Friday, December 14, 2012

It's Cookie Time!

Do you guys remember that movie from the 80's, "Troop Beverly Hills"? I have the DVD if you want to borrow it. It's 80's gold. Shelly Long, a rich Beverly Hills socialite, becomes her daughter's girl scout leader. Antics ensue, to say the least. One of the gems from the movie is this song:

And now that it's almost Christmas, it really is cookie time. Last night we had a family cookie exchange. I probably consumed about a thousand calories, but I don't even care. Those were some YUMMY treats! I thought I'd share with you some recipes I've been loving this season! One of them is in an actual paper cook book, so I can't link to it. I'll share it here. They smell like grandma's house. My grandma never made these cookies, but they smell like the grandmas houses in the movies. I assume.

Molasses Crinkles


1/2 cup soft shortening
1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Sift together and stir in:

2 1/4 cups white flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger

Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of large walnuts. Dip tops in sugar. Place, sugar-side up, 3" apart on greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with 2 or 3 drops of water to produce a crackled surface. bake until just set but not hard.

Temperature: 375 degrees
Time: 10-12 minutes
Amount: About 4 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies

They are really good - chewy and flavorful! I sometimes drizzle some white chocolate on them, or dip half of the cookie in white chocolate. It's not necessary, but it is pretty delicious.

The other recipes I've been making this season are (click on the names for the links):

Chocolate chunk peppermint pudding cookies - People keep requesting I make these, and asking me how they're so chewy! The secret is the pudding. Nomnomnom! They're divine.

Brownie batter truffles - Dang you guys, these are amazing. Everyone has been asking me for the recipe lately. My nephew thought the inside looked like poop, but he scarfed it down right after he said that, so... Yeah. They're good.

White chocolate cherry shortbread cookies - These cookies won the cookie exchange competition tonight, so they are GOOD! Try them! They'll surprise you. I'm usually a "chocolate or bust" kinda gal, but these have stolen my heart.

Brigadeiros - People go LOCO for these treats. They have such a unique flavor and are really easy to make. They're always a hit!

Those are just a few of the recipes I've been making so far this season. No wonder it's so hard to keep holiday weight off! But without holiday weight, New Year's Resolutions would have never been born. So I guess it's not such a bad thing.

Here are some pictures from our cookie exchange:

Some of the spread!

Red and green tortilla chips, and Dana and Heather!

Christmas apron!

The kids working on some Christmas crafts
My nephew photobombing my niece, repeatedly. I was laughing so hard.

If you have a fabulous recipe you like to make, please share it!


Melanie said...

Thanks for the recipes! I think the link to the brownie cookie is incorrect (you link to the white chocolate cherry shortbread twice).

I had a cookie exchange at work the other day and made chocolate chip oreo cookies. Kinda huge, but tasty!

Katherine said...

Yeah, my pants are tight this morning, but it was SO worth it. Delish!! Thanks for making sure I have New Year's resolutions to make... ;)

Elizabeth Downie said...

Oops - sorry about that, Melanie - I fixed it! :) Thanks for letting me know!

And thanks for linking to that recipe! I want to try it!