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linda22003
12-03-2010, 08:54 AM
Clear, sunny and cold in the DC area, and will be all weekend.

TOTD: Christmas Cookies. Even if you're not really a cookie person the rest of the year, they seem to be de rigeur during the holidays. I'm in a group that has, God help us, a cookie exchange every year. I'm bored with the usual almond butter cookies I've been making and contributing. What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I need ideas.

noonwitch
12-03-2010, 09:17 AM
Cold, sunny and we got a dusting of snow last night.


TOTD: I don't really do cookies, I do bars. I make a whole bunch of stuff and put them in Dollar store tins to give as gifts to some of my coworkers. I make chocolate caramel bars, brownies with Hershey's syrup in the cake part and frosting made of melted chocolate chips, oatmeal/raisin bars, and maybe some peanut butter/chocolate chip bars. I also make some drop cookies on the stovetop which involve melting peanut butter, white chocolate chips, marshmallows and rice crispies and dropping them on wax paper to dry.

The recipe for the last one is:

1 package of white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Melt them on medium heat in a saucepan. Add 1 and 1/4 cup rice crispies, and then add one cup of tiny marshmallows. You can also add one cup of peanuts. Drop them on wax paper from a regular spoon, and let them cool.

I usually double the recipe, because it really doesn't make that many. They are delicious, like candy.

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 09:48 AM
Fornography!:eek:

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 10:09 AM
The sun will come out later and it should be a fairly nice day. Snow is a possibility on and off for the weekend.

TOTD: Cookies are my favorite sweet! Why not make Speculaas Christmas cookies? They are fragrant, tasty, and gorgeous.

http://i51.tinypic.com/97psas.jpg

Martha Stewart Speculaas Recipe (http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/speculaas-cookies).

You can use your shortbread stamps if you don't have a mold or you can just use any seasonal cookie shape. I've done these as snowflakes with white piped frosting and they were very effective. :)

marv
12-03-2010, 10:11 AM
Sunny, 50ish, and maybe I can finally get the last of the leaves raked and burned.

TOTD: My Christmas favorite since childhood many decades ago!

Springerle Cookies (Do not make these until after the first hard freeze, but don't ask me why 'cause it's a German thing.)

1/2 tsp Baker's ammonia
2 tbl milk
6 eggs, at room temperature
6 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1/2 tsp anise oil (extract may be substituted)
1/2 tsp salt
2 lb cake flour, sifted (about 8 cups)

Mash baker's ammonia with a rolling pin if it is not powdered. Dissolve it in the milk in a small bowl and let stand 1 hour before using. Beat eggs in large bowl of electric mixer until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until creamy and smooth. Add butter and beat again until creamy. Add anise oil, dissolved baker's ammonia and salt; beat to mix. Gradually beat in enough flour to make a stiff dough.

Cut off pieces of dough and work in more flour on a floured work surface until dough is stiff enough to roll out and hold the design of the springerle rolling pin or mold. Roll out on a lightly floured board with a floured rolling pin to 1/4-inch thickness. Press design on dough with a floured springerle rolling pin. Cut cookies apart using a floured knife. Leave on work surface covered with a clean kitchen towel overnight.

The next day, heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake cookies on greased baking sheets, until barely golden on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in tightly covered tins and let stand at least 1 week before serving.

If you need a springerle rolling pin, you can get them at King Arthur Flour (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/springerle-rolling-pin)...


http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop-img/1286567942725.jpg

megimoo
12-03-2010, 10:12 AM
Fornography!:eek:

Urban Dictionary :Fornography

fornography 7 up, 6 down

the process making pornography of yourself fornicating
..Yourself ?

*ringringring* "yo! no im not busy, im just making some fornography...yeup right this second, mayunn"

linda22003
12-03-2010, 10:22 AM
You can use your shortbread stamps if you don't have a mold or you can just use any seasonal cookie shape. I've done these as snowflakes with white piped frosting and they were very effective. :)

You correctly assume I have shortbread/cookie stamps. I also have a Speculaas recipe in "Around My French Table", one of the great cookbooks of this year.

