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Post by Pixie » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:37 am

DAY ONE OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Gingerbread Cookies for the Holidays
Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Serves: about 6 dozen cookies

This recipe has been in my family for a long time. The smell will send friends and family running for the warmth of the kitchen. A note about good cookie baking: Halfway through, I always rotate the tray in the oven so the cookies bake evenly on all sides. This recipe is no exception.

INGREDIENTS
The foundation:
1 1/2 sticks lightly salted butter, softened
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 orange, zested

The dry ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup additional for rolling, if needed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground dry ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
The wet ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 lemon, juiced
Easy Orange Frosting, recipe follows

DIRECTIONS
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, add the butter, sugar and orange zest and beat until smooth, 5 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, dry ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Whisk to blend. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, molasses and lemon juice.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the butter and sugar are integrated, lower the speed of the mixer and add the dry ingredients. Add the egg mixture and when blended, remove the bowl from the machine. Divide the cookie dough in half. Press the first half of the dough in between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes. Repeat with the second half. This step will make it easier to finish rolling out the dough when it has chilled. It will also mean you only have half of the dough getting warm as you roll it.

Lightly flour a flat surface. Use a floured rolling pin to gently roll the first half of the dough about 1/2-inch thick. Lightly flour the cookie cutter(s) and cut the shapes, making as few scraps as possible. Use a metal spatula to gently transfer them, cookie by cookie, (the cookies should be similar size) to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other half of the dough and transfer them to another baking sheet. A note about crowding the tray(s): these particular cookies can spread a little. Leave room between the cookies. Better to use 3 baking sheets with fewer cookies than to crowd them on 2 trays. Bake until brown around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes.

Got scraps? Form the scraps into a ball, press it flat and chill in the refrigerator. These cookies may be a little more "tough" because the dough will have been worked a little more than the others.

Why not have a little frosting on your gingerbread?

Easy Orange Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange liqueur
1/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
In a medium bowl add all of the ingredients and whisk together to combine. If too thick in consistency, add a touch more orange juice or water to thin out.

Use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip to pipe the frosting between 2 of the gingerbread cookies. Press the 2 cookies halves gently together.

The Variation:
I love springerle, the German anise-flavored cookies, for the delicate molds (and carved rolling pins) used to make them. I have made this recipe with springerle molds with stunning results. The kind of cookies that make people marvel at how great they look before they eat a half a plate of them! Simply dust the decorative molds (or rolling pin) with flour, shaking lightly to remove any excess. Roll the dough very thin (between 1/2 and 1/4-inch thick). Press or roll the dough into the molds and trace the shapes with a sharp knife to extract the cookies. Arrange them on a greased baking sheet (with some space between them) and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Not using molds? Scoop the batter in teaspoons and roll them into balls. Press the balls onto a greased baking sheet or press with the tines of a fork to make ridges. Bake until brown around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes.

These cookies are so beautiful, they can stand alone. Or...make gingerbread sandwiches using the above frosting as the filling...

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Post by Pixie » Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:38 am

DAY TWO OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Dried Cherry and Almond Cookies with Vanilla Icing
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Serves: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS
Cookies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries (see Cook's Note)
1/2 cup slivered, blanched almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped (see Cook's Note)

Icing:
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons water, plus extra, as needed

DIRECTIONS
For the Cookies:
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in the egg. Add the flour and beat on the lowest speed until just blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the dried cherries and almonds.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a log, about 12-inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Dough can be made up to 3 days in advance).

Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cut the log crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer the dough slices to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1-inch apart. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges and puffed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before icing, about 30 minutes.

For the Icing:
Put the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the vanilla extract and water, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture becomes a drizzling consistency. (Makes about 2/3 cups icing, enough to ice both variations.)

Put the cooled cookies on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Using a spoon or a fork, drizzle the cookies with the icing, allowing any excess icing to drip onto the baking sheet. Allow the icing to set before serving, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note: To toast the almonds, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.

Cook's Note Alternative:
Replace the dried cherries with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots and add 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts. Also, use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and omit the almond extract.

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Post by Pixie » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:11 am

DAY THREE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
The Neelys' Butter Cookies
Recipe courtesy the Neelys
Serves: 24 servings

Ingredients
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (or 3 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Coarse Pink Decorating Sugar, optional

Directions
Sift together the flour and salt into a large bowl.

