Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas cookies 2009

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I was thinking if I should name this post " Cookie baking from Hell", but then I thought it would be easier to find the posting later if I put only the " Christmas cookies". :-)

Long story short, I spent 8 straight hours baking sheet by sheet ( no, I don't have one of these nice wall mounted double convection ovens I dream about...sigh) 3 varieties of cookies. At the end of the 8 hours( 275 cookies) I was sure I don't want to see a cookie until the next Christmas. Well, that was a very short moment though, since when I tried one of the Orange Cardamom butter cookies...the whole mess in my kitchen ceased to exist!

This year due to many circumstances I am not as organized as last year, unfortunately. I made the cookies last minute and when I packed the presents for Kalin's school and for our friends and neighbors...I forgot to take pictures of the finished packaging. I made beautiful cards and paper bags with decoration and I was so mad at myself that I didn't remember to take pictures, but what is done is done, so here are the pictures of the actual cookies, I hope you like them.

So, this year I decided to try couple of new recipes and here they are:

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1. Tannita's Orange and Cardamom cookies
If I know one thing about Tannita it's that she knows cookies! Every single recipe I tried from her blog turned out amazing!
The cookies have a very delicate and very flavorful taste! I was cautious at first, because I haven't used cardamom before and I had no idea what kind or aroma it has, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The combination between orange and cardamom is heavenly!

The recipe in Bulgarian here/Ако искате да видите рецептата на български кликнете тук.

If you would like to read the recipe in English, click here.


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2. My second choice was again one of Tannita's recipes- Banana chocolate chip cookies. I made these for my birthday, but I did couple of alterations to the recipe. This recipe is so easy to make that even the kids were helping!
I love the banana flavor of the cookies and when you add the chocolate chip and the walnuts, it's a tasty explosion. Tannita improvised to substitute the pumpkin in her " Pumpkin cookies" recipe with banana, and it worked great! I know for a fact that couple of friends did try the recipe with other fruit too- apple sauce and mango and they said it was great.
The recipe in Bulgarian is here./Ако искате да видите рецептата на български кликнете тук.
Again, I will post the recipe in English as soon as I get Tannita's permission to do so.

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3. The 3rd recipe is mine - Easy mini tarts with Caramelized pear jam and whole pecans. I had made tons of Caramelized pear jam and I was thinking what to do with it. The kids were not fond of it, I like it, but I can't eat that much and my husband refuses to eat sweets. So, I decided to make something with it. And I started thinking, it has to be filling, it would go very well with with walnuts or pecans...so why not mini tarts? Since I didn't have the time to actually make the dough for it, I decided to use a regular store bought pie crust.
They were a huge hit! Even my husband who didn't want to eat sweets couldn't resist, so the whole box disappeared in a day!
These "mini tarts" take less than 10 minutes to make, seriously! I'll post the recipe for you tomorrow!

So I packaged everything nice and neat for the TFN's ( teachers-friends-neighbors) and I was good to go!
These mini Christmas tins are awesome!
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Very convenient and clean!
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Merry Christmas to all of you!
See you tomorrow with the mini caramelized pear tarts recipe! :-)

2 comments:

  1. Весели празници, Ани!

    Здраве, веселие, топлина и много уют да присъстват в дома ви!

    Имаш две награди при мен :-)

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  2. Благодаря ти много, Тони! Аз обаче намерих само едната награда, можеш ли да ми пуснеш линкче, за да ги пусна после и двете тук?
    Благодаря ти! ;-)

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