The name is offputting, though. Makes me think of a trip to the doctor.

linda22003
12-03-2010, 10:23 AM
Sunny, 50ish, and maybe I can finally get the last of the leaves raked and burned.

TOTD: My Christmas favorite since childhood many decades ago!

Springerle Cookies (Do not make these until after the first hard freeze, but don't ask me why 'cause it's a German thing.)



It was 32 this morning, does that count?
These recipes are shaping up well, guys, thanks!

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 10:27 AM
You correctly assume I have shortbread/cookie stamps. I also have a Speculaas recipe in "Around My French Table", one of the great cookbooks of this year.

The name is offputting, though. Makes me think of a trip to the doctor.

Since you and I are the same person in alternate universes, I knew you would have shortbread stamps since I do myself.

Just call them Dutch Christmas cookies. :D

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 11:07 AM
I usually make almond butter crescent cookies with powdered sugar, and Hello Dolly bars, aka 7 layer magic bars.
I sometimes make fudge cookies with white chocolate chunks if kids are going to be around.
For work, I make a Tiramisu for a Christmas party

I enjoy baking...but don't have time to do much of it.

noonwitch
12-03-2010, 11:32 AM
Since you and I are the same person in alternate universes, I knew you would have shortbread stamps since I do myself.

Just call them Dutch Christmas cookies. :D

I grew up in the dutch part of america. They do amazing things with pastry and almond filling at Christmas time. Banket is one of them.

lacarnut
12-03-2010, 01:23 PM
A warm sunny day in big B.R.

TOTD: Desserts and all matter of other things cooked consult Cooks.com. Thousands and thousands of recipes. Pralines is my favorite.

PoliCon
12-03-2010, 01:39 PM
TOTD: Buckeyes!!
Ingredients

* 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons shortening
* 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

1. You'll need wax paper, a double boiler, a cookie pan, and a medium bowl. In the medium size bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar (mixture will be stiff).
2. Shape into balls and place on a pan covered with wax paper. Place into the refrigerator.
3. In double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening. Pour into bowl and dip balls with chocolate leaving a circle of exposed peanut butter at the top for that buckeye look. Refrigerate for thirty minutes until chocolate is firm.

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 06:21 PM
I usually make almond butter crescent cookies with powdered sugar, and Hello Dolly bars, aka 7 layer magic bars.
I sometimes make fudge cookies with white chocolate chunks if kids are going to be around.
For work, I make a Tiramisu for a Christmas party

I enjoy baking...but don't have time to do much of it.

Tiramisu is a good choice.

As for the baking, when I am not cleaning I can help you bake! ;)

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 06:33 PM
It's been a nice Friday in the 60's

Carpet installer has been here most of the day for just one room...at one time the walls were plastered and the previous carpet instalation was installed right over dried chunks of plaster, etc...which cause pre-mature wear...plus this is a slab home...and the floor needs a good float on a spot or two....

Darn nice guy and he is as picky as I am...Local carpet store was $10 a yard less then home depot and they move the furnature, include the pad, and install it....all of that would be extra at Home Depot...and I have double the warranty on the new rug.

Tonight I am going to the Catholic church's fish fry (or you can get baked fish)

On edit: He's still here working...I sent my friends and family to the fish fry without me, told them to get me a to go meal...that means quiet time for me..

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 07:48 PM
Tiramisu is a good choice.

As for the baking, when I am not cleaning I can help you bake! ;)


Bring it! :D;):cool:

Bubba Dawg
12-03-2010, 07:49 PM
Fornography!:eek:

Fotographing Fornocation?

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 07:58 PM
Bring it! :D;):cool:

*blushes*

Any pharmacies close by that I can work for? I'm board certified on the national level...

