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Christmas Cookie of the day blog!

Sunday, December 9th:

My kids are young so we make a big deal out of leaving Santa some cookies and milk and the reindeer some carrots. Somehow all of those cookies and milk all get eaten up and come morning, there are nothing but crumbs and carrot stubs by the fireplace. This year is no exception, but we’ll be kicking it up a notch, as our friend Emeril likes to say. We’re making all kinds of cookies and we wanted to share some of these recipes with you as we perfect them! So keep checking back because I’ll be adding to this list daily.

You can’t have Christmas without the traditional Gingerbread people cookies. Here is “The Rock’s” Gingerbread cookie recipe that he gave to us over at Yum-o! You can make this with your kids and they’ll love the decorating part almost as much as the eating part!

Monday, December 10th:

My Aunt Rachel used to make these Italian Fig Cookies, also known as “Cucidatis” or coo-chee-daaa-tees every Christmas. Don’t ask me where she found the energy to make these, but let me tell you, if you can find the time and a few little helpers-they are worth it! If you decide to go for it, make a big batch so you can share them with your neighbors, family and teachers. They are a unique treat that brings out some of the best flavors of Sicily-figs, oranges, almonds, raisins-this year I am going to try to make them!

Read Rachel’s recipe and story here

Tuesday, December 11th:

This has got to be the easiest recipe I have for making holiday cookies-so easy kids could make it. Since you are making little wreath shapes, you could even add a few drops of green food coloring to make them look even more the part! Why not go all the way and add a little red cinammon drop in the middle?

My friend Susan Crandall sent this one to me along with the story of how she and her daughter make cookies every year. Here’s her Grandma Kirstine’s Butter Cookie recipe.

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Today I got this great tip from someone in the rachaelray.com community and wanted to share it with you cookie makers:

“Hello. I have a tip for cleaning cookie cutters,and I thought it would be good for Rachael’s website.

I recently had to clean all of my cookie cutters, and found that the easiest way to do this was putting them all in a mesh laundry bag, and sending them through my dishwasher on the top rack. You can get the mesh bag in the laundry aisle, and they make small ones that are about 11×11. It got all my cookie cutters clean with out losing a single one. Now, I store them in the mesh bag as well, so I don’t lose it. “

from Amber Suarez

Thanks Amber!

Wednesday, December 12

Jennifer, a friend of a friend, sent me this Cream Cheese and Jelly cookie recipe that reminds me alot of my Rugelach recipe. Either way, these cookies are out of this world and super easy. You can cut some of her chilling in the fridge time down, but the key is you want to be working with cold dough. If you are making cookies with little kids, these are good ones to do because they can’t really mess them up. My daughter, who is 5, loves to make Rugelach with me and feels sense of accomplishment when she gets the shape of the rolled cookie just right. Jennifer’s recipe makes it even easier by just having you fold a square in half!

Thursday, December 13

One of our site friends and visitors, Lisa Russell, sent us two easy recipes for holiday cookies from her mom, Peg’s collection. This first one is called Snowballs and sounds like alot of fun to make. I think I just might try these with my little ones, especially since we will be getting our own share of snow today and there’s no school!

Friday, December 14

I keep coming back to good old chocolate chip cookies because not only does Santa love these, but so does everybody else! One of our site visitors, Terri, sent us these amazing Triple Chocolate Chip cookie recipes. Check it out!

Saturday, December 15

Now this isn’t a cookie recipe, but we’ve had so many requests for Rachael Ray’s 5-Minute Fudge Wreath that I wanted to make it easy for you to find. I am going to make it this weekend! Like cookies, you can turn it into a gift by attaching a pretty bow to it. But since this is a cookie of the day blog, I also wanted to give you a real cookie recipe. If you liked the Snowballs we posted the other day, you gotta try Chocolate Snowballs next! Another great recipe from our friend Peg Russell.

Sunday December 16

Today’s cookie recipe comes from Rachael Ray herself. We know she doesn’t think she can bake, so if she can make these cookies, you can too! Kahlua Chocolate Chunk Cookies are amazing and easy to make!

Monday, December 17

I don’t know if you guys have heard of or tasted Brickle, but I had not had it until Saturday and whoa-it blew me away! What’s more is it is supposed to be the easiest thing in the world to make. I cornered my friend, Lisa, and made her cough up her recipe. Here it is: Lisa’s Brickle.

Extra recipe! Alot of people are looking for the recipe Robin McGraw cooked today on Rach’s show. While it looks almost exactly like our Snowball recipe here, Robin uses almonds in her version. You can find her recipe at www.rachaelrayshow.com

Tuesday, December 18

Now I always thought of paraffin wax as something manicurists use when giving you a moisturizing hand treatment but apparently it is safe to eat and alot of bakers use it with chocolate to give candies a sheen. Here our very own Plan B Mom shares one of her Aunt Missy’s traditional Christmas cookie recipes called Peanut Butter Balls. They couldn’t be easier-no baking involved-and they can last for up to two weeks. I’ll be trying these babies this week!

Wednesday, December 19

I was lucky enough to wrestle this recipe for an Italian cookie from my friend Raymond’s wife, Sherry. It’s Raymond’s Aunt Grace’s recipe for Pasticelli cookies, but Sherry is the one keeping the tradition alive in that house by continuing to bake these Christmas cookies that are so good.

Thursday, December 20

I can hardly believe Christmas is almost here. I have not finished my shopping but I’ll save that for another blog. In the meantime, I’m having so much fun trying all of these family cookie recipes that people have sent my way. This next one hails from Canada from my neighbor, Andrea’s grandmother Evelyn. They’re called Christmas Hermits and apparently they were considered quite decadent at one time because they’ve got nuts, dates and cherries all in one cookie! I may need to add chocolate chips to mine just to make them extra sinful!

Friday, December 21

The countdown is on! It’s almost time to stop making Christmas cookies and focus on the big events ahead, but we’ll keep you baking cookies all weekend on this blog. If you are like me, then you are still making cookies for class parties, co-workers and neighbors. Plus, don’t forget to leave a few cookies for the big guy on Monday night.

Tonight’s treat is a classic cut-out from Plan B mom’s Aunt Missy. Everybody loves the cut-outs becsuse you can go crazy decorating them with glazes and sprinkles. Call all the neighborhood kids, your nieces, nephews and anyone else who loves to get creative “paint” cookies. This one is where the kids have all the fun. Isn’t that what it’s all about???

Saturday, December 22

Today’s recipe is for a brownie, not a cookie, but they are so cool and festive that I had to share them with you! All you do is take your favorite brownie recipe-whether you make them yourself from scratch or from a mix, it’s up to you. Allow them to cool and while that is happening, you mix in a bowl:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons softened, unsalted butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Peppermint extract
  • A few drops of green food coloring

Cream the butter and sugar until it is smooth and thoroughly combined. Add cream until it becomes of frosting consistency. Add the extract and food coloring until it is the desired color of green. Frost your brownies with this and then you can get creative by drizzling chocolate sauce or even putting silver ball sprinkles on the brownies to make them extra festive!

Sunday, December 23

Thank you Whitty for posting all those awesome cookies recipes, especially the low-sugar ones.  People will really appreciate it I am sure!  See the posts from today below to see what I am talking about.

As for my recipe of the day, I am going back to my Italian roots again and sharing with you a classic Sesame Cookie. I don’t know how you really spell it, but we used to call these something that sounded like this- “Joo-joo-lay-knees.”  Anyway you spell it, they taste good!

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