Thursday, December 21, 2006

1000 Cookies in three days

When it came time to fill the boxes with cookies for Hubby, it became apparent that ten cookies per box, just wasn't going to cut it. I had a new plan in place in fifteen minutes. I would feverishly bake another four hundred cookies, while Hubby went to the store to pick up chocolates and candy canes to fill the top of the box. The recipe I used is ccalled Merry Cookies. The photo above is just one way to do them. They are a basic sugar cookie that can be rolled, coloured, added to and frozen. All this is good because it means that you can whip them up pretty quick and they can look and taste very different with little effort. The garnishes used for the batches I made were food colouring (as in above photo), candied cherries (red ones and green ones chopped finely), sprinkles, drage├ęs, and christmas sprinkles. You make the dough, split it in half and roll it between waxed or parchment paper. The cherries or food colouring you would add in before rolling the rest of it gets rolled around the outside of the cookie.
Merry Cookies (Holiday Baking 1996)
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1. beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. add egg and vanilla, beat.
3. in a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt, add in two stages and beat until combined.
4. roll cookies in waxed paper, chill in refrigerator (or freezer) until firm enough to slice.
5. place slices cookies on cookie sheet.
6. bake at 350 for 8 - 12 minutes. (Watch this carefully, as ovens differ it may only take 5 or 6 minutes or it may take 12. If you use silpat on your cookie sheet it usually takes 12, non-silpat is half the time. Cookies should not be browning at all.
Enjoy the Merry Cookies. Thankfully the recipients today enjoyed the cookies or at least they appreciated them enough to not tell Hubby the truth ;).



Blogger chichimama said...

Oh. My. I thought my 14 dozen in one day was bad. I can't imagine.

They look delicious though!!!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous local girl said...

Those are so cute and pink! I don't know if I'll have time to bake any more before Christmas but they look perfect for Valentine's Day!

1:14 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

sheesh girl you are makng my head spin with that lot.
i have done *no* christmas baking this year, trying to simplify things a bit.
but hey, i might discover my mojo now i've read your recipes....

3:10 AM  

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