We make cookie Whoopie Pies on the farm and they sell like crazy.... and in "Magnolia" Journal, there's a picture of spiced Whoopie Pies in the beautiful setting!
I knew I loved that Joanna Gaines! :)
So here are our classics....
Double Chocolate Chip (which is often triple chocolate chip depending on what morsels I have in the house...)
Mary's or Deluxe Sugar Cookies (which we frost with a decadent butter icing flavored with almond and vanilla)
Snickerdoodles (Love 'em!!!)
Fudge (any kind, I am an equal opportunity fudge lover!)
Meringue kisses, tinted in pastels because my son Luke loves them!!!
Those are the basics. I make some bars, too, but I'm a big fan of cookies and Whoopie Pies so this week I'm playing with cranberry cookies. Not everyone will love them, but they're in keeping with the season so I'm playing.
And I forgot Thumbprints. Oh, how I love Thumbprints with our new Very Berry Cherry jam!!!
But what are your favorites? You can post a link to the recipe or just name the favorite and tell me where you got the recipe... I'll do the leg work!
We used to make mincemeat cookies and bourbon balls (my father's and sister's favorites) but I don't like either so I don't do those anymore.
What about you? Are there cookies that have fallen out of favor?
Here's a new one I'm playing with, a cranberry/orange/white chocolate cookie and we're so pleased with the results I had to share it! This is homemade cranberry/orange relish, a simple recipe...
One bag of cranberries
One large orange
1 cup sugar
Grind cranberries and orange together with grinder or food processor. Add sugar. Chill!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees...
16 oz. soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups cranberry orange relish
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 12 oz. bag Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (if desired)
Cream butter and sugars together with mixer.
Add vanilla, sour cream, and egg.
Mix and cream again.
Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and mix in thoroughly. Blend in the cranberry orange relish. Mix thoroughly. Add in the white chocolate chips and walnuts.
Drop by tablespoonfuls (or fun cookie scoop!) onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for between 12-15 minutes.
Cool on cookie sheet until you can move them to cooling rack. Cool thoroughly, then dip 1/2 cookie into white chocolate and cool again. I expect dipping in dark chocolate would be just as amazing!
These are a cranberry cookie that you then dip in chocolate. HOW CAN THAT BE BAD????
It can't be, right?
We did some straight (without chips or nuts) some with white chocolate chips and some with both... and dipped some of each. That way we can properly taste-test them! :) All in the name of science, of course.
And I love homemade things. I've had to sit on my hands not to order from catalogs because I love ordering things.... (sick, sick woman!) but I know we can make them even better.... so I've taken my discipline pills and instead I'm sending that money to Heifer International to help sustain farming because I'll bake cookies... and they can have milk for their children. That makes sense!!!!
And I'm making almond bark this week with roasted almonds and dark and white chocolate. I love almond bark with roasted almonds. I could possibly be addicted, but I don't need a medical intervention. Just hugs!
Our goals for Christmas have changed over the years... I used to get caught up in the splash and dash and shopping and having to create an amazing experience of presents and perfection.... and then I grew up and realized that Jesus, born in the manger, IS perfection. :)
So I stay with the decorating because it's fun for me and the grandkids... and I love baking and cooking....
But instead of shopping we find people to help.
It is like the best thing ever, and the whole family works together on it, not because we've got oh-so-much....
But because we've certainly got enough!
And now, Advent.... with sweet whispers of a blooming hope with one of my favorite Christmas hymn medleys....
Silent Night/Night of Silence
I sang alto on this for years with the St. Lawrence Song Prayers and it's still one of my favorite hymns to hear......
And here is a farm surprise!!!! Look what Logan discovered peeping and mewing beneath a monster-high pile of wood...
Four sweet babies! Mama sneaked away and hid these darlings well, but Detective Logan was on the job! When not detecting small, helpless critters beneath mammoth logs, Logan is a born inventor.... Like this cool flying creature he created with no directions at all.
I'd love to hear your cookie thoughts below! Let us know what cookies you love... or don't love... because this is the time of year we can all talk cookies and everyone understands it!
Multi-published inspirational author Ruthy Logan Herne loves to write beautiful stories with unforgettable characters because it makes her happy to do it! Married for a very long time, she lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York with her husband and two dogs, several cats, two flocks of chickens, three miniature donkeys and a host of wonderful people in and out of her doors daily.... She loves to chat with folks on facebook (so friend her there...) and loves to hear from folks at firstname.lastname@example.org Or run by her website ruthloganherne.com