Put the butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and beat on medium speed until fluffy and light, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla, and mix until combined. Reduce the speed to low, and slowly add the flour and salt mixture to the butter and sugar mixture, mixing on low speed until the dough comes together and is smooth. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Cut the dough into quarters, and wrap each piece in plastic wrap, then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (9 by 13-inch) sheet trays with parchment paper.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it soften slightly. Using a rolling pin dusted with flour, roll out 1 of the dough quarters, (keeping the others refrigerated until you need them), on a lightly floured work surface, to a 1/4 to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the cookies into the desired shapes, then use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to 1 of the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookies with decorating sugar, if desired.

Repeat with remaining dough, and bake the cookies until they are light brown around the edges and on the bottom, about 8 to 12 minutes. Cool briefly on the pan, then use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes: You can cut these cookies into any shapes you choose, but in our house we choose to cut them into the shape of a pig (pig cutters can be found online or in specialty baking stores).

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:44 am

DAY FOUR OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies
Recipe courtesy Aida Mollenkamp
Serves: 50 cookies, 25 sandwiches

Ingredients
1 cup toasted hazelnuts
2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)

Directions
Add the nuts to the bowl of a food processor, fitted with a blade, and pulse until finely ground (it should be powdery and not a paste), about 15 pulses. Set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until evenly combined and set aside.

Put the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed until creamy and light, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer, scrape down sides of the bowl, and add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.

Mix in the orange zest, ground hazelnut powder, and the flour mixture until just incorporated. Divide the dough into 2 even pieces, pat each into a thin disk, enclose in plastic wrap, and let rest in refrigerator at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and arrange racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature until pliable enough to roll. Roll out half of the dough on a piece of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of dough. Using a 3/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the center of half of rounds to make rings. Transfer rounds and rings to the freezer to set up for 5 minutes before continuing. Gather the dough scraps and chill.

Transfer the chilled cookies to parchment lined baking sheets, leaving at least 1-inch between each cookie. Bake 2 sheets of cookies at a time until the undersides are golden, switching sheets halfway through, about 12 to 15 minutes total. Cool 5 minutes on sheets then remove to awire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all dough is used.

To assemble cookies, spread 1 teaspoon of the chocolate-spread on the bottom of each solid round cookie, then top with a ring-shaped cookie.

Variation:
Blackberry-Pecan Linzer Cookies:
1 cup toasted pecans
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons grated orange zest, from 3 oranges
1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam

Add the nuts to the bowl of a food processor, fitted with a blade, and pulse until finely ground (it should be powdery and not a paste), about 15 pulses. Set aside. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl until evenly combined and set aside.

Put the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed until creamy and light, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer, scrape down sides of the bowl, and add egg yolks and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.

Mix in the orange zest, ground pecan powder, and the flour mixture until just incorporated. Divide the dough into 2 even pieces, pat each into a thin disk, enclose in plastic wrap, and let rest in refrigerator at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and arrange racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature until pliable enough to roll. Roll out half of the dough on a piece of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of dough. Using 3/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the center of half of rounds to make rings. Transfer rounds and rings to the freezer to set up for 5 minutes before continuing. Gather the dough scraps and chill.

Transfer the chilled cookies to parchment lined baking sheets, leaving at least 1-inch between each cookie. Bake 2 sheets of cookies at a time until the undersides are golden, switching sheets halfway through, about 12 to 15 minutes total. Cool 5 minutes on sheets then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all dough is used.

To assemble cookies, spread 1/2 teaspoon jam on the bottom side of each solid round cookie, then top with a ring-shaped cookie.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:31 pm

DAY FIVE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies
Recipe courtesy Aaron Sanchez
Serves: 36 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Mexican cocoa powder (or substitute by adding 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons sweet butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons margarine
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Generous pinch ground black pepper
Generous pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white
1/2 cup dulce de leche, optional
1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped, optional

Directions
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk and set aside. Combine the sugars in a small bowl and mix well with your fingers pressing out any lumps. (Combine in a food processor if lumps are stubborn.)

