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    December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!

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    Welcome to our Monthly Recipe Challenge!

    December's recipe challenge is going to be:

    Share one of your favorite Christmas Cookie recipes!


    Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe? Something you make year after year or that your friends and family always ask you to make during the holidays? Whether a new recipe or an old classic, our challenge for December will be to bake and post your favorite cookie recipe for the holidays.




    Here is how the challenge works:

    To enter the challenge, simply reply to this post with the recipe you plan on making. Once you make it, take a photo of your dish, post the recipe in the "Monthly Recipe Challenge" forum, and tell us about the recipe you chose. Did you love it or hate it? Did it need something different? Next time you make it would you change anything?

    No matter how the dish turns out, we will have a lot of fun trying new ingredients, testing our palates, and exploring new cooking adventures together!

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    Great challenge! Love it!


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    Yippee!
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    Re: December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!

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    So has anyone started baking their cookies yet?!

    Here is what I have made (so far)...

    December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_5704-jpgPistachio Cranberry Biscotti

    Ingredients

    1pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix1box (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix1/4cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour1/2cup butter or margarine, melted2eggs1/2cup dry-roasted salted pistachio nuts, finely chopped1/2cup dried cranberries2tablespoons powdered sugar


    Directions:


    • Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, pudding mix and flour. Stir in melted butter and eggs until soft dough forms. Stir in pistachios and cranberries. Divide dough in half. On each of 2 ungreased cookie sheets, shape half of dough into 15x2-inch log.

    • Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250°F. Place logs on cutting board. Cut crosswise into 3/4-inch slices. Place slices cut sides down on ungreased cookie sheets.

    • Bake 40 minutes, turning once. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool 10 minutes. With small, fine strainer, lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over tops of cookies. Store loosely covered.

    December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_5705-jpg Chocolate Sea Salt Shortbread Cookies


    by Dorie Greenspan

    Yield: 3 dozen cookies

    Prep: 10 minutes | Chill Time: 3 hours | Bake Time: 12 minutes


    Ingredients

    1¼ cups all-purpose flour

    1/3 cup unsweetened or dark cocoa powder

    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

    2/3 cup light brown sugar

    ¼ cup granulated sugar

    ½ teaspoon fleur de sel or ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Directions

    1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.

    2. Beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, the salt and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes more.

    3. With the mixer off, add the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer on and off low speed (pulse) for a second or two about 5 times so that the flour mixture gets incorporated. Then mix on low speed for about 30 seconds, just until the flour disappears into the dough (the dough will look crumbly).

    4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide it in two. Shape each half into a 9-inch log. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (The dough can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. If you’ve frozen the dough, you don’t need to defrost before baking – just slice the logs into cookies and baking the cookies 1 minute longer.)

    5. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

    6. Using a sharp thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are ½-inch thick. Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them. Sprinkle a small amount of extra salt on top of each round.

    7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes – they won’t look done, and won’t be firm, but that’s how they should be. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.



    December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_5702-jpgOatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies--I posted the recipe for these cookies on TTR not too long ago and here is the link to that:

    http://tastetestedrecipes.com/showth...Raisin-Cookies























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    Eh. We don't eat sweets really.

    I made pulled pork. 0:-D

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    Hummdy-dum, still waiting to see some yummy-licious baking recipes from y'all! Traci, how about some pulled pork muffins, eh?
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    Okay! I totally cheat but they are so yummy!

    What you will need:

    Sugar cookie dough
    Plenty of white frosting
    Plenty of food coloring (big bottles of red and green)
    Loads of sprinkles and toppers
    Plenty of flour
    A good rolling pin

    I make hundreds of Sugar cookies....

    I use the Pillsbury refrigerated dough and whipped white cake frosting, along with any and all sprinkle combinations that are out there.

    Take half of your dough and keep the other half refrigerated. Knead the dough into a round ball, lay it on a nice bed of flour and press.

    Flip it over, press into the flour again. Knead the dough again. This time, press in the flour and roll out, cutting out as many cookies as you can without leaving much leftover. Remove scraps and set aside.

    Turn on some good Christmas music, you will be here awhile.

    Your first batch of cookies should be ones that are not importantly shaped, as they will be a bit more puffy than the rest.

    Put cookies into preheated oven of 350 for about 10 mins.

    Each new batch, knead the scraps into another chunk of new dough. This keeps your dough moist enough but makes the shapes nice, not as puffy as the first batch. Use plenty of flour while rolling under and on top so your dough does not stick.

    I usually bake hundreds, this year we did 5 packages of dough and 4 containers of whipped frosting.

    When making the colors red and green you will be adding a tremendous amount of food coloring. The little 4 pack bottles will simply not do, buy the large bottles.

    For beards and wreaths, I use a cake tip.


    Yes now it is tradition so I'm stuck doing them every year for the rest of my life. What was I thinking????

    Here is the finished product!

    December Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_4126-jpgDecember Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_4131-jpgDecember Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_4133-jpgDecember Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_4137-jpgDecember Monthly Challenge--Christmas Cookies!!-img_4138-jpg
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    My goodness, what a glorious sight of Christmas cookies!! Looks like you fed an army with all the beautiful cookies…love all the colors and the decorations are top notch!! I think next year I'd like to do some cookies like these!

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