Christmas Cookies

Here are some great recipes for Christmas!

Mint Chocolate Cookies

2/3 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

2 cups flour

3/4 cup baking cocoa

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

*Filling:*

2-3/4 cups powder sugar

1/4 cup half and half cream

1/4 tsp peppermint extract

1/4 tsp. salt

Green food coloring

Cream butter, sugar then add milk and eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hours until firm. Roll dough on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick Cut with 1-1/2 inch cookie cutter and place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 5-6 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Cool on racks. Combine filling and spread on half of the cookies, then top with the other halves. Makes about 7 dozen.

Vinegar Taffy

This recipe may not sound appealing with vinegar in the title, but it really is yummy. For something different this year, try having an old fashioned taffy pull! It’s a great party for teens or adults. Use different taffy recipes and play fun, silly games or watch a Christmas movie while eating the candy you made along with popcorn and cookies.

2 cups dark corn syrup

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. butter food coloring

1 Tbsp. vinegar

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking to 260°. Remove from heat and stir in soda, vanilla and a few drops of food coloring. Beat until smooth and creamy. Pour into a buttered pan. When cool enough to handle butter hands and pull until light in color. Pull into long strips and cut into 1 inch pieces. Makes 8 dozen.

Herbed Vinegar

Herbed vinegars make great gifts especially if you want to give something different than the sweets most people get at this time of year. They’re also good for those who have to watch their sugar. Don’t forget the cooks in your life too! If you’re trying to make it in time for Christmas, you’ll want to make it soon as it needs to age before it is used.

2 cup white vinegar

1 cup fresh herbs: basil, mint, dill, rosemary, chives or oregano (choose one)

Decide which herb you’d like to flavor your vinegar. Place the vinegar in a glass jar or bottle. Add herbs, seal and let steep for 2-4 weeks. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the vinegar. Remove herbs and put in 2 or 3 sprigs of the herb for decoration. Seal bottle with cork and then pour melted paraffin around the top and tie with a ribbon for gift giving. Makes 2 cups.

Buen Provecho!

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  1. Quiana
    Apr 15, 2016 - 08:08 PM

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