Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My True Love Gave to me......

Two new Cookie Sheets so I can make a Million Christmas Cookies....... =)
This 12 Days of Christmas event is now closed.
Well, actually it was my mom that gave me the two new cookie sheets!

If your family is anything like our family - Christmas is the time that the Baking Sheets and Chocolate melting pots come out and there are sweets galore being made in our house!

Every year, 2 weeks before Christmas I host a Cookie Exchange Brunch with family and friends and we swap swap swap Christmas Cookies and; happily we go on our way.

So today, I'd LOVE to share with you one of my favorite cookie recipes and in turn, since we can't all swap cookies, I'd love for us to be able to swap cookie RECIPES!  =)
Here goes - this is one of my favorites - simple and YUMMY!

Spritzer Christmas Cookies
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions - In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Get out your handy dandy cookie press - fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325* for 11/12 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks. Yield: 11-12 dozen.

I usually split up the batches and flavor them differently - For the Stars I switch out the Vanilla Extract and use Lemon.  For the Christmas Trees, I replace the Vanilla with Peppermint and a few drops of green food coloring.  Red Food Coloring for the Candy Canes.  You can mix and match till your little heart is content.
I love the simplicity and flexibility of these yummy cookies!

So, share with us your favorite holiday home made treat recipe in the comments below.
I could use a few NEW recipes for this years cookie exchange - maybe even one of yours!  =)

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  1. You can find several cookie recipe's on my blog post from last weekend found HERE
    and if you're interested, candy recipes can be found HERE


  2. I have wanted a cookie press for ever. I just need to buy me one. I am saving your recipe to try once I buy one. My favorite cookie is Snowballs.


  3. I do not make my own cookies but these are suppose to be the ultimate gourmet cookies: crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, and really simple to make.

    350g/12¼oz unsifted flour
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    1 tsp salt
    225g/8oz butter
    175g/6¼oz caster sugar
    175g/6¼oz soft brown sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    350g/12¼oz dark chocolate, crumbled

    Preparation method
    Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
    In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
    In another bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in the eggs. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate.
    Split the pliable dough into two halves, rolling each out into sausage shapes, approximately 5cm/2in in diameter. Wrap them in cling film and transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.
    When you are ready to bake the cookies, simply cut the log into slices 2cm/¾in thick and lay on a baking tray, widely spaced apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

    Michaela xx

  4. I found this recipe years ago, which is wonderful for children to help with! It is suppose to be a kid's fave, but my step brother who is 48 always requests these, lol.

    A store bought roll of peanut butter cookies which you then cut into one half inch slices and then quarter. Take each quarter and roll into a ball which you place into a minature muffin pan....baking according to package directions. In the meantime unwrap minature Reece's cups and upon removing the muffin tin from the oven, place one pressed into each cookie. Allow to cool slightly, then remove to wire rack to complete cooling. These should make 48 if my memory is correct. Very simple, and not homemade....but delicious and always a winner wherever I take them.

    If you try these, hope you enjoy!

  5. Wow your recipe sound good now heres mine
    Double chocolate chunk and nut cookies
    Serves: 12
    • 115 g (4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 85 g (3 oz) light muscovado sugar
    • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 85 g (3 oz) self-raising white flour
    • 55 g (2 oz) plain wholemeal flour
    • 20 g (¾ oz) cocoa powder
    • ¼ tsp baking powder
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 115 g (4 oz) good dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
    • 55 g (2 oz) macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
    • 3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
    Enjoy:) Sandra H

  6. here is the cookie i made for my cookie swap at work:
    Honey Sugar Cookies
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup honey
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 cup turbinadno sugar (for rolling)

    Preheat oven to 300. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
    In a mixing bowl combine flour, soda, and salt.
    Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the honey and cream well.
    Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just encorporated. Finish by hand if needed. Do not over mix the dough.
    Chill dough for 10 minutes.

    Drop dough by rounded spoonfulls into bowl of sugar and roll to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes until edged are golden and set.
    Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transfering to rack to cool completely.

    This are so good.