture, Bluebell? I see that it's got the title "BBCookies1." Did you make those cookies?

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (o4czV)

218 204 COOKIES FROM CAKE MIX ... Most cake mixes call for adding eggs, oil, and water to form a cake batter. However, by simply adding less water, you can create cookie doughs suitable for either loosely dropping onto baking sheets OR rolling-chilling-slicing before baking. This method works especially well with younger kids who have shorter attention spans.
Posted by: Kathy at December 06, 2020 05:00 PM (h3RRP)

^^^ have used this to make red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips

Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:06 PM (6lKe4)

219 Homemade Chex Mix--my brother does, with lots of nuts, and sometimes double butter and flavoring. Mmmm...

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 05:06 PM (Y/Ps0)

220 Great post bluebell! I copied a bunch of recipes!

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 05:06 PM (nxdel)

221 I am terribly picky about cookies, and only sometimes eat more than one.

My mom used to make awesome sugar cookies, with a perfect soft in the middle with slightly toasted edges, and homemade icing.

Dad made macaroons with the same result: soft, chewy middle with nicely crisped edges.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:07 PM (x8Wzq)

222 >>Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?


Heh, yes. My mom, she started making it for us as Christmas gifts out of nostalgia, since she made it all the time in the 70's. Homemade is far superior to the packaged stuff.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:07 PM (bDqIh)

223 Wahoo, Bluebell!

Great topic. I think I gained two pounds reading it and looking at the pictures!

Next up - CoB? Although you and CBD can tag team the food thread.

Thank you.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at December 06, 2020 05:08 PM (u82oZ)

224 Making Chocolate Babka and Kruschicki this year in memory of my grandma.

Haven't made it in a long time so it's probably going to be a disaster.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 06, 2020 05:09 PM (ztzef)

225 Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?
Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (6lKe4)

Homemade Chex Mix > Packaged Crappy Chex Mix

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 06, 2020 05:09 PM (R/m4+)

226 I also like coal cookies, . . . . .
Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft

Nancy - are those the chocolate drop no-bake cookies?

Tony Pete - No. This recipe appeared in a King Arthur Flour Baking Catalog a while back. For some reason it is no longer on their website.
Coal Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups (10 ounces) dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp espresso powder
1 TB vanilla extract
3 TB milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup (2 ounces) Dutch process cocoa
1 1/2 cups plus 3 TB All purpose flour
1 cup (6 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat overn to 365 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar baking powder, espresso powder, vanilla, milk and salt.
Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour. Dough will be stiff. Mix in the chips and nuts.
Drop dough by tablespoonful (about 1 1/2" balls, 1 1/8 ounces) onto cookie sheetings. Bake for 10-12 minutes: They will look not quite done int he center. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for ten minutes. Gently squeeze and shape the cookies into uneven balls, to resemble chunks of coal. Yield: 3 dozen.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at December 06, 2020 05:09 PM (0tmoY)

227 Homemade Chex mix is awesome. Mom always made tons of it, and I was far more fond of that than I ever was about sweets.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:09 PM (x8Wzq)

228 This is perfect ! Thank you.
Puts me in a holiday mood. Or at least on the way there.

Posted by: runner at December 06, 2020 05:11 PM (zr5Kq)

229 >>>[221] My mom used to make awesome sugar cookies, with a perfect soft in the middle with slightly toasted edges, and homemade icing. Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:07 PM (x8Wzq)
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Greetings, PM ... These sound like what we called Brown-Edged Wafers. The browning would happen quite suddenly, so we had to watch very carefully to prevent blackening.

Posted by: Kathy at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (h3RRP)

230 Kruschicki ?


Can has recipe ?

Posted by: runner at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (zr5Kq)

231 I like to use parchment paper to line cookie sheets. Can't find at the store to save my life.

Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (QoPXA)

232 Warm, buttered homemade bread is pretty good but just out of the oven cookies might just beat it out. The things you take for granted as a kid.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (+ya+t)

233 Great job, Bluebell. Those fancy shortbread cookies sue do look good.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (W4eKo)

234 That first picture, Bluebell? I see that it's got the title "BBCookies1." Did you make those cookies?
Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (o4czV)
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No, I think CBD must have named it that because I told him it was the first picture. I actually make cookies that look like some of those, though. Like the ones in the upper left (Neapolitans), the upper right (with jam), sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and the peanut butter cup ones.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:13 PM (/669Q)

235 Bluebell, Thank you for this wonderful post. Your freezer techniques look very timesaving.

Posted by: Mrs. JTB at December 06, 2020 05:13 PM (7EjX1)

236 Kruschicki - those are the crispy polish desert things sprinkled with powdered sugar, yes ?

Posted by: runner at December 06, 2020 05:13 PM (zr5Kq)

237 Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?
Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (6lKe4)
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Heck, yeah! My SIL makes it and gifts us with a bag. So good!

Posted by: Legally Sufficient - Trump Won! at December 06, 2020 05:14 PM (WFcrO)

238 Too be honest the best memories regarding Christmas cookies was coming home when the Mrs. and kids put the icing on them. Everyone was covered in icing. I'm pretty sure it was on the cabinets and the ceiling.

Can't remember if cookies were any good, but the memories and the mess. Good Times.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (iEx0u)

239 I don't understand.

This is a Bluebell Christmas cookie thread but none of the cookies is shaped like a shiv???

Posted by: andycanuck at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (UDapT)

240 Dessert that is ...

* le sigh

Posted by: runner at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (zr5Kq)

241 I made some most excellent chocolate chip oatmeal cookies the other day.

And, obviously, cookies aren't of interest to CBD, due to the lack of Sous Vide cookie recipes.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (WEBkv)

242 Dad made macaroons with the same result: soft, chewy middle with nicely crisped edges.
Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:07 PM (x8Wzq)

Isn't "macaroon" now considered "hate speech"?

Having a late lunch of ham sammiches and lemonade. Got two layers of 5/8" sheetrock on the little shear wall today, so it now meets code as a firewall, which is required in a garage. Was going to smear some joint compound on the joints, but I am out. Will make a stop at Home Despot later.

Tree guy came by, and I got him to trim dead fronds off the two palms out front. They look like storybook palm trees, now. He's coming back tomorrow to do the two tall ones in the side yard.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (mzC78)

243 Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies are one of my holiday favorites-

https://tinyurl.com/y764alyf

Posted by: redridinghood at December 06, 2020 05:16 PM (NpAcC)

244 @236
Yes, you can also drizzle some honey on them, which I do, have that with some strong ass black tea and your good to go.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 06, 2020 05:16 PM (ztzef)

245 Is macaroon a cookie ? Or is it a small cake ??

Posted by: runner at December 06, 2020 05:16 PM (zr5Kq)

246 And, obviously, cookies aren't of interest to CBD, due to the lack of Sous Vide cookie recipes.

What's with the Sous Vide hate? Did a steak yesterday in Ours... Tender.. Yeah, it looks grey till you flash fry it but really delicious

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (Zmnko)

247 I don't understand.

This is a Bluebell Christmas cookie thread but none of the cookies is shaped like a shiv???
Posted by: andycanuck at December 06, 2020 05:15 PM (UDapT)
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I wasn't going to say anything, but yeah. Wondered that too!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (MVjcR)

248 234 That first picture, Bluebell? I see that it's got the title "BBCookies1." Did you make those cookies?
Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (o4czV)
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No, I think CBD must have named it that because I told him it was the first picture. I actually make cookies that look like some of those, though. Like the ones in the upper left (Neapolitans), the upper right (with jam), sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and the peanut butter cup ones.
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:13 PM (/669Q)

It's gorgeous. I was going to be sooooo jealous.

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (o4czV)

249 I just made 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies and scooped them onto a cookie sheet to freeze for later. I also made 3 1/2 dozen vanilla bean sugar cookies to decorate with royal icing. I'll do a white background with green wreaths and red berries. These are for a young adults dinner the church does. I still have to make 2 dozen brownies for them as well.

I still haven't put the tree up or decorated the house/yard. No one seems interested.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (UUBmN)

250 Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?

Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (6lKe4)

My mom used to make it a lot. I made two huge batches of it last year. It was yummy!

Posted by: Tami at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (cF8AT)

251 Awesome thread. Thanks bluebell, and everyone for sharing their recipes.

Posted by: Spypeach at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (Up/Jb)

252 Isn't "macaroon" now considered "hate speech"?

Well, pretty much everything is triggering now. So, probably.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:17 PM (x8Wzq)

253 BTW, Rudy has Wuhan Flu...

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/
1335679426516881409

[I hope this doesn't ruin the thread. My apologies if it does.]

Posted by: andycanuck at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (UDapT)

254 bluebell. Thank You. A great thread and a reminder of the Christmas spirit.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (pNW4Y)

255 Growing up when mom was Christmas cookie baking I always made a point of being unavailable when it came to stirring the Almond roca. Good thing she had 4 other boys to choose from.

One of my grandmas always showed up with a trunk of baked goods. We're talking about a 4-door 1974 Buick Electra trunk. Unfortunately, I don't have many of her Christmas cookie recipes.

Posted by: Beartooth at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (8Ou+H)

256 Bluebell, Thank you for this wonderful post. Your freezer techniques look very timesaving.
Posted by: Mrs. JTB at December 06, 2020 05:13 PM (7EjX1)
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Hi, Mrs. JTB! So nice to see you. Yes, once I figured out the freezer thing it made the cookie-making so much easier. Much less mess to clean up on baking day. I've got 5 batches of dough in the freezer already.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (/669Q)

257 A few years ago I prepared a compilation of recipes from great grandmother, grandmother, and mother and offered them to sibling, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Said I could send by email. Was thrilled at the number of kin who said "send them please."

Posted by: Mrs. JTB at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (7EjX1)

258 The shiv is coming from inside the cookie!

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 05:19 PM (o4czV)

259 [I hope this doesn't ruin the thread. My apologies if it does.]
Posted by: andycanuck at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (UDapT)
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That does it. I'm digging out the shiv cookie cutter.

(just kidding!)

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:19 PM (/669Q)

260 Totally forgot though sure they haven't the Democrats will go running back to Net Neutrality and try and end this little happy home if they can.

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 05:19 PM (9sWOw)

261 lin-duh, you are a most awesome cookie maker.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:19 PM (pNW4Y)

262 Kruschicki looks like Texas funnel cake. Is that what funnel cake evolved from? I know there is a Czech heritage in central Texas so maybe Polish too.

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 05:20 PM (Y/Ps0)

263 Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?
Posted by: President-elect Iris at December 06, 2020 05:05 PM (6lKe4)
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Every year at this time. Don't know why we don't make it year round?

