Thursday, December 31, 2009

Flavor-of-the-Month: Cookies

  Santa would be pleased...

For me, the months of November and December mark a joyous, holiday-filled time of year.  It also signals the start of my favorite season: cookie baking season.  What holiday party would be complete without a platter overflowing with assorted cookies?  It's very fitting, then, that December's Flavor-of-the-Month theme is Cookies.  Selecting the handful of recipes I will make each year is no easy task, because there are always recipes I "have" to make, as well as those I feel bad for eliminating from the rotation.  See my Five below, then head on over to Bridget's Bake at 350 blog to check out cookie recipe round-up!  I'm almost scared to look at what everyone else made, because that will make next year's list even harder to whittle down!

Cinnamon Bears
  Recipe: Cinnamon Spice Cookies from
Yield: 3 dozen bears, rolled ¼" thick

All cookies were decorated and glazed using the Meringue Powder Buttercream recipe, also found at

This cookie was crisp and tasty, but spread a bit more than expected.  It's fine for this shape as the fattie bears are actually kinda cute, all snuggled up in their scarves.  

Eggnog Snowmen
 Recipe: Eggnog Cookies at The Baking Pan  
Yield: 2½ dozen , rolled ¼" thick & cut with 2½" cutters

These spread out.  A lot.  I'm glad I chose to make snowmen out of this recipe, because any shape other than round would've been hopelessly amoeba-like after baking.  On the bright side, they tasted great and were the first to disappear from the tray.

Gingerbread Boys
Recipe: Cook's Illustrated Thick and Chewy Gingerbread (recipe on

Yield: 2½ dozen 3" boys, rolled ¼" thick  

This recipe has been my go-to gingerbread for three years running now.  It's the first recipe I ever tried for gingerbread, and it's wonderful.  I recently conducted a side-by-side taste testing of this and three other recipes, and this one won by a landslide!  The cookies you see on the right were made much earlier in the month, and I ran into some problems the batch consistency being too sticky (even after an overnight chill), so I added more flour.  Mistake.  While still edible, they were definitely more chewy--in a pull-your-teeth-out-taffy-sort-of-way--than normal.  C'est la vie!  Luckily, the ones I made for the taste test came out perfect :)

Peppermint Candy Canes
Recipe: White Chocolate Sugar Cookies by
Yield: 4 dozen candy canes, rolled 3/16" thick (used roller guides)

I thought it would be fitting to make candy cane cookies that were minty, so I took the White Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe and added 1 teaspoon peppermint extract to the recipe.  Fantastic!  Rolled a bit thinner than the other cookies, these cookies baked up a bit crisper--a perfect compliment to the mintyness.

 Sugar Snowflakes
Recipe: White Velvet Cut Outs
Yield: 3 dozen snowflakes, rolled ¼" thick

This is the same basic recipe I use for my cut-out cookies throughout the year, only on a smaller scale.  I've tried this cookie with all-vanilla, almond, Fiori di Silicia, but this time I opted for Princess Cake & Cookie Emulsion.  Yum!

My original intention was to have these colored the palest of blues...but as you can see I got a much more vibrant shade!  ONE DROP of Americolor Sky Blue food color gel gave me that color...that's some potent stuff.


  1. I think the snowman faces are my favorite, but the candy canes are incredibly cute too. And I suspect my kids would like the taste of the candy canes better - they're not big eggnog fans. Oh well, sometimes there's no accounting for taste from kids!

  2. Oh Dorothy!!! They're ALL adorable! I can't believe they are all different!

    I agree with you...Sky Blue is potent stuff! And you used the Princess Flavor, too. We're on the same wavelength this month! :)

  3. Holy Moly! Those are just gorgeous!!!

    Happy New Year and thank you for visiting me on my special SITS Day!

  4. I love that these are all different flavors. They are beautiful.

  5. those are all darling! Way to go woman!

  6. Hi Dorothy ~ Thank you for coming on over to my site and leaving a nice comment on my Hunks of Gingerbread. Have a wonderful new year and new decade! :)

  7. Your cookies look wonderful.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I don't chill the dough:)

  8. Besides being cute, I love all the different flavors! Happy New Year!

  9. All of your designs are adorable! I love that you added earmuffs to the snowmen - such a wonderful little detail!

  10. Wow!! Talk about one stop shopping for some great cookies!!


  11. Such cute cookies! I love the blue snowflake and it's decorated so perfectly too! Great job, almost too cute to eat!

  12. Thank you so much for your comment! You really brightened my day. :)

    And wow, are these cookies adorable or what? I just love them!

    Hope you have a very happy New Year!

  13. those are so cute -- you are quite talented.

    the recipe for cinnamon cookies is one I'll have to try :)

  14. Your cookies look so cute! Great job :)