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Old 12-08-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
 
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Baking began today! I'm cutting back this year but will probably still bake 40-50 dozen cookies.
Most of the baking will be next weekend but I always start with these molasses biscotti (morzette) and get them out of the way. I don't like them at all and never eat them, but I make them for my dad, aunts, uncles because they love them. 10 dozen done!

Please share your pics!
(I'm looking at you springy. I know you made some yummy stuff today. hee.)
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i'm not going to bake anything - i'm just getting a rowboat and heading over to your place, jeepy!

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Close to the same as Thanksgiving. I have been trying to get my family to mix it up on Christmas for years, but they will not budge.

Aside from the turkey, ham, and sides we will do fudge and I will be making another one of these a day or two in advance.
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Mmm I love this coconut cake but I will try not to burn one hand when making the icing this time.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
 
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What a beautiful cake! Looks like snow!
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I'm hosting a cookie exchange for the second year and its on Tuesday. So I need to make 12 dozen cookies tomorrow.

I'm making Martha Stewary ginger spice cookies - very similar to the Starbucks cookies. Yum!

We already had our holiday party and I made peppermint brownies, chocolate dipped cookie balls and dutch apple pie.

Christmas itself is my baby girl's birthday so I will be making birthday cake.
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I'm going to make meringue snowmen for work (next weekends job)

Mince pies and Scandinavian spiced biscuits this weekend.
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What a beautiful cake! Looks like snow!
Thanks Jeep! It is a pretty cake and I lucked out with some really good fresh coconuts.

I should have made that one a couple of days in advance. It's delicious the first day (and was devoured in a few min) but it gets better and better when the icing starts sinking in. Plus I will be working so I won't have time to do much.
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I am not a baker. My only claim to fame at Christmas time is I do make wonderful peanut butter fudge!!!
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pre-finals get-together: chess bars
post-finals stuff around the office: rum cake
sorority reception: bourbon brownies
to the kids I work with: reindeer cookies
December birthdays party: bourbon walnut crisps
around my house: pumpkin pecan pie
taking to family's house: reindeer cookies
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I usually make about two or three dozen of about five different kinds of cookies. My two must haves are lemon ricotta and peanut butter blossoms. In addition I am thinking of making chocolate dipped shortbread, DH's aunt's recipe for oatmeal raisin, pecan tassies, and some kind of fudge like cookies and cream or something. I wanted a variation on regular chocolate fudge but something people will still like.
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Our first December party is tomorrow. 2 of my brothers birthdays are tomorrow (not twins! one was a foster brother a year younger) and hub's birthday is Friday so we are having a big dinner. 1 brother is vegetarian so I am going to attempt to make meat-free sausage cheddar balls. He tries to eat vegan but I will not give up real cheese, not even for him. He can eat them or not. I am betting he'll eat them!

I have Gimme Lean sausage and sharp cheddar cheese. Off to find a recipe for this nonsense that I'm sure will be yummy anyway!
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #12
 
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GC, I've used that Gimmie Lean sausage for fauxsage and gravy (that's what I like to call it) for my vegetarian MIL and SIL and it was really good so I'll be interested to hear how it comes out with fauxsage balls. If I didn't make Mr. Spring some sausage balls every year I think he'd divorce me. HA! I made some one year with diced apples in them and they were so good.

Jeep! I wish I had more folks to bake for just as an excuse, but I only make stuff for Mr. Spring to take to work. I made an apple pie quick bread with pecans and dried cranberries last night (diced apples, not grated) to test out and see if it was tasty enough to gift and indeed, it was! Turned out really good so I'll do those in cute little Christmas mini-loaf pans and I'm also going to package up homemade hot chocolate mix to give along with it. I'm looking forward to decorating the packaging, I think I've got to make 12 of them.

Today I invited our neighbors over for some Christmas day noshing so I've got to come up with stuff for that. Her mom will be coming with them, but she's blind and doesn't like to eat in front of other people because she has to use her hands (she can see a tiny bit, but everything is just one big blur for her due to macular degeneration) so I'm going to try and make everything more like appetizers so it's easy to eat and she doesn't feel embarrassed. I know I'll make sausage balls, deviled eggs and probably do some mini ham sandwiches and I'll figure out a few other things. I'll make cranberry noels for sure.

What I'd like to know is why I don't know anyone who does cookie plates?!?! If someone showed up at my door with an assorted plate of homemade goodies I'd DIE. But not before I ate them all.

The test loaf I made last night. After I get the mini's done week after next I'll snap a pic. It's got a streusel topping.





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Christmas baking and cooking thread. Watcha making?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1355070539.452641.jpg

Half of my mince pies exploded. I'd better eat them
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Cookies. I make a lot of chocolate chip. Yesterday I made Heath with whole wheat flour.

I'd like to make gingerbread cookies. I need to get cutters. My kids will have fun with that. And make a huge mess.


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curlylaura, I've never made mince pies. Care to share your recipe?

I know most people hate cookie exchanges but I WISH people invited me to them. My relatives are dying off and pretty soon that whole section of cookie-giftees will be gone. Most of my friends live far away or are online friends only (I don't really like having alot of real life friends) so besides my sisters and boss and a couple local friends I'll be running out of people to give cookies to. I shipped some out a few times but that is a royal pita.
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Premade shortcrust pastry and premade mincemeat. Cook at 180C for about 25mins.

If you want to make the mincemeat google Delia Smith mince pie recipe. I'm on my phone and the links aren't working.

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http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/m...mincemeat.html
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I'm excited to gift those apple cakes, we had it for breakfast this morning and it's even better today! Keeper recipe, fo' sho'.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #18
 
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I can't bake and we don't eat many sweets, but my daughter insisted that we make cookies for Santa. I bought this

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That way when I throw them out, I won't feel like there was too much effort...
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I love to bake. I'm always looking for something new and fun, that both tastes great and looks super fancy on the tray.

I just found a bunch of recipes at recipegirl.com. I'll also have some time this year, so will probably decorate some sugar cookies.

  • Sugar cookies
  • Mexican Wedding cookies
  • Macadamia Nut Butter Toffee
  • Layered Peppermint Crunch Bark
  • Cinnamon Fudge
  • Eggnog Fudge
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Holly cookies (like rice krispie treats, but with corn flakes, and dyed green!)


That's way too much. We'll see what I end up actually making! I'm thinking maybe I'll make the fudge to package up and give out as gifts, instead of making it to bring to the parties to serve.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:24 AM   #20
 
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If I get the time off, I'm going to make an almond and orange sweet bread, a rosca de reyes, and a coconut and lime cheesecake with Muscovado sugar pineapple. And possibly more, but those are the ones most likely.

Mincemeat:
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/food/2010/12/dan-lepards-favourite-mince-pi.shtml
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