Remember a couple weeks back when I asked y’all for soup advice? I just wanted to thank you so much for the outpouring of comments, emails, and facebook messages that came my way with soup recipes! I am pleased to announce that last week we had liquid meals almost every night. It may take me all winter to make it through all the soup recipes (and decide on the best squash bisque!) but I am excited to try them.
Beyond soup, there has been a lot of baking in our little home lately. I blame it on the KitchenAid. My fascination with watching baked goods mix themselves is unending. Plus, it is that point in the semester where I process my stress by ignoring the things I have to do and baking things that I really shouldn’t eat, like this banana bread.
But after all, it is Christmas time, and that means finger food gluttony. There was an article in Real Simple this past month where the author confessed that all she really wanted for Christmas was to eat nothing but snacks. I can identify. I love healthy, well-balanced meals, but there is a sublime goodness in a dinner of cheese cubes and beanie weanies. Food that can be eating with your hands or a toothpick just seems so decadent and marvelous, doesn’t it?
And what I really, really, love is finger food desserts, aka COOKIES. And tis’ the season for cookies! I love Christmas cookies. I love how the whole world embraces ginger, molasses, peppermint, and cinnamon. I love how we mix things up and make things impossibly lovely with sprinkles or jam thumbprints. And then I love how friendly those cookies get on my plate with some cheese cubes.
I do not have cookie making deficiencies like those I have with soup. But all the same, I would love some new Christmas cookie recipes before we throw our party this weekend… what are your favorites? Feel free to toss out any non-cookie Christmas finger foods too. In return, here’s my favorite go-to Christmas goodie, gingerbread white-chocolate blondies.
Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/World-Peace-Cookie-360733
A delightful, buttery sable for those who are serious about dark chocolate. Oh. Yes.
I am nothing of not serious about chocolate.
Plus, I like the idea of a cookie good enough to bring about world peace.
if you haven’t tried these, YOU MUST!
Those are so pretty! Are the more like soft gingerbread, or had gingersnaps?i love the soft stuff!
You’ve probably seen these little cuties–but I just had them for the first time. You take bugles (yes, the box snack) and dip the open end in melted white chocolate–then before the chocolate sets up, stick a red or greeen M&M in the open end and place on waxed paper (laying sideways.) My friend said she sometimes fills the cavity with peanut butter before dipping the end in chocolate. They are actually delicious, sweet and salty at the same time. I think they look like little elf hats! 🙂
Soooo cute! Although I love bugels do much that I might just be tempted to eat them all!
Russian Tea Cakes: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Russian-Tea-Cakes-I. These are some of my family’s favorite cookies. Think miniature balls of buttery walnut shortbread. 🙂
Cranberry Crumb Bars: http://laffytaffydaphne.blogspot.com/2011/01/as-per-request.html. They were based on a Smitten Kitchen recipe so obviously, they are good.
And I love anything described with the adjective “buttery.”
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