Friday, December 18, 2009

Pecan Sandies

This recipe also came from the Allrecipes Christmas Cookie Countdown and unlike the ice cream cookie one this one was awesome! They were like Pecan Shortbread Cookies covered in extra sugar! The recipe said it made 8 dozen, so I cut it in half and it came out with about 3 dozen, which I thought was good.

1 cup margarine
1 cup oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup icing sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
2 cups pecans
More white sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together margarine, oil, white sugar and icing sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Slowly stir into creamed mixture. Stir in pecans. Place extra white sugar in a shallow bowl. Form dough into small balls, roll each ball in the white sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes.

These were pretty awesome and I will definitely make them again! :)

Ice Cream Cookies

Okay, so these were the weirdest cookies I've ever made and they turned out terrible! Which was really weird because they have a really high rating on Allrecipes, so I don't know if I did something wrong or what but they were gross. I was going to take them to work but I was too embarrassed to, so my Dad took them to his office instead and apparently somebody liked them because they got gobbled up. But I personally thought they tasted more like biscuits than cookies and I hate biscuits.

I got the recipe from the Allrecipes Christmas Cookie Countdown (a new cookie recipe every day for 25 days!)

1 pint vanilla ice cream (A US Pint is 473 ml, A UK Pint is 568 ml, I started with the US Pint amount but it didn't look right so I upped the amount of ice cream and it still didn't work)
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
Fruit Jam (I used Raspberry and Strawberry)

Cut butter with flour. Mix in ice cream. (Use your hands, you may want to put on gloves first because it will be cold). Form dough into ball. Refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough. (My dough was no where near a consistancy that could be 'rolled out' so I just shaped little balls with my hands) Cut circles with the rim of a glass, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie, fill thumbprint with jam. (I just shaped balls with my hands and made a thumbprint in them) Place cookies on cookie tray lined with parchment paper. (Parchment paper is very important here!) Bake for 20 minutes.

Like I said, I thought these were disgusting but other people liked them. Try at your own risk!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dark Tiger Cookies

Okay, so I haven't posted in a while, but I made these cookies a few weeks ago and I absolutely love them. They are so simple and tasty.

Dark Tiger Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup cocoa
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Icing sugar

Stir together sugar, oil and cocoa. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, mix well. Cover and refrigerate. (The instructions say for at least 6 hours but I've done it for as little as 1/2 an hour) Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Shape into balls. Roll balls in icing sugar. Place on cookie sheet. Bake 11-13 minutes.

I made these three times in the first week that I discovered them, they're so good. :)

I haven't posted a lot lately but I've been doing some Christmas baking that I'll be posting soon and I should start transferring over all of last year's Christmas baking posts from Facebook as well.