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Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby Myrealana » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:48 pm

My grandmother's specialty:

Just Delicious
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup soft margarine
1 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp black walnut extract
½ tsp coconut extract
½ tsp butter extract
1 tsp caramel extract
3½ cups flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup pecans
1 cup oats
1 cup coconut

Mix ingredients in order given. Shape into balls on cookie sheet. Dip a fork or glass in sugar & flatten each cookie. Bake at 350 10-12 minutes.

Yields: 100 cookies
GONE, BABY, GONE.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby okbye » Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:56 pm

Alright Ghenne, where's the next cookoff ingredient?
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby Kaliena » Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Could someone post from scratch gingerbread cookie dough? Everything I am running into starts with premade mix. Not what I had in mind. I even checked my 1970s Cooky Book and IT starts with a sugar cookie store mix.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby moonablaze » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:39 am

from: http://bakingbites.com/2007/11/gingerbread-men/

I love these cause you can make one batch of dough and get thin crispy AND thick chewy gingerbread cookies.

Gingerbread Men
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp (freshly) ground nutmeg
pinch ground black pepper (optional)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup coffee or water
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in molasses, water and vanilla, then gradually add in flour mixture until a smooth dough forms. Divide dough into two or three pieces (dough will be quite soft), cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until firm.

Preheat oven to 375F.
For softer cookies:
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to just under 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters of your choice (2-3″ gingerbread men are ideal!) to cut dough. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on size of cookie cutter. Cookies should be slightly firm to the touch at the edges. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For crispier cookies:
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to just under 1/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters of your choice (2-3″ gingerbread men are ideal!) to cut dough. Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on size of cookie cutter. Cookies should be slightly firm to the touch at the edges and will be lightly browned. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cool, decorate with lemon icing (recipe below).

Makes about 30-40 gingerbread men, depending on size of cookie cutters used and whether you make them thick or thin.

Lemon Icing
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbsp tsp lemon juice

In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and lemon juice. Substitute milk or cream plus 1 tsp lemon extract, if no fresh lemon juice is available. Add enough lemon juice to make the icing thick and pourable, but not runny (start with 1-2 tbsp and add more if necessary. You can always add a bit of extra sugar to thicken it if you add too much) and stir until very smooth. Scrape into piping bag with a fine tip or a ziploc bag with a corner cut off and pipe onto cooled cookies. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes, until firm, before storing cookies in an airtight container.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby mhalbrook » Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:01 pm

Marz Epan wrote:
LinC wrote:I think this should become a regular post for the holidays. That way we can add to it as the season progresses. I won't have time to take pictures of my cookies until after this weekend (because of my Christmas open house).

I like this idea. It's too bad we couldn't put a cookie cookbook together and donate the proceeds to Heifer International.

Maybe we should do a board cookbook next year. There's several "on demand" publishing sites we could use to publish it, so overstock isn't a problem. Wonder if any of them are set up to auto donate proceeds to a charity. hmmm.. And I have some higher level Desktop Publishing software I could help put it together and prep it for publication.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby ghenne » Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:21 pm

mhalbrook wrote:
Marz Epan wrote:
LinC wrote:I think this should become a regular post for the holidays. That way we can add to it as the season progresses. I won't have time to take pictures of my cookies until after this weekend (because of my Christmas open house).

I like this idea. It's too bad we couldn't put a cookie cookbook together and donate the proceeds to Heifer International.

Maybe we should do a board cookbook next year. There's several "on demand" publishing sites we could use to publish it, so overstock isn't a problem. Wonder if any of them are set up to auto donate proceeds to a charity. hmmm.. And I have some higher level Desktop Publishing software I could help put it together and prep it for publication.


I think that's a great idea! I'd love to contribute and help if I could!
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby nolafoodie » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:04 pm

ghenne wrote:I think that's a great idea! I'd love to contribute and help if I could!


Ooh, me too! I didn't post any recipes in this thread, but I've got lots of holiday cookie recipes to share!
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby Kaliena » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:32 pm

Oh, oh, I'd probably get it. My church did a self published cookbook as a fundraiser, nice spiral bound lays flat or flips around so only one page is on top. Lulu.com I like better than CreateSpace.com . With Lulu you can just publish and skip the ISBN if you want.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #23 Holiday Cookies!

Postby mhalbrook » Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:59 pm

Kaliena wrote:Oh, oh, I'd probably get it. My church did a self published cookbook as a fundraiser, nice spiral bound lays flat or flips around so only one page is on top. Lulu.com I like better than CreateSpace.com . With Lulu you can just publish and skip the ISBN if you want.


I haven't worked with LuLu yet, I was going to back when I was going to produce some printed documentation for the project I work with, but never got around to it. But I do like what I've seen out of them. Our church did a mini 3-ring binder type cookbook, and my church in Florida did a comb-bound one years ago, I think both were done by the same company. I've got several recipes I'll contribute, but I gotta modify them, because I never record the methods, just the ingredients lol. Also probably need to convert some back to volumetric formulas.
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