In a medium mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the butter and margarine until creamy. Add sugar mixture, cinnamon, peppers, and vanilla. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute. Beat in the egg white and until the mixture is smooth. Stop the mixer. Add the flour mixture, beating on the lowest speed, just until incorporated. Gather the dough together with your hands and form it into a neat log, 9 to 10 inches long by 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Fold or twist ends of the paper without pinching or flatting the log. Refrigerate at least 45 minutes, or until needed.

Put the oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Use a sharp knife to slice rounds of chilled dough, a scant 1/4-inch thick. Arrange the cookies, 1-inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back about halfway through. Cookies will puff and crackle on top, and then begin to settle down slightly when done.

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing or stacking. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze up to 2 months.

To spice things up, after the cookies are baked, let them cool on a wire rack, drizzle with dulce de leche and sprinkle chopped almonds on top.

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Post by LandLover » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:10 am

I am thinking of making one of those layered cookie mix gifts packaging it in a clear cello cone with decorative ribbon and label. I have seen a few mixes but havent tested them. Have you tested any of them? I usually exchange gifts with the neighbors and this seems like a good one. My second choice would be to do a hot chocolate mix.

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Post by Pixie » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:09 pm

YES, YES, YES! I have given them as gifts! It makes a GREAT gift and you will be amazed at how many of the people will come back and say thank you!

The recipe is in one of my cookbooks still packed away! I promise I will dig it out for you! Just give me a day or two!

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Post by Pixie » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:10 pm

DAY SIX OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Citrus Trio Butter Dipping Cookies
Recipe courtesy Melissa d'Arabian
Serves: approximately 80 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash salt
1 lime, zested
1 orange, zested
1 lemon, zested

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Add the butter, cream cheese and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. On the lowest speed, gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, just until blended. Divide the dough into 3 bowls, and gently stir in the different zests among the bowls, making 3 different citrus doughs.

Roll the dough into a long 1/2-inch in diameter rope by hand. Cut the dough into 2-inch lengths and arrange them on a cold ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing with a spatula to cool completely on baking rack. Serve with tea or coffee, or just nibble...addictive!

Cook's Note: To butter cookie purists: these are also delicious without the zest!


Vegan Variation:
1 cup margarine (2 sticks)
4 ounces vegan cream cheese
1 cup sugar
20 sprays imitation butter flavor (recommended: I Can't Believe it's Not Butter)
3 tablespoons soy milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
Dash salt
2 limes, zested
2 oranges, zested
2 lemons, zested
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Add the margarine, vegan cream cheese and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the butter flavoring, soy milk and vanilla and mix until blended. (The mixture will look a little curdled at this point - scrape down the sides of the bowl.)

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a hand mixer on low speed, gradually mix the flour mixture into margarine mixture, only until blended. Divide dough into 3 bowls, and gently stir in the different zests among the bowls, making 3 different citrus doughs.

Using a pastry bag, (or a plastic pastry bag, snip 1/4-inch off the corner) or a sturdy resealable plastic bag. Put 1 of the doughs in the bag and using a 1/4 or 1/2-inch tip, make 2-inch long strips 2-inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake until golden around the edges, (cookies spread very thin), about 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing with a spatula to cool completely on baking rack. Serve with tea or coffee, or just nibble...addictive!

Cook's Note: To butter cookie purists: these are also delicious without zest!

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Post by LandLover » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:14 pm

Pixie wrote:YES, YES, YES! I have given them as gifts! It makes a GREAT gift and you will be amazed at how many of the people will come back and say thank you!

The recipe is in one of my cookbooks still packed away! I promise I will dig it out for you! Just give me a day or two!
Gracias! :highfive:

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Post by Pixie » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:24 pm

DAY SEVEN OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Oatmeal Cream Cheese Butterscotch Bars
Recipe courtesy Anne Burrell
Serves: 36 (2-inch square) bars

Ingredients
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pea-sized pieces, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (11-ounce) bag butterscotch chips
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Drape a 9 by 13-inch pan with overlapping pieces of aluminum foil, creating handles for easy removal. Butter the paper, and reserve.

