Tuesday, December 14, 2010

holiday must makes?

the holiday's really are almost here... (and soon they'll be gone). which is sad. i love this time of year. i love making sugar cookie cutouts and frosting them. snickerdoodles... chocolate covered pretzel rods.. peanut butter and chocolate balls... omg, and fudge! i feel like i haven't eaten or made fudge in forever!!!! (granted, i haven't made all these yet, but um... talking about them is making me drool)
white pretzels

dark choco pretzies

i love to bake goodies that make everyone i love fat! lol
christmas cookies!

but i was wondering... what are your holiday must makes? what do you make this time of year that you normally don't make at any other??

or what does someone else make this time of year, that you look forward too? for me, i LOVE my mother in law's salt cookies! holy heck, they're delish!!!!!


Grand Pooba said...

Jesus cake! We have Jesus cake every year. It's basically a chocolate praline caramel cake but we call it Jesus cake because it's basically to celebrate his birthday every christmas.

Mmmmm Jesus cake.

Annie said...

oh my, yummy! everything looks delicious!!
i'm baking cookies tommorrow night with my mom and sis, i can't wait to eat them!!

Anonymous said...

What exactly are salt cookies?
I've never heard of them.

I know this is probably NOT what they are, but I'm picturing a chunk of salt on a baking sheet. (grin)

NGS said...

I make molasses cookies so my husband has something to eat at holiday soirees every year (he has dietary restrictions and can't eat other people's food, blah, blah, blah). They are freaking delicious and as I ate one last night, I kept asking myself why I don't make them at other times in the year.

Also, my MIL makes fudge for Christmas. Delicious!

Alison said...

I don't really enjoy baking...but I do make sugar cookies and frost them (cookie cutters make me angry so my sugar cookies are circular) and I make snickerdoodles.

I like the special stuff served for Christmas dinner, like my cranberry jello mold and green bean casserole. Oh, yum. :)

Smug said...

I always make these holiday biscotti with cranberries and almonds and they never last a whole 36 hours in my house!!

Salt cookies have totally peaked my interest - you should totally post the receipe!

A said...

Okay, so I wanted to find out just exactly what salt cookies area and I went searching. While I still haven't found anything yet (hey, I just started out) I DID find this cookie blog:


Check it out! Some yummy sounding (and looking) cookies there!!

Since you're always sharing pics of your yummy looking/sounding desserts with us, I thought you might be interested. :)

And that's why I haven't found the salt cookies yet. ha ha!

A said...

Yes, if I could type, that above comment would say:

'...what salt cookies ARE...'

LOL. :)

jennster said...

lol- i love that y'all are so mystified by the salt cookies! hell, i don't even know if that's what they're really called. i don't have the recipe either.... BUT.. they are chocolate, with chocolate bits in them.. and they are SALTY as hell. i mean, like a salt lick. LOL

i looked up recipes yesterday and this was the closest thing i could find. i made them and they are extremely similiar to hers, although hers are clearly perfected... these were really good though!!!!

ps- i had a lot of fun figuring out the ounces/cup conversions. ha

Chocolate Shortbread with Cacao Nibs and Sea Salt

adapted from Essence of Chocolate

makes about 36 cookies

5 ounces all-purpose flour

2 1/2 ounces cocoa powder

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, crushed with a rolling pin

1 teaspoon sea salt, any kind

6 ounces butter, room temperature

3 1/2 ounces granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the flour and cocoa powder together in a bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Add in the vanilla and mix to combine.

Add in about half of the flour-chocolate mixture and combine on low speed. Add the rest of the mixture and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add in the nibs and salt and mix to combine.

At this point the dough can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.

Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4-inch thickness.

Cut the dough into 1-in by 2 1/2-in rectangles or whatever shape you desire.

Place the shapes on the prepared sheets and bake for 15 minutes, rotating halfway. The shortbread should be slightly firm but not hard.

Let cool on wire racks.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up a week

Anonymous said...

Thanks for unlocking the mystery! :)

Obagi said...

These look delicious!

Thanks for sharing. I'm baking tomorrow and could use some more recipes :D