Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spreading Christmas Cheer With Cookies

I have an annual tradition of taking plates of homemade goodies to my neighbors each December. Today was treat-making day and I had a blast baking and listening to Christmas music while it drizzled outside -- about the closest thing we get to wintry weather on Oahu.

This year I made my quick and easy chocolate fudge and experiemented with three new cookie recipes: cinnamon-sugar elephant ears, pecan-caramel surprises and ginger cookies.

I was really pleased with the results of all three recipes. The elephant ears -- incidentally, one of the easiest cookies I've ever made -- were my favorite.

The ginger cookies were amazing as well, although the dough was really sticky and difficult to work with. I eventually found success with the technique of dropping a small clump of dough onto a plate of sugar, covering all sides with sugar and then rolling it into a ball. The recipe was supposed to yield two dozen cookies and instructed bakers to make dough balls about the size of walnuts. Apparently I have absolutely no idea how big a walnut is, because I ended up with six dozen! But really... how could extra cookies be a bad thing?

1 comment:

  1. WoW! That's a lot of baking. They all look delicious! Such a friendly neighbor you are. I'm sure they all appreciated the yummy cookies.


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