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:20 PM (iEx0u)

264 I have a small ice cream type scoop (metal with the bail that moves back and forth) that I use to scoop cookies. A real time saver!

Have two larger ones also, for biscuits and cupcakes.

Posted by: Legally Sufficient - Trump Won! at December 06, 2020 05:20 PM (WFcrO)

265 I should make some home made chocolate chip cookies, other week bought store made oatmeal and they were like home made.

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 05:21 PM (9sWOw)

266 The shiv is coming from inside the cookie!

LOL!!

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 05:21 PM (nxdel)

267 Here's one that would take some effort but would be well worth it. What a fun post Bluebell. Thanks.

CREATIVE COOKING CHOCOLATE WINE COOKIES

Makes 1 ½ dozen

1 ½ C flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1 C ground pecans
1 stick butter, softened
½ C sugar
1 tsp sherry
6 oz package chocolate chips, melted
Almond slices

Preheat oven to 350o. Sift together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon onto a clean work surface, and shape into a ring. Place egg, ground pecans\, butter, sugar, sherry, and ½ C melted chocolate in center, and blend mixture using a pastry scraper until a smooth dough is formed. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into circles using a 1 ½ inch round cookie cutter. Press dough circles into miniature muffin tins to form very shallow shells. Bake 20 to 22 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Fill centers with remaining melted chocolate, insert an almond slice into each dab of chocolate, and chill for 5 minutes to set chocolate.

Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 05:22 PM (z/+He)

268 A few years ago I prepared a compilation of recipes from great grandmother, grandmother, and mother and offered them to sibling, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Said I could send by email. Was thrilled at the number of kin who said "send them please."
Posted by: Mrs. JTB at December 06, 2020 05:18 PM (7EjX1)
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That is such a wonderful treasure! How nice of you to do it, and I'm glad the younger generation realizes the value of those older recipes - and the memories.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 05:22 PM (/669Q)

269 Ben question downstairs for you

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 05:22 PM (9sWOw)

270 Fruit and Nut Cookies (modified Martha Stewart)

2 1/4 c AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coarse salt
2 sticks (1 cup) soft unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
3 cups chopped dried fruit
3 cups chopped nuts

350 F, 12 - 15 minutes until golden brown. They will be very soft until they are cool to the touch.

For the dried fruit, I use a mix of figs, dates, and sometimes prunes. For the nuts, I use pecans and walnuts.

The original recipe called for equal amounts of dried apricot (allergic!!), dates, macadamia nuts, and pistachios (yuck!!).

Best damn cookie ever.

Posted by: G. Gnome, GA Voter at December 06, 2020 05:23 PM (OQcPl)

271 I like the cake mix idea - never done that.

Another shortcut is using the refrigerator dough. The Pillsbury site has a ton of ideas that use the dough as a base, and then embellished to make 'em more interesting. Here's a good one"

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

1 roll Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts (I use pecans)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
1 bag (7 oz) sweetened flaked coconut (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup red tart cherry preserves

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to soften.

2 In medium bowl, break up cookie dough. Add nuts, cherries, coconut and vanilla. Mix with wooden spoon or knead with hands until well blended. Shape rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

3 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 3 minutes. With back of teaspoon, make indentation in center of each cookie. Spoon 1 teaspoon preserves in each indentation. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in covered container.

*These are still tasty if you skip the cherry preserves part.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:24 PM (bDqIh)

272 My wife used to always make almond bark Christmas. Loved it.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:24 PM (lgiXo)

273 is this okay to post here? feel free to delete if not.


Senators Introduce Petition to Call Special Session


(December 5, 2020) | Saturday, Sen. William Ligon (R - Brunswick), Sen. Greg Dolezal (R - Cumming), Sen. Brandon Beach (R - Alpharetta) and Sen. Burt Jones (R - Jackson) drafted a Petition calling for and convening a Special Session. The petition serves as notification to Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that an emergency exists such that a session of the General Assembly is being called for and convened on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. in order to attend to such emergency and for all purposes provided for pursuant to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States.

Posted by: deplorable unperson - refuse to accept the Mask of the Beast at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (3P/5p)

274
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Posted by: Marica at December 06, 2020 04:39 PM


try scrubbing it through this when you cut & paste:

https://stoatnet.org/ace/

don't forget to thank hogmartin

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (DUIap)

275 Bluebell, thanks. Those layered cookies look impressive!

Posted by: Gilded at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (xNm/g)

276 My wife used to always make almond bark Christmas. Loved it.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:24 PM (lgiXo)

Ah, yes. I love almond bark. haven't had it in years.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (x8Wzq)

277 My wife used to always make almond bark Christmas. Loved it.

I make english toffee.. Actually easy, you just have to watch the toffee as it cooks or it will burn

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (Zmnko)

278 The only cookies I have made in ages are haystack cookies. Because I'm A) lazy and B) not artistic enough to turn out decorated cookies. Anyone who can boil water can make these. You can use water instead of milk for the sugar/PB syrup that holds the cookies together. I usually use a bit of my coffee cream mixed with water since I don't drink milk so never have it on hand for recipes.

Here is a close recipe to what I use.
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/ 16617/no-bake-cookies-v/

You can make w/o the chocolate. can add in raisins, coconut, or use craisins for Xmas. One year I soaked a variety of dried fruits in whiskey for a few days (could use rum) and added that to my haystacks. Yummy.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (Aashi)

279 Thanks Ben Had. I haven't been making cookies like I use to. Never enough time anymore. *sigh*

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 05:26 PM (UUBmN)

280 I used to make cookie plates for my kids' teachers for Christmas.

I'd go to the second hand store and buy old mismatched china plates and arrange cookies on them to give.

Makes everyone smile.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 05:26 PM (U2p+3)

281
I'd go to the second hand store and buy old mismatched china plates and arrange cookies on them to give.

Makes everyone smile.

That is such a great idea

Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 05:27 PM (Zmnko)

282 Raspberry Linzer cookies, mmmm.

Posted by: MH-53 at December 06, 2020 05:27 PM (7NmRg)

283 Skip, Thanks

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM (pNW4Y)

284 I bought my friend a sous vide set for Christmas.

I blame this blog.

Posted by: JTinKC at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM (FoSz+)

285 I haven't made Christmas cookies since I stopped eating wheat.

Fortunately I taught my children well, and they both make pretty much what I made when they were kids. Usually 10-12 varieties.

I miss making Christmas cookies with my kids when they lived at home...

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM (TdMsT)

286 Not cookie related, but what I see at Christmas time-which I really like-peppermint bark-a layer of dark chocolate, topped by a layer of white chocolate with crushed candy cane peppermint of top of that. Delicious.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM (WkPC9)

287 277 My wife used to always make almond bark Christmas. Loved it.

I make english toffee.. Actually easy, you just have to watch the toffee as it cooks or it will burn
Posted by: It's me donna at December 06, 2020 05:25 PM (Zmnko)


I used to make peanut brittle and almond bark.

Maybe I'll do that this year.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:30 PM (TdMsT)

288
I miss making Christmas cookies with my kids when they lived at home...

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM


you could make up a bunch of cookies for the New Years Eve MoMe at you place...

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (DUIap)

289 The girls had their pre Christmas bake gathering last night. Test batches of Italian favorites and wine. Several generations and lots of people.

Stick your phony COVID tyranny.

They'll be gathering soon to make the final batches for our Christmas blowout.

Posted by: Marcus T at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (h2OUV)

290 I make these Christmas cookies that go in a small mold called E-Z-Foil or something like that. Four shapes - Santa, a star, a tree, and a bell. They're my favorite since they remind me of Christmases of yesteryear. I think my great aunt ordered them and they've been a part of family cookies ever since. Anybody else know of these?

Posted by: InCali at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (9AFWN)

291 286 Not cookie related, but what I see at Christmas time-which I really like-peppermint bark-a layer of dark chocolate, topped by a layer of white chocolate with crushed candy cane peppermint of top of that. Delicious.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM


I've made that many times.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (TdMsT)

292 Ladyl, there are a bunch of cookie recipes using almond flour. Get your bake on!

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (pNW4Y)

293 you could make up a bunch of cookies for the New Years Eve MoMe at you place...
Posted by: AltonJackson

New Year's Eve at Ladyl's????

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (U2p+3)

294 Not cookie related, but what I see at Christmas time-which I really like-peppermint bark-a layer of dark chocolate, topped by a layer of white chocolate with crushed candy cane peppermint of top of that. Delicious.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke


That's my favorite chocolate. So good.

Posted by: G. Gnome, GA Voter at December 06, 2020 05:32 PM (OQcPl)

295 Also, at the PA Dutch market yesterday-the attractive and polite Mennonite girls had gluten free lemon bars. They are delicious, and it is always such a pleasure to go to the market because they are always so polite and pleasant saying, "Have a nice day!" and sometimes "God bless you!"

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:32 PM (WkPC9)

296 Serious question. Do you really need to sift dry ingredients or can get away with stirring?

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:32 PM (iEx0u)

297 you could make up a bunch of cookies for the New Years Eve MoMe at you place...
Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (DUIap)


Seconded.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 05:32 PM (mZ8JI)

298 New Year's Eve at Ladyl's????

People are coming from all 57 states.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at December 06, 2020 05:32 PM (W4eKo)

299 I've seen almond bark with cranberries and also with multi-colored peppers.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:33 PM (lgiXo)

300 used to make cookie plates for my kids' teachers for Christmas.

I'd go to the second hand store and buy old mismatched china plates and arrange cookies on them to give.

Makes everyone smile.
Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 05:26 PM

Giving out cookie plates to the neighbors was a big deal growing up. We probably gave out 15 plates every Christmas. Wife still did this with our 100 year old neighbor until she died last year. We morphed into giving specialty breads usually from Great Harvest bakery. Little known fact that my cousin's wheat ranch (formally Grandma's) sells to Great Harvest.

Posted by: Beartooth at December 06, 2020 05:33 PM (8Ou+H)

301
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:29 PM

you could make up a bunch of cookies for the New Years Eve MoMe at you place...
Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (DUIap)


Gulp.

I should have started baking in September!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:33 PM (TdMsT)

302 294 Not cookie related, but what I see at Christmas time-which I really like-peppermint bark-a layer of dark chocolate, topped by a layer of white chocolate with crushed candy cane peppermint of top of that. Delicious.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke

Yummy

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:34 PM (lgiXo)

303 Whew, I step away to make reindeer food and peppermint bark and the thread is full of recipes!!!

Our oven is not working, so I am having to find no bake recipes until a repairman can come out. It is hurting my heart not to be filling the house with cookies.

