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    whatever's thread (http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...s-cookies.html) made me start thinking about Christmas cooking.

    I thought it would be nice to have a place for everyone to share favourite holiday recipes. I know we already have a recipe thread, but it's pretty general.

    I for one am going to be baking a whole lot of cookies in the next little while...I've bought ingredients for chocolate chip, oatmeal, gingerbread, shortbread, sugar cookies, or any combination of these, so I'm well-equipped for whatever mood strikes me.

    Here's a recipe for some chocolate-chip cookies that I made the other day, which my roommates absolutely loved, although I think they could be improved somehow...maybe by adding nuts, or using less flour. (Ok, chocolate-chip cookies are maybe not all that Christmas-y, but they are delicious).

    2.5 cups flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup butter at room temp or warmed a bit
    1/2 cup shortening (I substituted butter though, since that was what I had)
    1.5 cups tightly packed brown sugar
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 pkg chocolate chips (350g? 12 oz? ish)
    2 large eggs
    1 cup chopped nuts (optional-I left them out)

    Preheat oven to 375F

    1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and shortening until mixed.
    3. Add sugar and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium speed until well blended. (I just used a wooden spoon)
    4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
    5. Add flour mixture gradually, beat slowly at first, then blend well.
    6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
    7. Drop batter in 1 or 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
    8. Bake at 375 until edges of cookies are light brown, about 10 minutes but definitely depends on size of cookies, so watch the first batch.

    Makes a whole bunch of cookies if you make them fairly small, maybe 3-4 dozen, but it'd probably be more like 2 dozen if you like them larger.

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    I love baking Christmas cookies. I do it every year and give them out as gifts. This year I'm making:

    Peanut crisps with chocolate chips
    Dark chocolate-sour cherry cookies
    Spritz
    Chewy sugar cookies
    Snickerdoodles
    Chocolate-chile pepper cookies

    I'll have to drag out my recipe for that last one, it's the most unusual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FMWarner View Post

    I'll have to drag out my recipe for that last one, it's the most unusual.
    It sounds awesome!
    I don't wanna!

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    Why not just buy a bucket of Xmas cookies at the store?

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    Growing up my favorite thing about the holidays was baking and decorating christmas cookies. We have so many cookie cutters in the basement. I don't really have any special recipes they were just sugar cookies, and I don't know what recipe my mom used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    Why not just buy a bucket of Xmas cookies at the store?
    Because baking is a creative outlet for me, and I enjoy giving handmade gifts.

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    Please vicariously enjoy my handiwork.


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    ^ You made those???

    Now you make me hungry.

    Or rather, cravy. Because when you suddenly want sweets, I consider that a craving rather than feeling hunger.

    Those look GOOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FMWarner View Post
    Because baking is a creative outlet for me, and I enjoy giving handmade gifts.
    Pretty much everything is handmade, because it all starts with the press of a button!

    Anyway, I'd much rather things be machine made. I'd rather have a hint of metal flavor than the flavor of a hand that I don't know who it belongs to or where it's been...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post
    Pretty much everything is handmade, because it all starts with the press of a button!

    Anyway, I'd much rather things be machine made. I'd rather have a hint of metal flavor than the flavor of a hand that I don't know who it belongs to or where it's been...
    Sadly, people are safe with me. My hands haven't been anywhere interesting lately

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