In a food processor add the flour, oats and brown sugar and pulse to combine. Add the 2 sticks of butter, the cinnamon and the butterscotch chips. Pulse, pulse, pulse until the mixture forms clumps when pressed between your fingers. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer, reserve the other half. Bake in the preheated oven just until slightly golden and set, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Beat together the cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon zest and juice and vanilla in an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle, or with an electric hand mixer until no lumps of cream cheese remain. Spread evenly over the baked and cooled oatmeal mixture. Sprinkle the remaining half of the oatmeal mixture over the cream cheese. Bake until the top is golden, about 40 minutes.

Cool and chill before cutting. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and using the foil handles, transfer the bars to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares with a sharp knife and serve.

Call yourself a superstar!!!

Cook's Note: For a delicious and healthy variation of this recipe, try replacing the butterscotch chips with tasty dried cranberries.

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Post by Pixie » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:37 am

DAY EIGHT OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Johnny's Impossible Tawdry Mexican Wedding Cookies
Recipe courtesy Daisy Martinez
Serves: approximately 65 cookies

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups walnut pieces
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup tapioca starch (tapioca flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 sticks butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grade A dark amber maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions
Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until the consistency of coarse cornmeal (twenty 2 second pulses). In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, tapioca and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, add the butter and sugar and blend until smooth. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, using the paddle attachment on your mixer, at slow speed. Once the mixture has pulled together, mix at a slightly higher speed to fully incorporate the ingredients. Finally, add the walnuts and mix briefly to combine. Roll the dough into ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1/2 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Measure 1 tablespoon of the dough into your hand, roll into a log with tapered ends and shape into a crescent. Repeat with remaining dough. Arrange the cookies, about 1-inch apart, on the baking sheets. Bake just until the bottom edges start to turn golden, about 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack until completely cool, about 20 minutes. Put the confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl, and dredge the cookies, 1 at a time, tapping off excess sugar.

Daisy's Variation:
Add 1 teaspoon of good quality cinnamon, and 1 cup of mini morsels (recommended, Nestle's) to the dough. You can also flavor the confectioners' sugar by sifting it with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, for wonderful results.

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Post by Pixie » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:41 am

LL,

This is the recipe that I've used! I love this for Christmas because of the green and red! Also, if you want to make the recipe of Easter or St. Paddy's Day, Halloween, or any holiday just change out the color of the M&Ms

Holiday M&M's Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups M&M candies (use red and green for Christmas)
2 cups flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Layer ingredients in order given in 1-quart wide-mouth canning jar. Press each layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.

Attach these instructions to the jar:

M&M's Cookies
Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Empty jar of cookie mix into large mixing bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly blend mix.

Add:
1/2 cup very soft butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Mix until completely blended. You will need to finish mixing with your hands. Shape into balls the size of walnuts. Place 2 inches apart on sprayed baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.

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Post by LandLover » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:18 pm

Hay! Thank you!

I'm going to try it!

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Post by Pixie » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:28 pm

DAY NINE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Orange Currant Polenta Cookies
Recipe courtesy Chris Cosentino
Serves: 90 cookies

Ingredients
2 cups dried currants
1/4-cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) or water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium oranges, zest finely grated
1 tablespoon coarse polenta or cornmeal

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, add the currants and orange-flavored liqueur, or water. Soak for 5 minutes, then drain and discard the liquid. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to combine. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla and mix on medium speed until incorporated, (the mixture will look curdled). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture all at once and mix again on low speed until a dough forms - scrape again including the beaters. When a dough forms add the currants, zest, and polenta and mix on low until thoroughly combined. Roll into small 1-inch balls, and arrange on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

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Post by Pixie » Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:02 am

Sunny's Crunchy Peanut Butter S'more Bites
Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson, 2009
Serves: 115 bites

Ingredients
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 sticks butter
5 cups powdered sugar
24 ounces (4 cups) milk chocolate chips, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup marshmallow fluff
1 cup coconut flakes, optional
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar and beat with a whisk or electric beater until smooth. Using a teaspoon measure, scoop the mixture and form into balls, then press into a coin shape the diameter of a quarter. Refrigerate to set up dough cookies, about 30 minutes.

