Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's cookie time!

One thing that I enjoy about Yuletide is baking cookies.  Cranberry-orange slices have already come & gone (lovely little butter cookie, but needs a stronger orange taste.  Think that next year I will add a little orange juice.)  Next up is my altered Lebuchen recipe.  Can't remember where I got the original recipe from, but this is what I use. You can add ground nuts &/or 1/4 cup finely chopped citron, but as the grandchildren are appalled at the thought, I don't. I will cut stars & trees out of the dough tomorrow.
     My Lebuchen:   1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup honey;  4 1/2 cups flour., 2 teaspoons orange or lemon rind, 1 tsp. cinnamon, rounded 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, rounded 1/2 tsp. ginger, scant 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1/2 tsp. salt; 2 tsps. baking soda dissolved in hot water; 4 eggs.
      Melt sugar, butter, honey together until warmed.  Remove from heat. Combine all dry ingredients & add honey mixture.  Add eggs & baking soda. Mix well.  Chill well overnight.
      350F oven for 10-15 minutes.  Once cool, may frost with confectioners'/icing sugar glaze.
For 'gingys' (grandchild speak for gingerbread people) I prefer Marthas' gingerbread cookie recipe. It makes 10 large gingys for me.  It has a wonderful ginger bite :)   This is what Santa will find waiting for him Christmas Eve. Likely minus being dipped in white chocolate.
My daughter complains every year that I bake too many cookies, but that's only because it isn't her idea! The grands don't complain one bit ;)


  1. lucky lucky Santa!

  2. I might have to impersonate Santa this year ;-)

  3. Yea...since I'm the one putting the stockings together, I get to choose what recipe to put out!