This week's installment of Ten on Tuesday is a listing of my ten favorite Christmas cookies. Well, I don't make cookies much, but I do remember a lot that I grew up with, so I'm calling on memory. The very most important is one that I don't think we ever made, but that I tend to buy whenever I find them, locally:
1. Coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate - YUM!
2. My mom's Scottish Shortbread cookies
3. Pfeffernusse: my mother's best friend made these every year and delivered a jar of them to each of her friend's households. I didn't like them until I was older, and by then, the supply kinda went "poof!"
4. Peanut Butter Blossoms. My sister was the first to make these in our household and they're still a tradition.
5. Molasses cookies. My grandmother's recipe came with the story of what happened to my late elder brother when he devoured a few too many of these...I expect you can imagine?
6. Triple Chocolate Snowcaps. This is a recipe I discovered and made for several years at Christmastime to gift to friends. I believe I originally got the recipe from either Woman's Day
or Family Circle
magazines, I lost it for a bit, then found it via our library's magazine collection (way back before the internet. Haven't made them in years.
7. Iced Oatmeal Raisin
8. Seven Layer Bars
9. Pecan Sandies (one of my mother's favorites)
10. Lemon Chess Bars - these are right up there with numbers 1 and 6 as extra special cookies for this time of year. I can buy them from one of my favorite restaurants, Wildflour
. Hmm...must pick up a few to enjoy this season.
Baking is no longer the big deal it once was in my household, in part because I don't want to tip the scales at the level I used to do. But I do enjoy sampling a few items now and again...