To make bites, dip peanut butter coins in melted chocolate then toss in graham cracker crumbs until coated, double dip and double coat if you feel dangerous. Arrange the coated coins on a wire rack and refrigerate for about 30 more minutes to set. Add the marshmallow fluff to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Remove the coins from the refrigerator and squeeze about 1 teaspoon of marshmallow fluff into the center of half of the coins. If you don't have a pastry bag, use a plastic bag, fill it with fluff and cut 1 corner off and dollop that way. Then top each half with another coin to make a sandwich and place return to the refrigerator to set, about 1 hour.

Options: chop coconut flakes and add them to the graham cracker crumbs to use for coating.

Add puffed rice cereal into the peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar for a bit more texture and crunch.

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Post by Pixie » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:26 pm

There are a lot of steps but none of them are hard!

So, did you make them? Did he eat them? I can't wait to hear! :pixie:

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Maybe you can make them this weekend! :) :pixie: :)

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:51 am

DAY TEN OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Sunny's Crunchy Peanut Butter S'more Bites
Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson, 2009
Serves: 115 bites

Ingredients
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 sticks butter
5 cups powdered sugar
24 ounces (4 cups) milk chocolate chips, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup marshmallow fluff
1 cup coconut flakes, optional
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar and beat with a whisk or electric beater until smooth. Using a teaspoon measure, scoop the mixture and form into balls, then press into a coin shape the diameter of a quarter. Refrigerate to set up dough cookies, about 30 minutes.

To make bites, dip peanut butter coins in melted chocolate then toss in graham cracker crumbs until coated, double dip and double coat if you feel dangerous. Arrange the coated coins on a wire rack and refrigerate for about 30 more minutes to set. Add the marshmallow fluff to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Remove the coins from the refrigerator and squeeze about 1 teaspoon of marshmallow fluff into the center of half of the coins. If you don't have a pastry bag, use a plastic bag, fill it with fluff and cut 1 corner off and dollop that way. Then top each half with another coin to make a sandwich and place return to the refrigerator to set, about 1 hour.

Options: chop coconut flakes and add them to the graham cracker crumbs to use for coating.

Add puffed rice cereal into the peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar for a bit more texture and crunch.

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:56 am

DAY ELEVEN OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Classic Shortbread Cookies in 4 Ingredients with added 1 ingredient Variations
Recipe courtesy Claire Robinson
Serves: approximately 65 cookies

Ingredients
Classic Version in 4 ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon water

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Add the flour, salt, and powdered sugar to a food processor and pulse to combine. Add in the vanilla, the butter and the 1 teaspoon of water. Pulse together just until a dough is formed. Put the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 5 inches long. Tightly twist each end of the wrap in opposite directions. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Slice the log into 1/3-inch thick disks. Arrange on nonstick cookie sheets, parchment lined or silpat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are just light brown, about 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans half way through the baking process. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Tansfer to wire racks and cool until room temperature. Enjoy!

Tips: Store in airtight container for up to a week or freeze uncooked log for up to a month. Also, use the freshest ingredients possible for the best tasting cookies.

Variations:

Chai Spice Tea Shortbread Cookies:

2 tablespoons loose chai tea, or from approximately 6 tea bags

Pulse together the tea with the flour and salt in a food processor just until the tea is in small pieces evenly distributed throughout the flour. Then add the powdered sugar, vanilla, the butter and the 1 teaspoon of water. Continue as instructed above.

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Fingers:

1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans
Plus extra powdered sugar, for dusting finished cookies

Pulse the toasted and chopped pecans into the dough and then shape into a flattened round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. On a flour dusted surface, roll the dough out to approximately 1/3-inch thick. (If the dough is too hard to roll or begins to crack, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes until pliable.) With a sharp knife, cut the dough into rectangle shapes about 1 by 3-inches. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets and follow the cooking instructions as above. Dust slightly cooled cookies with powdered sugar through a fine mesh strainer.

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:01 am

DAY TWELVE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES
White Peppermint Snowballs
Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee
Serves: 36 (1-inch) cookies

Ingredients
1 package (18-ounce) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, room temperature (recommended: Pillsbury)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (recommended: McCormick)
1/3 cup crushed peppermint candies, plus more for garnishing
1 cup powdered sugar, divided

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the cookie dough into 8 pieces. In bowl of electric mixer, on medium speed thoroughly combine the dough pieces, peppermint extract, 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candies, and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

Roll the dough into 1-inch diameter balls. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake until set, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on cooling racks.

