Friday, December 05, 2008

smells of Christmas

the Christmas tree... yes it really makes the house smell great!

baking's that time of year.

We've been trying to do a batch a night. I started over the weekend with shortbread cookies that you put in a mold, then unmold and bake. DS2 managed to consume most of those and the rest of the family finished them off. So I have no pictures of the finished product. Only this picture of us preparing them.

I do have some other pictures of goodies we've made though.

These are a house favorite and super easy for all the kids to help with.

Pretzel kisses

  • Preheat oven to 200° F.
  • On cookie sheet place small pretzels.
  • Unwrap Hershey kisses.
  • Place kiss on top of pretzel
  • Put cookie sheet with kissed top pretzels in oven
  • Bake until chocolate is soft to touch
  • Remove from oven
  • Push m&m candy into top of Hershey kiss
  • Let cool
  • Enjoy!

And another variation. Rolo pretzels.

  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Place pretzels on cookie sheet.
  • Unwrap rolo and place on top of pretzel.
  • Bake in oven until chocolate on Rolo is soft.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Press a pecan on top of the rolo squishing the rolo a bit.
  • YUMMO!

This time we used the square ones that I usually use as gingerbread house windows.

Spritz cookies I believe there is a learning curve to using a cookie press. And the dough has to be at the right temp. With a couple more batches ours could be perfect. But they taste great none the less.

DH's favorite — shortbread pinwheels. When I was little I called these Squirrel cookies. The tough thing about this cookie for me is keeping the chocolate and vanilla layers to stick once they're baked..... if anyone has a secret, please let me in on it.

My grammy made the best cookies in the world. One of my fondest memories of Christmas preparations was making cookies with her. She was stingy doling them out before the holiday too. Probably because they were really used as gifts. Her signature cookie, Wheaties cookies, was not a favorite of mine, but my brothers loved them. We all fought over her Mexican Wedding Cakes though (a.k.a. Russian Tea cakes, snowballs) and I'll make some here this year.

My other favorite Christmas memory I'll share with you later on the day it should happen!

See you tomorrow, with pictures of some knitting!


Becky said...

Mmm those cookies look good! I may have to try those pretzel things. My son might actually eat those! He's not that much into sweets, so if I make cookies, I end up eating them all myself, which I do not need.

Diana said...

All your treats look scrumptuous! I haven't made Russian Teacakes in forever. I just copied the recipe. It will bring back fond memories too. I love the pretzel ideas too!

g-girl said...

the cookies look so yummy! :) my absolute favorite are the mexican wedding cakes/russian tea cakes too! :)