Daring Bakers' November 2012, Twelve Days Of Cookies

Daring Bakers' November 2012, Twelve Days Of Cookies

div style="text-align: justify;"br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8LIrVxlRa7w/ULbMpNqB9HI/AAAAAAAADPk/tkKQ6WlOWvk/s1600/cookie+main.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8LIrVxlRa7w/ULbMpNqB9HI/AAAAAAAADPk/tkKQ6WlOWvk/s1600/cookie+main.jpg" //a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of a href="http://petaeats.blogspot.com.au/" style="text-decoration: none;"Peta Eats /ais sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us./span/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"br /From Peta's list of twelve, we were given instructions to handpick a one. The second option followed, where free reign was permitted in choosing right recipe # 2, on our own, for the November challenge.br /br /Ohh, happy day! Set out I did to fulfill this merry making test, all to the a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhUFxaauNTE"the tune of my favorite monster/a. And to think, just yesterday I was of resolute mind that official holiday baking begins only on December 1st. How wrong I was (?) since, here,i on this page/i, I've come to see that kickstarting it the Daring Baker way made a whole lot more sense, giving me additional days of deemed holiday strikenoshing/strike baking and all the more reason to play a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJSUT8Inl14"Bing Crosby's White Christmas/a.br /br /I chose Peta's piped shortbread cookies. Mainly because I saw a super concise ingredient list, five to be exact, all of which were in my stockpile. Not too, inspiring, I know. One heads up, though, ultimately those mighty five did me in(as they will you), playing their parts distinguishingly well, and hailing in an overall fabulous piece of cookie.br /br /Many things about piped shortbreads bring back memories of old-school butter cookies, stacked rows in those round blue tins, perfect for tea, ithat is if you drank tea, /itheir pronounced butter flavor (pure, artificial, convoluted,iwho knows/i?) passing through every opening of your face.br /br /Still, I can tell you, this moment, right now, ithese are different/i. What with their cornstarch, confectioner's sugar and prescribed 10 minutes of uninterrupted beating, they bake to an evolved, refined rank, one of buttery- crisp- softmelt-vanishing-on-contact breed. Your tongue detects it and says thank you, over and again. There is no safety in fighting off craving. iJust give in./ibr /br /(Recipe Adapted From The Daring Bakers' Challenge Page)br /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Piped Shortbread Cookies~/span/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"/span/divul style="border-bottom-width: 0px; border-color: initial; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; font: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 26px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"/uldiv style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Ingredients:/span/span/divdivullispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"½ c confectioners' sugar/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1 c softened butter/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1¼ c all-purpose flour/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"¼ c cornstarch/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"2 tsp vanilla extract/span/li/ul/divul style="border-bottom-width: 0px; border-color: initial; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; font: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 26px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"/ulspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Directions:/span/spanbr /divullispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Preheat the oven to moderate 300°F./span/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Combine confectioner's sugar, butter, flours, and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle beater. Mix on low speed until combined and then change to the whisk attachment./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Beat for 10 minutes./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Pipe into rings/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Bake in preheated moderate oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned./span/li/uldiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-enIzKMOv324/ULbWB1QB2PI/AAAAAAAADRQ/iRJgrdDdop4/s1600/collage.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="358" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-enIzKMOv324/ULbWB1QB2PI/AAAAAAAADRQ/iRJgrdDdop4/s640/collage.jpg" width="640" //a/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"br //span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"The snow caps are a recipe that has visited our home and my kitchen, every Christmas season for more than half a decade. I really don't know where it came from, ipossibly Food Network/i, but don't quote me on that. I've kicked and played around with this blueprint so many times, that today, it's final make up has taken it quite a ways from it's original destiny./span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Mounded scoops of dough are first baked and cooled. Here, then, comes the Ta-Da. The tops get adorned with melted /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"semisweet /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"chocolate and kissed with the white chocolate gratings of "snow". The cookies themselves are not saccharine sweet, so the double chocolate sings delicious against the nutty, no frills dough. Now with this you can bring on an infinite variation of topping conclusions. Your "mountain caps" can very well be white melted , with colored sugars, sprinkles, themed jimmies, etc. Or maybe a crest of milk chocolate tapped in coconut shreds. The possibilities are delightfully endless./span/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"br //span/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"(Possible- Could- Be