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12 Days of Cookies

12 Days of Cookies: Pistachio-Vanilla Bean Cookies

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Pistachio-Vanilla Bean Cookies Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 vanilla bean 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup finely chopped salted dry-roasted pistachio nuts 6 ounces white chocolate (with cocoa butter), cut up 2 teaspoons shortening   Directions In a large bowl beat butter with an
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12 Days of Cookies: Orange Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Orange Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies Ingredients  1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel or lemon peel 2/3 cup butter, softened 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Directions In a small bowl combine sugar and orange peel.
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12 Days of Cookies: Gingerbread Cupcakes

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Gingerbread Cupcakes Ingredients 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar 1 large egg, at room temperature 1/2 cup (120ml) milk, at room temperature1 1/2 cup (156g) molasses 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 and 1/3 cups (167g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly) 1/2 teaspoon baking
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12 Days of Cookies: Macadamia Moons

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Browned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts 1/4 cup butter 2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 2 – 3 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts Freshly grated
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12 Days of Cookies: Cherry-Walnut Balls

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Cherry-Walnut Balls Ingredients 1/4 cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted* Red edible glitter (optional) Powdered sugar Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Drain chopped maraschino cherries on paper towels; pat dry
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12 Days of Cookies: Candied (& Chocolate-Dipped) Orange Peels

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Candied (& Chocolate-Dipped) Orange Peels Ingredients 3 oranges, navel work well 2 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup sugar Dark Chocolate Directions Cut the top and bottom from the orange. Cut the peel each orange into 4 vertical pieces and remove from orange in one piece. Cut the peel into thin strips. Bring a
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12 Days of Christmas: Salted Caramel Whiskey Truffles

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

SALTED CARAMEL AND WHISKEY TRUFFLE Ingredients Truffle: 11 oz dark chocolate (65% cacao) 8 tablespoon heavy cream ½ cup salted caramel (recipe follows) ¼ cup Irish Whiskey 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch process Salted Caramel Sauce: ½ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons of heavy cream ½ teaspoons
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12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Hazelnut Cannoli

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Cannoli (all together now, yyuummm!) Ingredients 2C ricotta cheese 2oz Perugina’s Luisa 51% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar, finely chopped 10, 6-inch cannoli shells or additional smaller shells* ¼ C heavy cream ¾ C chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella ½ tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp kosher salt or a pinch of fine salt
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12 Days of Cookies: Rolled Cinnamon Sandwiches

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Granulated sugar Cinnamon Filling (Recipe for Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting) White sprinkles (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets; set aside.
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12 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Mint Thins

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon mint extract Green food coloring 2 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (optional) Directions In a large bowl beat butter with an electric
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