Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Gingerbread Cookies

In cookies, Dessert on December 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Nothing says Christmas cookies quite like gingerbread cookies. I like mine on a snowy afternoon, with a good book, some hot tea, and a roaring fire; if I would be perched by a window too, that would be IDEAL. Barring my PERFECT situation, I like my gingerbread cookies with a nice mug of hot tea. My sister likes to have hers with some hot chocolate, and my dad likes to eat them leaning over their Tupperware container with a glass of milk handy. How do you like to eat yours? I decided to make these using Betty Crocker’s Gingerbread Cutouts recipe. This recipes calls for:

Ingredients

First, I used a hand mixer to beat the sugar, butter (I melted it in the microwave first), and molasses in a large mixing bowl.

Butter, Molasses, and Sugar

Next, I beat in the egg and water.

Adding the Egg and Water

I then added the baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, ground cardamom, and ground cloves, and used the hand mixer to beat the mixture smooth.

Spices

Finally, I added the flour a cup at a time. This made it easier to use the hand mixer to combine it, and also cut back on the flour flying all over my kitchen. Lesson learned.

Flour

Once the dough was completely mixed, I wrapped it in plastic wrap, and refrigerated it for about 2 hours, or until it was firm.

Ready for the Refrigerator

Once the dough had firmed up. I rolled one third of it out on a floured surface at a time. The cookies were about 1/8th of an inch thick, and I used gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutters.

Ready for the Oven

Once the cutouts were on the cookies sheets I baked them at 350°F for 5 minutes. I made sure the oven was preheated before I put them in! Another lesson learned. The cookies expanded as they baked, so make sure to give them room to do so, otherwise your gingerbread boys and girls will be holding hands. 🙂

Right out of the Oven

Once I was done I had my very own gingerbread cookie army.

Gingerbread Cookie Army

I enjoyed these, well one or two of them with a hot cup of tea, and was thrilled. This recipe is a holiday MUST. I hope you enjoy them as much as I plan to.

Bon Appetit!

Poinsettia Cookies

In cookies, Dessert on December 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Well, I was able to redeem my cookie making skills with this DELICIOUS recipe. I feel a lot better about myself, and my oven now. My friend Annie introduced me to this recipe last Christmas, but she did all the work, so I felt the need to try it out myself this season. The recipe was one that she had cut out of a newspaper, and while normally that isn’t how I find my recipes this one was just too delicious to pass up. I started by tracking down all the ingredients:

Ingredients

First, I melted the butter in the microwave. I then combined it with the confectioner’ sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Sugar and Butter

Once the sugar and butter were mixed thoroughly with a hand mixer, I added the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

With the Egg and Extracts

Once these were all combined using the hand mixer, I added the salt.

Salt

Last, I added the flour, half a cup at a time so it would be easier to mix using the hand mixer.

Flour

Once, this was all combined, I had the dough I need to put in the refrigerator until it became firm. I split the dough in half and wrapped each half in plastic. The dough then chilled for about an hour.

Ready for the Refrigerator

Once the dough was chilled I removed it one half at a time. I rolled the dough out on a floured surface until it was about an 1/8th of an inch thick. I then used a circular cookie cutter to begin shaping each cookie. The cookies are delicate so I relocated them to a cookies sheet before I did any further shaping.

Dough Circles

I then made four cuts almost to the center of the circle, so that they were divided into quarters. I then folded alternating corners of the triangles these cuts made into the center. Once these cuts were made the cookies were ready to go into the oven.

Ready for the Oven

I then put the cookies in a THOROUGHLY preheated oven at a temperature of 350°F, and baked for 8 minutes.

Right Out of the Oven

This recipe yielded 2 and a half dozen DELICIOUS cookies. I am so excited about these, and the fact that it appears my oven and I are back in sync. This a definite MUST recipe for the holiday season. The cookies can also be decorate with red sprinkles or other decorations to make them a little more Poinsettia-esk, but I LOVED them as is. Let me know if they work out as well for you, because they are a definite…

MMMMM, Cookies

Bon Appetit!

Merry Chocolate Chip Cookies

In cookies, Dessert on November 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

::cue music:: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ::cut music::

In my family the Christmas season starts very promptly after Thanksgiving dinner when we all sit down, and watch White Christmas. Then we eat the delicious desserts that make Thanksgiving even better. I’m a little bit of a Christmas season junkie, so many, many years ago it was deemed that I cannot start playing Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving, so I consider this to be the OFFICIAL start of my holiday season. So once again, ::cue music:: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ::cut music::.

One of my favorite parts of this most wonderful time of the year is the immense amount of cookies that I bake during this time of year. Nothing inspires the Christmas spirit, like baking Christmas Cookies. Not even finals can ruin my mood, when I can blare Christmas music and my entire apartment smells like cookies. Though I have to admit studying for my Comprehensive exam is trying very hard to ruin my Christmas cheer. But anyway, I decided to kick-off this season with some Merry Chocolate Chip Cookies. It’s a Betty Crocker recipe, which should tell you right off that bat that these are some AMAZING cookies. I started by getting all the ingredients together.

Just the ingredients bring me happiness. I started by combining the butter, shortening, sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl, using a hand mixer. I beat these ingredients together until the mixture was smooth.

Sugars, Vanilla, Eggs, Butter, and Shortening

Next, I added the salt, baking soda, and 2 cups of flour to the mixture. Again, I used the hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they were smooth. I then added the last 2-1/4 cups of flour, and combined it using the hand mixer. As I added more flour the mixture became more difficult to use the hand mixer on, so in the end I needed to use a spatula to complete the mixing.

Dough

Once this was complete I added the chocolate chips, and ‘got my hands dirty’ making sure they were thoroughly distributed throughout the dough.

Chocolate Chips

Next, came the m&m’s, which I also used my hands to distribute through the dough.

M&M's

Now it was on to the cookie sheets, I used a heaping teaspoon of the dough for each cookie, and ended up with 125, slightly larger than bite-size cookies.

Ready for the Oven

The cookies baked for 7 minutes at 375°F.

Out of the Oven

First, off I LOVE these cookies. Second, I REALLY LOVE the fact that these cookies are bite-size. I also LOVE that they are so soft. The fact that they are so delicious and bite-size make them a little dangerous, but I believe that since it’s the holiday season, calories don’t count!

Lots of Cookies

What are your favorite kinds of holiday cookies?

Stay tuned for a few more of mine! In the meantime…

Bon Appétit!