And if I haven't said it, this is an awesome thread!!!

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:34 PM (+X9Vs)

304 >>Not cookie related, but what I see at Christmas time-which I really like-peppermint bark-a layer of dark chocolate, topped by a layer of white chocolate with crushed candy cane peppermint of top of that. Delicious.



Yes, that and almond bark that Brother Northernlurker are delicious! I never make it, always been cookie-focused, I guess.

Used to make peanut brittle as a gift - very tasty.



Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:34 PM (bDqIh)

305 Is that ganache on top of those red,white, and green cookies in the 2nd photo? They look fantastic and would be even more fantastic if it's indeed ganache. That said, would still be good even with just frosting. I'd even venture to say they're probably good even plain. Is there such a thing as a bad cookie, recipe wise? Thanks bluebell.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 05:36 PM (g0gdr)

306
292 Ladyl, there are a bunch of cookie recipes using almond flour. Get your bake on!
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (pNW4Y)


{{{Ben Had}}}

The problem with using gluten free flours is that while the end product usually tastes okay ( often it's sweeter), it's usually very crumbly.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:36 PM (TdMsT)

307 And I've always enjoyed linzer tarts.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:36 PM (WkPC9)

308 I actually have several cans of ingredients for coconut macaroons. They're delicious. I suppose I could try.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (lgiXo)

309 I use to make cookie boxes to give out, maybe 6-8 different cookies. It was labor intensive but everyone loved getting them. One year I did tins like the ones you buy with the different shaped and flavored butter cookie. Those were really good.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (UUBmN)

310
I strongly suggest you try checking out my Mom's Orange Cookie recipe is The Deplorable Gourmet.

They are so good and were one of the things we kids wanted most at Christmas.

You're welcome!

Posted by: naturalfake at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (EERbD)

311 The WOPR Wife slacked a bit last year.
https://tinyurl.com/yxvor2nd
Yes, I'm humble bragging. She does this or more every year.

Posted by: WOPR - Tactically Dramatic is Failue at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (J70i0)

312 bluebell, Ms. Beranbaum (I looked up her book and found the correct spelling) did indeed make the Rose Window for the ND gingerbread cathedral. I have made her recipe for stained glass window cookies, but didn't take that on.

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (+X9Vs)

313 293 you could make up a bunch of cookies for the New Years Eve MoMe at you place...
Posted by: AltonJackson

New Year's Eve at Ladyl's????
Posted by: nurse ratched at December 06, 2020 05:31 PM (U2p+3)


You get to stay in my house!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:38 PM (TdMsT)

314 Ladyl, to quote Cole Porter- Experiment!

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:38 PM (pNW4Y)

315 Used to make peanut brittle as a gift - very tasty.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:34
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Mom did that as well as divinity. She used pecans not walnuts for her divinity. Never could make either worth a damn.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:38 PM (iEx0u)

316 I like cookies. I like money.

Posted by: Brain Kemp at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (HQK3P)

317 >> I haven't made Christmas cookies since I stopped eating wheat.


These peanutbutter cookies have no flour of any kind and they are awesome.

https://tinyurl.com/y84ecb6g

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (bDqIh)

318
They are so good and were one of the things we kids wanted most at Christmas.

You're welcome!

Posted by: naturalfake at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (EERbD)



I have made those and they are very good!!

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (+X9Vs)

319 Bless you, Bluebell.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards, buy ammo

Did she sneeze ?

Gesundheidt !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (arJlL)

320

315 Used to make peanut brittle as a gift - very tasty.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:34
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Mom did that as well as divinity. She used pecans not walnuts for her divinity. Never could make either worth a damn.
Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:38 PM (iEx0u)

I should know what divinity is but I don't.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (lgiXo)

321 307 And I've always enjoyed linzer tarts.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:36 PM (WkPC9)


I've never made one, but I used to order them for dessert on Christmas Eve or Christmas.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (TdMsT)

322 I've always loved peanut brittle (and toffee), but my dental work does not. So, don't indulge often, and if I do, I am very careful.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:40 PM (x8Wzq)

323 Divinity is that white fluffy candy Stuckey's sells.

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 05:41 PM (Y/Ps0)

324 I prefer white chocolate for almond bark. I know I'm a Philistine.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:41 PM (lgiXo)

325 Does anyone make homemade Chex Mixes anymore?

Posted by: President-elect Iris

Yes, I am making a big batch this week. I love the rye crisps.

Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 05:41 PM (QoPXA)

326 >>The WOPR Wife slacked a bit last year.
https://tinyurl.com/yxvor2nd
Yes, I'm humble bragging. She does this or more every year.


Impressive spread!
Lucky husband.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (bDqIh)

327 Whoo hoo! Party at Ladyl's for New Years!

Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (nxdel)

328 {{{Bluebell}}}

Congratulations on your thread!

It's great!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (TdMsT)

329 I had a pop up ad for a Scottish bakery. Free shipping on orders over $125.00. Those are some expensive cookies.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (pNW4Y)

330 Linzer tarts sounds like something you can find at Ikea.
Does it involve Lingonberries?

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:43 PM (lgiXo)

331 Impressive spread!

Lucky husband.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (bDqIh)

I am a lucky man.

Posted by: WOPR - Tactically Dramatic is Failue at December 06, 2020 05:43 PM (J70i0)

332
I should know what divinity is but I don't.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:39 PM (lgiXo)

It's a meringue like candy - you cook sugar and water until the hard ball stage, then beat it slowly into whipped egg whites, fold in nuts and then dollop it on a lined cookie sheet or make it into a roll. My dad used to make it, but I stuck to fudge.

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:43 PM (+X9Vs)

333 327 Whoo hoo! Party at Ladyl's for New Years!
Posted by: Jewells45TRUMPWON! at December 06, 2020 05:42 PM (nxdel)


You're staying in the house, too.

And Ben Had, if she can leave the horsies!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (TdMsT)

334 I also make a white chocolate bark with red and green chunks. Pretty and yummy.

Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (QoPXA)

335 I'm strangely hungry for Pavlova. I know they aren't cookies.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (lgiXo)

336 >>Mom did that as well as divinity. She used pecans not walnuts for her divinity. Never could make either worth a damn.


Huh, never made divinity.
Looks tasty, though.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (bDqIh)

337 I have been wanting to make the homemade chex mix but there are no wheat or rice chex to be had in this town.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (pNW4Y)

338 330 Linzer tarts sounds like something you can find at Ikea.
Does it involve Lingonberries?
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:43 PM (lgiXo)

Mine had raspberry filling.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (TdMsT)

339 I'm strangely hungry for Pavlova. I know they aren't cookies.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:44 PM (lgiXo)

do they make you salivate?

Or is that too personal?

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:45 PM (x8Wzq)

340 My two favorite cookies in the picture are the thumbprints with jam filling, and the spritz cookies.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:45 PM (TdMsT)

341 Divinity is that white fluffy candy Stuckey's sells.

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 05:41
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Are there still Stuckey's around. There divinity was good. Also, my uncle always said they had the cleanest restrooms. Gave them all his business.

Posted by: olddog in mo, uckfay ancercay at December 06, 2020 05:45 PM (iEx0u)

342 324 I prefer white chocolate for almond bark. I know I'm a Philistine.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:41 PM (lgiXo)

I literally just made white chocolate peppermint bark for my daughter - her favorite Christmas candy. I'm not a fan of the melting chocolate sold for almond bark, because it's a bit too waxy. But good white chocolate from ghiradelli or lindt makes a lovely bark, as well as a nice gift.

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:46 PM (+X9Vs)

343 do they make you salivate?

Or is that too personal?
Posted by: Pug
ISWYDT

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:46 PM (lgiXo)

344 Nobody in my family writes down recipes. They are quite literally taught from one generation to the next. They may write down a few main ingredients but never the entire recipe. Plus the preparation and baking process is apparently key to getting it right. All I know is favorites like the Sicilian Lemon Cookies are worth going to war over.

Posted by: Marcus T at December 06, 2020 05:47 PM (h2OUV)

345 >>Are there still Stuckey's around.


Stuckey's in 2 miles!
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Stuckey's in 1 1/12 miles!
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Stuckey's in 1/2 mile!
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Stuckey's in 1/4 mile!

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:47 PM (bDqIh)

346 Stuckey's with the blue roof.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:48 PM (pNW4Y)

347 My wife is making a Trader Joe's run as we speak. I'm hoping she scored some of their pfeffernusse cookies. They're close enough to mom's without all the work.

Posted by: PabloD, make commies fly again! at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (/LWj7)

348 Gonna be bookmarking this thread for future use, thanks Bluebell & everyone for the recipes.

Posted by: WeBoned! at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (8k7U7)

349 These peanutbutter cookies have no flour of any kind and they are awesome.

https://tinyurl.com/y84ecb6g
Posted by: Lizzy


I've made them with almond butter. They really are great and fast.

Posted by: G. Gnome, GA Voter at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (OQcPl)

350 I've always loved peanut brittle (and toffee), but my dental work does not. So, don't indulge often, and if I do, I am very careful.
Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 06, 2020 05:40 PM (x8Wzq)


See's Candy has the world's most addicting peanut brittle. Kings have forfeited their crowns for it.*

*I may have made that last point up in order to reinforce my main thesis.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (fLVm1)

351 have been wanting to make the homemade chex mix but there are no wheat or rice chex to be had in this town.
Posted by: Ben Had

Im having a hard time finding wheat chex.

Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (QoPXA)

352 My great aunt would bring us homemade peanut brittle. Always wanted to try making it but it seems a little out of reach for me. I'm no baker of anything but bread and pizza.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (+ya+t)

353 literally just made white chocolate peppermint bark for my daughter - her favorite Christmas candy. I'm not a fan of the melting chocolate sold for almond bark, because it's a bit too waxy. But good white chocolate from ghiradelli or lindt makes a lovely bark, as well as a nice gift.
Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:46 PM (+

A local grocery store sells almond bark. I think you just clarified why I don't like it.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:50 PM (lgiXo)

354 what's that thing where you take pecans and melted butter or something and then you dust them with confectioner's sugar?

my mom used to make this at Christmas time

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 06, 2020 05:50 PM (iTXRQ)

355 I am craving sweets now! And none in the house!

Posted by: Gilded at December 06, 2020 05:50 PM (xNm/g)

356 I'm sure Alton Brown has cookie recipes but they'd be too sciency for me.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 05:52 PM (lgiXo)

357 I bake a few hundred Christmas cookies every year, but all the same !

See p.51 of the Deplorable Cookbook for "Josh's PB Cookies".

