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Crazy For Cookies
November 5

Empire CookiesThere is nothing quite like a being at a holiday party and seeing a spectacular tray of beautifully decorated cookies!  Sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees, stars and ornaments, glistening with brightly coloured icings and sprinkles, gingerbread people and my favourite – Empire Cookies.  These tender sugar cookies are filled with jam and crowned with snow white almond icing and glazed cherries. At my annual girlfriends cookie exchange, they are a big hit! If you are like me, you might have great intentions of starting your baking early and passing them to your friends and co-workers, but time just seems to get ahead of us.  Before you know it, it’s Christmas Eve and there are few, if any cookies to be had!

There’s an art to building the perfect holiday cookie tin!  You ultimately want to balance flavours, colours and textures – all while making sure the cookies stay fresh and don’t break in transit.  Include a mix of cookies with chocolate, fruit flavours, nuts and spices.  Avoid any gooey bars or sticky frostings – cookies need to be able to sturdy enough to hold their own shape in the tin.  And finally, add a few that lend a pop of colour to the tin.  For those that don’t (like shortbread) add your own fanciful flourishes by bundling or stacking cookies with festive twine or holiday-themed cupcake liners.

That is why I love our Great Cookie Exchange class.  Its an opportunity to pick up some great new ideas!  In last year’s class we made six different cookies from Vanilla Madeleines to Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Squares and Pistachio Jam Thumbprints.  This year Maria and her sister, baker extraordinaire Angela Galea will show you how simple it is to make one dough into four cookies (Rugelach, Jam Thumbprints, Spirals and Pecan Tarts), Espresso Bean Shortbread, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti (for which they are well known), Traditional Sicilian Fig Cookies and Golden Graham Christmas Snack Mix.   The best part is, you get to take your cookies home and WE clean up the kitchen!  Add these Empire Cookie to your haul and you’ve got some nice treats to leave by the tree for Santa.  (Post by Donna-Marie Pye)

There is nothing quite like being at a holiday party and seeing a big tray of beautifully decorated holiday cookies. Sugar cookies in shapes of Christmas trees, stars and ornaments, adorned with brightly colored icings and sprinkles. Gingerbread men and women, and my very favorite:  almond cookies covered in snow white powered sugar. These delicious little cookies are so buttery and light – they just melt in your mouth.  If you’re like me you have all intentions of starting your baking early and  passing them out to your family friends and co-workers, but time just always seems to get the best of us. Before we know it, it’s Christmas Eve and there are few, if any, cookies to be had anywhere.

That’s why I love The Chopping Block’s “Fun and Fancy Holiday Cookie” class. We make Chocolate Turtle Cookies; Ginger and Molasses Spice Cookies with Holiday Sprinkles; Jam-Filled Thumbprints; Rum Balls and Cranberry Pistachio Bars with Apricot Glaze.  The best part is you take your cookies home and we clean up the kitchen.  Add the Almond Cookie to your haul and you’ve got some nice treats to leave by the tree for Santa.

– See more at: http://www.thechoppingblog.com/2011/11#sthash.CrVaxGMJ.dpuf

There is nothing quite like being at a holiday party and seeing a big tray of beautifully decorated holiday cookies. Sugar cookies in shapes of Christmas trees, stars and ornaments, adorned with brightly colored icings and sprinkles. Gingerbread men and women, and my very favorite:  almond cookies covered in snow white powered sugar. These delicious little cookies are so buttery and light – they just melt in your mouth.  If you’re like me you have all intentions of starting your baking early and  passing them out to your family friends and co-workers, but time just always seems to get the best of us. Before we know it, it’s Christmas Eve and there are few, if any, cookies to be had anywhere.

That’s why I love The Chopping Block’s “Fun and Fancy Holiday Cookie” class. We make Chocolate Turtle Cookies; Ginger and Molasses Spice Cookies with Holiday Sprinkles; Jam-Filled Thumbprints; Rum Balls and Cranberry Pistachio Bars with Apricot Glaze.  The best part is you take your cookies home and we clean up the kitchen.  Add the Almond Cookie to your haul and you’ve got some nice treats to leave by the tree for Santa.

– See more at: http://www.thechoppingblog.com/2011/11#sthash.CrVaxGMJ.dpuf

There is nothing quite like being at a holiday party and seeing a big tray of beautifully decorated holiday cookies. Sugar cookies in shapes of Christmas trees, stars and ornaments, adorned with brightly colored icings and sprinkles. Gingerbread men and women, and my very favorite:  almond cookies covered in snow white powered sugar. These delicious little cookies are so buttery and light – they just melt in your mouth.  If you’re like me you have all intentions of starting your baking early and  passing them out to your family friends and co-workers, but time just always seems to get the best of us. Before we know it, it’s Christmas Eve and there are few, if any, cookies to be had anywhere.

That’s why I love The Chopping Block’s “Fun and Fancy Holiday Cookie” class. We make Chocolate Turtle Cookies; Ginger and Molasses Spice Cookies with Holiday Sprinkles; Jam-Filled Thumbprints; Rum Balls and Cranberry Pistachio Bars with Apricot Glaze.  The best part is you take your cookies home and we clean up the kitchen.  Add the Almond Cookie to your haul and you’ve got some nice treats to leave by the tree for Santa.

– See more at: http://www.thechoppingblog.com/2011/11#sthash.CrVaxGMJ.dpuf

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