Except I don't bake Christmas cookies until right before Christmas.
She told me I could wait until then to post, but then you wouldn't be able to try these fantastic cookies.
I'll post the photos then, and the recipes now!
And to keep you entertained whilst perusing the recipes I'll show you some of my Christmas ornaments. Otherwise, no one, other than mon mari and me, will get to see them this year!
Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. dark molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. powdered ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
extra granulated sugar
1. Cream butter & sugar
2. Add & mix well next 8 ingredients
3. Stir in chocolate chunks
4. Shape into I-inch balls, dip tops
in sugar and place on greased
5. Bake at 375F (190C) 10 – 12 minutes or
until cookies are browned & firm.
These are caganer (shitters). They are an integral member of every nativity scene in Catalonia and other parts of northern Spain and Andorra…. including the live nativity scenes. (Don't ask).
They can be Shepherds, Wise Men, Santas, political figures, priests, sailors, whatever. The piles of excrement can be large or small; they are almost always smoking pipes.
Yes, I said nativity scenes. They are usually off to the side by the shepherds….
Peanut Butter Oatmeal
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar – packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chunks
1. Cream 1st 4 ingredients
2. Blend in egg & vanilla
3. Combine oats, flour & soda,
blend into creamed mixture.
4. Stir in chocolate chunks
5. Shape into 1-inch ball & place on
ungreased baking sheet
6. Bake at 350F (175)C for 10 – 11 minutes
or just until edges are golden.
Cool 1 minute on sheet.
The 2 little bells were on my mother's mother's Christmas tree and are probably over 100 years old. The skiing Santa, elf and reindeer were on my mother's Christmas tree since I was little.
The Little Drummer Girl was one of many, many, many gifts I received when I was a 'paper girl'. The 2 ornaments on either side are the first Christmas ornaments I ever made…from aluminum can lids.
6 Tbsp butter
7 Tbsp granulated sugar
8 ounces dark chocolate
melted & cooled
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
6 ounces milk chocolate chunks
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Cream butter, sugar & eggs
2. Stir in melted chocolate
3. Stir in next 5 ingredients
4. Stir in chocolate chunks & nuts
5. Drop by Tbs onto greased
baking sheet (Dough is sticky)
6. Bake at 350F (175C) about 11 minutes
Cookies should look dry & cracked
but feel soft when pressed – let
cool 5 minutes on sheet.
My cousin in Florida decorated the starfish and sea urchin shell. The octopus….
Well, she kind of speaks for herself, doesn't she? Also from Florida.
The 2 goose eggs were made by mon mari's favorite uncle. We received a package of homemade ornaments every Christmas until he died.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp sal1
1 cup chopped almonds
1. Cream butter, sugar and eggs
2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients
3. Roll into logs about 2" (5cm) wide
wrap in cling film and refrigerate
4. Slice (1/8", .35cm) and bake, 400F
(200C) for 8 – 10 minutes, until light brown
These are great because they can sit in the fridge for
a few days and be baked whenever!
The 3 small eggs are decorated chicken eggs that I bought at a shop in Salzburg that sells nothing but!
And the big one? Anyone want to hazard a guess?
Remember when L'Egg's pantyhose came in eggs?
Yup, that's a L'Egg's egg, Christmas edition.
We keep spare ornament hooks inside and hang it right on the tree!
The last photo is just to prove that I do have some traditional ornaments!
Susan's keeping a running recap of all the yummy cookies here – check it out!
And, don't forget to search your closet/pantry for skeletons. Remember, confession is good for the soul. It can, but doesn't have to, be an actual recipe, or just the description of the, um, food or any food and holiday related debacle/story/mishap…. Really, any dirty little secret you feel like sharing! You have until Christmas to post – the round-up will be just before Dec. 31. The usual rules: post, link to me, send me an e-mail with permalink. Click for details!
Come on, tell! Share the pain…you'll feel better! And so will we!