Usually I double up the recipe with no ill effect.

By way of variation I will sometimes add dashes of cinnamon / nutmeg / clove, or substitute molasses for half of the sugar, or stick a few chocolate chips into each cookie.

For a gluten-free variant I substitute 1.7 oz by weight of crispy puffed rice for the oats, about 1 3/4 cups by volume.


All the neighbors, Amish families we know and buy produce from, businesses we like, sometimes even random strangers get paper platefuls with 1 to 2 dozen of these in the days before the holiday.

I never make enough for us, though !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 06, 2020 05:52 PM (/On2j)

358 Another cook book in the works?

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 05:52 PM (+ya+t)

359 Ladyl, Thank You but I still have too many dependent mouths around here.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:52 PM (pNW4Y)

360 Oh, and thanks for that recipe, Tonypete !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 06, 2020 05:53 PM (/On2j)

361 The Fourth Wise Man brought See's peanut brittle to Baby Jesus. It isn't widely known because he was edited out of the Gospels due to trademark issues.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 05:53 PM (fLVm1)

362 We had our kid's Christmas program at church today, and one of the littles was asked what he would have said at the birth of Christ. His response? "This is really weird." LOL

Posted by: jmel at December 06, 2020 05:54 PM (bVhJi)

363 I should know what divinity is but I don't.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy
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Well Brother, divinity looks heavenly delicious but it is mostly made of eggs whites and quite frankly it tastes like just that - plain whipped baked egg whites. Whereas fudge on the other hand sounds very naughty but beats divinity hands down in its yummy complexity depending on the amount of additional options like nuts and cherries. So I've tried adding such optionals to divinity, but it still just tastes like plain egg whites that despite the addition still can't salvage it. It's like one of God's little jokes, like say raccoons vs. opossums.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 05:54 PM (g0gdr)

364 359 Ladyl, Thank You but I still have too many dependent mouths around here.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:52 PM (pNW4Y)


I know you do, Ben Had.

Your beasts and critters are very fortunate to have you!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 05:54 PM (TdMsT)

365 345 >>Are there still Stuckey's around.


Stuckey's in 2 miles!
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Stuckey's in 1 1/12 miles!
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Stuckey's in 1/2 mile!
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Stuckey's in 1/4 mile!
Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:47 PM (bDqIh)

And you still miss the exit.

Posted by: Schwetty Balls at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (gtJ22)

366 Cicero, we have a Russell Stover's here in town and they can't hold a candle to See's .

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (pNW4Y)

367 Off Delicious Dish sock

Posted by: jsg at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (gtJ22)

368 >>My great aunt would bring us homemade peanut brittle. Always wanted to try making it but it seems a little out of reach for me. I'm no baker of anything but bread and pizza.


Not that hard:

Buttery Brittle - from Good Housekeeping

2 tbsp. butter
1 c. sugar
c. water
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. mixed nuts

Line cookie sheet with foil; butter foil. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, water, and corn syrup to boiling on medium-high, stirring. Cook until amber.

Stir in 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in baking soda. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in nuts. Immediately pour onto cookie sheet; spread in thin layer. Cool; break into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (bDqIh)

369 Delightful post. Thank you Bluebell!

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 05:57 PM (d9Cw3)

370 I recently invented WeaselMix - equal parts dry roasted peanuts and raisins. It's delightful!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:57 PM (MVjcR)

371 Delightful post. Thank you Bluebell!
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 05:57 PM (d9Cw3)
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Jinx!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:58 PM (MVjcR)

372 Cicero, we have a Russell Stover's here in town and they can't hold a candle to See's .
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (pNW4Y)


All of See's candies are over the top delightful, IMO. They used to be just a West Coast thing but since Berkshire Hathaway bought the company they seem to be expanding their range.

I actually saw one in The Venetian Hotel casino in Macau a few years ago.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 05:58 PM (fLVm1)

373 recently invented WeaselMix - equal parts dry roasted peanuts and raisins. It's delightful!
Posted by: Weasel
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Raisins???wtf??? Why do you hate us???

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 05:58 PM (UUBmN)

374 Weasel, slap a trademark on that quick!

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:59 PM (pNW4Y)

375
Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 05:55 PM (bDqIh)
Well, that peanut brittle seems easy enough even for me. Thanks for that!

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:00 PM (+ya+t)

376 231 Infidel stores like Whole Foods, Aldi, and your run of the mill alternative organic food store will carry parchment paper. So do baking supply stores and catering supply like Gordon or Cosco.

Posted by: Jen the original at December 06, 2020 06:00 PM (EnBBT)

377 I'm going to make a bunch of pizelle's next weekend to bring in to work. They are easy to make.

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 06:00 PM (UUBmN)

378 Why must you taut me in this way?

Posted by: f'd at December 06, 2020 06:01 PM (5FS8e)

379 >>recently invented WeaselMix - equal parts dry roasted peanuts and raisins. It's delightful!


*ahem*
Gorp

(Good ol' raisins and peanuts)

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 06:01 PM (bDqIh)

380 See's Candy has the world's most addicting peanut brittle. Kings have forfeited their crowns for it.*

*I may have made that last point up in order to reinforce my main thesis.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 05:49 PM (fLVm1)

Their peanut brittle and Victoria toffee is to die for!
Have to make a See's run before Christmas.

Posted by: Gaelic Girl's Irish Democracy at December 06, 2020 06:01 PM (5FCda)

381 Raisins???wtf??? Why do you hate us???
Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 05:58 PM (UUBmN)
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You aren't a fan of delightful raisins?

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:01 PM (MVjcR)

382 Tauwnt

Posted by: f'd at December 06, 2020 06:01 PM (5FS8e)

383 Costco and Sams were out of parchment paper for about 6-7 months. Costco just started carrying it again. I bought 4 rolls. I use a lot of parchment when I cook and bake!

Posted by: lin-duh at December 06, 2020 06:02 PM (UUBmN)

384 Weasel, slap a trademark on that quick!
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 05:59 PM (pNW4Y
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Probably should.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:02 PM (MVjcR)

385 Something I like until I've had enough and don't like them anymore are stroopwaffel.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:03 PM (lgiXo)

386 Like artisanal'ette I bought a Ninja 5-in-1 last week. Also very impressed. Grilled hamburgers were excellent, although I haven't tried it with frozen ones yet.

Biggest surprise is the dehydrator function. Have made dried apples and pears. Also jerky. All were excellent and so much better than commercial, plus you know what's in it.

I was so enthusiastic that SIL bought one as a Christmas present for her DIL.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at December 06, 2020 06:03 PM (fTtFy)

387 Walmart carries parchment paper.

Posted by: ALH at December 06, 2020 06:04 PM (YxfPJ)

388 303 Whew, I step away to make reindeer food and peppermint bark and the thread is full of recipes!!!

Posted by: Moki at December 06, 2020 05:34 PM (+X9Vs)

What's reindeer food?

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:04 PM (o4czV)

389 What's reindeer food?
Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:04 PM (o4czV)

Lichen and moss

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:05 PM (lgiXo)

390 311 The WOPR Wife slacked a bit last year.
https://tinyurl.com/yxvor2nd
Yes, I'm humble bragging. She does this or more every year.
Posted by: WOPR - Tactically Dramatic is Failue at December 06, 2020 05:37 PM (J70i0)

Nice!

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:06 PM (o4czV)

391 Raisins are great until they try to identify as chocolate chips and start cross dressing in cookies designed for choc chips.

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 06:07 PM (d9Cw3)

392 What's reindeer food? Your garden and rose bushes.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:07 PM (pNW4Y)

393 A raisin is a rich man's prune. I prefer dried cherries to a dried grape any day of the week, but since it's the holidays I got a date with some figgy pudding.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:09 PM (g0gdr)

394 Used to be a Stuckey's off of I-10 near P'Cola that had a huge billboard screaming "Help! Bank Note Due! Please Stop In!" or some such nonsense.

The owner had to take it down some years ago when he got busted for bullshitting the dumbasses.

It's a Dairy Queen now with all kinds of weird stuff in the tourist shop section. Again for the dumbasses.

Dumbasses will buy anything.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 06, 2020 06:09 PM (R/m4+)

395 Something I like until I've had enough and don't like them anymore are stroopwaffel.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:03 PM (lgiXo)

Introduced the grandkids to stroopwafel cookies this year. Costco had them for a steal earlier this Fall.

Posted by: Beartooth at December 06, 2020 06:09 PM (8Ou+H)

396 My mom tried to make divinity (unsuccessfully) for several years. I think humidity really interferes with it.

I always wondered why because I think it's revolting.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at December 06, 2020 06:10 PM (fTtFy)

397 391 Raisins are great until they try to identify as chocolate chips and start cross dressing in cookies designed for choc chips.
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 06:07 PM
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Now that is too funny. Thanks I needed that.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:10 PM (g0gdr)

398 >>>[231] I like to use parchment paper to line cookie sheets. Can't find at the store to save my life. Posted by: Infidel at December 06, 2020 05:12 PM (QoPXA)
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Greetings, Infidel ... Parchment paper might be displayed in Walmart and Target stores near aluminum foil (Reynolds actually makes its own version). You could also try looking in the baking/Wilton section of craft stores like Joanns and Michaels.

Posted by: Kathy at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (h3RRP)

399 370 I recently invented WeaselMix - equal parts dry roasted peanuts and raisins. It's delightful!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:57 PM (MVjcR)


Raisins? RAISINS?????

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (TdMsT)

400 Used to be a Stuckey's off of I-10 near P'Cola that had a huge billboard screaming "Help! Bank Note Due! Please Stop In!" or some such nonsense.

The owner had to take it down some years ago when he got busted for bullshitting the dumbasses.



He should have switched to, "visit this store or we'll shoot this dog." It worked for National Lampoon.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (fLVm1)

401 Is this going to be a regular thing, a dessert thread following the food thread?

Posted by: mindful webworker
is it Christmas season now?
at December 06, 2020 06:12 PM (4/8k4)

402 De gustibus non est disputandem.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 06, 2020 06:12 PM (/On2j)

403 I like stroopwaffles. I found a place that had gluten free ones, but they don't seem to be selling them anymore.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 06:13 PM (WkPC9)

404 My grandmother was the italian cook from hell. She made a shit ton of different cookies. Those tri-color bad boys bring back memories.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at December 06, 2020 06:14 PM (9Om/r)

405 Peanuts and Lily's salted caramel chocolate chips make a great low carb trail mix.

Posted by: Nobody at December 06, 2020 06:14 PM (tS1mb)

406 Raisins are great until they try to identify as chocolate chips and start cross dressing in cookies designed for choc chips.
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 06:07 PM
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Now that is too funny. Thanks I needed that.
Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:10 PM


***

If you were munching one of my oatmeal chocolate chip raisin/craisin cookies right now, you would mend your ways.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:15 PM (axyOa)

407 wiow,

what sock is this?

