The cookie baking blizzard came and went this year already (and weirdly, left no snow). All the butter! All the cream! All the chocolate! All the nuts and dried fruit! Okay, so the last one isn't so exciting, but there was a lot of fruit and nuts in this house for a while. Panforte, anyone?
I don't think I made any new recipes this year, which is odd. No wait, I made one new recipe, but I can't tell you because there are some of you out there getting it! Oh and the linzer cookies were new to me, but not terribly exciting. I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are the deets:
sugar plums: Honestly, I make these mostly because of the name. How could you pass up sugar plums at Christmas? These are spice filled, honey sweetened, date and almond laden-ed bits of christmas past. And they are vegan to boot.
hazelnut thumbprints: My daughter and I like these the best. This year I put a bit of ganache in the middle instead of the usual jam. Surprisingly, the jam is better, but no one has complained about the chocolate.
english toffee: I make this every christmas, but this year I got all fancy and cut it in squares instead of breaking it in pieces. You have to cut it when it's not too hot and not too cool. And hey, it worked! Also, I ate all the ones that broke.
alfajores: These were a new addition to the cookie roster last year and I've been thinking about them since! Creamy, caramelicious dulce de leche sandwiched between two light, flaky cookies with a crunch of sugar on top. Bomb! And hey, I wrote up a recipe for you on Dana's blog for her Sweets and Treats Christmas Countdown.
Oh and those linzers up there at the top of the page: wow, linzer cookies are kind of a pain in the butt. They just look so damn christmasy I had to make them. I used Karen DeMasco's recipe from The Craft of Baking (a killer book by the way). It was chock full of orange peel and nutmeg and hazelnuts. The texture was perfect, but I wasn't keen on the taste. It was almost too grown up and boring. Maybe a boozy filling would have made it grown up in a good way.
Merry Christmas everyone! We're off to Grannyma's. I'll see you back here on Monday!