RECIPE: Looking for: cookie/candy recipes to prepare now

Tnflower_loverNovember 25, 2005

and freeze or refrig. These will be for friends and neighbors a couple days before Christmas. I had some saved but lost everything a couple weeks ago when my hard drive crashed. If you have one (or more, looking for several) PLEASE share.(ps. i'm not a big baker so please let me know rather to freeze or frig.)




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Hi Cara,
I'll post more when I go through my recipes, but I know that this one freezes great:

Russian Nut Balls

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup 10x sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts

Beat butter & sugar together until creamy. Beat in remaining ingredients. Chill dough. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake 275 for 45 minutes on ungreased sheet. Cool, roll in addtional 10x sugar.

Makes 4 dozen


    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 3:25PM
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I usually start making cookie dough now and then freeze it until a few days before I bake when I remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw. I wrap each dough in wax paper, then place it in a zip lock freezer bag. You can place more than one in a bag and label each dough. I've kept them frozen for several months before baking them and they turned out fine. I don't recommend that for special occasions, but for your own use they should be fine.

I included a note in the recipe that I don't put in the freezer; they might be OK, we just haven't tried it with that particular cookie. Basically, butter-based cookie recipes do well in the freezer.

Cranberry Lemon Cookies

A wonderful cookie I discovered at Gail's Recipe Swap. It is now one of the "must have" cookies in our family at Christmas time. They freeze well, but you should thaw them before you frost them.

* 1/2 C butter
* 1/2 C sugar
* 1/3 C brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
* 1 egg
* 2 tsp. vanilla
* 1 C flour
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
* 1-1/2 C chopped pecans (I use walnuts)
* 1-1/2 C chopped fresh cranberries

Cream butter, sugars, and lemon zest. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in nuts and cranberries.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden. Let cool slightly before removing to cooling racks. Frost when cool.

ICING: Whisk together 1 C confectioner's sugar, 2 Tbsp milk, and 1/4 tsp. lemon zest.


Walnut Acorn Cookies

Hubby remembers his mom making these cookies when he was a kid in Ohio, and it remains as one of the "must have" Christmas cookies in his family.

* 1 C melted butter
* 3/4 C brown sugar, firmly packed
* 1 C finely chopped walnuts (chop first, then measure 1 cup)
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 2-3/4 C sifted all-purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
* 1 C (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, 3/4 C walnuts and vanilla. Sift flour with baking powder and stir into butter mixture; blend well. [At this point, I let it cool then wrap it in waxed paper and then a freezer bag and keep in the fridge until ready to bake. Let come to room temperature before forming into cookies.]

Shape cookies by pressing dough firmly into a teaspoon (not a measuring spoon), slightly mounding the dough to form the shape of an acorn. Be sure the dough is firmly formed on the spoon. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 375F oven about 13 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate over warm water in double boiler. Dip large end of cookie in melted chocolate, then in remaining walnuts. Cool on wax paper. Store in air-tight containers. Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.


Mexican Wedding Cakes

A tender, buttery cookie rolled in powdered sugar.

* 1 C softened butter
* 1/4 C confectioner's (powdered) sugar
* 1/8 tsp. salt
* 2 tsp. vanilla
* 2 C sifted flour
* 1 C chopped pecans or toasted almonds

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, flour and nuts; blend well.

Shape into roll, 1-1/2" in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and chill.

Slice in 1/4" slices and shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, bake in 400F oven 6-8 minutes for slices, 8-10 minutes for balls. Roll in confectioner's sugar while still warm.


Happy baking! :-)


    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 12:08AM
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