Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 8: Christmas Cookies

Happy birthday to my wonderful husband!  What better way to celebrate than to start making making Christmas cookies?  These are the delicious recipes we made today.

Peanut Butter Cookies

2 cups Peanut butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer with paddle attachment.  Drop dough by the table spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Use the tines of a fork to create hash marks and flatten the cookie dough.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

1 1/2 cups blanched almonds
3 cups confectioners sugar, divided
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 tsp almond extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Place almonds on a baking sheet, and toast for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  2. Decrease the oven temp to 325.  Place almonds and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a food processor fitted with the steel blade, and chop almonds finely using on and off pulsing.
  3. Scrape almond mixture into a mixing bowl, and add remaining sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Whisk well, and stir in chocolate, egg whites, and almond extract.  Stir well.
  4. Drop dough by heaping tablespoon portions onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes, or until cookies are dry.  Cool cookies for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe?  I would love to give it a try ~ please feel free to share in the comment section.

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