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Twelve Days of Christmas….COOKIES

On the First Day of Christmas Cookies

which isn’t the same as the Twelve Days  of Christmas because now is the time to plan the all important cookie baking, so the cookie days must come before Christmas.

The actual Twelve Days of Christmas are AFTER Christmas ending with Twelfth Night or Epiphany. But you knew that. And I just made up the Christmas Cookie Days. No partridges, no pear trees, not a goose or a hen, French or otherwise, a-swimming or a-laying or a-leaping or a-milking. Just cookies.

Ah…the Cookie Days of Christmas!

After the Pie Ways of the Autumn, it is time to bring in Winter with hot cocoa and cookies. Cookies also travel well, for cookie swaps and impromptu parties and any other sort of gathering.

Cookies are a great little nibbles while watching Christmas Specials on TV – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (from 1964)

Nobody likes a skinny Santa - he needs a few more cookies...

Nobody likes a skinny Santa – he needs a few more cookies

or White Christmas

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from 1954. Snow, Snow, Snow – and maybe a Snowball cookie or two…

And Santa is coming to town, and it’s only polite to leave a few cookies out for him.milk-cookies-santa-11259883

Cookies aren’t the only baking for Christmas, but at the ancestral home, they were defiantly a constant.

Some, like Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy and not necessarily holiday specific. And have great back-story. More on that after the holidays.

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Here’s the recipe right on the packet – butter makes a crispier cookie, margarine makes a bendier one, and as far as I’m concerned, nuts are optional.

Sugar cookies are also easy and adaptable. Stir N Drop Sugar Cookies are easy and if you use red and green sugars, festive. Or there’s the prepackaged route.

Nothing easier - and you can spend your artistic energies decorating

Nothing easier – and you can spend your artistic energies decorating while you get great cookie baking aroma

Gingerbread has a long history with the holiday, so that will be an upcoming story.

Stuart gingerbread molds - 17th century

Stuart gingerbread molds – 17th century English from the Gingerbread House Project blog

Oh, Joy! Chocolate Coconut Macaroons with Almonds  are a Christmas cookie.

Shortbread will count as a cookie for the holiday, as will brownies.

Then there’s a long list of Italian cookies…..

some of which are known as  ‘Italian Cookies‘……Italian cookieswhich go by various aliases like Charmella or Sharmella or Jemellos’s or Anise Cookies…..or as my Uncle Johnny would sometimes call them – Snowballs. 

 As for other Italian cookies….there are Susemielle (made with honey – that’s the mielle) which are also known as S-Cookies – but so are so many others…..

Susamielli Napolentani - close enough....

Susamielli Napolentani – close enough….

and there are also Wine CookiesBiscott di Vino, which are cookies made with wine, not necessarily cookies to go with wine…..and little chocolate cookies with nuts and raisins inside…

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies….assorted Cornmeal Cookies.…..

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies are only suggestions. Mere suggestions. No Pressure.

Take a deep breath and ponder – Why isn’t there  a “It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas” song?

Bake on.

 

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Advent is today

Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas Season.

Let the cookie baking begin!

First up is a cookie, so easy….it began with the McCalls Cooking School.McCalls Cooking schoolWe got this recipe in 1985, and immediately began tinkering with it.  Chocolate coconut macaroons are just TOO close to an Almond Joy to not keep going. almond joy barWe tried putting whole and halved almonds on top, but they baked off or got too hard.

Then we put the almond bits in.. and a little almond extract. Make them now, and then buy more sweetened flaked coconut and sweetened condensed milk and then you can make more later. Oh, Joy!

Oh, Joy! Chocolate Coconut Macaroons with Almonds

1 can (14 oz) sweetened, condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

3 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate

Dash of salt

2 cans (3 ½ oz size) or 1 package (7 oz) sweetened flaked coconut (do not use shredded coconut)

¼ cup slivered almonds

1 teaspoon almond extract

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cover a baking sheet pan with foil and grease generously OR cover a baking sheet with no stick foil OR line a baking sheet with a silpat
  3. Put condensed milk, chocolate and salt in the top of a double boiler.
  4. Put over boiling water until chocolate melts and the mixture is thick and smooth
  5. Remove from the from over the boiling water and add coconut, almonds and almond extract and mi well with a wooden spoon.
  6. Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls on the prepared sheet, 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set.
  8. Remove from baking sheet with a metal spatula and cool on a wire rack.

Yield: about 2 dozen macaroons.

Adapted from McCall’s Cooking School. Cakes,Cookies #40. 1985.

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