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Sugar and Spice Cookies

December 10, 2019

These figure cookies are lightly crispy and delicious. They are full of warming spices like you would find in gingerbread, building on a sugar cookie base.

You will need:

  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in the ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and salt.
  4. Mix in the flour.
  5. Form a ball with the dough and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place onto the prepared baking sheets and bake until starting to turn golden, about 8-10 minutes.

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Fruitcake Inspired Shortbread Cookies

December 23, 2017

My mom enjoys fruitcake, although most of the family does not. I decided to try making a fruitcake inspired cookie in her honor for the winter holiday. This was the result. These would also be delicious with a little lemon glaze (powdered sugar + lemon juice + milk).

You will need:

  • 1 c dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, apricots etc.), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c bourbon
  • 1 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dried fruits and bourbon. Allow to macerate for 3 hours, before draining.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, lemon zest and salt until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour.
  5. Stir in the macerated dried fruits.
  6. Roll the dough out until it is 1/2-inch thick. Cut however you want!
  7. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until starting to turn golden at the edges.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 22, 2017

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These might be my new favorite cookies. They are spicy and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/3 c raw sugar (I made these for the holidays, so I used a green sparkling sugar)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl,cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the molasses, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour until mixed.
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
  6. Roll each dough ball in the raw sugar.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies to allow for spreading.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges start to set.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Eggnog Cookies

December 21, 2017

Have some extra eggnog in your fridge? Add them into these cookies for a special holiday treat. They are perfect with…eggnog! (or cocoa!) This recipe make about 2 dozen cookies.

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You will need:

  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c eggnog
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 1/4 c flour

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggnog, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
  4. Slowly add the flour until combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Leave 1-2 inches between the cookies.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until starting to turn light golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Apricot Butterhorns

December 22, 2014

This past weekend felt like the start of the holiday season for me. We decorated a tree, wrapped presents and baked a whole slew of cookies. This recipe is a longtime family favorite. In fact, some of my cousins baked these cookies this weekend too! If you find they make your holiday special, send a quick thought of thanks to my family for sharing the recipe! This will make 12 dozen cookies.

You will need:

  • 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 5 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • Powdered sugar

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Then you will…

  1. In a large bowl or a stand mixer, crumb together the butter and flour (like pie crust dough).
  2. Add the yolks and cream cheese to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  3. Form into 18 small balls and chill for an hour. (Note: these will be roughly the size plums/tangerines).
  4. Put the apricots in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Drain off the water and mix in the sugar until it is dissolved. Cool.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll each ball on powdered sugar into a 12″ circle and into eight pie-shaped wedges.
  8. Put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of the apricot mixture near the top at the center of the wide end of the wedge.
  9. Begin at the top of the wedge and roll to the point, being sure to wrap the dough as completely around the apricot as possible.
  10. Put point down on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 2 minutes.
  12. Roll in powdered sugar and cool completely. (Note: I chose to roll in powdered sugar before baking, which results in the sugar being absorbed into the cookie. Try it both ways and see what you like best!).
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