Christmas is for Cookies (A Recipe Round-Up)

Serving suggestion: dip the gingersnaps in coffee for a fake gingerbread latte.
Serving suggestion: dip the gingersnaps in coffee for a fake gingerbread latte.

I’ve been a little remiss in my Christmas baking this year — other than a couple of batches of gingersnaps (which are so quick and easy they’ve become my go-to “I need cookies for a party in an hour!” recipe) I haven’t done any of my baking at all. I’m planning to catch up over the weekend, and in case you are too, I thought I’d compile the Christmas cookie recipes I’ve posted over the years all in one place — along with adding another family favorite I’ve not shared before.

Chocolate Crinkles

“I don’t know how Aunt Anne’s recipe differs from others — all I know is, these are the tastiest version of these cookies that I have ever eaten.”

Gingersnaps

“My only tweak is more of a suggestion… Make two batches; one to share and one to keep – they’re that delicious.”

Chocolate Chip Macaroons

“For some reason, I wanted to make macaroons, which I had never made before, and started googling around for a recipe. I couldn’t find one for which I had all the ingredients…so I combined a few…”

(I had actually forgotten about this recipe until my friend Mary texted me about it tonight, and now I want macaroons like whoa. Officially on the list for this year.)

And now for the “new” recipe…

Tadelles

Ingredients

1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 egg
11⁄2 cups flour
11⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄4 cup milk

Instructions

Mix all ingredients well. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool and frost.

Seriously. That’s all I have for instructions. Clearly I’ve made these enough times that I don’t need details. But, if I did, it would be to cream the sugar and shortening, then add egg and lemon extract combine thoroughly. Dry items next, then the milk. Drop spoon-sized balls onto a cookie sheet.

With regard to frosting, I usually just throw powdered sugar, a little butter and milk and some lemon extract into a bowl and mix it up, adding more of whatever until it’s the right consistency and tastes like I want (nice and lemony). It’s more art than science. And involves a lot of tasting, so it’s a win all around.

I’d recommend doubling the recipe because this only makes about two dozen cookies and you will want more.

Happy baking!

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Weekending, Holiday Style

Weekending

As Sunday night rolls to a close, here’s a snapshot of the weekend that was…

  • Celebrated my friend Laura’s birthday with a happy hour at Lola’s.
  • Did lots and lots of laundry.
  • Bought and decorated my Christmas tree. (More on that later in the week.)
  • Put up the rest of my Christmas decorations.
  • Painted my fingernails with glitter polish. Twice. My nails are now highly festive. And polished for the first time since probably the ’90s.
  • Went to the grocery store. (And schlepped what felt like 50 pounds stuff home. Baking season is no joke.)
  •  Baked my first batch of gingersnaps of the holiday season.
  • Attended sprite and Rudi’s annual tree-trimming bash, which was — as always — a great time, with many of my favorite DC people.
  • Listened to Christmas music. And maybe danced around my apartment a little.
  • Switched my throw pillows to the Christmassy covers I bought in Thailand some years ago. (This was especially exciting because I thought I had lost them, but found them a month or so ago when looking for something else.)
  • Played too many games of Words with Friends while watching too many Law & Order/SVU/Criminal Minds re-runs. (Yeah, I squeezed some “typical weekend” in around the holiday goodness.)
  • Put on the crockpot to cook tomorrow’s lunch/dinner while I sleep. (Technically, I haven’t done this yet, but if I put it on this list, I have to do it before I go to bed, right?)

Weekending along with Pumpkin Sunrise.