Ah, Christmas time is the season of blustery cold winds and bustling elves in the kitchen at the Glover house. This weekend we made Oreo Truffles, Praline Pecans, Mini Eggnog Muffins and loaves, Spicy Pecans, and *drum roll* my favorite cookie recipe: Chocolate Sambuca Cookies.
|Early morning Christmas Baking Elf
Darling Teen had a function to attend on Saturday so we got up early to work on the truffles. We had many truffles to make because she gives them away to her friends. The list grows yearly. I may have to take orders next year. We made over 100 truffles. In addition to the truffles, I made Praline Pecans and Spicy Pecans as well as the batter for the Chocolate Sambuca Cookies. The batter is runny and has to set up overnight before you can make the cookies.
|The cute mini loaf pan. It has Christmas Imprints in it.|
On Sunday morning Darling Teen and I had to buy new pants for Church choir and so off to Kohls we went despite the biting cold winds and unusually freezing temperature. Frankly, if this is what global warming feels like, I’m not impressed. Brrr! We found the dreaded khakis (who looks good in these pants? No one but the dudes in the advertisements), a few more presents for her Dad, and then we hurried home. DT had more musical stuff to head to in the afternoon, Darling Husband had football to watch, and I had cookies and muffins to bake. As you can see there is quite a lot to do when one is making the mini eggnog loaves. I love my new mixing bowls from my DT and DH which are brightly colored and they don’t slip on the counter when you mix the batter. And they seem to do well in the dishwasher, too. Whew. Cause I don’t relish washing them by hand.
The imprints are super cute. There are candy canes, trees, a santa, and bells. I’ll sprinkle these with powdered sugar then wrap them in cellophane before I give them away.
I had a lot of cute mini cupcake papers with Christmas themes on them so I thought I’d use them to make mini muffins.
|The chocolate sambuca batter is ready to be rolled into balls.|
|Flour for the hands and the sugar mix ready to dip the balls into for the cookies.|
|The balls of cookie dough are ready to bake at 350 degrees.|
|Sheer Yumminess is all I can say.|
After a wee break, and a bit of wine, I began making the Chocolate Sambuca Cookies. Now these aren’t clean cookies. These cookies require getting your hands good and dirty in batter, flour and a concoction of icing sugar mixed with regular sugar. Not for the faint of heart. But there is something about me that enjoys the whole process–like making really yummy mud pies that we can eat afterward.