Sunday, December 21, 2014

Candy Cane peppermint cookies.

Merry Christmas! A great day for cookies! 

So these are great Christmas cookies. My kids like them even d who hates chocolate chips.

This recipe is interesting because the first time I did it they were great and the second- not so much. 
So the trick here is to chill them. Don't skip this! Maybe even leave it overnight. 

1/2 lb butter. I used kerrygold butter. I like the taste of European style churned butter. However if you have a local farmer buy from them! You will think you changed the world with cookie making skills. 
1 cup brown sugar (light) 
1 1/3 cup white sugar. 

Cream 2 minutes on medium speed. 

3 large eggs 
2 tsp vanilla 
1tbsp heavy cream

Add in 3 parts 
Mix until just incorporated. 

1tsp baking soda
1tsp cornstarch 
1tsp salt
(These should all be heaping teaspoons) 
4 cups flour 

Stir dry ingredients together. Then add them to the rest in at least 4 parts. 

3 peppermint bark candy bars or the equivalent of 3 cups. 
1 bag chocolate chips. 

Cut in small pieces and stir in 1/4 inch pieces for the measurement lovers. I found awesome candy bars at wegmans the first time then when to whole foods and found adorable candy cane pieces. 

Chill 4-24 hours. 
Scoop out on sheets and let chill an additional hour. 
Bake at 375 for about 11 minutes or until done. 

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Christmas Butter Shortbread Cookies

Butter Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are perfect for Christmas. I have to admit that one of the things that makes cookie Sunday possible is that I don't eat very many cookies. So these ones can't be made very many times. 

1 pound butter- chilled
I cut mine into pieces to mix more easily. I used 1/2 tilamook butter and 1/2 plugra butter. I think imported or farm made butter is the best. Never use salted butter! It keeps longer so it is usually older on the shelf. 
1 1/4 cup white sugar. Extra fine is the best option. 
Mix at medium speed until just creamed. Don't let the butter get warm! 
2 tsp almond extract (optional) if you like almond spread almond paste over the completed cookies while they are chilling. I love marzipan so this is great! 
Add 4 1/4 cups flour in 1 cup parts. 
Add it gradually or you will end up over mixing and have a floury taste. 
Press into greased cookie sheet with ridges. I used the Williams Sonoma gold collection cookie sheets. I also used my rolling pin from them with silicone. I want a marble one but that's a separate topic. I love them. I greased it with a cheesecloth and crisco. I would always use a cheesecloth or paper towel to grease a pan/ and cheesecloth is best. 

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until edges start to turn gold. 
Cover with sanding sugar or powdered sugar to taste- I used about 1 cup and out it on while the cookies were still warm so it melted a bit.
Cut into squares with sharp knife while still cooling. 
Let cool 
My children got a plate and used them as Legos with a sort of rapt intensity. It was about an hour of using their cookies as a fun game and carefully taking bites out of each piece. 

These taste better after they are a few days old. 

Merry Christmas! Don't eat too much. 

Adding a link with my phone blogger is difficult so I'm including links here with this tacky method. butter of champions.

Everyone loves tilamook.

Guys. Brand matters. Especially when it comes to butter. 

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