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 08:08 PM
*blushes*

Any pharmacies close by that I can work for? I'm board certified on the national level...

Drug stores and bars - if you can work either, you can work anywhere. :D

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 08:10 PM
*blushes*

Any pharmacies close by that I can work for? I'm board certified on the national level...

You need to haul her to where your at, you just bought that new house and the climate is better!

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 08:21 PM
*blushes*

Any pharmacies close by that I can work for? I'm board certified on the national level...


This is Floriduh, pharmacies abound....you can even get oxycontin by the hundreds down here, as long as you are willing to pay for it.:(

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 08:23 PM
You need to haul her to where your at, you just bought that new house and the climate is better!


I have sinus issues, he'll have to come down here:), I need the humidity to help me breathe. I went to Vegas in March, I was dehydrated....the moisture was sucked out of my skin..:(

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 08:43 PM
This is Floriduh, pharmacies abound....you can even get oxycontin by the hundreds down here, as long as you are willing to pay for it.:(

oxycontin has been changed....they now have liquid centers so they cant be crushed or cooked....we get calls from all over asking if we had the "originals" :D

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 08:46 PM
I have sinus issues, he'll have to come down here:), I need the humidity to help me breathe. I went to Vegas in March, I was dehydrated....the moisture was sucked out of my skin..:(

You eventually get used to the dryness...the first year was rough. It's nice that the allergy season is only a few days and not a full year for me now...

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 08:46 PM
oxycontin has been changed....they now have liquid centers so they cant be crushed or cooked....we get calls from all over asking if we had the "originals" :D

Really? This will completely change "Intervention". :eek:

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 08:49 PM
oxycontin has been changed....they now have liquid centers so they cant be crushed or cooked....we get calls from all over asking if we had the "originals" :D

Still, people down here pop them as is and can still get high. A coworkers 23 year old son died from oxycontin abuse. There are "Pain Centers" all over South florida, dirty docs and pharmacists dispense them like candy. Pill popping is the new crack down here.

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 08:54 PM
You eventually get used to the dryness...the first year was rough. It's nice that the allergy season is only a few days and not a full year for me now...

I could never live in a state that's not coastal...I am too enamored with the ocean.:)

And I couldn't live on the west coast with all those hippies....:cool:

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 08:59 PM
Really? This will completely change "Intervention". :eek:


Yeah, and the dumb ass medicaid patients would have the doctor write brand name medically necessary on the Rx....both generic and brand are made by the same company and have the same identification...but they are allergic to the generics...aka: more street value...

Now they no longer say OC on them......people freaked...

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 09:01 PM
I could never live in a state that's not coastal...I am too enamored with the ocean.:)

And I couldn't live on the west coast with all those hippies....:cool:

I must admit, I do like water. I'm sure I would find time to dry your beach towels between the baking and cleaning..

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 09:03 PM
Really? This will completely change "Intervention". :eek:


http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/05/oxycontin-reformulation-okd/

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 09:06 PM
Still, people down here pop them as is and can still get high. A coworkers 23 year old son died from oxycontin abuse. There are "Pain Centers" all over South florida, dirty docs and pharmacists dispense them like candy. Pill popping is the new crack down here.

In Vegas....Most of the dirty pain clinics were shut down after the death of Michael Jackson. But they continue to raid back room clinics for illegals...there would be a stainless steel table in the back room of a c-store with Rx drugs with spanish labels....they even busted a mexican dentist working out of a Motel 6 room....

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 09:09 PM
We always nail people for doctor shopping. One guy decided to make copies of his C II Rx but left the original at CVS in the photo copy machine....lol...he was trying to fill the same RX at 5 places at once, lol...

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 09:10 PM
Yeah, and the dumb ass medicaid patients would have the doctor write brand name medically necessary on the Rx....both generic and brand are made by the same company and have the same identification...but they are allergic to the generics...aka: more street value...

Now they no longer say OC on them......people freaked...

