Monday, December 21, 2009

Cookie Baking Time!

Over the weekend I baked several batches of cookies to add to some already in the freezer, and today I plan to deliver baked goodies to a few friends. My new favorite Christmas cookies, above, are these White Chocolate Candy Cane Drops (recipe from the truly wonderful BH&G magazine "100 Best Cookies.") These have chopped pieces of peppermint candy mixed right in the batter, along with both melted white chocolate and chunks of white chocolate. And boy, are they good!



I also made Snowflake Sugar Cookies using some pink sugar crystals my sister gave me. I *love* colored sugars because they're so easy to use!


And when I realized I had somehow failed to include any milk chocolate, I made some easy almond flavored chocolate truffles (adapted from a recipe in the Nov/Dec issue of Taste of Home's "Simple and Delicious" magazine).



Finally, I made these jam-filled cookies with leftover sugar cookie dough and using a design idea I got from cookies on the cover of the December issue of "Everyday Food." I thought these cookies looked quite impressive, almost like little Christmas package bows. I was so pleased to read inside and learn it's just star shaped cookie dough with the "points" all tucked toward the center of the cookie. Below is a picture of the technique in case you've got some cookie baking ahead and want to try this. Happy baking!


10 comments:

Gerri said...

Mmmmmmmm!

belinda said...

Clever deal with the star shape and jam filling. I have cookie dough already mixed up so will try that.
BTW I wore my "winner" socks yesterday -they were warm as well as cute. Thanks again

parTea lady said...

All the cookies look great. I'm hoping to make a batch of snowflake cookies and also some with white chocolate and peppermint.

Your Christmas cookie platters will look wonderful with all those pretty creations.

Linda J. said...

All your cookies look so wonderful!!! Christmas cookies are a definite must in our family.

Marilyn said...

Yummmm! The cookies all look so good, but I love the jam filled idea. Thanks for passing the idea along.

Angela McRae said...

I should have mentioned that the peachy colored ones are filled with Marilyn's (Marmalady's) Apricot Darjeeling jam. Yum!

Christa said...

just.....oh my, I wish I was receiving those COOKIES!!! Yuuuuuuuummmmy. Thanks for sharing with us!

Ginger said...

Yum! I know your recipients will love their cookie gifts.

Carol said...

You're truly an inspiration, Angela! I now want to bake cookies!
Merry Christmas!

The Cake Lady said...

I was one of the recipients of these cookies and they were all wonderful!!! Thank you Angela... Merry Christmas!!!