Christmas/Holiday Baking

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What's everyone making??

I've done a few things for parties, but the big bake is Sunday. Looking for some different ideas. I'll do shortbread, magic bars, peanut butter bars, fudge & bark. All easy to make, store and transport....so anything along those lines would be great!
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
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Last edited by CurlyCanadian; 12-17-2014 at 01:25 PM.
I'm taking this year off. Normally I make German butter cookies (family recipe). It's usually a full weekend project since I'm the only one in the family who makes them (everyone asks for some).

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Thank you for making this thread!

I was going to bake for the first time in years (I mean really bake) and I was hoping someone would have some good ideas or recipes!

I usually make oatmeal cookies and sometimes peanut butter. The recipe that was passed down for sugar cookies isn't so great, so I'm looking for a good one if anyone has any suggestions. Thank you in advance!


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Cinnamon spiced cookies which are already baked and in the freezer I'm planning on making red velvet cupcakes for everyone tomorrow and then freezing them as well. And then closer to Christmas I'll put the frosting on them, I'm also going to make peppermint cream chocolates.
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One of the girls at work makes really good sugar cookies, will ask her for the recipe tomorrow.
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
I made flourless peanut butter cookies last week which were a hit. So now i'm feeling froggy! Looking for ideas.
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I usually make between 70-100 dozen cookies at Christmas, mostly the same kinds every year with a new one thrown in once in awhile for fun. So far I've made 13 doz Italian Wedding Cookies (tarralucci), 7 doz molasses biscotti (morzette), 7 doz Italian sesame cookies (giuggiulena).
This weekend I will probably make another 13 doz wedding cookies, 6+ doz Swedish lemon butter cookies (citron kakor), and 30+ doz biscotti (a few different kinds- anise, choc chip walnut, chocolate spice, lemon poppyseed, honey pecan).
I will also help dad make fried gloves (guanti).
I couple favorites I make every few years are Swedish ginger cookies (made with bacon grease, they are so good.) and a sugar cookie that I call YWCA Sugar Cookies because I got the recipe from a lady about 40 years ago when I worked at the YW (they are a light crisp cookie and I really like their texture. no icing, really good with tea/coffee.)
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
I'm supposed to be roasting some peanuts, baking bread and making some cookies.

But I keep forgetting. 😖
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I made a Christmas cake a couple of months ago and am in the process of icing it - one coat on and I'll do the other tomorrow. Also have some dried fruit soaking now to make a Christmas pudding on Saturday. Other than that, probably just the usual mince pies.
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Starmie, do you have hard sauce with your pudding and mince pies? I've been doing the mince pies since my grandfather (he made the best, and always made me extra to take home!) passed and I can't get the hard sauce right. Just not stiff enough, and last year I think I added almost double the powdered sugar the recipe called for and it still wasn't right.
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
One of the girls at work makes really good sugar cookies, will ask her for the recipe tomorrow.
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
Thank you!

Also, you all are so amazing! My family has never really baked anything besides oatmeal cookies at Christmas (the recipe from the lid of the oatmeal container). It's a family favorite, but I am always looking for new ideas. I find that cookies are inexpensive and make people feel the spirit of Christmas.


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Just heading to work, but the shortbread and bars I do are all super easy. Will
Post the recipes when I get there.
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
I made flourless peanut butter cookies last week which were a hit. So now i'm feeling froggy! Looking for ideas.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
The 3 ingredient pb cookies are the only thing I can bake...it's so sad. Last year for Thanksgiving I made individual pumpkin cheesecakes, but used nilla wafers for the bottom. I made homemade gluten free nilla wafers, but they ended up as big as plates...oops. Story of my life. BK and I are making ninjabread cookies from a kit, but I'm not too confident about how they'll come out. This is why we usually make things like marshmallow snowmen or santa hats made of fruit.

Forgive the evil Allrecipes!!!

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/63959...m-eagle-brand/

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/9999/...butter-bars-i/

These are the sugar cookies she makes.

http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/10402...sugar-cookies/
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
The magic bars, I add a little sea salt to the top. They are crazy sweet and I like the sweet/salty combo.

I'm going to try a batch with pretzels this year.
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
http://www.food.com/recipe/pan-shortbread-198138

Best shortbread!! I do a double batch and that's enough for a cookie sheet and a round cake pan. The cookie sheet one, I cut in bars and dip the ends in chocolate and crushed pecans when cool.

The cake pan ones I sprinkle with coarse sugar just before they are done.
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
Stupid question but what do you guys do w/ all of these cookies??
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Work, family, neighbours, friends.

I usually do about 10 boxes up, and have them ready when we go to people's houses.
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I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
THANK YOU!!!!


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