December 9, 2011

The Four C's......Cookies and Cider Celebrate Christmas!

Ok ya'll! These cookies are just the bomb!!!! Try different dipping chocolates, such as milk chocolate with crusted peanuts and semi-sweet with cashews.....A WINNER FOR CHRISTMAS COOKIES!!!! Ready, set, bake...put on your christmas jammies and pour a big glass of cold milk....HO....HO...HO!!! Thank you Miss Paula!

Meemaw's Kitchen Sink Christmas Cookies
from Miss Paula Deen
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1 (8-ounce) package toffee bits
White chocolate, for dipping
15 peppermint hard candies, crushed, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Scrape the sides of the mixer bowl and beat in the oil, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the flour mixture in 3 small additions, scraping the sides of the bowl after each one. Slowly beat in the rice cereal, coconut, and oats. Fold in the toffee bits and refrigerate the dough, covered, for 1 hour. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on 2 cookie sheets, leaving at least 1-inch of space around each drop. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Using a double boiler, melt the white chocolate. Dip the cookies into the white chocolate and sprinkle crushed peppermint to decorate. Allow to cool or serve warm. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

4 cups apple cider
4 cups pear juice or nectar
4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 (2 1/2-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
4 black peppercorns
4 allspice berries

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Let steep, off the heat, for at least 20 minutes. Reheat, and then strain and serve

Our Darling Nick surprised us this week by flying into Boston from Texas!
He came to help us move boxes and prepare The Maine House for showings!
"Hey, I am going to put Mom and Dad back in the saddle again!"
I love this boy!

1 comment:

  1. These both sound so good, they are on the Christmas list! You are lucky to have a sons who still put Mom and Dad at the TOP of the list! Have a great weekend!


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