Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things Week

My Favorite Christmas Cookies

Delrich Variety Cookies
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. butter or margarine
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cream margarine and sugar together; add egg and vanilla.  Beat until fluffy.  Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients until well blended.  Roll small amount of dough 1/8" thick on lightly floured board.  Shape with cookie cutter as wanted.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees until edges are lightly brown (8-10 minutes.) 
These were a cookie-making tradition at the Kent house.  From my young girlhood I remember making these cookies every year for Christmas.  We put icing (powdered sugar thinned with water and food coloring to glaze) and topped with sprinkles, etc.  These are my husband's favorite iced cookies!  

Italian Biscuits
3 eggs
3 tbs. oil
2 tbs. butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract
6 tbs. sugar
2 tsp. (heaping) baking powder
3 c. flour
Hand bet in a bowl eggs, oil, butter until bubbles form, add vanilla; beat again; add sugar and beat about 3 minutes until well blended.  Add the flour and baking powder together and mix until the dough holds together.  You might have to add a little more flour but don't make dough dry.  Shape into round balls.  Place on cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Do not brown.  Dip in chocolate (recipe below)  or ice with frosting.  Sprinkle with nonparells. 
Chocolate Coating:
In top of double boiler over medium heat, melt 2 cups of chocolate chips with 1/3 bar paraffin.  Dip biscuits into chocolate and place on wire rack over waxed paper.
Thanks to my sister-n-law, Patti Noecker, for the not-too-sweet biscuit recipe.  They are not sickening sweet with just enough chocolate topping or icing to sweeten them up just a bit.  I love these cookies!  We have such wonderful memories of times spent with Patti and her family.  She is a terrific cook, baker, and hostess! 

Have a Blessed Day,

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