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Cherry Christmas Cookies

Recipes By December 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

These are called Cherry Christmas Cookies only because I make them at Christmas and they are red and white. They actually have more of a scone consistency, than a cookie.  If you want to make them into scones, just form the dough into larger balls and then, of course, call them scones. Whether they are called cookies or scones, they taste delicious.

*Cherries and almonds go well together – if you feel adventuresome, substitute almond extract for the vanilla and then toss in a half cup of chopped almonds.

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Cherry Christmas Cookies (or Scones)

Bake 350 degrees. Recipe makes about 3 dozen small cookies.

  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries (without stems), drained and chopped
  • 2 T. flour

Put chopped cherries into a bowl and toss with the flour. Set aside.

In a larger mixing bowl – cream together:

  • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 oz cream cheese (softened)

Then beat in:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 T. buttermilk (or use 2T. regular milk and ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar)

Stir in:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp.  baking soda

Then gently stir in cherries (the dough will have some red streaks).

* you will also need a small bowl with granulated sugar for rolling.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll in granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart (although they don’t spread much) on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake for 11 -14 minutes. Until the bottoms are lightly golden brown (see picture).  I turn one over to check before taking them out of the oven.  Cool on wire rack.

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Easy Almond Snow Ball Cookies

Recipes By December 5, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

A powdered sugar story:

My husband loves Russian tea cakes (aka Mexican wedding cookies).  Several years ago, my new daughter-in-law, full of excitement and energy, decided to host a Christmas cookie baking day. This has since become an annual event, more on that in another post.  She was very enthusiastic and as she organized the event, the participants were presented with several rules. The one I will discuss here is – Only Christmas Cookies Allowed. Since I usually make Russian tea cakes around Christmas time, my husband, looking forward to his annual allotment, was a bit concerned. Russian tea cakes….Mexican wedding cookies….they don’t sound very Christmas-y.  What to do?  I decided to cleverly rename them Snow Ball Cookies – the renaming worked (meaning they were allowed) and that is what they are now known as in my house (especially around Christmas). No one ever discusses the fact that under the powdery disguise of a snowball cookie lives a Russian tea cake. Ahhh…the things we do for love.

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Here is the recipe for Almond  Snow Ball Cookies

I mix my dough by hand. I do not use a mixer because the dough comes out too fine, which makes it harder to form it into balls.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar (plus more in a small bowl used for rolling)
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt

In a large mixing bowl –  cream the butter and sugar, add the almond extract and cream together a little more.  Add the flour and salt.  Stir well.  Make sure to scrape all the flour off the bottom of the bowl and incorporate it into the mixture.

Roll dough into balls (I usually get about 2 ½ dozen out of this batch).  Place on parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for about 16-18 minutes.  Gently check the bottom of a cookie to see if it is lightly brown. If it is then they are done.

Let them cool for a minute then gently toss them, one by one, in powdered sugar.  Allow them to set for a few minutes – then toss again.  Tip: after the first power sugar covering but before the second, put another batch of cookies in the oven.resized-snow-cookies3

Once they are completely cooled – store them in an air tight container or freeze them.

*you might as well make a double batch – they are that good.

Yum!

What special cookies do you make for Christmas?

This post linked to Treasure Box Tuesday at memoriesbythemile.com and Creative Muster at flusterbuster.com

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