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MAKES ABOUT 20 COOKIES 3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1¾ cups granulated sugar ¼ cup packed light-brown sugar 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Sanding sugar, for sprinkling Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, put sugars and lemon zest. Mix on medium about 30 seconds. Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy (about 1 minute). Mix in eggs, 1 … ]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:06:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ CREAM-CHEESE-FILLED PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES ]]> Lead story image

MAKES ABOUT 30 COOKIES Cookies:1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup packed light-brown sugar 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature ½ cup mashed or canned pumpkin 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cloves Filling: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 2/3 cup sugar½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon lemon extract For cookies: In large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter, gradually … ]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:06:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ BUCKEYES ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 56 CANDIES 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup salted butter, softened1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pound confectioners’ sugar 9 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening Line a large baking sheet with wax paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, blend peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Mixture will be stiff. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each. Place balls on prepared baking sheet and chill thoroughly. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolate and vegetable shortening until smooth. Pour into a small, … ]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ TANGERINE-MACE SHORTBREAD ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 24 COOKIES Start to finish: 30 minutes 14 tablespoons (1 stick plus 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Finely grated zest of 1 tangerine 1 teaspoon mace 2 cups all-purpose flour Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, salt, zest and mace until creamy. Mix in the flour just until a dough comes together. Scoop out the dough in balls about the size of a walnut. Use the palms of your hands to flatten each ball into a round, then arrange on … ]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 09:33:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHOCOLATE-DIPPED COCONUT MERINGUE DROPS ]]>

MAKES 5 DOZEN Start to finish: 55 minutes (30 minutes active) 1 cup dried cranberries2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut 4 large egg whites, room temperature Pinch of salt Pinch of cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sugar 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray and dust with flour, shaking off the excess. In a food processor, pulse the cranberries until finely chopped. Set aside. Spread the coconut on a third baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Bake on the oven’s … ]]> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:04:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ CINNAMON-PECAN RUGELACH ]]>

MAKES 48 cookies Start to finish: 11/2 hours, plus chilling For the dough:2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, cut into chunks 1 egg yolk 3/4 cup sour creamFor the filling: 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the butter, then use a pastry cutter or 2 butter knives to cut the butter into the flour until fully incorporated and the mixture resembles small peas. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and sour cream, then add to … ]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ BROWNIE COOKIES ]]>

MAKES 18 LARGE COOKIES 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate 3/4 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 large eggs 1 1/4 cups walnut halves (optional) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the flour and baking powder in a small bowl, set aside. Heat the butter and chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from the heat, and stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a … ]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:01:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ RUM, MINT AND BOURBON BALL KEBABS ]]>

MAKES 48 BALLS (12 KEBABS) Cookies 2 1/4 cups ( 1/2 recipe) finely ground ShortbreadButter Cookies, or more as necessary (see recipe below left) 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar1 cup pistachios, toasted and ground 1 cup peanuts, toasted and ground 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1/3 cup rum or bourbon 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder Toppings 1/8 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1/8 cup cocoa powder 1/8 cup sesame seeds 1/4 cup chopped pistachios 1/4 cup chopped peanuts Combine the ground cookies, confectioners’ sugar, pistachios and peanuts. Stir in the corn syrup and rum (or bourbon), and mix … ]]> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:01:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Red Velvet Cookies ]]>

MAKES 36 Cookies 1 pouch (1 pound, 1.5   ounces) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa¼ cup butter or margarine, softened ¼ cup sour cream 1 tablespoon red food coloring 1 egg FROSTING ¾ to 1 cup cream cheese frosting ¼ cup chopped nuts Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food coloring and egg until soft dough forms. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 9 minutes, or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove to wire rack and cool completely, … ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:01:20 -0500