I have been baking for the last two days. Well, yesterdays batch doesn't count because we ate them all. I have baked 5 batches of cookies. In total I would have to say that I have baked for about 15 hours. I hope the ladies like their cookies. I am so excited to be spending some time with the girls and also to try all their different cookies. I will share the recipes here with you.
Rosenmumar (Swedish Thumbprint)
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup any flavour fruit jam
1. Preheat oven to 375 degress F.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add sifted flour, and mix well. Shape dough into 1 inch diameter balls and place on a cookie sheet. Imprint your thumb in the center to make a 1/2 inch indentation. Fill with your favorite fruit jam.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Shortbread Cookies (given to me by Claudia on 2Gals)
1 cup salted butter(must be butter and not margarine)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup shifted icing sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
3. Refrigerate before and in between batches.
4. Roll dough into small balls and flatten with a wet fork.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -14 minutes. Checking them at 7 minutes. Turn tray while checking them so they bake evenly. If they start to get brown around the edges they have been in too long.
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
1/4 cup light olive oil
3/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups pistachio nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1.Preheat oven to 300 degress F (150 degrees C)
2. In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts, then beat int the eggs. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; gradually stir into egg mixture. Mix in cranberries and nuts by hand.
3. Divide dough in half. Form two logs (12x2 inches) on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Dough may be sticky; wet hands with cool water to handle dough more easily.
4. Bake for 35 minutes in a preheated oven, or until logs are light brown. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
5. Cut logs on diagonal into 3/4 inch slices. Lay on sides on the parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until dry; cool.
I'll post pictures tomorrow of the cookie exchange.
I am waiting to hear back from Lisa and Kris. They left for Italy today and I want to know that they got there alright. They will spend all of December and will be returning an engaged couple on Jan 5th. I am so excited as I will host them over for an engagement dinner. I am currently working on a special surprise. I know they wouldn't be checking my blog on vay cay but you never know. I wish you a happy holiday and many special surprises.
Tomorrow is a busy day with running around with Mr. T and all his classes. I still have to wrap his Portuguese teachers gift. I got her a fancy mug with all sorts of fun stuff in it. I hope she likes it. Tomorrow is also dance and we the parents get to watch our children dance for the whole class. I am looking forward to it as the teacher has allowed me to bring my video camera. Maybe I will add some of it to my blog. He looks super cute while sporting his hip hop moves. I have a five year old who is stuck in a teenagers life. lol Now with his new do we are certainly in trouble.
Have an awesome Friday night!