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Holiday cookies : showstopping recipes to sweeten the season
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INTRODUCTION The aroma of baking that fills my home in December is unlike that of any other time of year and heightens my excitement for the approaching holidays. Thinking about what lies ahead conjures up memories of being a child, when early every moment of the holiday season seemed warm and festive. I was born and brought up in Sweden, where my parents built a house next door to my grandmother's home. The nearest town was six miles away, so my childhood was spent in the countryside. I learned to bake from a young age, and as a teenager I worked in a konditori (bakery) in that nearby small town. From the age of thirteen, children in Sweden can take two weeks every semester to do practical training at a local workplace, which is how I came to be at the Holgers Konditori. Opened in 1903, the bakery is located in the main square and is where everyone in town goes for special-occasion cakes, cookies, and buns. When I finished my training, Holgers offered me a summer job, and I worked there every summer. I loved every minute. That love of baking extended into my home life, particularly around the holidays. Once autumn arrived, which brought fewer daylight hours, inside activities like baking became the norm. Come winter, nighttime fell early, and any opportunity to celebrate and decorate--especially with lights--helped brighten the darkest time of year. In Sweden, holiday celebrations start early and include many festivities, such as the Advent season, which begins on the fourth Sunday preceding Christmas. One of my favorite celebrations is St. Lucia Day, in which girls dressed in white lead a candlelight procession, and everyone in the group sings and pepparkakor, a gingery cookie with plenty of snap (you'll find the recipe on page 88), is served. A lot of baking is done early in December, when breads, cakes, cookies, and confections are made and then stored for the upcoming celebrations. I remember eating many of these treats only during the holidays, so just making them would put you in the spirit of the season. Excerpted from Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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Seasonal favorites such as gingerbread cookies and icebox pinwheel cookies are just two classic standouts in this excellent holiday baking book. Holiday essential peppermint bark finds its home in "Holiday Confections," as does a sophisticated smoked almond and cacao nub brittle. Favorites spanning the globe-including Austrian linzer augen, South American alfajores, Hungarian kiffles, and Dutch speculaas-make up the "Around the World" chapter and include some time-saving modifications such as directions for making the speculaas sans cookie molds. Tips for cookie-exchange parties and recipes for gingerbread place-card cookies, 3-D Christmas trees, and stained-glass snowflakes all make for great holiday entertaining. Serving suggestions in headnotes-such as adding a scoop of ice cream and fudge sauce to chocolate-peanut-butter-brownie sandwich cookies-can make a cookie go from simple treat to full-on dessert. Full-page color photos display how great that cookie tray can really look this holiday season. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies . <br> <br> This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 2
Cookie Tips and Tricksp. 5
Decorating Cookiesp. 7
Royal Icingp. 13
Packaging Tips and Tricksp. 14
Storing Cookiesp. 17
Chapter 1Very Merry Classicsp. 19
Gingerbread Cookiesp. 20
Chocolate-Dipped Macaroonsp. 24
Minty Spritz Cookiesp. 27
Icebox Pin wheel Cookiesp. 28
Black and Whitesp. 32
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwich Cookiesp. 35
Red Velvet Crackle Cookiesp. 36
Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cookiesp. 39
Chocolate-Stenciled Shortbread Roundsp. 40
Chapter 2Cookie Exchange Partyp. 43
Hazelnut Sandwich Cookiesp. 44
Red-and-White Meringue Kissesp. 48
Bejeweled Chocolate Cookiesp. 51
Oatmeal Crisps with Chocolatep. 52
Almond Ricciarelli Cookiesp. 55
Fruitcake Shortbreadp. 56
Dark Chocolate Cookies with Caramelp. 59
Espresso Thinsp. 60
Malted Milk Chocolate Cookiesp. 63
Chapter 5Warm Holiday Spicep. 65
Molasses Spice Cookiesp. 66
Thumbprints with Spicy Plum Jamp. 69
Pain d'Épices Shortbread Swirlsp. 70
Glazed Eggnog Madeleinesp. 73
Saffron Pistachio Biscottip. 74
Hot Chocolate Cookies with Aleppo Pepperp. 78
Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiersp. 81
Fig and Cardamom Rugelachp. 82
Chapter 4Around the Worldp. 87
Swedish Pepparkakorp. 88
Italian Pignoli Cookiesp. 91
Austrian Linzer Augenp. 92
South American Alfajoresp. 95
Danish Butter Wreathsp. 99
Hungarian Kifflesp. 101
Dutch Speculaasp. 105
Mexican Wedding Cookiesp. 106
Chapter 5Holiday Confectionsp. 109
Peppermint Barkp. 110
Apple Cider Caramelsp. 113
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Crunch Squaresp. 114
Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittlep. 117
Matcha Chocolate Bark with Berries and Coconutp. 118
Dark Chocolate-Hazelnut Fudgep. 121
Bourbon and Maple Chocolate Trufflesp. 122
Chocolate Caramels with Bourbon and Vanillap. 125
Chapter 6Decorated Delightsp. 127
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Cutoutsp. 128
Citrus Sugar Cookie Omamentsp. 132
Candy Cane Cookiesp. 135
Doily-Rolled Gingersnapsp. 136
Gingerbread Place-Card Cookiesp. 139
3-D Christmas Treesp. 141
Stained-Glass Snowflakesp. 144
Gingerbread Housep. 147
Special Ingredientsp. 153
Resourcesp. 155
Acknowledgmentsp. 156
Indexp. 157
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