Let the Countdown Begin: Holiday Cookie Recipe #1

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Christmas CookiesOkay, loyal TRB readers, the moment you all have been waiting for is here! Today is December 1st, and that means we are just about two weeks away from the historic annual Christmas Cookie Baking.

Now, in an effort to maintain full disclosure, the annual Christmas Cookie Baking did not actually start with TRB; it began many, many years ago with TRB’s cousin, Cathy. TRB became an honorary “elf” about five or six years ago, and the baking has become a Christmas tradition for the two of us ever since.

Generally, TRB and Cathy choose seven to 10 varieties of their favorite cookies; prepare doubled and tripled batches of each of the doughs; and, then, over the course of three-to-four days, bake and decorate them all. If it sounds like a lot of work, rest assured – it is – but, it’s also totally worth it. Our families and closest friends yearn for their trays of scrumptious, homemade butter cookies all year long.

Given that one of the main reasons TRB started this blog is to chronicle this year’s Christmas Cookie Baking, she thought it might be nice to begin sharing some cookie recipes – in a cookie exchange, if you will. Unfortunately, TRB cannot share the *exact* recipes prepared – as Cathy keeps these under lock and key – but she will provide very similar ones for you to recreate.

For the first cookie exchange recipe, TRB turns to Martha Stewart’s Cookies book. (TRB Tip: If you enjoy baking cookies and do not have this one on your shelf already, be sure to pick up a copy. It’s one of the most comprehensive cookie recipe books around).

TRB actually made this recipe for the first time last year, and after doubling the batch, she discovered that it required much more flour than the recipe calls for – about two to three cups extra. Just something to keep in mind, if you plan to make more cookies at one time.

Christmas Cookie Recipe #1:

Chocolate Crackles

Warning:These are typically a big hit, so you probably will need to make more!

TRB Tip: If you ARE going to make more – and triple the batch like TRB did this year, remember to add extra flour – 3 1/2 cups for a tripled batch – to be exact.

Did you try this recipe? Post a comment.

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