Add 1/2 cup of the remaining powdered sugar to a small bowl. While the cookies are still warm, roll them in the sugar. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies and serve.

As the cookies cool, they will flatten slightly.

Variation: Peppermint Candy Cane Twists

1 package (18-ounce) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, room temperature (recommended: Pillsbury)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (recommended: McCormick)
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the roll of cookie dough in half. Put the halves in separate large mixing bowls. In 1 bowl, thoroughly mix 1/4 cup of the flour and the peppermint extract into cookie dough. In the second bowl, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour and enough food coloring to make a red dough. Mix well with gloved hands until the color is well blended.

Divide the white and red dough into 24 pieces each, (for a total of 48 pieces). Roll each piece into a rope 8 inches long and about 1/4-inch in diameter.

To shape candy canes, arrange 1 rope of each color side by side on parchment lined cookie sheets. Gently twist together and shape into a candy cane. Repeat with the remaining pieces, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are very lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest, about 5 minutes, before transferring the cookies to racks. Gently remove them from the cookie sheets with a long metal spatula and cool on cooling racks.

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:04 am

Well, to be honest, everyone, I'm disappointed in this year's selection by The FoodNetwork, 2007 and 2008 every recipe was fantastic, this year, not so much! The links to the past years are included in this thread!

After Christmas I changed the name of the thread to Cookies, Cookies, and More Cookies! :lolh:

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I have a bunch of other cookie recipes I'll post!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:36 pm

LandLover! Look what just came to me in an email! I hope it helps!
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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix
Author: RecipeZaar

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup miniature marshmallow
3/4 cup hot milk

Directions
In a bowl, combine milk powder, sugar, creamer, cocoa and cinnamon.

Add the marshmallows and mix well.

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.

You can also double or triple this recipe, place in festive airtight containers and give out as cute gifts for holidays or birthdays.

To prepare hot chocolate:.

Dissolve about 3 T. hot chocolate mix in hot milk.

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:44 pm

Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar (Canada)
Author: Food Network Kitchens

Ingredients
Cookie
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 large egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds

Peanut Butter Filling
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Chocolate Glaze
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions
Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan or casserole with aluminum foil, with long flaps hanging over each edge.

For the cookie: Put the butter in a heatproof medium bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer over medium-low heat. Set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and cocoa, and stir to combine. Add the egg and cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, until warm to the touch and slightly thickened (it should be about the consistency of hot fudge), about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in graham crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press the dough firmly into the prepared pan. (Save the pan of water for melting the chocolate.)

For the filling: Beat the butter, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light. Spread over the cookie and freeze while you prepare the chocolate glaze.

For the glaze: Put the chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl, and set over the barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. (Alternatively, put the chocolate and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, about 1 minute more.). When cool but still runny, pour the chocolate layer over the chilled peanut butter layer and carefully smooth out with an offset spatula. Freeze 30 minutes.

To serve, remove from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Pull out of the pan using the foil flaps and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. Serve cool or at room temperature.

Busy baker's tips: Finished bars can be wrapped in the pan in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and frozen for up to 1 month.

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Post by Pixie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:46 pm

White Chocolate Holiday Bark with Cranberries
Author: Food Network Kitchens
Yield: About 1 1/2 pounds

Ingredients
1 pound finely chopped white chocolate
1 1/2 teaspoons nut or plain oil
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups shelled pistachio nuts, toasted and papery coating peeled

Equipment: Chocolate thermometer

Directions
Tempering the chocolate for the bark requires a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, improvise one by using a saucepan and a stainless steel bowl: Nestle the bowl into the saucepan, allowing a few inches of space to remain between the bottom of the bowl and the bottom of the saucepan. Keep an extra bowl of a similar size on hand to transfer the chocolate for cooling. Rest the chocolate thermometer on a towel. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Pour a couple inches of water into the bottom half of the double boiler and heat over medium-low to just below a simmer. Put the chocolate in the top half of the double boiler and set over the hot water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring with a heat-resistant rubber spatula. As the chocolate melts, check the temperature periodically to make sure it stays between 82 and 86 degrees F. If it starts to rise above this temperature, quickly transfer the chocolate to the bowl on reserve and stir briskly to reduce heat. Return bowl to double boiler to maintain heat between 82 and 86 degrees F.

