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Christmas baking and cooking thread. Watcha making?

jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
Baking began today! I'm cutting back this year but will probably still bake 40-50 dozen cookies.
Most of the baking will be next weekend but I always start with these molasses biscotti (morzette) and get them out of the way. I don't like them at all and never eat them, but I make them for my dad, aunts, uncles because they love them. 10 dozen done!

Please share your pics!
(I'm looking at you springy. I know you made some yummy stuff today. hee.)
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,494Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    i'm not going to bake anything - i'm just getting a rowboat and heading over to your place, jeepy!

    :D
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Close to the same as Thanksgiving. :( I have been trying to get my family to mix it up on Christmas for years, but they will not budge.

    Aside from the turkey, ham, and sides we will do fudge and I will be making another one of these a day or two in advance.
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    Mmm I love this coconut cake :) but I will try not to burn one hand when making the icing this time.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    What a beautiful cake! Looks like snow!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I'm hosting a cookie exchange for the second year and its on Tuesday. So I need to make 12 dozen cookies tomorrow.

    I'm making Martha Stewary ginger spice cookies - very similar to the Starbucks cookies. Yum!

    We already had our holiday party and I made peppermint brownies, chocolate dipped cookie balls and dutch apple pie.

    Christmas itself is my baby girl's birthday so I will be making birthday cake.
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I'm going to make meringue snowmen for work (next weekends job)

    Mince pies and Scandinavian spiced biscuits this weekend.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    What a beautiful cake! Looks like snow!

    Thanks Jeep! It is a pretty cake and I lucked out with some really good fresh coconuts.

    I should have made that one a couple of days in advance. It's delicious the first day (and was devoured in a few min) but it gets better and better when the icing starts sinking in. Plus I will be working so I won't have time to do much.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    I am not a baker. My only claim to fame at Christmas time is I do make wonderful peanut butter fudge!!!
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  • Myradella3Myradella3 Posts: 2,481Registered Users
    pre-finals get-together: chess bars
    post-finals stuff around the office: rum cake
    sorority reception: bourbon brownies
    to the kids I work with: reindeer cookies
    December birthdays party: bourbon walnut crisps
    around my house: pumpkin pecan pie
    taking to family's house: reindeer cookies
  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    I usually make about two or three dozen of about five different kinds of cookies. My two must haves are lemon ricotta and peanut butter blossoms. In addition I am thinking of making chocolate dipped shortbread, DH's aunt's recipe for oatmeal raisin, pecan tassies, and some kind of fudge like cookies and cream or something. I wanted a variation on regular chocolate fudge but something people will still like.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Our first December party is tomorrow. 2 of my brothers birthdays are tomorrow (not twins! one was a foster brother a year younger) and hub's birthday is Friday so we are having a big dinner. 1 brother is vegetarian so I am going to attempt to make meat-free sausage cheddar balls. He tries to eat vegan but I will not give up real cheese, not even for him. He can eat them or not. I am betting he'll eat them!

    I have Gimme Lean sausage and sharp cheddar cheese. Off to find a recipe for this nonsense that I'm sure will be yummy anyway!
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    GC, I've used that Gimmie Lean sausage for fauxsage and gravy (that's what I like to call it) for my vegetarian MIL and SIL and it was really good so I'll be interested to hear how it comes out with fauxsage balls. If I didn't make Mr. Spring some sausage balls every year I think he'd divorce me. HA! I made some one year with diced apples in them and they were so good.

    Jeep! :lol: I wish I had more folks to bake for just as an excuse, but I only make stuff for Mr. Spring to take to work. I made an apple pie quick bread with pecans and dried cranberries last night (diced apples, not grated) to test out and see if it was tasty enough to gift and indeed, it was! Turned out really good so I'll do those in cute little Christmas mini-loaf pans and I'm also going to package up homemade hot chocolate mix to give along with it. I'm looking forward to decorating the packaging, I think I've got to make 12 of them.

    Today I invited our neighbors over for some Christmas day noshing so I've got to come up with stuff for that. Her mom will be coming with them, but she's blind and doesn't like to eat in front of other people because she has to use her hands (she can see a tiny bit, but everything is just one big blur for her due to macular degeneration) so I'm going to try and make everything more like appetizers so it's easy to eat and she doesn't feel embarrassed. I know I'll make sausage balls, deviled eggs and probably do some mini ham sandwiches and I'll figure out a few other things. I'll make cranberry noels for sure.

    What I'd like to know is why I don't know anyone who does cookie plates?!?! If someone showed up at my door with an assorted plate of homemade goodies I'd DIE. But not before I ate them all. :lol:

    The test loaf I made last night. After I get the mini's done week after next I'll snap a pic. It's got a streusel topping.

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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
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    Half of my mince pies exploded. I'd better eat them
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    Cookies. I make a lot of chocolate chip. Yesterday I made Heath with whole wheat flour.

    I'd like to make gingerbread cookies. I need to get cutters. My kids will have fun with that. And make a huge mess.


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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    curlylaura, I've never made mince pies. Care to share your recipe?

    I know most people hate cookie exchanges but I WISH people invited me to them. My relatives are dying off and pretty soon that whole section of cookie-giftees will be gone. Most of my friends live far away or are online friends only (I don't really like having alot of real life friends) so besides my sisters and boss and a couple local friends I'll be running out of people to give cookies to. I shipped some out a few times but that is a royal pita.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Premade shortcrust pastry and premade mincemeat. Cook at 180C for about 25mins. :lol:

    If you want to make the mincemeat google Delia Smith mince pie recipe. I'm on my phone and the links aren't working.

