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9/27/17 6:42 P

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This is a very simple and very tasty recipe, that we make every Christmas.

Classic Christmas Shortbread

(Oven: 350 'F)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened.
2/3 cup brown or golden sugar.
2 cups all-purpose flour.

Directions:

Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly.
Add the flour, and blend it in well. Kneed the dough until it is evenly blended.

Shape the dough into 2 long rolls about 2 inches across. Wrap them in saran wrap, and chill for about an hour.

Once chilled, unwrap the dough and slice about 1/2 centimeter (1/4 inch) thick. Place the sliced disks on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (it can go on ungreased cookie sheets as well, if you do not have parchment paper).

Bake at 350 'F for about 12-15 minutes, or until they start to turn golden around the edges.
Cool on a wire rack and once cool, store in a nice airtight container.

These are nice plain, or they can be drizzled with melted chocolate or with a thin icing glaze.


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9/27/17 6:40 P

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This is a very old recipe, that my mom used to make for me. I love it, and make it every year for Christmas.

Cookie Jar Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups flour
1+1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


Directions:

Thoroughly cream butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla.
Add eggs, and beat until fluffy.
Stir in milk.
Sift together the dry ingredients, and stir in to blend with the butter mixture.

Divide dough in half.

Wrap in cling wrap.

Chill for 1 hour.

Using one portion of dough at a time, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes, and bake on a greased cookie sheet, at 375 'F, for 6-8 miutes (or till done).

Cool on a wire rack.

Decorate as desired.(if using sugar crystals, gently press the cookie dough cutouts into crystals before baking.)





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9/27/17 6:35 P

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This is the recipe for my mom's fried cookies, also known by us kids as Rabbit Ears... :)
This is a very old recipe, and is done with a scale for some measurments... When frying these, bring the fat to the temperature you would use for doughnuts.

MOM's Fried Cookies

Ingredients:
1+1/8 pound all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3+1/2 ounces sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon flavouring
1 teaspoon rum flavouring
3 eggs
4 tablespoon milk or water
4+1/2 ounces butter or margarine
Fat for frying (oil or lard)
Icing sugar for dusting

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients as you would for rolled cookies. Knead it to form an even dough.
Roll it out thinly (between 1/4 " to 1/8 " thick). Cut into 1" strips. Cut each strip about 4" long. Cut a slit into each strip, and twist one end through the slit to form a twist in the pastry. Fry in plenty of boiling fat until it turns golden brown. Drain them well, and coat in icing sugar.



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9/27/17 6:34 P

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Lebkuchen:

Ingredients:

2/3 cup liquid honey
1/2 cup fancy molasses
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup finely ground almonds
1/2 cup chopped candied fruit peel
3+1/2 cups all purpose flour (depending on humidity, you may need a bit more)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
finely sliced almonds *optional (for garnish)
halved cherries, and some corn syrup, to garnish them before you bake them.

Directions:

1) Bring the honey and molasses to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.
2) Beat the egg in a large bowl, until it is frothy. Beat in the sugar. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, candied peel, ground almonds and the hot honey - molasses mixture (add this slowly, in a stream).
3) Stir the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
4) Roll out on a floured surface until the dough is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2-3 inch circles. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
5) Dot each cookie lightly with a tiny bit of corn syrup and press half a cherry onto each cookie, do the same with the sliced almond to form a pleasing decoration.
6) Bake in a preheated 350'F oven 10-12 minutes (or until they are done, and are just starting to turn brown at the edges). Brush the cookies with corn syrup while they are still hot, to form a shiny glaze. Remove the cookies from the tray and cool on a wire rack.

When completely cooled, store in an airtight container, in a cool place. These keep well, and become more chewy as they age.
Enjoy! :)



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9/27/17 6:32 P

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Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients:


3 + 1/2 cups cooked mashed sweet potato
2 + 1/2 cups brown sugar
6 large eggs
2 + 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves*optional (if you do not like to use it, it is OK)
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice*optional (if you do not like to use it, it is OK)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1 + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
3 9 inch deep dish pie crusts (frozen or homemade)


Directions:

1) Peel, dice, and cover with water, enough sweet potato to make about 3+1/2 cups mashed sweet potato. Boil until tender, and easy to mash. Cool slightly until it is easy to handle, and place in a large mixing bowl.

2) Mash the sweet potato with the butter. Add the sugar, eggs, all the spices, salt, and vanilla extract. Beet with a blender, until well mixed. Add the canned milk, and blend some more until the mixture is smooth.

3) Pour into the 3 prepared pie shells.

Bake in a preheated 350 ' F oven, on the middle shelf, for about 1 hour, until crust is nicely done, and filling is set. (Depending on your oven, you may need to add a few minutes.)

This pie is good served either chilled or warm. :)



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9/27/17 6:29 P

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Spiced Speculaas
(makes about 15-16 cookies)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened.
1 cup packed brown sugar.
1 egg.
2 cups all purpose flour.
2 teaspoon each: cinnamon and ground ginger.
1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
1/4 teaspoon each: ground cardamom, ground cloves, ground nutmeg.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.


Directions:

In a large bowl, beat the butter with brown sugar, until fluffy. Beat in the egg. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir into butter mixture until just combined.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface; knead a few times until the dough is smooth. Divide the dough in half; shape into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Dust speculaas molds or cookie molds with flour. Form about 2 tablespoons worth of dough into a ball, and flatten slightly.

Place the flattened ball on a lightly floured surface, and press down further using a speculaas mold or cookie mold. Release the shaped cookie from the mold. Trim the edges with a knife, if you want to clean up the sides of the cookies.

Repeat until all the dough is used. Place the formed cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart.

Bake 1 sheet at a time, in a 350'F (180'C) oven, until edges start to darken and tops are firm. (about 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.) Let cool on the pan for about 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.

Store in airtight containers.


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9/27/17 1:23 P

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I almost always make something we call "Florences" Candy. My daughter says it isn't Christmas without it. Very easy to make. But not a baked item. It uses white choc. bark and Captain Crunch cereal, etc. If you (or anyone) is interested in it I'll look up the recipe and post it.

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The Holidays are coming up FAST. This year I want to get some Christmas baking done in time. Anyone have some good Christmas goodies for me to try. Guess I want to get out of the original cookies (chocolate chip etc), but I may still make them.

I do live in high altitude, so breads might need some adjustments.

Anyone have a favorite Christmas/Holiday goodie they like to share? emoticon emoticon

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