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Holiday Cookies and Bars - recipes please!

17 years ago

Can we gat a thread going for just Holiday Cookies, Bars and desserts? I would love to know some of your family favorites... they always seen to be the best.

It isn't too early to start baking the ones that freeze well, and I would love to plan for some new ones on the cookie tray this year!

Here are a couple that I *always* make

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Chocolate Raspberry Sticks

2 squares unsweetened chocolate

cup butter softened

½ cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups cake flour

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp salt

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

6 oz white chocolate (@1 cup white chocolate chips)

Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light. Add egg and melted chocolate and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and mix well. Add cake flour, and salt until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Divide each part into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope 12 inches long on a lightly floured board. The rope should be about the thickness of a finger. Place each rope about 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets. With the side if your finger (I use a chopstick) press a channel along the length of each rope. Bake 8 minutes until firm.

Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Stir until very smooth. Stir the preserves until smooth. Place preserves in a pastry bag (or heavy plastic sandwich bag, snip off the corner) and run a bead of preserves down the channel of each chocolate rope. Return to the oven for 2 minutes.

When you remove them from the oven, place them on a wire rack to cool. Put the melted white chocolate in a pastry bag (or heavy sandwich bag). Drizzle the ropes with the melted white chocolate. Cut strips into 1 inch lengths. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

 1 1/2 cups Sugar

 1 cup Shortening -- soft

 2 each Eggs

 2 3/4 cups Flour

 2 teaspoons Cream of tartar

 1 teaspoon Baking soda

 1/2 teaspoon Salt

 2 tablespoons Sugar

 2 teaspoons Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix 1 1/2 c. sugar, shortening and eggs. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, and soda. Chill dough. Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. Com- bine 2 t. sugar and cinnamon. Roll cookies in this mixture.

Bake for 8-10 mins., cool completely on wire racks.

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Eggnog Cookies

A wonderful addition to your holiday cookie tray. Rich with egg and nutmeg.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Directions:

1 In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; gradually stir into creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate until firm.

2 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

3 Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should be lightly browned.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

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