I've never had one (thankfully). I have had percocet and vicodin but I didn't finish either prescription. They made me feel way too loopy. I suppose you can get used to anything, though. :(

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 09:12 PM
I've never had one (thankfully). I have had percocet and vicodin but I didn't finish either prescription. They made me feel way too loopy. I suppose you can get used to anything, though. :(

How does a redhead know when she is feeling loopy?:confused:

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 09:14 PM
How does a redhead know when she is feeling loopy?:confused:

When she watches 'Oprah' or 'Dr. Phil' and begins to think that the shows aren't that bad. :eek:

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 09:15 PM
When she watches 'Oprah' or 'Dr. Phil' and begins to think that the shows aren't that bad. :eek:
That would do it!

Hawkgirl
12-03-2010, 09:16 PM
In Vegas....Most of the dirty pain clinics were shut down after the death of Michael Jackson. ....


Unfortunately, not the case here. In a 5 mile radius, we probably have a dozen. I work in a hospital. One was on televised documentary a few months ago. They(Organized Crime/Business people) pay retired physicans to come back to work, pay them huge amounts of money to write prescriptions, they have their own MRI's, falsify findings, and sell the drugs at the clinic. About $400 gets to 280 pills. People as far up as West Virginia do drug runs down here to distribute back home. It's an epidemic 'round these parts.

RobJohnson
12-03-2010, 09:20 PM
I've never had one (thankfully). I have had percocet and vicodin but I didn't finish either prescription. They made me feel way too loopy. I suppose you can get used to anything, though. :(

You do get used to them, as I never thought I would when my low back hit rock bottom for a couple weeks...Hydrocodone10/500APAP aka: Lortab 10

I didn't even mind when customers would yell at me at work...it's amazing how much faster you can work when you are pain free...

I've had doctors and nurses hand me the Rx pad asking me to fill them out for the doctor to sign....:eek:

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 09:47 PM
You do get used to them, as I never thought I would when my low back hit rock bottom for a couple weeks...Hydrocodone10/500APAP aka: Lortab 10

I didn't even mind when customers would yell at me at work...it's amazing how much faster you can work when you are pain free...

I've had doctors and nurses hand me the Rx pad asking me to fill them out for the doctor to sign....:eek:

I used to have familial migraines. Good Lord - that was awful. My whole family is enrolled in a multi-decade, long-term study for it. Nothing worked for me (or anybody in my family), bio-feedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, drugs, etc. Only big time barbiturates worked but obviously you can't work or anything while using them.

Thankfully, they have declined in frequency and severity over time (as was predicted by the research docs). I totally get the inclination for big drugs. While I hated the dopiness from the drugs, I certainly had zero anxiety, anger, or interest for the hours they were effective.

Rockntractor
12-03-2010, 09:56 PM
I I certainly had zero anxiety, anger, or interest for the hours they were effective.

That sense of well being becomes shorter and shorter and a lot less intense the longer you use opiates.

Gingersnap
12-03-2010, 10:16 PM
That sense of well being becomes shorter and shorter and a lot less intense the longer you use opiates.

I strictly used them as prescribed so I never developed a lot of tolerance for them. With that kind of migraine, the only thing I wanted to achieve was enough drug-induced painlessness to sleep them off.

That's the horrible thing about migraines - the pain and nausea are so intense that total silence and dark room aren't enough to let you sleep until hours and hours have passed. The drugs did shorten the barfing, hellish phase before sleeping thing up by 6 hours or more.

I've grown out of them now mostly. I get a couple a year compared to a couple a week as I had between 17 and 28 or so. :eek:

RobJohnson
12-04-2010, 12:17 AM
Unfortunately, not the case here. In a 5 mile radius, we probably have a dozen. I work in a hospital. One was on televised documentary a few months ago. They(Organized Crime/Business people) pay retired physicans to come back to work, pay them huge amounts of money to write prescriptions, they have their own MRI's, falsify findings, and sell the drugs at the clinic. About $400 gets to 280 pills. People as far up as West Virginia do drug runs down here to distribute back home. It's an epidemic 'round these parts.

