Christmas Cookie Luv by @AliciaStreet1 #mgtab

Christmas crescent cookiesAfter my annual ritual of watching Fred and Bing do their song and dance thing in Holiday Inn, and then seeing Alastair Sim morph from the meanest to the sweetest man in London, it’s time for a cookie break.

The holiday season always brings to mind my childhood days of baking Christmas cookies with my mom and sisters, the house all warm and cozy, carols playing, and evergreen tied with red ribbon on the windows.

Sugar cookies are the most fun to decorate, and poppyseed wraps are great with hot cocoa, but my very favorites are almond crescents.

Here is an easy recipe that’s been in my family for generations.

Almond Crescents

Makes about 40 small cookies

1 cup (1/2 lb) butter 

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp brandy (optional)

2 tsp cold water

1 cup chopped almonds

2 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light. Mix in the vanilla, brandy and water. Add in the almonds and flour, Mix well.
  1. Shape into small crescents and bake on ungreased baking sheet for 12-15 minutes. When cookies are still warm, dust with confectioner’s sugar. Store in closed container. Cookies will keep for 5-7 days.400_holiday-luv

 

Now that my sisters and I live miles away from each other, I like to read—and write—holiday romances that fill me with Christmas warmth and cheer. I’ve put four of my Holiday Luv stories together in a bundle, and speaking of recipes, one reviewer said these were “just the right recipe to get me in the Christmas spirit.”

My latest Holiday Luv novella is part of the Love, Christmas collection, where each book in the set based on a Christmas carol.

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Grown-Up Christmas List / LOVE, CHRISTMAS Bundle by @DonnaFaz #mgtab

Grown-Up Christmas ListOne of my very favorite holiday traditions is to turn on Christmas tunes and do my holiday baking. My family loves cookies, so I make many batches each year. I give most of them away, but I keep several different kinds so that family and friends can enjoy them through Christmas and New Year’s Day.

One of my favorite holiday songs to listen to while baking is Grown-Up Christmas List by Amy Grant. Yes, it’s years old, but I still love listening to it. Every time I hear it, I think of all the smells that permeate my kitchen—warm vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses—and I’m filled with happiness.

I’d like to share one of my favorite cookie recipes.

These cookies are rich, buttery, and flavorful. Cinnamon and ginger team up with molasses to make these delectable bites the perfect accompaniment to hot tea, coffee, or cider.

Marvelous Molasses Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated white sugar (for dipping)

Heat oven to 375º.

Cream the brown sugar and butter. Add molasses and egg, and beat to incorporate. Stir in the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until thoroughly combined. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip tops in granulated white sugar. Place balls, sugar side up, onto lightly greased cookie sheets and bake until just set, between 10-12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen mouth-watering cookies.

I hope you’ll look for LOVE, CHRISTMAS, a bundle of all-new holiday stories based on beloved holiday songs. That’s where you can find my Christmas story, GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST.

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Harvest Cookies Recipe – Autumn Desserts

Harvest CookieI came up with this recipe because I had some canned pumpkin left over from making
Thanksgiving dinner. My husband loves molasses, so I decided to add a dash of that. And who doesn’t love the taste of pumpkin pie spice? It’s warm, aromatic, and makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a hug. The results of this recipe were outstanding.

Soft and sumptuous, these dark Harvest Cookies are moist and cake-like. They’re rich with the flavors of autumn and absolutely delicious paired with hot tea or coffee. This is one of my favorite Autumn Desserts. Try them, you will love them!

Harvest Cookies

2 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F and line 2 baking sheets with Exopat or parchment paper.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  1. In a second bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until well incorporated. Add the molasses, pumpkin, and egg. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.Harvest Cookies 2
  1. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients, scraping the bowl to get every last bit of deliciousness! Stir everything together just until all the flour is incorporated. Do not over-mix. You will have a very soft dough.
  1. Using two teaspoons, scoop small balls of dough onto the baking sheets (see picture), about twelve to a sheet. Do not crowd. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the top feels set to the touch. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Let the cookies cool a couple of minutes on the sheets before transferring them to a cooling rack. Makes about 2 1/2 cookies.
  1. Make a cup of your favorite tea and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy Harvest Cookies Recipes – Autumn Desserts. What autumn desserts are your favorite?

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