Cool on baking sheets. 11. 6. Over the years, these cookies were loved by everyone in our family, and my parents always made a huge tray of sesame cookies for family reunions and parties. 5. We recommend using a spoon to scoop it on top of cookies, and use the back of the spoon to spread over top. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday 10-6 Wednesday 10-6 Thursday 10-6 Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-6 Sunday Closed . Send restaurant tips to sgriesemer@gannettnj.com. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie. Home-baked cookies for the holidays, Chocolate-Chip Walnut Cookies, photographed Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Christmas Cookies. Stir in flour. Bake 12 to 15 minutes for large cookies or 10 to 12 minutes for small cookies. Bake, one sheet at a time, until golden brown around the edges and dry on top, 14 to 16 minutes. Add crumbs and pour ¼ stick melted margarine over them and mix a little then press down into pan. These trees are made from sugar cookies in the shape of a star, starting with a very large size, down to a very small size, and decorated with baubles and candies of the season. Gradually mix in the flour, salt and baking powder just until dough comes together in a ball. Sift flour into a bowl and add butter. 2. "I continued the tradition with my own daughters, Stephanie, Sara and Katherine. Now that the baking is done and I have wiped the flour and butter off the floor and counters and walls and ceiling, I can look back on the types I made and see that they fall generally into two categories: chocolate and enormous. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Allow the cookies to rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. Bake 35 to 45 minutes. You can cancel at any time. 2. Add eggs and vanilla. These are very simple sugar cookies with Special K cereal mixed in. Per serving: 94 calories; 5g fat; 3g saturated fat; 14mg cholesterol; 1g protein; 12g carbohydrate; 6g sugar; 1g fiber; 43 mg sodium; 16mg calcium, Adapted from “Baking for Friends” by Kathleen King. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Plus, we have added other cookies to the list such as jam tarts, rugalach, and gingerbread. We would bake for two full days making dozens upon dozens of luscious cookies. The pictures I'm sending are the cover of the Cook Book, the story of our Christmas Cookie Day, photos through the years of family and friends on cookie day, a picture of the Linza Butter Cookies, my father's family recipe, and the recipe for the Linza Butter Cookies. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 6. Now that the kids are adults, they fool around more. The Recipe: Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet … She entrusted me with the recipe before her death and she would be so proud to see that I make them often. Using a half-teaspoon measure, make a hollow in the enter of each cookie. These were originally created to be served at “elevenses” at fine English hotels, and it is hard to get more cultivated than that. –Terri Mergner, Howell. Shape into a log about one inch wide and slice cookies about ½ inch thick. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining ½ pound butter. Soon we will be joined by our grandchildren. Let the tree dry thoroughly before decorating with sprinkles and other edible decorations, using royal icing as the glue. Mix on low speed about a minute until well blended. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until pieces are the size of peas. Roll dough to ½-inch thickness and cut into shapes. My sister and I gladly took over the baking and 36 years later, we are still honoring Gram’s memory by continuing her holiday cookie tray tradition. "Sweet potato pies with my dad were my first introduction to baking from scratch," said Hernandez, now 28, of Hoboken. On first consideration, orange seems like an unusual flavor for a cookie, and it seems like it on second consideration, too. Every time I make them, I silently thank her for sharing. They will become softer with the glaze and will melt in your mouth. The texture of the cookie will be cracked. We bake about eight different kinds of homemade cookies every year to share with friends and family, and this is the most requested cookie. Turn the mixer to medium low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, beating in one cup at a time. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. 8. For Joelle Hernandez, the holidays have always been a time for sweets. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. The hit cookie year after year, hands down, is my Snowball cookie. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Bake, rotating the positions of the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking, until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges and bottoms, about 15 minutes. – Joelle Hernandez, Hoboken, 3-5 tablespoons milk (can be a dairy alternative), I make these every year to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the egg whites, then coat with the pecans. Bake 17 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden. 3. Working one at a time, shape half-tablespoons of dough into balls. NOTE: Do not use white or hulled sesame seeds. 2. It always feels like home. Two of the recipes we use are from my childhood best friend, Christy’s, mother, Pauline Jeandron (then of Keyport, now of Brick). 2. Add additional flour slowly; if it feels too sandy, add additional milk until dough is smooth and easy to work with. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com, Homebaked cookies for the holidays, Coffee Almond Cookies, photographed Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Do not leave any space between the cookies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift in flour, baking powder, soda and salt fold with your spatula before mixing on a medium to low speed. Using a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut into strips about 1½ inch wide, then cut diagonally at 3 inch intervals. And if the chef is wrong, it is not by much. It is a day everyone looks forward to. Gradually add flour to form a firm dough. 