You might want to sit down. This is going to be a lot to process. I know I normally provide one recipe at a time, but Christmas is nearing quickly and you NEED these recipes. So here you have it, not one, not two, but three, of my favorite cookies in one simple post. Can you handle it?
First up, Pignolis. These are chewy, nutty and sweet. They are also the easiest cookie you could ever make. They are flour-less and sugar-full, a combination I enjoy thoroughly. Pulse four ingredients in a food processor and you’re practically done. The almond paste is the star of this cookie. It tastes like amaretto, but it’s legal for all ages.
Pignolis (recipe adapted from allrecipes.com) Makes about 3 dozen
12 ounces almond paste
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 egg whites, plus 1 egg white for brushing
1/2 cup pine nuts
Next up, Cranberry Shortbread. A buttery crust covered with a tart cranberry filling and topped with more buttery crust crumbles. Did you catch that? A buttery crust topped with buttery crust crumbles. Enough said.
Cranberry Shortbread (Recipe adapted from The Joy of Baking) Makes about 16 slices
8 ounces fresh cranberries
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Last up, but certainly NOT least are Laura Bush’s Texas Cowboy Cookies. Put all politics aside for the sake of your taste buds. I have made these for the past 7 years and have not changed a thing. These cookies are packed full of flavor with oats, pecans, chocolate chips and coconut. Not a coconut fan? That’s ok, I’m almost positive you’ll still like these. Aside from “WOW” the most popular comment after tasting one of these is “I thought I didn’t like coconut, but these are fantastic.” I’ve witnessed the coconut-hater conversion more than once and count it toward my daily good deeds. Coconut deserves the love.
Cowboy Cookies (Recipe from Laura Bush) Makes about 12 dozen
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans
Cookie overload? Is there such a thing? I’m not done. I still have 11 days. I’ll be back with more, but in the mean time, you get baking and I’m going to try to figure out why there is one strand of blinking lights on our tree.
Posted on December 14, 2010