Monday, December 21, 2015

Baked: Twelve Days of Cookies

I condensed this 12 days of cookie making into two days.  Two glorious days of baking!  I ended up with a LOT of cookies.  I brought in a large platter today to work and I still have enough to last through Christmas!

S Cookie
Biscotti-ish type of cookie.  I like the plain-ness and the shape.  Needs to be dunked in some coffee!  These were the least liked cookies at work.  Of all the cookies that were eaten, I still had 3 of these to bring home.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
These are a kind of "been there done that" type of cookie.  I wasn't too interested in making these..but I did, and they went like hot cakes at work.

Gingersnaps with Lemon Sugar
This one is my favorite.  Ginger and lemon...mmm.  They were the perfect amount of crunch and taste!  Peeps at work also liked these.

Exceedingly Chocolaty Crinkles
White sugar on the outside, chocolate goo on the inside - a chocolate lovers dream.  Another favorite at work.

Whipped Shortbread
One of my favorites.  So soft and brittle, so buttery.  The husband says no nuts should be in desserts, but these pecans on top worked perfectly with the cookies.

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Meringues
The husband loves meringues.  He says these taste just like his grandma's...but they weren't cooked right.  SOO close!  They seemed to collapse in the center instead of baking evenly and crunchy throughout.  Still good!

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies
I didn't really care for these but I am not much of a butterscotch fan.  A few peeps at work really enjoyed these - they must have been butterscotch fans.

Absolutely dislike these cookies.  They are not crunchy, they taste strange, and the chocolate on top does nothing for the cookie.  I will not be eating a second one...  Those at work familiar with German cookies assured me that this is what they are supposed to taste like and that I didn't do anything wrong.  Someone else mentioned using an orange extract instead of the orange peel.  I think that might help.

Mae's Crescent Cookies
Yum!  These remind me of these little walnut balls that my grandma makes for Christmas, only these are crescent shaped.  A lot of people at work knew what these were, so they must be popular.

Campfire Cookies
These went over well at work.  I don't feel like they are anything that amazing.  I may need to eat another one ;)

Traditional Linzer Cookies
These taste pretty decent, and they look awesome!  The little star cutouts got good reviews at work.  No one mentioned anything about this cookie in particular, so I feel it is good, but not a standout.

Date Squares
My absolute favorite - although I think it is a stretch to include these in the cookie section, baked people ;)  They deserve a day of their own!  I grew up making date bars from the box.  Slowly stores stopped carrying them, to the point when we found a random place that still had it, we would clean out the shelf!  It never occurred to us to make them from scratch. Now that I am all grown up, I have made them from scratch, and I prefer the recipes with little to no added sugar.  Voted #1 "cookie" by one of the guys at work who claimed to have eaten all 12  :)

71 done.  4 M.O.R.E

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