1. It’s a true cookie lover’s cookie: crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and perfectly dunkable. Now our kids are grown and we are joined by their significant others. In a bowl combine flour and sugar. This no chill, no roll drop sugar cookie recipe will give you the best buttery, crunchy, and festive treats with seriously minimal effort. Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. 3. Cookies should be lightly browned and break apart easily when completely cooled. Plus, we have added other cookies to the list such as jam tarts, rugalach, and gingerbread. Transfer to wire cooling racks and let cool completely. Dipping cookie cutters in flour before each use, cut out shapes. Chocolate plays a role in yet another batch of the cookies I made. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions, mixing on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds after each, or until just combined. Cool. It’s a great tradition and I’m thankful to Mrs. Jeandron for getting us started. It has become one of my favorite traditions of the holiday. Mix all ingredients. While cooling, prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. 1. 22 of 90. This recipe comes from Karen DeLuca of Clifton, who has held a cookie bake with friends for nearly a decade. I knew she made great cookies, so I asked to make them with her. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com, Homebaked cookies for the holidays, Special K Cookies, photographed Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. – Maryann Crimmins, Manasquan, I am 83 years old and have been baking a very long time. This coffee is then blended into a dough that is similar to shortbread: buttery, crumbly and rich. If the chocolate cools and thickens, briefly reheat until it is dippable again. Add the baking soda/water mixture to the butter and continue to beat on low. Every year for the past 60 years, I have continued the gingerbread cookie tradition. –Karen Klingner, Wanaque, This recipe was my mother-in-law's and it was passed down from her mother. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes, then run a dull knife along edges to keep from sticking. 1. Stir in cold water. Ice the cooled star-shaped cookies then dip the edges in the sanding sugar and let dry. If desired, make an extra 2 of the smallest star cookies for each tree and attach them back to back, ice and cover in gold sanding sugar to use as the star on the top of the tree. Makes 4 dozen cookies. Our family’s Christmas ginger cookie recipe is originally from my maternal grandmother, Helen Grimm, who was from Bavaria, Germany. Add the molasses mixture and mix for 3 to 4 minutes, until fluffy. This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. 8. 5. For my siblings and me, it was about time spent around the table with our large family, eating delicious food and wonderful sweets lovingly prepared by our Sicilian grandmother, Rosa Rizzo Faso. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight for the best results. Our All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes | Better Homes & Gardens Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl. Cool on the sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to … Roll out dough and cut using cookie cutters. Everyone puts on their custom-made gingerbread aprons and our expanded kitchen table gets covered with rolling pins, dozens of cookie cutters, a double batch of homemade gingerbread dough, cookie sheets, and lots and lots of flour to keep the cookie dough from sticking to the table. The pictures I'm sending are the cover of the Cook Book, the story of our Christmas Cookie Day, photos through the years of family and friends on cookie day, a picture of the Linza Butter Cookies, my father's family recipe, and the recipe for the Linza Butter Cookies. "I can always remember how warm and happy the pies made our family and friends," she said, "and I loved seeing the smiles on everyone's face when they cut into it.". – Dorothea Borkowski, Woodbridge, ½ cup finely crushed after dinner mints or candy canes. Dough will be very stiff. Add vanilla, and set aside. 6. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Brush each all over with the egg white, then roll each log in the sugar. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars are thick, soft and absolutely amazing! After the cookies have baked comes our favorite part: decorating and eating them! They toss the uncooked dough in the air to catch in their mouths. You have permission to edit this article. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top. Arrange the balls about 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 14 minutes. Add vanilla. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. This recipe is adapted from an old church cookbook and the perfect no fuss, no frills treat that won’t take tons of time or effort. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Yield: 6-7 dozen cookies. Decorate using tubes of decorating icing. Pour the hot water into a liquid measuring cup, and stir in baking soda to activate it. Every year for the past 25 years, family and friends come to my home and we make Christmas cookies. Granulated sugar: If you want cookies a little sweeter you can increase sugar to 2/3 cup. Working with 1 disk at a time, briefly knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface until smooth. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. There is nothing better than being able to share my grandmother's Wheaties coconut cookie recipe and her lasting legacy each holiday season, as it always brings a smile to my face and warms the heart of us all when we take a bite into that ooey, gooey delight and remember all of those happy holiday moments shared together with one another. Add the flour, baking powder and salt.