Friday, December 12, 2008

Cookies, Cookies Everywhere!!

It's that time of year again...the holiday season brings about...

Cookie Baking Time!!

This is probably one of my favorite times the the year right now because I can experiment with various cookie recipes! And I am going to share with you the ones that I have done so far!

Cookie #1: Almond Shortbread Cookies with Caramel Frosting
These have both ground almonds and almond extract in the cookie batter.

Cookie #2 Walnut Thumprints with Almond Frosting

Both creations on a platter ready to be served.

Having fun with the camera and the Kitchen-Aid mixer!!

Ok, so its not a cooke, but I did bake some Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.
I added 5 bananas (they were small) and it came out tasting more like a spice muffin + chocolate time I will cut back a little on the cinnamon. These are also much better eaten warm.

Cookie # 3 Florentines
These crisp wafer-like cookies are from Italy. They consist mainly of crushed blanched almonds sugar and corn syrup.

Cookie #4 Gingerbread Snowflakes
One of my personal favs...very yummy although they did get a little crispy for my liking...but good dunked in milk or coffee!! Yum Yumm...

Cookie # 5 Chocolate Crinkles
These are really yummy and fudgie, but messy due to the powdered sugar that they are coated in!!

The final decorated gingerbread cookies...they were made for a Senior Art Preview Show that I was a part of!!

Cookie #6 Spritz Cookies. I did two different batches. One was the classic with almond flavoring. The other was vanilla and cinnamon. Both were very good, but I think I like the traditional much better.

Cookie #7 Maple Drops. These are a very cake-like cookie, light with amazing maple flavor. They are frosted with a browned butter maple frosting that is exquisite as well.

Cookie #8 Turtles. So simple. Just 3 pecan halves, melted caramel and melted chocolate. Not my favorite, but my mother loves them!

Cookie #9 Ting-a-lings or Haystacks. My mother grew up calling them Ting-a-lings, I know them as Haystacks. Whatever you call them, they are good and simple to make. Just chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles. Yummy!

All on a platter, ready to eat!

**Recipes Coming Soon!!**

1 comment:

Mandi said...

Sarah: WOW what a sight to see all your beautiful work. Mandi shared your blog with me and it was fun to read. It is nice to see all that keeps you busy when not in school or spending time with your hubby. I hope that you have a Wonderful Xmas and Great 2009 to come. Tell your parents Hi from Bob and Brenda Plumm