It's cookie time!!! There is just something truly magical about the holidays and cookies. I really can't explain it. The lights are hung, the tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, (well, getting there), the house looks beautiful... but it's not the holidays until there are cookies!! Am I the only one that feels that way?
My favorite part is a few weeks before the holiday, I make myself a huge cup of coffee and surround myself with my cookbooks. Have I mentioned I have a cookbook fetish? I read them like novels, I really do! The older cookbooks are my ultimate favorite. Just simple recipes, using quality ingredients for outstanding creations!! I can actually picture them in their 40's or 50's style kitchen, gathering the ingredients for the recipe. I have one that is from the 1920's, wow...
Then I lovingly pick the ones I want to make for that year, and get out the family favorites as well. I'm actually giddy at this point, subduing burst of giggles, containing myself from standing up and doing a little jig, as I reach for another cup of coffee!
Cinnamon is first and foremost on my flavor category, with chocolate coming in at a close 2nd!! Add various nuts, citrus, certain fruits (we will not consider fruitcake in any way or form), mint and maybe a few crumbles... oh, oh and candy? YES!!
I'm pretty sure it's an expected delicacy throughout the world!! I believe whether you are celebrating Christmas, or Hanukkah or Kawanzaa...
It makes no difference what day you are celebrating, the anticipation is twofold for the various goodies that will be created with true love in the kitchens across the world.
So my friends, are we ready for some holiday baking? Let the fun begin!!
Chocolate Sundae CookiesPrep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: about 4 dozen cookies
*Recipe courtesy of Good Housekeeping Complete Christmas Cookbook - 1967*
2/3 cup brown sugar (packed well)
1/2 cup shortening
2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup maraschino cherries, snipped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 dozen large marshmallows, halved
1 package (11 oz) milk chocolate chips
2 tbsp shortening or butter
-Using your mixer, beat brown sugar and shortening until well blended. Add in your egg and beat till mixed.
-In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
-To your brown sugar mixture add the maraschino juice, milk and melted chocolate.
-Slowly add in your flour mixture till all incorporated. Remove mixer.
-Stir in your snipped cherries and chopped walnuts.
-Preheat oven to 350F.
-Using a small cookie scoop or by heaping teaspoonfuls, drop your cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake for 13-15 minutes.
-As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, immediately place a marshmallow halve on top of the warm cookie and press down just a little to ensure it sticks.
Continue baking and topping the rest of the cookies.
-Using your microwave in 20 second increments (or can use a double boiler), melt your chocolate chips with your shortening .
-Drizzle chocolate over marshmallows and cookies. Let dry on wire rack. Store in airtight container.
Don't forget to snag just a couple for yourself...
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi