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12.20.07

For Kathleen and anyone else who is interested in my cookie recipes. I personally can state that both are AMAZING!

Dutch Sand Cookies - My mom is 100% Dutch, and this is my absolute favorite cookie recipe.

1 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract

Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add flour and baking soda. Add almond extract or vanilla and mix well. Drop approximately 1 heaping tablespoon into each greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Makes 12.

Eggnog Cookies
(From the Mrs. Fields' Cookie Cookbook)

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cups salted butter, softened
1/2 cup eggnog
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well with a wire whisk and set aside. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter with an electric mixer to form a grainy paste. Add eggnog, vanilla and egg yolks and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed just until combined. Do not overmix. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn light brown. Transfer to cool, flat surface immediately with a spatula.

Yield: 3 dozen

**I'm lazy. I mix all the wet ingredients first, then add the flour and the baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. I have a Kitchenaid Mixer, and 1 bowl. Ha. I can't be bothered with two bowls and multiple steps. Works for me...**

And for good measure - after making the Eggnog Cookies, you will have 2 egg whites left over. Make:

Meringue Kisses

2 egg whites
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Beat egg whites until very stiff and dry. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar slowly and continue beating until mixture holds its shape. Add flavoring extract (I use vanilla, recipe originally calls for Almond. whatever) Fold in another 1/4 cup sugar. (You can also add 1/3 cup finely crushed nut brittle or other crushed candy, here). Drop or form into desired shapes on parchment covered cookie sheet. (You can sprinkle lightly with either more crushed candy or powdered confectioner sugar, if desired.) Place in oven for 30-35 minutes until set and delicately brown. To remove baked kisses from paper if you have a problem, lay out a hot, wet towel and place paper with kisses on towel. Let stand about 1 minute and steam will loosen kisses. Slip them off the paper with a spatula.

**They will peel off the paper very easily if you let them sit for about a half hour to cool.**

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
kattieleenie
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
ohvaness
Dec. 21st, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh the Dutch Sand Cookies sound yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipes.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Hey thanks so much for posting those cookie recipes here. I'm baking for Christmas and my mind went blank on what other cookies can I bake until I saw your recipes. You saved my day and they sound oh soo yummy. Thanks again.

-Taryn
starlit12
Dec. 23rd, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you.
Glad you could use them! Enjoy!!!
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