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COOOOOOOKIES!
Tomorrow is the Annual AWC Holiday Cookie Exchange, and I'm participating for the 8th year. My recipe criteria this time was simple: easy, fast and no having to go to the store to buy special ingredients. The kids and I spent the morning perusing cookie recipes, rejecting the ones that, despite how good they looked, required things we didn't have in the house: no oatmeal, no peanut butter, no chocolate-candy centers. Finally, I found a basic cookie recipe and then I tweaked it completely to come up with our very own new holiday cookie!



Pretty soon the house was filling with that delicious cookie-baking smell and glittery red-sugared cookies were beginning to cover the table for cooling. Karin came in to help.

Liz: I need help coming up with a name for the cookies.
Karin: *takes one look and answers promptly* Gumdrops.
Liz: No, no, it has to be a CHRISTMAS NAME.
Karin: *after half a second of thinking* Rudolf Noses!
Liz & Karin: *giggle madly*

Right about then, the red sugar ran out. I pulled out the green sugar container and continued rolling cookies and coating them. At this point, Martin wandered in, drawn by the smell, no doubt.

Liz: What should we do now? We can't call the green ones "Rudolf Noses".
Martin: We can if Rudolf gets air sick.
All: *more mad giggling*

We finally compromised. If we only make red ones then they're Rudolf Noses. If we make red and green ones, then they're Holiday Balls. I especially like how the red speckles in the cookie dough show through in the green ones. Very festive!






Rudolf Noses aka Holiday Balls
by Liz Slaughter-Ek

1.5 cups (250g) butter or margarine
3.5 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
red food coloring (optional)
red and/or green granulated sugar

Beat room temperature butter with 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar on medium speed. Add the egg, baking powder, vanilla extract and almond extract. Beat until thoroughly combined. Add 2.5 cups flour and sprinkle drops of red food coloring in, beat in with mixer. If the dough is a little dry, wet your hands and knead until dough is combined.

Roll balls slightly smaller than 1-inch, and coat thoroughly with colored sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 375F oven. Makes approximately 60 cookies.

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We've got a crazy insane couple of weeks ahead and Anders left this morning for a 2-week business trip to Spain. I'm sure I'll get to the other side of his absence with an upbeat attitude and 2 living children now that I've got cookies to bolster myself with.
 cheerful
mood: cheerful
music: HSM Concert Edition—Breaking Free


Comments

Yum!
I love the photograph of all them bags, it has something to it! :)

Your annual cookie baking for Christmas always brings back wonderful memories of years I baked biscuits with my own children. The choosing of recipes, the list of people who would be getting baskets of our produce (neighbours, shopkeepers who were lovely to us all year, the secretary at the doctor and dentist, school secretary etc), the actual baking (and of course copious amounts of sampling!), the packaging, writing out labels and the joy of distributing them. What a great time we all had, as I'm sure you did.

I know my son would have called those green balls something like Santa Snot, though I bet Nina would have preferred Jingle Balls or something like that.

Enjoy the cookie exchange. I'll be beginning my baking next week I think, to be ready for skyltsöndag on the weekend. I hope the next two weeks flies away quickly.

Santa Snot! BWAHAHAHA!!

*tells kids*

*more mad giggling*

Yeah, you know I just can't for the life on me imagine where he would have got that humour from...

(Anonymous)

Santa Snot and Rudolph Noses. Must make!

-Heather

My first thought was Rudolph Noses, too.

It was a family tradition when I was a kid for there to be a very long day of baking, when lots of family stopped by and everyone was given a cookie-making chore of some sort. We'd end up with about 10 different kinds of cookies, and lots of them, by the end of the day.

I've been feeling pretty Scrooge-like about not wanting to make cookies this year. Until I lose the amount of weight I want to lose, that just seems like a bad combination: me + cookies in the house. I'll have to think up a compromise of some sort, though I don't know what that could be. There really is no substitute for a day of baking with the kids and a lovely batch of cookies as the result.

And of course, because my mind works this way, I also thought of the SNL Schweaty Balls skit. My husband and I can't speak of cookie balls of any sort without referencing this skit nowadays, much to most people's confusion if there's anyone else around at the time.

I know what you mean about "me + cookies" being a bad combination. It is for me, too.

I'm still wondering when I'd get down to baking cookies this year. It's been a MAD MAD year...

Well, I don't think we'll have time for as many as we did last year...my mom was here to help with it then, but it's a crazy time of year for us, too. We'll see.

(Anonymous)

Great names, Karin is destined for marketing.
Will just left for a week of traveling - I completely sympathize!

julia @ kolo

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