Posted by: German Catholics in 1575AD at December 06, 2020 06:15 PM (GIeIM)

408 I like stroopwaffles. I found a place that had gluten free ones, but they don't seem to be selling them anymore.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 06:13 PM (WkPC9)



Gluten-free stroopwaffles, the stroopwaffle that likes you back!

By the way, what's a stroopwaffel? It sounds like a non-com rank in the German army.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (fLVm1)

409 First!

This is the gun thread , Right?

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (9sWOw)

410 399 370 I recently invented WeaselMix - equal parts dry roasted peanuts and raisins. It's delightful!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 05:57 PM (MVjcR)


Raisins? RAISINS?????
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (TdMsT)

Oh Lord, now you've done it. Browndog will now materialize to gaslight us about those nasty, shriveled cookie-wreckers...

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (nakwk)

411 406 Raisins are great until they try to identify as chocolate chips and start cross dressing in cookies designed for choc chips.
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at December 06, 2020 06:07 PM
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Now that is too funny. Thanks I needed that.
Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:10 PM


***

If you were munching one of my oatmeal chocolate chip raisin/craisin cookies right now, you would mend your ways.
Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:15 PM (axyOa)

Did you bring enough to share?

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (o4czV)

412 Weasel, my husband does the exact same thing. Did you steal the recipe from him?

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:17 PM (/669Q)

413 damn, the best regina cookies came from DiRoberti's on first avenue and 11th street. Now I have to try Veniero's. No comparison. My mom wasn't a baker. My aunt said she had a "cold hand."

Posted by: vivi at December 06, 2020 06:17 PM (USW1s)

414 Surely you underestimate the goodness of prison raisinjack.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (pNW4Y)

415 409 First!

This is the gun thread , Right?
Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (9sWOw)

Cookie gun, perhaps.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (nakwk)

416
Raisins? RAISINS?????
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (TdMsT)
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Gets worse. California raisins!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (MVjcR)

417 By the way, what's a stroopwaffel? It sounds like a non-com rank in the German army.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (fLVm1)


They're a Dutch treat. Crisp mini waffle sandwiches with syrup.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (lgiXo)

418 My mom never made Christmas cookies so I never did. However, my DIL always makes sugar cookies in cut out Christmas shapes. My grandsons get to paint the cookies with colored icing. They love doing this. Plus they get to choose which cookies they leave out for Santa. This is one of the many reasons I love my DIL.

Posted by: Mrs.Leggy at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (Vf4Y7)

419 412 Weasel, my husband does the exact same thing. Did you steal the recipe from him?
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:17 PM (/669Q)
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Nah. Just great minds.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:19 PM (MVjcR)

420 417 By the way, what's a stroopwaffel? It sounds like a non-com rank in the German army.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (fLVm1)


They're a Dutch treat. Crisp mini waffle sandwiches with syrup.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (lgiXo)

And you each pay for your own.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:20 PM (nakwk)

421 My great aunt used to give us those little boxes of raisins and prunes.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:20 PM (+ya+t)

422 Did you bring enough to share?
Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:16 PM (o4czV)


**munch**

**munch**

I'll let you know if there's any left. Not liking too good right now.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:20 PM (axyOa)

423 Stroopwaffels are delicious. They have a big box of them at Costco. There might be one or two of those in my garage.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:20 PM (/669Q)

424 They're a Dutch treat. Crisp mini waffle sandwiches with syrup.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (lgiXo)

And you each pay for your own.
Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:20 PM (nakwk)


There's a wooden shoe joke in there somewhere.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (fLVm1)

425 Giggles taught her Icelandic/Nordic cookie class last night and zoomed a friend (and her daughter) in Iceland to help. And add to the festivities. She limits to @12 students due to the size of her demo kitchen. Sandbakkels, kleinur, Swedish butter cookies (spritz? I think), others. A good time was had by all. Apparently there was alcohol involved. They may have gotten "baked"

McGyver, missing out on the cookies

Posted by: McGyver at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (rJ1YP)

426 In writing down and sharing recipes my MiL ( long gone now) had the bizarre idea if written exactly the same way would make your recipe not work so would change a ingredient a little, maybe add a bit more salt, shorten liquid or something.

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (9sWOw)

427 This is one of the many reasons I love my DIL.
Posted by: Mrs.Leggy at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (Vf4Y7)
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How lovely. Her boys will have great memories.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (/669Q)

428 PRO TIP: do not confuse prunes and dates.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (MVjcR)

429 Haven't acquired the knack of making Christmas-specific cookies (not a baking fan) but this year I'm making boozy chocolate chip cookies (made with a "glorp" of rum!), Rice Krispy treats (cuz everybody likes those), coconut macaroons, chocolate truffles (two batches, one infused with Amaretto, other with Grand Marnier -- and yes, it's CANDY), and currently have peanut butter cookies in the oven to counteract all the chocolate. Will hand out some to friends and my physical therapist (seeing him for knee replacement exercises), and the rest DH will present to his golfing buddies in lieu of fluorescent-colored golf balls. By the time I am done gimping around the kitchen, I will hate the sight and smell of cookies. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (EVnob)

430 The Stroopwaffle was a secret German infiltration corps tasked with demoralizing the enemy by stealing all their breakfast foods.

The French have been stuck with rolls and coffee ever since WWII.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (Uhu8A)

431 Bluebell, do you use any of the wooden cookie molds?

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (pNW4Y)

432 That sounds like such fun. McGyver - a zoom cookie baking class.

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (bDqIh)

433 McGyver, missing out on the cookies
Posted by: McGyver at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (rJ1YP)
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I hope she's bringing you some for Christmas!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (/669Q)

434 I've only baked two type of cookies. I tried my hand at oatmeal cookies and they were a bust. I decided to make some macarons once. After 4 tries I finally got them right. Made some lemon, chocolate, raspberry, cream cheese and plain almond flavored buttercream ones. Chocolate and cream cheese were the favorites. I tend to get carried away some times. Think I'll make some for Christmas this year. Unfortunately it will be just the wife, my son and I this year.

The Mrs made little token gifts for her immediate family, all 81 one them. Makes for a tough Christmas and a greatly diminished party.

Posted by: Javems at December 06, 2020 06:23 PM (8SSHh)

435 416
Raisins? RAISINS?????
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (TdMsT)
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Gets worse. California raisins!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (MVjcR)


The words "California" and "raisin" belong together.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:23 PM (TdMsT)

436 Feldwebel > stroopwaffel

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:23 PM (fLVm1)

437 My great aunt used to give us those little boxes of raisins and prunes.
Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020


Yeah.
That happened once for me
Just once.
She never did that again.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:23 PM (axyOa)

438 414 Surely you underestimate the goodness of prison raisinjack.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (pNW4Y
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I defer to our pal bluebell!

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:24 PM (MVjcR)

439 428 PRO TIP: do not confuse prunes and dates.
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (MVjcR)

There was this one time I thought it was March 12th but it was actually a prune.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:24 PM (nakwk)

440 PRO TIP: do not confuse prunes and dates.
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (MVjcR)
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Historical Food Fact: Stewed prunes used to be served in English brothels in Elizabethan times, for reasons that escape me.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (Uhu8A)

441 414 Surely you underestimate the goodness of prison raisinjack.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (pNW4Y)

Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. But in the ordinary course, raisins are an abomination before the Lord and a defilement to the body.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (nakwk)

442 There was this one time I thought it was March 12th but it was actually a prune.
Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:24 PM (nakwk)
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You'll have that.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (MVjcR)

443 Yeah.

That happened once for me

Just once.

She never did that again.

We didn't like them either, lol.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (+ya+t)

444
419 412 Weasel, my husband does the exact same thing. Did you steal the recipe from him?
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:17 PM (/669Q)
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Nah. Just great minds.
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:19 PM (MVjcR)


My snack is always about 2 tablespoons of peanuts mixed with about 10 semi sweet chocolate chips.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (TdMsT)

445 Historical Food Fact: Stewed prunes used to be served in English brothels in Elizabethan times, for reasons that escape me.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (Uhu8A)

To make sure they had regular customers, of course.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (nakwk)

446 Historical Food Fact: Stewed prunes used to be served in English brothels in Elizabethan times, for reasons that escape me.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (Uhu8A)
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Probably in order to clean out the customers.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (/669Q)

447 Historical Food Fact: Stewed prunes used to be served in English brothels in Elizabethan times, for reasons that escape me.
Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (Uhu8A)



That was just for the regular customers.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (fLVm1)

448 Surely you underestimate the goodness of prison raisinjack.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (pNW4Y
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I defer to our pal bluebell!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:24 PM

***

Rumor has it she invented the Big House Martini. Now only found in the better Speakeasys

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (axyOa)

449 Late to the party again, I see.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (fLVm1)

450 *shakes fist at Insomniac *

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (/669Q)

451 My snack is always about 2 tablespoons of peanuts mixed with about 10 semi sweet chocolate chips.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (TdMsT)

I love that, but I substitute handful for tablespoon. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (9Om/r)

452 *shakes fist at Bluebell*

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (fLVm1)

453 Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:22 PM (EVnob)

Toss in a recipe or two!

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (o4czV)

454 BERSERKER!!!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (TdMsT)

455 There is a reason they call Californians pruneys

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (pNW4Y)

456 Late to the party again, I see.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (fLVm1)
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Welcome to the Department of Redundancy Department.

Posted by: Chairman bluebell, chairman at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (/669Q)

457
My snack is always about 2 tablespoons of peanuts mixed with about 10 semi sweet chocolate chips.
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (TdMsT)
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I'm more of an "entire bag" kind of guy.

Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (MVjcR)

458 450 *shakes fist at Insomniac *
Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:27 PM (/669Q)

*stretches*
*rests head back on hands*
*smiles contentedly*

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:29 PM (nakwk)

459 Shake your fist at Bluebell and you will draw back a bloody stump

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (pNW4Y)

460 416
Raisins? RAISINS?????
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:11 PM (TdMsT)
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Gets worse. California raisins!
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:18 PM (MVjcR)


The words "California" and "raisin" belong together.
Posted by: Ladyl


My mom always made the oatmeal cookies on the back of the Quaker Oats box (the original recipe, which uses Crisco!) and substituted chocolate chips for the raisins. Perfect! Thought about making those this year, but went with the boozy choc. chip cookies instead.

