Bear N Mom Recipes - Christmas Cookies 2009
November Baking for Christmas
Today is 11/5/2009 and I officially started to bake or make my Christmas cookies. I found some bargains at the local supermarket on eggs, sugar and flour so I decided it was time to start.
I also found a kit to make chocolate and peanut butter candy in molds so I bought that too. I figure I can make theirs and then get my own started since I already make candy but haven't put the method I use into a hub yet. The molds are christmas trees and stars. I know it will be fairly easy to make my own. I prefer to buy my chocolate from Russell Stover which is a distributor here in Pittsburgh. I buy Peterson Ultra Chocolate in 10 pound bars. The method I will save for another hub since today's hub is about Christmas cookies.
Today, I started with my Anise Pizzelles. I only made 1 batch since I have the smaller pizzele iron and I get 6-1/2 dozen out of a batch. The recipe is linked to this hub. Next I will make the orange ones. I only use oils for flavorings so that I get the full flavor in the cookie. These cookies store well. I wrapped each dozen in aluminum foil and put them into a Tupperware™ container. These cookies store up to six months in this type of container.
The next cookies I tried were Spiced Palmiers. This is my first time trying this recipe that I recently found in a magazine. The difference will be that they went fancy and did the cookies in an "S" shape. I am only going to the original rounded shape. After I try it and see if it turns out I will put it up on a hub. If you have read my hub on local bakeries, you know that palmiers are French and that they are elephant ears. This recipe starts with puff pastry and I bought a box at the supermarket. That is the most expensive part of the cookie because you only get 18 cookies out of a sheet. So you only get 3 dozen out of a box but that should be plenty to use on a cookie tray. This cookies is more time consuming because you freeze the cookies twice. Once after you have formed the initial roll and once after you have cut the roll into individual cookies.
December Baking for Christmas
This week I continued baking for the Christmas Holiday. Since I did the last post I got sidetracked with a minor heart attack so we are now back on track with the cookies.
On December 1, I baked the old standbys "Peanut Butter Cookies" and "Chocolate Chip Cookies." I'm not going to insult anyone by posting the recipes for these two cookies but they are the ones that even if they aren't fancy they are the ones the kids reach for. Children are not fond of the traditional cookies but just love those peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. The only thing I do differently with my chocolate chip cookies is I use the milk chocolate chips because my ulcer just does not like semi-sweet chocolate any more. Since they started making these bits I can eat chocolate chip cookies again.
December 2, I tried my hand at the Ricotta Cookie recipe that my step-daughter has been making from her Mom's recipe. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Lisa and her Mom are such great cookie makers because they learned from Nunny too. These are the greatest little Cookies for taste and consistency. These cookies are all Italian and just the greatest addition to the traditional cookie tray that Nunny used to make.
December 3, I baked the Sour Cream Date Drop Cookies. I chose to add the walnuts and they turned out simply scrumptious. It didn't take any time at all to chop up those dates and I'm glad I did because a couple of the so-called pitted dates still had pits in them. You can buy the dates already chopped but that's not fun in this season of baking. I had just enough walnuts left over in the bag I had bought and I chopped them the easy way with a wooden mallet. True the walnuts are not in evening chopped pieces but it lets you take out some of your frustrations while bagging away bag of nuts. The cookies flatten out on the pan so you do need to leave room for them to do their thing on the baking sheet. I doubled the recipe and used full scoops on my teaspoons but still got 4 dozen cookies for my cookie trays.
Next I made the Puff Pastry Fruit Squares. These were simple and easy to make but were an experiment this time around. I was not really satisfied with the cookies but they will improve each time I make them.
Since I work 4 day weekends, I'll be taking a vacation from the Christmas baking until next week. I also need to find recipes for the supplies I have already bought. Being a senior citizen has limited my income and I'm trying to get as much baked as I can on my resources.