Remove bowl from over the hot water just before all the chocolate melts. Stir vigorously until the chocolate melts completely. Check temperature again. Stir in the oil until evenly blended. Chocolate is now tempered and ready to use. Keep within the 82 to 86 degree F range, returning bowl briefly to the double boiler if necessary.

Quickly stir the fruit and nuts into the chocolate. Spread chocolate mixture out on the prepared baking sheet so it's about 1/2-inch thick and the fruit and nuts are coated. Set bark aside at room temperature to harden. Break into angled pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:09 am

BAKER'S DOZEN RECIPE FOR THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES BY FOODNETWORK
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Serves: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2-pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 9 tablespoons
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash

Directions
Add the cheese and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until light. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts.

On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot preserves and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the filling. Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circles into 12 equal wedges-cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Arrange the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet(s) lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack and let cool. Arrange on a large platter and serve.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:13 am

DAY ONE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIE COCKTAILS
Ginger Snap
Recipe courtesy Jill Davie

Ingredients:
1 oz. ginger beer
Ice
1 tsp. ginger juice
1 1/2 oz. dark rum
1 tsp. cinnamon schnapps
Pinch of ground cloves
1 egg white
Cinnamon stick
Crystallized ginger square
Finely ground gingerbread cookie

Preparation:
Pour enough ginger beer into a saucer to cover and dip a martini glass into the saucer to coat the rim. Dip into a saucer with ground cookie. Scoop ice into shaker. Pour ginger juice, rum and cinnamon schnapps into a shaker. Add a pinch of ground cloves. Separate an egg and add egg white to shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds until drink is frothy and foamy. The longer you shake, the foamier the drink. Add ginger beer and stir slightly. Pour into glass.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and crystallized ginger square, and sprinkle the top with finely ground gingerbread cookie.

Note: You can substitute brown sugar or cinnamon sugar to rim glass.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:16 am

DAY TWO OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIE COCKTAILS
Cherry Splash
Recipe courtesy Jill Davie

Ingredients:
2 oz. Silver rum
1/2 oz. amaretto, almond-flavored liqueur
1/2 oz. Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur
Ice
Wedge of lime
Splash of maraschino cherry juice
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:
Pour rum, amaretto and cherry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until ingredients are well combined and chilled. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Squeeze a lime wedge over drink and drop into glass. Add a pour of cherry juice and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:20 am

DAY THREE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIE COCKTAILS
Maple Butter Kiss
Recipe courtesy Jill Davie

Ingredients:
Ice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. DeKuyper Buttershots liqueur or butterscotch schnapps
1/4 oz. real maple syrup
1 oz. half-and-half
Fresh-ground nutmeg

Preparation:
Pour liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and top with fresh-ground nutmeg.

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:23 am

DAY FOUR OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIE COCKTAILS
Chocolate Raspberry Fizz
Recipe courtesy Jill Davie

Ingredients:
5 raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz. hazelnut liqueur
3 oz. Guinness or stout beer
2-3 oz. champagne or sparkling wine
Raspberry for garnish

Preparation:
In a pint glass, muddle 5 raspberries. Add the chocolate and hazelnut liqueurs and muddle again. Add stout beer and pour into a champagne flute. Pour champagne or sparkling wine over the back of a spoon into the glass to top off the drink. Garnish rim with fresh raspberry

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Post by Pixie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:27 am

DAY FIVE OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIE COCKTAILS
Mexicocoa
Recipe courtesy Jill Davie

Ingredients:
1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of chili powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3/4 cup almond milk (can substitute Irish Crème, coffee-flavored liqueur or milk)
Splash of agave nectar (can substitute honey or maple syrup)
1 oz. Silver tequila
Paprika
Cinnamon stick

Preparation:
In a saucepan over low heat add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Toast until spices begin to release their aromas, about a couple of minutes. Using a small whisk or wooden spoon, slowly incorporate the almond milk. Raise the temperature to medium-high and bring to a slow simmer. Stir in the agave nectar and remove from the heat. Rim a mug by dipping into a saucer of water, blotting and dipping into saucer of paprika. Pour in tequila. Add hot cocoa mixture. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.

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