I did a lot of baking and cooking over the holiday season and I thought I’d share some of those recipes separately.
– Black Forest Christmas cookies: I liked these but I halved the cherries and next time I wouldn’t; mine spread a bit and there wasn’t quite enough cherry to cookie.
– Bachelor Buttons: RJ Anderson’s recipe, which I changed by using pear butter instead of raspberry jam. Quite a different effect, but a nice one! And now I want to make the raspberry version too.
– Honeyed Rosemary Shortbread: These are definitely for people who like that sweet/savory combination, but they’re really good if you do like that.
– Rum Currant Cookies: There is nothing about these that is not good. Bonus: the recipe makes a lot of little cookies, which is great for filling in the cracks on a cookie plate.
– Cranberry Shortbread: This was a bit of an experiment–namely, shortbread with chopped up bits of fresh cranberry. That part was successful, I thought, but the shortbread recipe I used for this one turned out a little too dry.
– Lebkuchen: My family has always done a lot of German Christmas cookies. Lebkuchen are the only ones I attempted this year, but I thought they turned out quite well!
– Cream Cheese Dainties: This is a staple of my mom’s Christmas baking, with rice krispie treats and a maraschino cherry. I didn’t have either, so I left off the rice krispie treats entirely and topped them with a walnut piece. It’s a different effect, but I thought they turned out well.
– Nutmeg Maple Butter Cookies: SO GOOD. Obviously not if you dislike either nutmeg or maple syrup, but the flavors are more subtle than you might expect
– Hazelnut Chocolate and Orange Tart: From Cooking Season by Season. If you like the combination of the three flavors, you’ll like this tart. Also nice for people who don’t like desserts that are very sweet.
– Chocolate Swirl Buns: SO GOOD. SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. SO GOOD.
– Hungarian Mushroom Soup: From the old Moosewood Cookbook; this is probably my favorite mushroom soup recipe ever. Creamy, a little on the thick side, and very flavorful.
– Potato Refrigerator Rolls: An old family favorite from Betty Crocker. I did half plain and half rolled up with cheese and herbs. I liked that effect a lot, but they needed more filling to really be effective.
– Mushroom dumplings: I attempted to cook mine in a sour cream-garlic sauce and they completely fell apart. Lesson learned! Cook the dumplings separately! But they still tasted pretty excellent.