Holidays are often realized through time with family that is focused on food, with many families repeating the same recipes year after year, generation to generation. This year I thought I'd share some "cookie" recipes from our family.
To inspire our selection this year, I searched through my grandmother's recipe box for the holiday treats I cherished as a child. I also spent some time thinking about my favorites from my Mom's Christmas cookie repertoire. Finally, I added a few recent finds. Here's what we made:
- Fudge (recipe pictured above)
- Peanut Brittle (recipe pictured below)
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Iced Sugar Cookies
- White Chocolate-covered Pretzel Clusters
- Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts and Orange
- Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbreads
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts and OrangeWhile researching I found a few good sites worth passing along:
Makes 4 1/2 dozen
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract
zest of one orange
2 large eggs
2 cups dark chocolate chips (60% cacao or higher)
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 375° F.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Mix the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, orange zest and orange extract in a larger bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a parchment-covered baking sheets.
Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown.
pink dip", posted last Thanksgiving. Sounds unusual, but it is well worth a try! Great with anything salty, like pretzels or potato chips.