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New Christmas Cookies

I've tried a couple of new Christmas cookie recipes this year from the King Arthur Flour recipe website. I love their Baker's Banter Blog. They post recipes a couple of times a week with step-by-step pictorial directions. It is interesting to read about the new products and new recipes. The cookie recipes I have tried have been very good and all of these cookie recipes feature dough that can be made ahead.

Last weekend I made these butter pecan cookies. I didn't have any of the unusual flavorings so I just used 1 Tbsp. vanilla. The combination of the butterscotch chips, toasted pecans, and the sugar/salt coating is very good.

picture of Butter Pecan Cookie

I also made this Mandelbrot, which my husband, the former German teacher,told me means Almond Bread. These cookies are like biscotti. The recipe on the blog uses walnuts, but since I had a large bag of almonds I used those along with the chocolate chips. These are delicious!

picture of Mandelbrot

I also recently tried these Cranberry Pistachio cookies from a blog called Joy of Baking.

picture of Cranberry Cookies

My friend, Cheri, shared some fresh pistachios received as a gift from a relative in California. The green pistachios and red cranberries made a very pretty and tasty cookie. These are a refrigerator cookie and the dough can be made well advance of when you bake the cookies and refrigerated or frozen. I can remember my Aunt Hazel making refrigerator cookies when I was a little girl -- long before you could buy refrigerated cookie dough in the grocery store.

picture of Refrigerator Cookie Dough

How about you out there in blog-land -- have you tried any new cookie recipes this year that you are willing to share?


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6 Comments on “New Christmas Cookies”

  1. #1 Rela Biagiotti
    on Dec 19th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Did you use expresso power in the butter pecan cookies? Where would I find that, or is there a substitute. I’d like to try these as my dad and hubby enjoy nutty cookies.

  2. #2 Becka
    on Dec 19th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Rela, I did not use the expresso powder. I think you could try substituting instant coffee powder–just make sure you crush it so it will dissolve completely. Some of the instant coffee crystals will not dissolve as is–they just remain as little flecks. You might find the expresso powder in a specialty grocery store such as Fresh Market.

  3. #3 Maggie
    on Dec 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Hey, we made Christmas cookies today. 🙂 We made homemade Ginger bread cookies and sugar cookies, which have both turned out great! I am new to your blog and loving it, and now I am following your blog through RSS feeder. I would love if you stopped by my blog and added my blog to your favorites or to your feeder list too.

    Many blessings, (any enjoy your cookies, they look amazing)

  4. #4 Deb
    on Dec 21st, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Becka, my daughter made a new (to us) cookies recipe this weekend ~ Christmas Cookie Balls. I hope she’ll get a chance to post about it this week. Thanks for the cookie receipes you shared. I love the King Arthur site, too.

  5. #5 Rhonda
    on Dec 23rd, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Emma and I have only made chocolate drop cookies so far this year. Today’s goal is lebkuchen–a Christmas tradition for us since our year in Germany. But your Mandelbrot looks yummy German, too! We are way behind on our Christmas baking!

  6. #6 Jan
    on Dec 29th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I made the butter pecan cookies yesterday. You’re right–they are out of this world! Thanks for another great recipe.

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