"Have a Cookie!"
This is not the type of thing I usually say to my kids, but for the past 12 days, I've been participating in the 12 Cookies of Christmas on my baking blog, At the Baker's Bench. I've been baking a batch (at least) a day, with the end result being a ridiculous surfeit of cookies, in spite of my efforts to give away as many as I can. So, when the kids come home from school hungry, I point them to the bins stacked atop the dishwasher. "Have a cookie." You'd think they'd be in heaven, right? But not so much. Turns out you can only eat so many cookies before you start craving cottage cheese and apple slices. So they tell me.
But as of today, the 12 Cookies of Christmas have come to an end, so it's back to whole-grain granola bars and low-fat cheese sticks and two kids begging for cookies.
Just in case you find yourself in the thick of holiday baking, or getting ready to embark on your own Christmas cookie extravaganza, I've brought a few of my favorite cookies to share with you from my baking blog. A "virtual" cookie exchange, if you want to look at it that way. Feel free to share your own favorite cookie ideas in the comments ~ who doesn't love more cookie recipes?
Happy holiday baking!
Brown Butter Cookies
These Brown Butter Cookies are one of the best shortbread cookies I have ever eaten. Period. I ate almost the whole batch by myself.
Ginger Sugar Cookies
Chewy, moist, and perfectly spiced, these are bakery-good Ginger Sugar Cookies. Sandwich these with some French vanilla or egg nog ice cream and you will be everyone's holiday hero!
Biscotti di Regina ~ Queen's Biscuits
If you like your cookies on the drier, not-too-sweet side, think Stella d'Oro's Breakfast Treats, these are it for you! Biscotti di Regina are best the day they are made, and I'll admit it, I've been eating them for breakfast with a cup of black coffee. Heavenly.
Navettes Sucrees ~ Sugar Shuttles
Need something to pretty up your cookie platter? Here you go! Navettes Sucrees look a lot more complicated than they are, which is the good news. These cookies are impressive, but appearances are deceiving ~ they're a snap to make.
And by the way . . . now that the cookies days are over, it's back to healthy eating at Eat Real, too. Stay tuned for some real-food posts!