Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange

By Virginia Van Vynckt, Barbara Grunes

Modern-day busy bakers have the desire to make a beautiful number of scrumptious Christmas cookies with out spending days upon flour-smudged days blending, rolling, and baking. this can be your advisor to the Christmas cookie trade, the place every body indicates up with a number of batches of selfmade cookies to change. it is all the diversity with no the fuss! Red-and-white striped edges make this lovely ebook seem like a Christmas current, with a hundred and twenty recipes to choose between, plus suggestions for adorning, making plans, and throwing the celebration.

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216 Almond Tuiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Mini Eggnog Madeleines . . . . . . . . . . 218 Scandinavian Stamp Cookies . . . . . . . 220 Kringles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Italian Twisted Wreath Cookies . . . . 222 Brandy Snaps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Turtles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Bowknots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228 Honey–Pine Nut Crescents . . . . . . . . 230 Cereal Wreath Treats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 bankruptcy 7: PRESSED AND P I P E D C O O okay I E S . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Spritz Christmas timber and Wreaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Mocha Tweed Ribbons . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Chai Meringues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 highly spiced Cinnamon Meringues . . . . . . . . 238 Twinkling Little Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 CH APT ER 1 D ROP COOKIES Drop cookies radiate a homey allure. not like the uniform, machine-made cookies you discover within the supermarket, no home made drop cookies are alike. also they are one of the least difficult cookies to make from scratch. so much recipes demand very little chilling, shaping, or filling. simply combine up the dough, drop it from a spoon or roll it into balls, and bake. listed here are 4 easy methods to soft a while within the kitchen: 2. the common method to form the dough is by way of rolling it among your hands. For the main uniform cookies, use cookie scoops or meatball scoops, which seem like ice cream scoops yet are smaller. while you're making better cookies, ice cream scoops paintings, too. 1. a few recipes for drop cookies demand rolling the dough into balls to create uniformly around cookies. For a greater presentation at a cookie trade, you should use this system with approximately any drop cookie, so long as the dough is company sufficient (you may refrigerate delicate doughs, akin to chocolate chip cookie dough, to lead them to enterprise adequate for rolling). Shaping the dough into balls additionally produces baked cookies with extra heft. four. concentrate on the dimensions laid out in the recipe with the intention to get an analogous yield the recipe exhibits. A 1-inch ball of dough can be smaller than you think that it truly is. three. Refrigerate sticky dough, similar to the dough for chocolate chip cookies, until eventually you'll be able to deal with. often it must relax for not more than approximately half-hour. 24 makes approximately AMARETTI cookies those recognized, flourless Italian cookies are like crunchy macaroons. For even greater style, toast the almonds ahead of you grind them. C O O ok I E E X C H A N G E T I P : inform Santa to attempt those cookies with a cup of his favourite espresso—or with a small glass of amaretto, if he's feeling very Italian. 1¼ CUPS flooring ALMONDS ½ CUP GR ANUL ATED SUGAR 1 TABLESPOON UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER 1 Preheat the oven to 325°F. calmly spray nonstick cookie sheets. 2 In a medium bowl, stir jointly the floor almonds, ¼ cup of the granulated sugar, the cocoa powder, and the confectioners’ sugar. put aside. 2 TABLESPOONS CONFECTIONERS’ SUGAR 2 L ARGE EGG WHITES three In a wide bowl, with an electrical mixer, beat the egg whites on excessive pace until eventually tender peaks shape. Beat within the final ¼ cup granulated sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until eventually all of the sugar has been extra. Then beat within the almond mix, cream of tartar, and almond extract until eventually a medium-soft dough kinds.

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