WOW :eek:

RobJohnson
12-04-2010, 12:26 AM
I strictly used them as prescribed so I never developed a lot of tolerance for them. With that kind of migraine, the only thing I wanted to achieve was enough drug-induced painlessness to sleep them off.

That's the horrible thing about migraines - the pain and nausea are so intense that total silence and dark room aren't enough to let you sleep until hours and hours have passed. The drugs did shorten the barfing, hellish phase before sleeping thing up by 6 hours or more.

I've grown out of them now mostly. I get a couple a year compared to a couple a week as I had between 17 and 28 or so. :eek:

My migraine frequency is less often then it has been in the past two years after a nasty OTJ injury that included neck injuries and hitting my head...Sumatriptan helps...plus now that it's generic $5 for 18 of them helps even more, lol. I went from one or more headache a day, to one or two a week, and now about two a month...dark room and silence would help, but hard to turn the lights off at work, lol...

I take Diazepam twice a day for mussle spasms....aka: Valium

Gingersnap
12-04-2010, 12:50 AM
My migraine frequency is less often then it has been in the past two years after a nasty OTJ injury that included neck injuries and hitting my head...Sumatriptan helps...plus now that it's generic $5 for 18 of them helps even more, lol. I went from one or more headache a day, to one or two a week, and now about two a month...dark room and silence would help, but hard to turn the lights off at work, lol...

I take Diazepam twice a day for mussle spasms....aka: Valium

I just couldn't have any kind of a life during the headaches. Half the time, if I had one at work, I couldn't drive home because of the vision loss. Yuk.

I'm so glad it's becoming over.

I think a large number of people who claim to have migraines and who claim relief from OTC drugs have tension headaches. I remember the first tension headache I had (at age 29 or so). I was just astonished. It was so...trivial. I could have done anything while having this headache. It was so minor.

linda22003
12-04-2010, 10:23 AM
Talk about thread creep. This was a COOKIE thread, people. :mad:

I will end the extreme expense by saying I found my Christmas cookie recipe this morning in the current issue of Bon Appetit, which I was reading at the dentist's office (pause here for enjoyment of irony).

They're double chocolate cookies with crushed peppermints mooshed into the top of them. :)

Rockntractor
12-04-2010, 10:41 AM
Talk about thread creep. This was a COOKIE thread, people. :mad:

I will end the extreme expense by saying I found my Christmas cookie recipe this morning in the current issue of Bon Appetit, which I was reading at the dentist's office (pause here for enjoyment of irony).

They're double chocolate cookies with crushed peppermints mooshed into the top of them. :)
Copy of recipe please.

RobJohnson
12-05-2010, 06:32 AM
I just couldn't have any kind of a life during the headaches. Half the time, if I had one at work, I couldn't drive home because of the vision loss. Yuk.

I'm so glad it's becoming over.

I think a large number of people who claim to have migraines and who claim relief from OTC drugs have tension headaches. I remember the first tension headache I had (at age 29 or so). I was just astonished. It was so...trivial. I could have done anything while having this headache. It was so minor.

I agree. Everyday I have some type of headache. Some people make a huge deal out of a headache...they have never had a headache until they have had a migraine...they can be debilitating.

RobJohnson
12-05-2010, 06:33 AM
Talk about thread creep. This was a COOKIE thread, people. :mad:

I will end the extreme expense by saying I found my Christmas cookie recipe this morning in the current issue of Bon Appetit, which I was reading at the dentist's office (pause here for enjoyment of irony).

They're double chocolate cookies with crushed peppermints mooshed into the top of them. :)

Are they topped with crushed oxycontin? If not, quit jacking our thread...lol

linda22003
12-06-2010, 08:25 AM
Copy of recipe please.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/12/double_chocolate_peppermint_crunch_cookies