Everyone knows that raisins are grapes which have been cursed by an Evil Stepmother.

Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (EVnob)

461 Delightful post. Thank you Bluebell!
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton

Hiya Bawk !

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (arJlL)

462 Historical Food Fact: Stewed prunes used to be served in English brothels in Elizabethan times, for reasons that escape me.

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:25 PM (Uhu8A)

You can't skip out on the bill if you're stuck in the outhouse. Well, unless you master running while squeezing your ass cheeks together. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (9Om/r)

463 457
My snack is always about 2 tablespoons of peanuts mixed with about 10 semi sweet chocolate chips.
Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:26 PM (TdMsT)
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I'm more of an "entire bag" kind of guy.
Posted by: Weasel at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (MVjcR)


But they're so filling!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (TdMsT)

464 Oh, thank you very much Buck Throckmorton!

Posted by: Chairman bluebell, chairman at December 06, 2020 06:31 PM (/669Q)

465
BERSERKER!!!

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:28 PM (TdMsT)

LADY!!!

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at December 06, 2020 06:31 PM (9Om/r)

466 Shake your fist at Bluebell and you will draw back a bloody stump
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM



A Bluebell shiv cuts three ways: deep, wide, and often.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 06:31 PM (axyOa)

467
You can't skip out on the bill if you're stuck in the outhouse. Well, unless you master running while squeezing your ass cheeks together. lol
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (9Om/r)


Jerry Nadler is the past master of that art, I believe.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:32 PM (TdMsT)

468 Prunes and dates should for the most plart be interchangeable, probably not in every recipe but not a bad switch.

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 06:32 PM (9sWOw)

469 See, this is why I rarely use socks.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:33 PM (/669Q)

470 How lovely. Her boys will have great memories.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:21 PM (/669Q)

Yes they will. She is a fabulous cook so I hope they both learn their way around a kitchen. What a great life skill.

Posted by: Mrs.Leggy at December 06, 2020 06:33 PM (Vf4Y7)

471 Don't eat prunes if you're going on a date.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 06, 2020 06:33 PM (63Dwl)

472 I would trade chopped up dastes and raises in a recipe

Posted by: Skip at December 06, 2020 06:33 PM (9sWOw)

473 Don't eat prunes if you're going on a date.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr.

Unless she's into that stuff.

Posted by: JT at December 06, 2020 06:34 PM (arJlL)

474 Making cookies for Christmas is much too ambitious for me.
I do truly admire those of you who practice this ancient art.

Posted by: ALH at December 06, 2020 06:35 PM (YxfPJ)

475
dry roasted peanuts & milk duds

consume until gone

Posted by: AltonJackson at December 06, 2020 06:35 PM (DUIap)

476 Prunes fresh off the tree bear no resemblance in taste to dried ones.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:35 PM (pNW4Y)

477
A prune is a dried up plum.

Posted by: Soothsayer's Untrue But Accurate Tales at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (eWqtM)

478 Can't find dates in the stores right now, so far. My aunt had a great date nut loaf recipe I like to make with a whole pound of dates, cherries, and pecans. The old recipe calls for hard sauce, but I use cream cheese spread on the slices, to cut the sweetness.

Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (Y/Ps0)

479 Dutch Christmas Cookies
Dry ingredients:2 cups flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt
Wet ingredients:
2/3 cup butter3/4 cup sugar1 egg1 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon milkgrated peel of 1/2 lemon
1 egg for egg wash
slivered almonds for decorating cookiesrock sugar
Combine dry ingredients.
Mix soft butter with sugar. Add egg and remaining wet ingredients.
Knead wet and dry ingredients together into a soft ball. Leave to stand for one hour.
Roll out half the dough on a floured board to a 1/8 thickness. Cut with round cookie cutter. Cut out the centerwith a small object (thimble). (I use a doughnut cutter, the cookies should resemble wreaths. Traditionally they had ribbons passed through the holes, and were hung on the Christmas tree.)
Place on greased cookie sheet, brush with egg wash, and decorate with almonds and/or rock sugar.
You can mush the centers up to roll out with the cookie scraps, but I bake them to delight grand kids.
Bake 15-20 minutes in a 350 degree oven until golden brown. Leave to cool on sheets.
I would bake these for my parents, and my mother would reminisce about her childhood Christmases in Amsterdam, while my father would remark that in his village, Christmas trees were something only protestants had, and that his family had a creche (which Mama's family had as well. of course.)
I always think of my parents as I make these, and remember my mother's gift of making occasions festive.

Posted by: Heartsease at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (J2vnE)

480 Prunes and dates should for the most plart be interchangeable, probably not in every recipe but not a bad switch.
Posted by: Skip


They're both great in my cookie recipe above. Baking with brown sugar does wonderful things to prunes.

Posted by: G. Gnome, GA Voter at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (OQcPl)

481 477
A prune is a dried up plum.
Posted by: Soothsayer's Untrue But Accurate Tales at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (eWqtM)

That is correct.

Posted by: ALH at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (YxfPJ)

482 You can't skip out on the bill if you're stuck in the outhouse. Well,
unless you master running while squeezing your ass cheeks together. lol

Where else can you go to get shithouse jokes and cookie recipes in the same thread, lol.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (+ya+t)

483 I vaguely recall everyone getting festive and having quite a selection of Christmas or Holiday season cookies on hand from friends and relatives.

Really wacky looking stuff, mostly unidentifiable. Some looked liked powdered spackle or brick tile cement that fell off a wall, and us kids would try the most likely looking specimens of "cookies", usually the ones that could mostly be classified as "cookie" in terms then commonly accepted by small boys. After a few weeks had passed and all the easily assimilated snacks had been consumed we'd try another round at digesting those strange, foreign treats.

Posted by: Common Tater at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (NWmy4)

484 My mom always made the oatmeal cookies on the back of the Quaker Oats box (the original recipe, which uses Crisco!) and substituted chocolate chips for the raisins. Perfect! Thought about making those this year, but went with the boozy choc. chip cookies instead.

Everyone knows that raisins are grapes which have been cursed by an Evil Stepmother.
Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:30 PM (EVnob)


My mom made that same recipe! Sans raisins, fortunate!

I made oatmeal crispies for my family.

The dough is rolled into a log, refrigerated, and sliced into rounds for baking.

When they come out of the oven, top with a square of milk chocolate and a pecan

Posted by: Ladyl at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (TdMsT)

485 Don't eat prunes if you're going on a date.

Why not?

Posted by: The Germans at December 06, 2020 06:37 PM (W4eKo)

486 307 And I've always enjoyed linzer tarts.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 05:36 PM (WkPC9)
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Gone a while, hit refresh, and swore I read "lizard farts".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 06:38 PM (Dc2NZ)

487 485 Don't eat prunes if you're going on a date.

Why not?
Posted by: The Germans at December 06, 2020 06:37 PM (W4eKo)


You'll have a shitty time.

Posted by: ALH at December 06, 2020 06:38 PM (YxfPJ)

488 I just got a platter of cookies from my neighbor! I need to get my Christmas baking on! EHS j you for the shortbread cookie recipe, bluebell! Planning to bake that, Russian tea cookies and jam try's this year

Posted by: IC at December 06, 2020 06:38 PM (Nyumu)

489 Likvar pierogies. Made with prunes.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 06:39 PM (mZ8JI)

490 A prune is in the same family as a plum but not the same critter.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:39 PM (pNW4Y)

491 Jumping in late, my aunt Mary Lee is a farm gal from here in U-high-ya and she bakes mad cookies every year.

My faves are pecan pie bars and Mexican wedding cookies (some people call them Russian tea cakes). The crusty parts of her cookies are a several cuts above the rest.

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah (dcpq/fgwy) at December 06, 2020 06:40 PM (oAY8z)

492 Had a friend of mine as a ute and during Christmas time, he being a wop, we had to go to his grammie's house to eat her cookies.

Her cookies sucked ass. Really bad stuff. Lots of almond flavors throughout.

I smiled and thanked her and ate as it was the polite thing to do.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 06, 2020 06:40 PM (R/m4+)

493 For the dried fruit, I use a mix of figs, dates, and sometimes prunes. For the nuts, I use pecans and walnuts.


Best damn cookie ever.
Posted by: G. Gnome
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It seems to me that chopped figs would always make a good substitute for raisins.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 06, 2020 06:40 PM (1vynn)

494 I would bake these for my parents, and my mother would reminisce about her childhood Christmases in Amsterdam, while my father would remark that in his village, Christmas trees were something only protestants had, and that his family had a creche (which Mama's family had as well. of course.)
I always think of my parents as I make these, and remember my mother's gift of making occasions festive.

Posted by: Heartsease at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (J2vnE)
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What nice memories, and that recipe looks delicious. Your dad's remark made me chuckle - we have 2 trees and 4 crèche sets (and a bunch of small ones we put up around the house). We're Catholic, but I guess we got all the bases covered!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:40 PM (/669Q)

495 Prune kolaches are pretty good too.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:41 PM (+ya+t)

496 A prune is in the same family as a plum but not the same critter.
Posted by: Ben Had
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A prude, on the other hand, is often bitter.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 06, 2020 06:42 PM (CTJwJ)

497 My mom always made butter tarts for Christmas.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:42 PM (lgiXo)

498 Oatmeal raisin cookies are just about the only cookies I like.

Oh, and shortbread cookies.

Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:43 PM (9hauA)

499 Well done Mike Hammer.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:43 PM (pNW4Y)

500 Had a friend of mine as a ute and during Christmas time, he being a wop, we had to go to his grammie's house to eat her cookies.

Her cookies sucked ass. Really bad stuff. Lots of almond flavors throughout.

I smiled and thanked her and ate as it was the polite thing to do.

yep, most dago cookies blow. Pizelle flavored with anise? I think you mean anus

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah (dcpq/fgwy) at December 06, 2020 06:44 PM (oAY8z)

501 Plums and grapes tortured into prunes and raisins.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 06, 2020 06:44 PM (63Dwl)

502 posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 06:38 PM (Dc2NZ)

LOL. Nope; I've never enjoyed those and do not intend to.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 06:44 PM (WkPC9)

503 Bluebell - Thank you for the thread, it is great fun. Can you do a fudge/candy thread next week? My favorite source of butterscotch fudge did not come through this year, and I'm hoping the Hoarde might have some decent recipes. Thanks.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at December 06, 2020 06:45 PM (0tmoY)

504 Thanks bluebell.I made four kinds of dutch cookies this year. Taai-taai, Speculaas cookies, and almond filled speculaas cookies.
My sister and brothers (and spouses got together today, and everyone took some of my cookies home.