    Edit:
    I got off my butt and walked the 2 metres to the computer
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deliaonline.com%2Frecipes%2Fmain-ingredient%2Fmincemeat%2Fhome-made-christmas-mincemeat.html" class="Popup
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    I'm excited to gift those apple cakes, we had it for breakfast this morning and it's even better today! Keeper recipe, fo' sho'.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users
    I can't bake and we don't eat many sweets, but my daughter insisted that we make cookies for Santa. I bought this
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    and
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    That way when I throw them out, I won't feel like there was too much effort...:confused3:
  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I love to bake. I'm always looking for something new and fun, that both tastes great and looks super fancy on the tray.

    I just found a bunch of recipes at recipegirl.com. I'll also have some time this year, so will probably decorate some sugar cookies.

    • Sugar cookies
    • Mexican Wedding cookies
    • Macadamia Nut Butter Toffee
    • Layered Peppermint Crunch Bark
    • Cinnamon Fudge
    • Eggnog Fudge
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
    • Holly cookies (like rice krispie treats, but with corn flakes, and dyed green!)


    That's way too much. We'll see what I end up actually making! I'm thinking maybe I'll make the fudge to package up and give out as gifts, instead of making it to bring to the parties to serve.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    If I get the time off, I'm going to make an almond and orange sweet bread, a rosca de reyes, and a coconut and lime cheesecake with Muscovado sugar pineapple. And possibly more, but those are the ones most likely.

    Mincemeat:
    http://www.joepastry.com/2011/making-mincemeat/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/food/2010/12/dan-lepards-favourite-mince-pi.shtml
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Wow, everyone seems to bake so much! There's only the four of us here, so much as I love baking I don't go overboard as then I would just eat everything - not good.
    I'll make some mince pies and some mini fruit cakes but that will probably be it. Too early yet, I'll do them next week when I'm not working.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    My mince pies went down really well at work.
    Fat does not make you fat. It's actually pretty important.
  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users
    I have no excuse to bake since we aren't bringing food to any parties or anything, and we're flying for Christmas so we won't bring food with us then either.

    We made a German chocolate cake a la the recipe on the back of the Baker's chocolate for my birthday, and that is about as much dessert as we can manage to consume by the time we have to leave town.

    We will get Christmas cookies that my mom and relatives make at least :)

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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    The desire to bake seemingly goes down exponentially through the generations...My grandma cooked up a storm and her kitchen table was stacked with all of them. She'd make fudge, cookies, sugared nuts, Christmas morning bread (kind of a really dense break with the candied fruit that usually goes in fruit cake...not my cup of tea, but my dad loaves it), lemon bread, real bread, homemade caramel, homemade caramel corn, something I think was called summer sausage, though why it was cooked during Christmas when it was called summer sausage is beyond me. And tons of pies, but always a mincemeat pie, which no one but my grandparents ate, sooo...yeah, it got chucked.

    My mom used to make a some of these when we were younger, but kind of doesn't anymore. I remember fudge (that always got chucked in the garbage because she was the only one who ate it and it was so rich she only at like 3 pieces and couldn't figure out how to successfully half the recipe, it always came out wrong somehow). Caramel and caramel corn was always made and so good and sticky you could probably pull your own tooth if you didn't wait for it to warm up a bit in your mouth. Lemon bread and Christmas morning bread (which also got chucked because she made like 4 loaves when my dad was the only one who ate it...), and pies...lots and lots of pies. So many it boggled my mind. No mincemeat.

    I don't really like sweets and while I am a very good baker, hate it. So...yeah...I've got the recipes for the ones I like, but have never made them outside my mother's house. I've got tons of coworkers now that would love them and inhale whatever food is brought in, but I just don't care enough for the baking or candy making process to actually do it for anybody like my mom or grandma did. Maybe my sister will carry on the cooking line, she has a family and cooks more in one week that I do in 3 months. The only recipes for dinner I know to cook feed 7 or more people...bring that down to me and I'm hosed. I'm also a cheater cook, if it's not relatively easy to cook or at least put together, I'm not terribly interested in coming home from work and putting a complicated dinner together. Or cooking them on the weekends when I could be doing other things.

  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    There will only be 6 of us and none are really big sweet eaters. I will be making homemade bread, as far as baking goes & desert will be ambrosia salad. I can christmasy it up by adding red and green maraschino cherries.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    Who Me would you mind sharing the recipes for you cinnamon and eggnog fudge? That sounds just like something I was looking for to make as a fudge!
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I usually bake for teacher gifts. This year I think I'm making:

    Gingersnaps dipped in white chocolate
    Peanut butter blossoms
    Chocolate chip

    I also do a few candies. I'm going to do buckeyes, fudge, and maybe truffles. Danae was talking about doing chocolate lollipops, so I might buy some molds for those, too, since those are pretty easy. I also do homemade cocoa mix. This year I might pulverize some candy canes for a peppermint mix. I did homemade marshmallows last year, but since I don't have a stand mixer, they're kind of a pain in the butt.
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  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    Saria wrote: »

    Thanks! I am looking for something different than regular chocolate.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    I think I'm going to make marshmallows wrapped in an apple cider caramel sheet. I have tons of apple cider jelly and boiled cider. I'm just trying to decide on flavor combo. Maybe rum marshmallows and mulled cider, or plain cider and gingerbread marshmallows.
    And maybe I'll make nougat again this year.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    Cookie exchange is tonight and you'd think it was Christmas lol. My kids are soooo excited! They are lurking upstairs waiting to see what kind of cookies arrive. I'll be lucky if the 12 dozen cookies last until next week much less Christmas.
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