December 16th, 2010
There have been some lovely things coming out of the oven these days. I always tell myself I won't make a thousand kinds of cookies this year, but then well: there are the ones I always make and the ones my mom used to make and the favorite ones from last year and the new recipe I found this year. I kind of like getting carried away, but the problem is that I tend to favor the extra complicated cookies at christmastime and I come away never wanting to see another cookie again. This year that hasn't happened. yet.
fig pinwheels: these were a favorite from a few years back but they are less exciting to me now. The dough is super delicious, but the filling is too figgy. I think next year I'll make it with dates and orange peel.
english toffee: always good.
hazelnut thumbprints: I made these last year and didn't give any away because they were so good. This year I made a double batch (so I could share) and filled them all with apricot jam.
basler brunsli: I think these are Swiss cookies? They are chocolate and almond and rum and so grown up and wonderful. I'm going to share the recipe with you next week.
alfajores: this was a new one for me this year and blazzam! they are amazing. Two little flaky cookies, like barely sweetened pie crust with dulche de leche inside. awesome.
mexican hot chocolate cookies: these are new to me too and they are lame. The cookies are boring and not spicy at all. Oh well, there has to be one crummy recipe every year.
gingerbread and ganache sandwich men: I think gingerbread and chocolate are the best together, so I made these little sandwiches. How could they not be good?
All of the cookies I've made so far are packaged up and ready to go, but I'm working on another list: christmas cookies just for us. So far I have down these (which I make every year) and these (which are a perfect new twist on an old christmas favorite).