Gingerbread is not a cookie that I’m too fond of, probably because most recipes call for molasses, which I think is harsh in taste. Then I found this recipe. It changed my mind about gingerbread cookies. This reminds me of my Butterscotch Pumpkin Trifle. The combination of butterscotch, ginger and cinnamon makes the tastiest cookie. The spicy aroma in the kitchen, while these were baking, was absolutely heavenly. And, for a dough that has to be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters, this was the easiest I have ever worked with. That’s always a big bonus. Of course, as I mentioned in a previous post, I go untraditional with my holiday cookies, so rather than use a gingerbread man cookie cutter, I opted for a teddy bear. (At least I dressed him in red and green.) If you’re looking for a gingerbread cookie recipe that is not only out of the ordinary, but is actually “extraordinary,” then you must give this a try.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Of all the cookies I bake for the holidays, this one always tops the charts with everyone. There is just something so comforting about oatmeal cookies; but, these go way beyond ordinary oatmeal cookies. They’re kissed with a taste of orange, and not artificial orange flavoring. Grated orange peel is added to the batter; and the added raisins are soaked overnight in orange juice, to really pump up the flavor. As if all of that isn’t enough to tempt you to try these cookies, there’s more. One third of the cookie is dipped in melted white chocolate, to give it a “frost bite” look. The final result: you have a moist and chewy orange spiced oatmeal raisin cookie, and you have white chocolate! How’s that for a WOW factor!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I love thumbprint cookies. The center is always such a pleasant surprise and the cookie is just so pretty to look at. Out of all the thumbprint cookies I make, this one has to be my favorite. It’s fairly easy to make and looks so festive. The cookie itself is chocolate flavored, then it’s rolled in finely chopped pecans. The thumbprint center is filled with melted caramel, then a chocolate glaze is drizzled over the top. It’s too good to be true and an absolutely perfect addition to your holiday assortment of cookies. If you love the combination of chocolate and caramel, this is a must-try recipe!
Monday, December 9, 2013
This time of year I am so grateful for my stand mixer. Yes, that means this past weekend I officially started my holiday cookie baking. That’s usually a week-long project for me, so on my blog this week I will feature a new cookie daily. Actually, my holiday baking is a little non-traditional. By that, I mean I don’t bake sugar cookies or peanut blossoms. But, I have a good reason for that. We don’t keep the cookies I bake, we give them away. I figure everyone else already has these cookies in their house, as it is probably part of their own family tradition. So, instead, I prefer to offer a variety that they wouldn’t be baking themselves this time of year; meaning, the recipes I will be sharing with you this week will be cookies you can enjoy anytime during the year, not just at Christmas time. I started with a favorite of our oldest granddaughter. She calls them Snickerdoodles, but they’re really not. They’re actually peanut butter cookies with a secret surprise inside….a SNICKERS® mini candy bar. Then they are lightly dusted with powdered sugar, and drizzled with melted chocolate.
Friday, December 6, 2013
This time of year, Mike just loves his chocolate covered cherries, the kind with the liquid centers. I had a recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge I was curious to try, so I surprised him yesterday by making a batch. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as fudge is generally firm in texture, which wouldn’t replicate the true taste of this confection. On the other hand, this recipe was different, as it called for the use of maraschino cherries, rather than candied cherries, which would have been drier. That turned out to be the secret of its success. Even when the chocolate is fully set, the fudge is softer, almost “gooey” where the cherries are embedded. This actually does taste like the real thing. Mike doesn’t usually eat fudge, and he loved it so much, he went back for seconds. This holiday treat gets a "thumbs up" from my official taste tester!