Adaptation from Food Network archives)/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Snow Caps~/span/span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Ingredients:/span/span/divdivullispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1¾ c flour/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1 c chopped walnuts or pecans/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1 stick and 3 tbsp butter (softened)/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"½ c powdered sugar/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"1 tsp vanilla/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"¼ tsp salt/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"⅓ c semi-sweet chocolate chips/span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"4 oz. white baking chocolate bar, grated/span/li/ulspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: purple;"Directions:/span/span/divdivullispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Preheat oven to 350°F./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Combine flour and walnuts; set aside./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"In a food processor, pulse together butter and sugar until well blended.Ass water and vanilla, pulse until mixed in. /span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Gradually add flour mixture, stirring at each interval, until all is combined thoroughly./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Shape into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheets./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Bake 18 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool cookies on racks./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in microwave -I cook on 50% power at 20 sec intervals until melted and glossy./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Have the grated white chocolate set in a wide bowl or plate./span/li/uldiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cTp8F3XXDrM/ULbMpiXGt3I/AAAAAAAADPs/1BVLxOj5LWQ/s1600/dip.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="266" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cTp8F3XXDrM/ULbMpiXGt3I/AAAAAAAADPs/1BVLxOj5LWQ/s400/dip.jpg" width="400" //a/divullispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Dip tops of each cookie into melted chocolate, then press lightly into white chocolate shavings for a snow topped effect./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Let stand until tops are set./span/lilispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 14px;"Makes about 2 dozen./span/li/uldivdivdivdiv style="text-align: center;"div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2kjmtazUD4/ULbMqVMhVyI/AAAAAAAADP0/jT5KIK444I/s1600/etn.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="266" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2kjmtazUD4/ULbMqVMhVyI/AAAAAAAADP0/jT5KIK444I/s400/etn.jpg" width="400" //a/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"NomNomNom. A dozen were gone before my two came home from school. Being the shameful cookie fiend I am, I was pressed to hide the remaining from myself (help!). /divdiv style="text-align: justify;"br //divdiv style="text-align: justify;"So there you go, your holiday baking begins, iand/i not with the generic- run- of- the- mill. This might just replace all those favorite cookie recipes you have scribbled in journals and bookmarked on screen. Keep with the knowledge, that in a few, you should be overflowing in pure cookie love, having enough for finishing, possibly eveni sharing/i. Yup, all the best with that./divdiv style="text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-biLvPlzVxn8/ULbMovWt5OI/AAAAAAAADPc/8hjXsXZ499U/s1600/c+last.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-biLvPlzVxn8/ULbMovWt5OI/AAAAAAAADPc/8hjXsXZ499U/s640/c+last.jpg" width="512" //a/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"br //divdiv style="text-align: justify;"Thank you Peta for this disarmingly delicious challenge, sharing a plentiful array of cookie recipes and ringing in the cheer of this year's Christmas season. iMuch thanks /ialso for introducing back into my life the art of the situp, ho, ho, ho - what fun it is!/div**br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #0b5394;"ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"br //span/i/span/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #0b5394;"ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;""I love the Lord because he hears my voice /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"and my prayer for mercy. /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"Because he bends down to listen, /span/span/ispan class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;"iI will pray as long as I have breath!"/i ~Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT) /span/span/span/divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QbyWOOLaGvU/ULb5nviLByI/AAAAAAAADSs/tP3a2DXOrGo/s1600/56158910151185060721961803727673n.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QbyWOOLaGvU/ULb5nviLByI/AAAAAAAADSs/tP3a2DXOrGo/s320/56158910151185060721961803727673n.jpg" width="320" //a/td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Picture Source:a href="http://www.proverbs31.org/" Proverbs 31 Ministries/a via a href="http://www.thebettermom.com/2012/11/a-prayer-for-the-weary-mom-and-a-free-printable/"The Better Mom/a/td/tr/tbody/tablebr /br /a href="http://www.mylivesignature.com/" target="_blank"img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/54490/121/D2C98A4ADB473529CAD957AD431C581D.png" style="background-color: transparent; border-bottom-width: 0px !important; border-color: initial !important; border-left-width: 0px !important; border-right-width: 0px !important; border-top-width: 0px !important;" //a/div/div/div/div/div

Ingredients

  • ½ c confectioners' sugar
  • 1 c softened butter
  • 1¼ c all-purpose flour
  • ¼ c cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

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