I figured if I was going to make the world a better place, I’d do it with cookies.
— Ana Pascal
I’ve got a post in the works about the story behind last Monday’s picture, but I wanted to share with you the madness that was the Great Cookie Weekend of Aught-Nine.
I arrived at Karen’s Friday night, and we set all of the ingredients out on her kitchen table. Here’s the before picture:
Then we went dancing. And got home at three. And then there was a mouse, which gets its own post. And then we got up at 9 Saturday morning and tore through 9 cookie recipes and 2 kinds of fudge. Here’s the after picture:
We ended up making two batches of three of the cookies because we loved them so much. Here’s closer look:
Clockwise from the top, we have:
1. Caramel Pecan cookies, without the pecans (these are made with Rolos and are very chewy)
2. Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate cookies, drizzled with dulce de leche (which I discovered is super simple to make, so now I can get on with #38 on my 101 in 1001 list) (these are very crispy; the texture is more like a gingersnap than anything else, but I really loved the flavor of these)
3. Rosenmunnar, or thumbprint cookies (we used half strawberry jam – Cheesie’s homemade, actually – and half orange marmalade; next year, we’re thinking of using strawberry and mint, to make it more Christmasy)
4. Kissy cookies!
5. Polvorones de Canele (Polovorones are traditional Spanish Christmas cookies, but these did not turn out the way they were supposed to, though they aren’t bad. I think we didn’t use enough flour, because they are supposed to stay in balls, not spread out. I might try these again before Christmas to see if I can get them right)
6. Cream Cheese Sugar cookies
7. Scottish Shortbread (we added peppermint extract to the dough, then dipped them in candy chocolate coating when they were cooled and sprinkled them with crushed peppermint candy – hands down, these are the best cookies we made)
8. Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies (made with white chocolate chips; nice and chewy – yum)
9. Candy Cane cookies (the recipe called for almond extract, which we thought was dumb, so we added peppermint instead; these are fairly labor-intensive, but they look great)
In the middle we have chocolate fudge and peppermint fudge.
If you’re interested, I can provide you recipes for any or all of these delicious treats! Just leave a comment or email me. The three we made extras of were the Kissy cookies, the thumbprints, and the shortbread. SO good.
ETA: I almost forgot – we had a special helper:
That’s baby Ben, Aimee’s little boy, who is almost 2, if you can believe that! Aimee had to work Sunday, so we agreed to watch him for the day. He’s the best!