Sunday, December 21, 2008

After 6 3/4 cups sugar . . .

. . . 9 1/4 cups flour, 3 cups Earth Balance, 6 (free range, organic, local) eggs, and a whole host of other ingredients, I bring you . . .

Christmas Cookies 2008:
(The candies are vegan; everything else is dairy-free.)

Toffee:
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(from the Betty Crocker Cookbook -- this online version is a little different from the one in my cookbook, but you get the idea!)

Candied Hazelnut Brittle:
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(A double batch -- from Cooking Light)

Mexican Chocolate Cookies:
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(Also from Cooking Light)

Yummy Molasses Crackles:
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(From Eating Well)

Pistahio-Cherry Sandwich Cookies:
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(Sandwich cookies? Yeah. I cut the recipe in half and made thumbprints instead, to keep the calories down and simplify my life a little bit. From Vegetarian Times.)

Lemon-Rosemary Butter Cookies:
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(Also from Vegetarian Times . . . don't know why they're dragging their feet on posting the pistachio cookie, though!)

And last, my Grandma Weber's Christmas Cookies with peppermint frosting:
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(Oh yeah . . . don't forget the sprinkles, too!)

All of the cookies together:
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Verdict? I had my fair share of trials and tribulations this year, (including having to re-do one cookie after ruining the first batch,) but overall, all the treats are an overwhelming success! The molasses cookies and lemon rosemary cookies may be frequent repeats -- they are both FANTASTIC!!!!!

And now, the unloading of the sugar begins. I took some packages of cookies to church this morning for choir friends, and I'll take a big tray to work tomorrow. I hope Dan's family is hungry for cookies, because I'll be bringing a LOT down with us to visit later this week!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all safe travels, successful baking adventures, and a delicious New Year!

10 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

**sugar coma**


**regains consciousness**

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!! :-)

Lauren said...

The treats look beautiful! And your food pictures are, again, gorgeous! I made VT's lemon-rosemary butter cookies last Sunday, and I LOVE THEM. I can't decide whether them being bite-size is a good thing or bad thing ... :)

dietdessertndogs said...

That is one gorgeous array of sweets! Glad they all turned out great in the end. The lemony rosemary cookies do sound unusual--worth a try. :)

Enjoy your sweet-filled holidays!

Courtney said...

OMG, Catherine--I am SO making that toffee tonight or tomorrow! It looks delicious! EVERYTHING looks delicious! I hope your co-workers and Dan's family enjoy the goodies!

Courtney

theidleloaf said...

All of your treats look so great!! I'm sure they will be very appreciated.

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness, YUM! I am interested in those Mexican Chocolate Cookies. Thanks for sharing!
"# Dash of black pepper
# Dash of ground red pepper"

That sounds interesting to add into cookies! I might give them a try!

Lesley said...

Oh wow, that's a plate full of delicious right there. I wish I had more time to do baking this year because most of these treats are very, very tempting!!!

Vegan On Stage said...

so im seriosuly sitting here with my mouth watering at the beautiful delishous vegan goodies that youve created... bravo!

aTxVegn said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun baking up all these treats - and then eating them!

aTxVegn said...

Wow, what a gorgeous tray of treats!