Posted by: Heartsease at December 06, 2020 06:45 PM (J2vnE)

505 A Bluebell thread, how cool is that? I gave away my only AOS cookbook the year it came out in the spirit of Christmas and I've regretted it ever since.

Posted by: Max Power at December 06, 2020 06:45 PM (QCc6B)

506 Back in the day the recipe-on-the-box was usually pretty good.

My pecan pie recipe, f'rinstance, was straight off the bottle of Karo Corn Syrup and I was asked for it many times, particularly after I added the spices for sweet potato pie by mistake one year.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 06, 2020 06:45 PM (/On2j)

507 * shoves an almond amaretto cookie through the USB for Chique*

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:46 PM (pNW4Y)

508 Great thread! Just what we needed. ("take two cookies and call me in the morning")

Posted by: itsacookbook at December 06, 2020 06:47 PM (yPxXc)

509 My pecan pie recipe, f'rinstance, was straight off the bottle of Karo Corn Syrup and I was asked for it many times, particularly after I added the spices for sweet potato pie by mistake one year.
Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are b

That's what I do,I just add some makers mark.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 06, 2020 06:48 PM (7bcfy)

510 Oatmeal raisin cookies are just about the only cookies I like.

Oh, and shortbread cookies.
Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:43 PM (9hauA)
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I look forward to establishing a thriving dragonship trage in shortbread cookies between your realm and my demesne in the Inner Hebrides,

Posted by: Captain Obvious, Laird o' the Sea at December 06, 2020 06:48 PM (Uhu8A)

511
I used to love those almond sugar cookies you used to get as "dessert" when you ordered Chinese food.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:48 PM (s2VJv)

512 478 Can't find dates in the stores right now, so far.. ...
Posted by: skywch at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM
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And you might not this year, dates go fast, as do dried figs. I got dates and figs on Thanksgiving week Saturday. By Dec1st really hard to find unless living in the sun belt. Back in the day when I lived in CA, I could find both as late as Christmas Eve. That said, I've yet to miss CA.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:48 PM (g0gdr)

513 Nancy at 7000 feet, let's ask people at the beginning of the food thread next week to post fudge recipes. I have a peanut butter one that's good and easy, but not butterscotch.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:48 PM (/669Q)

514 If I have a cookie that looks like Gavin Newsom, and I tie it, around the erstwhile Gavin cookie's neck, to a branch on my Christmas tree, but I put a mask on the cookie first, am I practicing save Chinese coronavirus protocol?

Posted by: SFGoth at December 06, 2020 06:49 PM (KAi1n)

515 I'm getting ready to go watch a movie with the fam, but I want to say thank you to everyone for joining in on our favorite topic! And many many thanks for all the recipes. I'm definitely bookmarking this thread. You guys always come through!

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 06:50 PM (/669Q)

516 Aldo had dates in the produce section last week.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 06:50 PM (mZ8JI)

517 Aldi. WTF.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (mZ8JI)

518 498 Oatmeal raisin cookies are just about the only cookies I like.

Oh, and shortbread cookies.
Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:43 PM (9hauA)

I just...I can't even.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (nakwk)

519 Oh WoW, peanut butter fudge and butterscotch too. Make my day.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (pNW4Y)

520 that should work too, CaliGirl !

and before I forget, thanks for doing this thread, bluebell !

so much yummy goodness !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (/On2j)

521 Aldo had dates in the produce section last week.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 06:50 PM (mZ8JI)

Cheap bastard. Couldn't he have sprung for a couple of drinks at the local bar?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (xT2tT)

522 That's what I do,I just add some makers mark.
Posted by: CaliGirl at December 06,
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Oh yeah, bourbon makes it magic. It's like a rule!

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (g0gdr)

523 Here's the boozy chocolate chip cookie recipe:

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 good glurp of Captain Morgan's rum
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1(or 2)! packages semi-sweet high quality choc. chips
1+ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, rum. Beat in eggs.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture.
Add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix in.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.

Enjoy!

Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (EVnob)

524 Aldo had dates in the produce section last week.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 06:50 PM (mZ8JI)

The Paolo, he does not like the competition.

Posted by: Paolo at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (nakwk)

525 Back from Wal Mart with the fixins for Oatmeal Rasin cookies.

Posted by: rickb223 at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (bkkvA)

526 SFGoth: A funny TikTok involving Gavin Newsom (you've probably seen it):

https://preview.tinyurl.com/yyc8hyhw

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (o4czV)

527 "If I have a cookie that looks like Gavin Newsom"

A Fig Newsom?

Posted by: f'd at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (U8wDl)

528 Well done Mike Hammer.
Posted by: Ben Had
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Meh..., medium well.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 06, 2020 06:53 PM (ELgVT)

529 507 * shoves an almond amaretto cookie through the USB for Chique*
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:46 PM (pNW4Y)

Thanks, I guess.

Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:53 PM (9hauA)

530 Are there any speciality cookies that celebrate the New York Yankees and their numerous World Championships?

Asking for a CoB.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at December 06, 2020 06:53 PM (DMUuz)

531 Back from Wal Mart with the fixins for Oatmeal Rasin cookies.
Posted by: rickb223 at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (bkkvA)

This guy gets it.

Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:53 PM (9hauA)

532 I love chewy oatmeal raisin cookies. But I'm a Philistine.
Right now, for instance I'm have a near margarita with lemon juice instead of lime.
As I said Philistine.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:54 PM (lgiXo)

533 Cheap bastard. Couldn't he have sprung for a couple of drinks at the local bar?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:51 PM (xT2tT)

Atsa nota nice, dildoa!

Posted by: Aldo at December 06, 2020 06:54 PM (mZ8JI)

534 I used to love those almond sugar cookies you used to get as "dessert" when you ordered Chinese food.

So did my dad. He'd wrap them in a napkin and put them in his coat pocket. I have no idea why, lol.

Posted by: dartist at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (+ya+t)

535 523 Here's the boozy chocolate chip cookie recipe:

1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 good glurp of Captain Morgan's rum
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1(or 2)! packages semi-sweet high quality choc. chips
1+ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, rum. Beat in eggs.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture.
Add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix in.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.

Enjoy!
Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (EVnob)

Good one. Doubling the chocolate chips sounds like an idea!

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (o4czV)

536
Cheap bastard. Couldn't he have sprung for a couple of drinks at the local bar?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo
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Comments like this are the reason I frequent this landscape of iniquity.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (AytXr)

537
Von's supermarkets in LA had the best basic chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of their box of brown sugar.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (s2VJv)

538 1 good glurp of Captain Morgan's rum

That's about 3 and a half splorps, IIRC

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (nakwk)

539 "If I have a cookie that looks like Gavin Newsom"

A dick?

Posted by: Rage Stroked but getting the banned back together at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (uDZ7P)

540 As I said Philistine.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:54 PM (lgiXo)

Hell no! Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great. One of my favorites.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (xT2tT)

541 527 "If I have a cookie that looks like Gavin Newsom"

A Fig Newsom?
Posted by: f'd at December 06, 2020 06:52 PM (U8wDl)
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Ha! And just use the tines of a fork at one end of the Fig Newsom to simulate the combed back hairdo.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 06:56 PM (g0gdr)

542

@525 - rickb223

With extra raisins?

Posted by: TeeJ at December 06, 2020 06:56 PM (H8mJH)

543 540 As I said Philistine.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 06:54 PM (lgiXo)

Hell no! Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great. One of my favorites.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (xT2tT)


Oats and raisins would send me to the hospital with a major gout attack.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:57 PM (s2VJv)

544 Hell no! Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great. One of my favorites.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (xT2tT)

You probably sous vide that shit too, don't ya.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:57 PM (nakwk)

545 538 1 good glurp of Captain Morgan's rum

That's about 3 and a half splorps, IIRC
Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (nakwk)


A healthy "zhlug" as my grandpop from Odessa would say.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:57 PM (s2VJv)

546 Hell no! Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are great. One of my favorites.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (xT2tT)



See??!!

Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (9hauA)

547 FYI, a friend of mine showed me how to make a huge batch of cookie dough, roll out the Saran wrap and plop a bunch down on it. Roll it into a log, then wrap it up with heavy-duty foil. Take a Sharpie and write what kind of cookie dough it is, the oven temp and number of minutes for baking. Throw in the freezer. Because the temperature/time is written on the outside, you don't have to dig out the recipe to look it up. So when I make cookies now, usually bake a dozen or less, then freeze the rest of the dough. Then can haul it out, slice off as many pieces as we want cookies, and have them fresh-baked.

Being in California, I'm so sick of politics right now, I could barf. So thanks to Bluebell for the thread!

Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (EVnob)

548 Von's supermarkets in LA had the best basic chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of their box of brown sugar.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (s2VJv)

I have a relative who swears that I have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world, and that I am holding out on her when I tell her it is the Nestles semi-sweet chocolate chip bag recipe.

Because she can't seem to bake them the same way.


Yes, she is an idiot.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (xT2tT)

549
A prune is a dried up plum.
Posted by: Soothsayer's Untrue But Accurate Tales at December 06, 2020 06:36 PM (eWqtM)

That is correct.
Posted by: ALH


It is?

Posted by: Soothsayer's Untrue But Accurate Tales at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (eWqtM)

550 I will bow out with a chocolate dipped macaroon.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:59 PM (pNW4Y)

551 548 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (xT2tT)


I actually cut out the side of the box, and addressed it to my dad, who loved to bake, as a postcard.

Sigh. I still have it.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:59 PM (s2VJv)

552 550 I will bow out with a chocolate dipped macaroon.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 06:59 PM (pNW4Y)

Ooooo, NOW we're talkin'!

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 07:00 PM (nakwk)

553 Just wandered by to post my cheery

"Bah! Humbug!"

to my Hordian friends and associates!
~H

Although I must admit, if I had only known the illustrious Bluebell was going to start a cookie thread, I would have been here from the beginning!

Posted by: Commissar-Elect Hrothgar - I Have Earned, And Deserve, Different Rules! at December 06, 2020 07:00 PM (87oRe)

554 Big Raisin is ruining America.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 07:00 PM (Dc2NZ)

555 Oats and raisins would send me to the hospital with a major gout attack.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:57 PM (s2VJv)

You can't oats and raisins if you have gout? Spouse hasn'thad a problem with oats. He just needs to stay about from lots of red meat, wine and especially seafood.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at December 06, 2020 07:01 PM (WkPC9)

556 It takes someone special to fuck up chocolate chip cookies.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 06, 2020 07:01 PM (mZ8JI)

557 538 1 good glurp of Captain Morgan's rum

That's about 3 and a half splorps, IIRC
Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 06:55 PM (nakwk)


A healthy "zhlug" as my grandpop from Odessa would say.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton


I got the recipe from a friend, and I admit I scratched my head over that one. As near as I can figure, it's more than a splash but less than something that could be measured out as a half a cup or something. I literally take the bottle and pour one good glorp into the mixing bowl. It makes sense when you do it...

