Dec 9, 2008

My Favorite Holiday Cookies

In need of a new cookie tradition in your family? Going to a holiday party and want to impress the crowd? Try one of these recipes -- you won't be disappointed!

1) Ginger Crinkle Cookies
Even if you're not a huge fan of ginger snaps or molasses cookies, you'll like these! And to boot, they're as healthy as a good cookie can get.

2) Popcorn Balls
1 10-oz bag marshmallows

1 tbsp butter

3 tbsp peanut butter

1/2 cup raisins (I like golden raisins)

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
10-12 cups popcorn (unsalted & unbuttered)

Melt butter, peanut butter, and marshmallows together in a pot over low heat on the stove. Stir constantly so the mixture doesnt't burn. When melted & smooth, remove from heat and pour in popcorn, nuts & raisins. Quickly form into about 12 balls.

3) Sugar Cookies with Candy Cane Frosting
First, make these old-fashioned sugar cookies:
Then, make this frosting:
3/4 cup sugar
3 large egg whites
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into tablespoons
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup crushed candy canes (or other peppermint candies)
  1. In a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, whisk together sugar and egg whites until sugar is dissolved and mixture is very warm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat on medium speed until completely cooled and stiff peaks have formed, about 10 minutes.
  2. With mixer on medium speed, add butter a few tablespoons at a time until completely combined. Add peppermint extract. Beat on low speed until smooth, about 5 minutes. Fold in candy cane pieces.
  3. Frost cookies once they are completely cool.
4) Coconut Biscotti After these cool completely, dip half of them into melted dark chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. (For the dip I just melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, in 20 second intervals -- takes less than 1 min -- then stir til smooth)

5) Grandma Dixie's Homemade Oreos
These are my grandma's invention, so when you take them to a party and get rave reviews (believe me, you will) please share that they're from Grandma Dixie :)

2 packages Devil's Food cake mix (18 oz each)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 8-oz package low-fat cream cheese
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted, or whisked to get rid of lumps)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Beat eggs, cake mix, and oil. Roll into small balls, and place on
ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with fingers and bake 8-10 min.

Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. When consistency is like a fluffy frosting, its done. Spread a hefty spoonful on the bottom of one cookie and place another similar-sized cookie on top.

Note: this makes a LOT of cookies!

1 comment:

Katie R. said...

Meels! I made the Ginger Cookies and my coworkers and friends LOVED them!