Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What's cooking Wednesday

For this week's What's cooking Wednesday,
I thought that I would post some Christmas cookie recipes.
Here is one that I use every year, and I have given it to my sister and my mom
who has passed it on to others.
3 ingredient, "Santa's favorite" Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
1cup peanut butter
1 egg
granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls
(or you can use your Pampered Chef® scoop-that's what I do and they come out the
perfect size.)
Dip the tongs of a fork in granulated sugar, and make a criss cross pattern across the
cookie. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy with a glass of cold milk.
Another type of cookies that I've made before are
Stained glass cookies
I just used refrigerated sugar cookie dough.
Start by crushing brightly colored candy (such as lifesavers®) into small pieces.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll out the sugar cookie dough and cut into
desired shapes. Inside the shapes, cut smaller shapes in the middle.
Fill the small opening in the cookie with crushed candy pieces.
Bake for 10-15 min. until cookies are lightly browned and candy is melted.
Cool completely before eating.
(*Remember that the candy will become hard again.*)
This next recipe is for my FAVORITE cookies, that my Mother-in-law, Helen,
makes. They are sooo good. (and not-so-good for you! LOL)
Buried Cherry cookies
1 (10 ounce) jar Maraschino Cherries (42-48)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 (6 ounce) package (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Drain cherries, reserving juice. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer in medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in cocoa powder and as much of the flour as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining flour using a wooden spoon. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Place a cherry in each center. Bake in a 350 oven for 10 min or until edges are firm. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. For frosting, in a small saucepan combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons reserved cherry juice. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoon frosting over each cherry, spreading to cover (frosting may be thinned with additional cherry juice if necessary). Allow frosting to cool and set before eating.
So, those are some of the cookies I've made before for the holidays and
will probably be making again this year.
I hope that they sound good to you! Happy baking!

1 comment:

Rachael Mory said...

mmmmmmmmmm peanut butter lol