Winter Cookies, What a Treat!

I am SURE all of you think January/Febuary cookies are a bit of a no no. But truth is…..a bit of sweet makes the chilly winter months seem more enjoyable.
One of my wintertime favorite cookies is a Snowball Cookie. Yes, it is the old fashioned mexican tea cake or pecan ball or sandies (as my mother called them). These buttery, nut ball are formed and baked just a few minutes then rolled while still warm in fluffy powdered sugar! Perfect with a cup of tea or hot cocoa!
Here’s the recipe:

1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teasp. pure vanilla
2 teasp. water
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans (or hazelnuts or almonds)
pinch of salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Beat butter for 30 seconds; add granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla and water; beat well. Stir in flour and pecans. Don’t over work the dough. Roll into 1 inch balls, place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 15 to 20 min. in a 325 degree oven. Or until very lightly browned on the edges. Remove from oven and cool for 5 to 10 minutes then roll in the powdered sugar. Makes approx. 37 cookies.
Happy Baking!
Cathy

“Coffee and Cookies Two”!

Being the coffee nut that I am……IE: can’t move without my morning cup (or four)!  If anyone out there is like this, do I have a cookie recipe for you!

“Chocolate Espresso Cookies” is an old recipe, but very tasty!  Who doesn’t like caffeine, sugar and chocolate!? Exactly my point.  Just a thought here, espresso coffee actually has LESS caffeine than regular coffee. The water is forced through the espresso grounds so fast, that it absorbs less caffeine.  This is according to Mike and Shelly at Kitchen Affairs.

On to the recipe!

Chocolate Espresso Wafers

by Cathy’s Designer Cookies

1 cup  unbleached all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder

1/2 tea. salt

1/4 tea. baking soda

3 Tabls. unsalted butter, room temp.

3 Tabls. margarine, room temp.

1/2 cup plus 2 Tabls. sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1-1/2 Tabls. instant Espresso powder

1 tea. vanilla extract

1 large egg white

Sift first 4 ingredients in to a small bowl.  In a large bowl, beat butter and margarine until creamy.  Add both sugars, espresso powder, vanilla and beat to blend.  Mix in egg white.  Add the dry ingredients and mix just to incorporate.  Use your hands to knead the dough briefly to make a smooth dough. 

Form dough into a log 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.  Wrap log in waxed paper and chill until very cold. (About 2 hours).

Bake: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice chilled log crosswise into 1/4 inch disks.  Place disks on a parchment lined heavy baking sheet.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.  Tops will be cracked and almost firm to the touch in the middle.  It’s okay to slightly under bake these cookies.  They just will not be as ‘crisp’.

Cool cookie on a wire rack.  Will keep in an air tight container for up to two weeks.  May be frozen for up to 1 month. 

Happy Baking!

Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial

It may still be cold outside but this cozy little polar bear cookie sure will warm your heart! 

To get started, you will need:

  • Baked and cooled polar bear sugar cookie shapes. 
  • Medium thick royal icing in white and dark blue
  • Thick royal icing in black

Step 1.   Outline and flood the polar bear with the medium thick white icing. Cover the whole cookie.

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

 

Step 2: Immediately sprinkle wet icing with tiny white non-pareils. Note: if you don’t get the edges of the icing covered with the  non-pareils, try gently dipping the edge of the cookie into the bowl of non-pareils.  Use a spoon to help attached them to the wet icing. Let cookie dry 2 hours. 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

 

 

Step 3: Add the ‘ear and eyes and nose” with black icing to the cookie.  Add the rear leg in black icing.  Let dry 2 hours. 

 

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

 

Step 4: Add “fuzzy scarf” by piping blue medium thick icing on the bears neck.  Immediately sprinkle with white sanding sugar.  Shake off excess sugar.  Let cookie dry 2 hours or overnight. You’re done!

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Tips: Package cookie in clear cellophane bags tied with raffia.  This is a nice cookie to include with a coffee mug and a pack of hot coca mix.  Yumm! 

Happy Baking!

Cathy