Friday, December 17, 2010

Merry Christmas Eggnog Cookies

I bet you think there will be eggnog in the did I, but they don't. They do taste and smell exactly like eggnog! Boy, are they delish. Merry Christmas friends and a Happy Hanukkah to Mendy and your cute family.

Eggnog Snickerdoodles (from an unknown website..sorry I look at so many)

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tea salt
  • 2 tea cream of tartar
  • 1 tea baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, room temp
  • 1/2 tea rum extract
  • 1/2 tea brandy extract (I used vanilla)
  • 2 large eggs

Rolling Mixture
  • 1 tea nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven 400 degrees. Line pans with silpat.

Whisk dry ingredients.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Add extracts.
Gradually blend dry with wet. Shape in balls and roll in nutmeg sugar.
Bake 8-10 minutes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ABC Maple Pecan Medjool Date Rugelach

King Arthur Flour has an excellent description and step by step process of making Rugelach. Thanks to Hanna for sharing. I also scoured all my cookbooks that had recipes for Rugelach because I have been meaning to make this for some time now.

Confession: I spent an hour leafing through my indexes to find the "1" I wanted. I had a perfect picture in my head of the was not in the index under R! but for C... chocolate chip.

Finally, with Baking for All Occasions and my Bon Appetit Christmas Cookbook in hand I started the Avid Bakers Challenge.
Should I mention that it was past midnight. My mother use to say, "Nothing good happens after midnight." I think for once, I may have proven her wrong. Although, I was having doubts when my dough was not big chunks like the King Arthur description. And I did worry that it would not ball up...after a lot of time pulsing.

Finally: the dough!

Refrigerated over night.

Rolled out to 8 inches.

Pure maple syrup.

Cinnamon and brown sugar.

I do not care for dates. I did want to make this exactly but when I went to buy dates they were so big and...well squishy slimy looking. I am feeling sick just thinking of it!!! So I bought sugar coated date bits.

Rolled. The dough is very easy to handle and tasty. I couldn't help myself from sampling little bits.
For my none nut family members...cherry preserves, cherries, and mini chocolate chips.

The King Arthur cookbook suggested leaving the ends and middle free of filling so they closed when rolled better.

I always keep my nut things very separate!!! I rarely use nuts, due to the girl's allergies, but I think that Rugelach is something that screams NUTS.

MMM beautiful. I served these after a simple dinner of roast chicken, fresh cranberry relish, roasted garlic root veggies, corn, and spinach salad.
I really didn't think I would like the maple and date combo. In fact I was determined not to like it. I have a thing against maple...but they were my favorite. The chocolate in the other was too sweet.
Baking for All Occasions has provided an excellent and easy to follow road map to perfection on this recipe.

And now to really make you want to "Eat your heart out"...the message my husband made and left for me today.