Inspired by Tinker Bell's slipper-style shoes, and in honor of the Christmas holiday, these cookie slippers come in green and red. And, for a little extra holiday sparkle, they're topped with a festive sprinkling of tinted pixie dust.
Thumbprint cookies are an old-fashioned treat, a little
cookie well holding a dot of jam. Here, they're reinterpreted
with walnut oil and whole-wheat pastry flour for today's
healthier eating standards - and, of course, with...
Your kids will love helping you make these peanut
Nothing signals the imminent holiday season like baking cookies. I don't think there is another month in the year where cookie consumption is so high. With all the varieties avaiable, it's no wonder. My own family has many favorites, but it seems like the common thread throughout them all is chocolate. This slightly different version of the classic thumbprint is just the ticket. Not to sweet and just chocolatey enough to satisfy.
The Christmas cookies I make for my family are pretty much the same from year to year, but there is always one that's different; the one we bake to give. Before I start, I pull out my favorite cookie cookbooks, old saved editions of Christmas magazines and my family recipes and pore over it all to find just the right cookie for gift-giving.
This year's cookie has yet to be decided, but this is one we've had this year and it is in the running so far.
This year's cutout cookie is decorated with a big "C" that does double-duty; it's both our family monogram and stands for "Christmas."
These are only known to my family as Grandma's Chocolate Squares. My paternal grandmother made these and my mother took to making them for Christmas. I don't recall a Christmas without them. However, when my older brother discovered that they weren't Grandma's creation, but instead a winning recipe from Nanaimo, B.C., well, we may have been disillusioned, but we weren't all too sad. After all, we still have the recipe!
These are layered and luscious -- so rich that I only make one pan -- although, you know the kids would like a pan each.
Who doesn't have a favorite cookie? I certainly do, and I recently asked my children what their favorites are. I was surprised that I didn't hear the ever-popular "chocolate chip" from each of them. Instead, the answers were as individual as they are. They like everything from my grandmother's Confetti Drops to Macadamia Nut. This recipe is my personal favorite and the kids certainly don't turn their noses up at it.
There's nothing that matches the simple joy of a perfect sugar cookie. These are buttery and soft, just the way kids love them.
This basic cookie glaze can be tinted in small batches if