But honest to G-d, it makes the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever tasted, so I figure it has to be the glorp of rum.

Posted by: tankascribe at December 06, 2020 07:02 PM (EVnob)

558 Are there any speciality cookies that celebrate the New York Yankees and their numerous World Championships?

Asking for a CoB.
Posted by: Duncanthrax at December 06, 2020 06:53 PM (DMUuz)
--------

Prunes stuffed with cauliflower and sous vided for 48 hours.

Posted by: bluebell at December 06, 2020 07:02 PM (/669Q)

559 554 Big Raisin is ruining America.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 07:00 PM (Dc2NZ)

Their infiltration runs both deep and wide. They've compromised certain commenters and even a cob. It's worse than we thought.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 07:03 PM (nakwk)

560 Oats and raisins would send me to the hospital with a major gout attack.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at December 06, 2020 06:57 PM (s2VJv)

Marinate them in carrot juice.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 07:03 PM (lgiXo)

561 guns are in a new thread

Posted by: m at December 06, 2020 07:05 PM (o4czV)

562 559 554 Big Raisin is ruining America.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 06, 2020 07:00 PM (Dc2NZ)

Their infiltration runs both deep and wide. They've compromised certain commenters and even a cob. It's worse than we thought.
Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 07:03 PM (nakwk)


Bow down before your wrinkly overlords.

All Hail Big Raisin. May You Reign Forever.

Posted by: chique l'African Viking Math Queen King of Greenland (don't/stop/believin') at December 06, 2020 07:05 PM (9hauA)

563 Insom, would you really turn down a thick pork chop that had a rum/raisin sauce on it?

Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 07:05 PM (pNW4Y)

564 Long day, early day tomorrow. I've got a salt bath waiting with my name on it. Have a good evening all. Thanks again for the thread bluebell.

Posted by: MI'sMIMI at December 06, 2020 07:05 PM (g0gdr)

565 "Are there any speciality cookies that celebrate the New York Yankees and their numerous World Championships?"

No, but FWIW I happen to be wearing my 2004 AL Championship t-shirt right now. You know, the one that celebrates the greatest choke of all time.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at December 06, 2020 07:06 PM (fTtFy)

566 Because she can't seem to bake them the same way.

Yes, she is an idiot.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at December 06, 2020 06:58 PM (xT2tT)


Does she live somewhere at a higher altitude? Because that has a big impact on how cookies turn out.

Posted by: President-elect Emmie at December 06, 2020 07:06 PM (ofYez)

567

I asked about extra raisins 'cause thats my favorite O/R cookie, which is my favorite cookie.

Recipe under lid of Quaker Oats works for me except for the 1 cup of raisins.
Min 1 1/2 cups.

Posted by: TeeJ at December 06, 2020 07:07 PM (H8mJH)

568 Fun thread, bluebell -- thanks to all for the recipes!

Posted by: Lizzy at December 06, 2020 07:10 PM (bDqIh)

569 Cookies at altitude story:

My mom made the absolute best chocolate chip cookies when we lived in Texas. They were absolutely perfect - - a bit tender and chewy inside, a bit crispy outside.

Then we moved to Colorado and she stopped making them. I thought.

I asked why she didn't make them any more. Turns out she was using the exact same recipe as before, but now we were several thousand feet higher in altitude.

So when I went to college at a lower altitude, I used her recipe and achieved those beloved perfect chocolate chip cookies.

Posted by: President-elect Emmie at December 06, 2020 07:10 PM (ofYez)

570

er, nood



NOOD!

Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 06, 2020 07:12 PM (GIeIM)

571 563 Insom, would you really turn down a thick pork chop that had a rum/raisin sauce on it?
Posted by: Ben Had at December 06, 2020 07:05 PM (pNW4Y)

I would thoroughly cleanse the surface then eat the pork chop.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 06, 2020 07:12 PM (nakwk)

572 I'm a little surprised I thought the Horde scorned oatmeal raisin cookies.
So I guess I shouldn't make assumptions.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 07:13 PM (lgiXo)

573 Oh dear, craving sweets now, I think I'll have to make my never fail fudge. Maybe use a good glug of coffee liquor and make it mocha flavor.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 06, 2020 07:13 PM (Aashi)

574 When we were at Ft Huachuca in Arizona (5000 feet) we learned to adjust the amount of flour in a recipe. Typically a little less. Most instructions on the boxes have advice.

Posted by: Diogenes at December 06, 2020 07:15 PM (axyOa)

575 Oh dear, craving sweets now, I think I'll have to make my never fail fudge. Maybe use a good glug of coffee liquor and make it mocha flavor.
Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 06, 2020 07:13 PM (Aashi)

I only use coffee liqueur for espresso martinis. My mind has been broadened.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 06, 2020 07:15 PM (lgiXo)

576 "Big Raisin," is it. You know who is a really big time raisin-farmer, which is to say he grows grapes only for the sole purpose of drying them? That would be Victor Davis Hanson, is who. And his insider knowledge of vine growing gave him the inside line on Greek campaigning in "The Western Way of War" and some of his other early works.


We like to pick on him by claiming that if Vic lived in Ohio, he'd have had the phalanxes throwing tomatoes at each other.

Another thing, almond cookies. The best and original amaretto, meaning of course Lazzaroni, was produced by baking almond cookies and then infusing them in barrels of liqueur -- not the other way around, as you'd suppose. I would imagine that those booze-soaked used cookies would have been good for something, though...

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at December 06, 2020 07:17 PM (zMFmR)

577 @525 - rickb223

With extra raisins?
Posted by: TeeJ


As many as I want. LOL.
Right now it's chicken fajitas.

Posted by: rickb223 at December 06, 2020 07:35 PM (bkkvA)

578 The family favorites:



Thanks for a great, much-needed thread, Bluebell!

Gingerbread. I have a set of cutters that I've used for over forty years. Wouldn't be Christmas without the shapes.

Ethel's Sugar Cookies- a classic recipe from Grandma's Betty Crocker Cookbook ca 1954. Will be sending these to the daughter in CA- they're her favorite.

Sand tarts: the cookie you suffered for- first picking out the damn pecans, then rolling the piping hot cookies in confectioners sugar. Completely worth it.

Fruit gems: just a good applesauce cake recipe loaded with raisins, both kinds; dried apricots and nuts, baked in gem pans. I don't bother with the liners, just spray the pan with Pam.
You can fancy these up with a nice glaze and they're like mini-fruitcakes- just good ones...

Posted by: Sal at December 06, 2020 07:58 PM (KTdeA)

579
Because she can't seem to bake them the same way.
Yes, she is an idiot.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at Dec

Maybe we need to add toll house cookies to the list of things that taste better when made by someone else the exact same way you make it.
The list I have are sandwiches and salads always taste better when someone else makes them.

Posted by: CaliGirl at December 06, 2020 08:06 PM (7bcfy)

580 Funfetti shortbread is also easy. A hit with the neighbors. Crunch up some peppermints (the softer round kind) and make peppermint shortbread.

Posted by: S.Lynn at December 06, 2020 08:48 PM (2Kb6M)

581 We're trying the shortbread recipe now. Followed exactly and the dough is super crumbly. Was fine until the last 1/2 cup of flour. Not sure how to save it, so we're just popping some in the oven and praying it works.

The cookies I am known for but rarely make are joe froggers. Otherwise known as "those good molasses cookies." They travel well (made it all the way to Japan one year) and are probably the only thing other than soup that I can make without messing up.

My mom has a soft cream cheese frosted cookie recipe handed down that we make almost every Christmas. Way better than the pretty, yet hard and tasteless ones I made one year (did the whole decorating shebang: flooding, piping, painting).

Posted by: soulpile at December 06, 2020 09:48 PM (rwZk1)

582 Reynolds has awesome parchment paper marked with two inch square grids. I buy it at Walmart.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at December 06, 2020 10:42 PM (0tmoY)

583 Before I became a teacher, I baked every Christmas and put together cookie plates for friends and especially for my kids' teachers.
Then I BECAME a teacher. My first few years I was working in a pretty rough school so it didn't really change anything around the holidays. But when I switched schools to my current small Catholic school -- forget it. I get so many sweets, treats, and home-baked goodies from my students that there's just no point in me baking anything. My family loves it, lol.

My favorites were always lemon bars, chocolate crinkles, Mexican wedding cookings, and thumbprints (with jam).

Can't remember who mentioned it, but years ago I developed low carb versions of a few of my favorites:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/newsletter/lclnewsvol07-no10-pg1.html

Lemon Bars: http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/newsletter/lclnewsvol07-no2-pg4.html


Rugelach: http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/newsletter/lclnewsvol07-no12-pg2.html

Weird to think how long ago that was, but I hope their helpful to someone.

Thanks for a great thread, Bluebell!

Posted by: quietI at December 06, 2020 10:43 PM (T0lUe)

584 Home made Chex mix with rye crisps? How do you make the rye crisps? That's my favorite thing in chex mix and there are never enough of them.
I can't stand Karo with "light vanilla flavoring." Any substitutes?
Thanks for all the cookie recipes. I'm going to make at least 2!
Merry Christmas and a Trumpful New Year!

Posted by: Joe at December 07, 2020 12:21 AM (sjYjs)

585 Little late to the party, but that's what you get from nuclear power.

I am the master baker. I make 20-30 batches of different cookies at Xmas, with a target of 25. Everybody on the list gets 2 dozen cookies, each one different.

This is probably my favorite, currently: https://wp.me/p8SQzU-88

Will have to have a look see what else is posted here. I try and do the ones I've found that are great every year and make 10 or so new ones...

Posted by: deadrody at December 07, 2020 07:19 AM (V9901)

586 Where's the fun? Christmas cookies are meant to be given away, brought to work, donated to library cookie sales. Not so this year. All cancelled. Eating our own in isolation is well, not as much fun.

Posted by: Ziba at December 07, 2020 10:18 AM (S1hrL)

587 Butter Cookies are Great Gifts and my mom used to make Christmas Cookie Tree

Posted by: Tamaa the Drongo Bird at December 07, 2020 06:20 PM (FLiOE)

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