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2020-11-30 2:39:10 AM  
 
2020-11-30 5:18:51 AM  
Will make a whole bunch with Mom when I get to my December vacation week.

Our regulars:
Pfefferneusse (yummy anise-y balls)
Moravian Spice cutouts (very thin, crispy, spicier version of gingerbread)
Ting-a-Lings (just melted dark chocolate & Wheaties, very simple, very yummy)
Krumkaka (a must, even though we are not Scandinavian)
Thumbprints (little jelly filled things)
"date-filled" (these probably have an official name, they're a sugar cookie dough in a half moon shape around date filling, kinda Fig-Newton-y)

I'm forgetting something 'cuz the list is usually longer than that...
 
2020-11-30 5:58:17 AM  
Friendly reminder that oatmeal isn't a cookie, it's a breakfast bar
 
2020-11-30 6:39:56 AM  
I'm not baking.them, but the Moravian ginger cookies. They are very thin ginger snaps, and I prefer them to conventional ginger snaps. My first lady friend got them sent to her from her mother in North Carolina during the holidays.
 
2020-11-30 6:59:22 AM  
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2020-11-30 7:09:43 AM  
By Christmas I'm sugared out.

In October, there's my wife's birthday, and we have oatmeal pecan cookies.

In November, there's my birthday, and we have maple & brown sugar cookies.

Then for Thanksgiving we have tres leches cake and key lime pie.
 
2020-11-30 9:26:48 AM  

italie: Friendly reminder that oatmeal isn't a cookie, it's a breakfast bar


Moar sugar!  MOAR!
 
2020-11-30 9:29:59 AM  
My sisters, now deceased were 9 and 10 years older than myself. They always worked with me to make marzipan. It was like kindergarten play dough in different colors and we would make the equivilent of a Carmen Miranda hat or cornucopia. It was fun but they are kind of chalky. In my adult life I have been more inclined to make baklava and rugelach. Maybe I'm changing faiths with cookies. That and bourbon balls.
 
2020-11-30 9:58:14 AM  

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oatmeal raisin cranberry  COOKIES are my favorite.
 
2020-11-30 10:04:27 AM  
last year, i made some snickerdoodle cookies sandwiched around homemade cinnamon whipped cream. they were a big enough hit i have been threatened with violence if i don't make them again.
 
2020-11-30 10:14:24 AM  

Evil Mackerel: italie: Friendly reminder that oatmeal isn't a cookie, it's a breakfast bar

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oatmeal raisin cranberry  COOKIES are my favorite.


It isn't a Christmas cookie, but one of the family faves is "Wilma's cookies". I believe Wilma was a friend of my grandmother. They're oatmeal cookies with a whole bunch of other stuff in them (Chex & chocolate chunks are the two I can remember off the top of my head) and they're delicious.
 
2020-11-30 10:33:59 AM  

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oatmeal raisin cranberry  COOKIES are my favorite.

It isn't a Christmas cookie, but one of the family faves is "Wilma's cookies". I believe Wilma was a friend of my grandmother. They're oatmeal cookies with a whole bunch of other stuff in them (Chex & chocolate chunks are the two I can remember off the top of my head) and they're delicious.


Yeah, oatmeal cookies were my GM's thing too. I think it was a Depression Era thing.
 
2020-11-30 10:35:11 AM  

Evil Mackerel: italie: Friendly reminder that oatmeal isn't a cookie, it's a breakfast bar

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oatmeal raisin cranberry  COOKIES are my favorite.


I took that Neiman's cookie email recipe and played around with it and the resulting oatmeal choc chip cookie gets rave reviews
 
2020-11-30 10:39:34 AM  
Chocolate crackle cookies.  I didn't make them one year, and apparently ruined Christmas by my neglect.
 
2020-11-30 10:40:44 AM  
When I had energy and looked after children, I made
Gingerbread cookie trees-graduated star shapes stacked up and glued with royal icing.
Checkerboard cookies
And my sister's  really decadent chocolate chip squares. A chocolate chip cake base, a cup of browned butter mixed with icing sugar and topped with melted unsweetened chocolate  to balance the sweetness
Dammit, now I want that
 
2020-11-30 12:12:11 PM  
I don't have the exact recipe, but I used to do a lot of Christmas cookie baking.  One year, a friend suggested that I make a bacon cookie.  I found a bacon chocolate chip recipe (might've been the Serious Eat one), but it called for butter ... so I cooked the bacon in the oven, collected the bacon fat, and used that.  And I added a maple glaze, and more crumbled up bacon on top.

My go-to cookies have changed over the years.  I used to start on Thanksgiving weekend, and then make batches of cookies every weekend for a few weeks until I had 6 or 7 different types.  oatmeal lace, candy cane cookies, meringues (to use up any extra egg whites), gingersnaps, sugar cookies, etc.

There were a few that I regretted (cranberry & white chocolate ... thumbprints as they just too so damned long) and got rotated out.  And these days I've gotten lazier.  Much more bar cookies (like shortbread w/ chocolate & nuts), the candy canes are now rolled into logs and sliced so they look like peppermint candies (unless I'm really trying to impress people).

Also, if you don't have them already -- get some dishers.  I like my #60 (2tsp) for cookies for assortments so you end up with lots of small cookies.  (although you only want maybe 1/2 of a #100 for oatmeal lace ... they spread).  Also, you want at least 6 sheet pans -- two in the oven, two cooling, and two that you're loading up to swap in next.
 
2020-11-30 12:18:37 PM  
I haven't started yet, but at some point I'll make brookies, snickerdoodles, ginger cookies, lemon bars, and white chocolate & cherry oatmeal cookies.
 
2020-11-30 12:24:25 PM  
Ginger nut biscuits and shortbread are holiday staples in this house.
 
2020-11-30 12:42:07 PM  
Not baking them yet,  but my Nana's recipe for ginger spice cookies is my favorite.  I don't have the recipe card,  but I have a photocopy of it.  Typewritten and dated 1947.
 
2020-11-30 12:52:03 PM  
I am a fan of snickerdoodles.  I found a recipe online that works well.
Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles Recipe | Allrecipes

Just be sure to use half shortening and half butter.   They turned out thin and somewhat crispy around the edges.
 
2020-11-30 1:12:25 PM  
Dorie Greenspan World Peace Cookies

You can thank me later.
 
2020-11-30 10:36:23 PM  
Christmas cookies are serious business in my family. This year, we're postponing festivities until it's safe for everyone. I'm not making 14 varieties of cookies just for two of us to eat them all and see which of us snaps the 2X4 supports under the mattress first.
 
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