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    Weekly Poll: Best Holiday Cookie Recipe?
    That's so funny, MM. I just dump all the ingredients in the bowl and mix it up with a spatula. I guess that's my first problem!
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    These aren't mine. But close.
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    LOL, TFZ. First off, I'd NEVER invest the amount of time it takes to make the first one unless it was for a photo shoot. It's why I like spritz...cute & festive but not time consuming. As for the bottom ones, the proof is in the tasting. If they taste great, eff the appearance (in my book).

    The bottom one reminds me of the first time my youngest sister tried to make cookies. I was about 9yo and she was probably 7yo. Her cookie of choice was sugar and all was fine up until she got to the baking soda. She didn't know what it was & asked me. I showed her the box, but she didn't believe me...so she used vinegar instead. I ate one of her finished cookies and, ermagerd, it was awful. Dad came home from work and she took him a plate to enjoy. That man ate every cookie on the plate and told her, "Those are the most interesting sugar cookies I've ever had." That, folks, is a real dad. I miss both dad and my sister greatly. Kinda scary that I can still remember what that cookie tasted like more than 40y later, though.
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    Edited to add: I apologize to Martha fans. I don't mill my own flour - I know I'm no Martha! Sorry, to those who love her - I find her a bit ridiculous.
    I love Martha, because she is ridiculous! And because I know if I try something out that she did, it will work. It always works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFZ View Post
    My fav is peanut butter blossoms and I mess them up every year. I'm horrible at making cookies.
    I don't get it. They always say ungreased cookie pan, but they always stick. Then if you Pam it they get all weird on the bottom. My latest batch grew together. Boo.
    TFZ, someone else might have posted this already, I haven't read whole thread. Use parchment paper. You'll find it by the aluminum foil and wax paper at the grocery store. Someone once told me about baking on it, and my life has been so much simpler for it! No pan cleaning, no greasing needed.

    ETA: Now I've read the whole thread, sorry about the repeat idea. I should know better now to read on instead of jumping in.

    My sis is coming to town for our annual cookie baking at my mom's house. DD and I will go spend the night over there and we'll make several recipes and play games. Good times. They are all my Nana's recipes. Spritz is among them, but we've not made those in some time. I'll come back and post my fave recipe once I lay hands on it.
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    I love this one because it is so easy and tasty.

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    We love making cookies!
    My daughter's favorite are Bizcochitos (it's a New Mexico thing ) This recipe makes A LOT of cookies!
    2 cup lard (MUST be lard to taste right)
    1.5 cup sugar
    2 tsp. anise seed
    2 tsp. anise extract
    2 eggs
    5-6 cup flour
    3 tsp. baking powder
    .5 tsp salt
    .5 cup brandy
    sugar and cinnamon mixed together for 'dipping'

    Preheat oven to 350F. Cream lard and sugar. Add eggs and anise and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix 5 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and the brandy to the lard mixture until dough is formed. If consistency is too liquidy, add more flour. Knead to mix and then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool. Work with portions of the dough and keep the rest wrapped and cool. Roll dough to .25 to .33 inch thickness (the thicker ones work best for larger cookie cutters). Cut your cookies out and then 'dip' in cinnamon and sugar mix. Bake until lightly browned (10-15 minutes) and remove from the oven. While the cookies are still warm 'dip' them again in the cinnamon and sugar mix (you can have two bowls if you're worried about cross contamination from the eggs) and let cool. NOTE: You should bake on a silpat or parchment paper, these cookies will make a mess of your baking sheets otherwise!

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    ohhhhh! I did oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookie a couple months back! It was bizarre. The 6 year old now wants the chocolate chip cookie stuffed oreo stuffed brownie cookie next. I'm not sure I'm attacking that one (hint, don't let kids with a sweet tooth see you perusing sweets recipes on Pinterest. Then you wind up having to make the chocolate chip cookie stuffed oreo stuffed brownie frankencookie)

    TFZ, cookies can be weird. First everything needs to be at room temperature (including the eggs, butter and milk). And then, after you've gone through all the effort to make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature, MOST cookies do well with a chill time to make them cold! It's like, "wth was all that for science?"

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    Whaaaaaa? It swear this is the first time I'm hearing any of this. Room temp? Then chill? I've chilled cookie dough before but usually because I want to eat the dough later.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    You don't have to have everything at room temp. Just the butter (and/or peanut butter)...basically anything you need to incorporate with the sugar easily. I've never had an issue with the egg blending whether it's cold or room temp. In fact, I like using the butter at room temp, but the egg & flour cold (I sometimes store it in the freezer to keep it longer). It makes for a medium-firm dough that's easier to work with and the cookies won't spread as much.

    Usually, the only reason you have to chill the dough is because A) you're going to have to roll it out & cut it prior to baking, or B) it's a really delicate dough and it needs some solidifying so it's easier to work with. If in doubt, drop a couple on a prepped sheet and see how they turn out. If they're too flat, too hard to work with, or spread too much, try chilling it for 20-30m. As an FYI, I usually have better luck with spritz from a cookie shooter if the dough is at room temp; too cool, it has a tendency to not release from the shooter.

    In a nut shell: If I can do it, it ain't rocket science.

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    Weekly Poll: Best Holiday Cookie Recipe?
    Thanks to your helpful suggestions, I've successfully created an edible batch of peanut blossoms. DS helped, so maybe I should thank him?
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    I'm also making my Mexican shells for dinner. I've been in the kitchen all day. DH is going to have a heat attack when he gets home, lol.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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