Monday, December 12, 2016

Annual Holiday Cookie Party

 This is just the beginning.

There were two tables of them.

Here they are:  all together.

For this year's edition of my annual holiday cookie extra, I was planning to make fewer cookies than last year, and I succeeded. Last year, I made 34 cookies. This year? 32.

Mom's Sugar Cookies

I really was holding the line below 30 for a while, but then some last-minute guests from out of town came--and I was so honored, I had to make some special cookies for them:  lemon sandwiches and a vegan ginger-almond cookie.

And of course, I have a few holiday favorites that are a must every year: gingerbread, girl scout thin mints, coconut macaroons, my mother's sugar cookies, and red velvet anything.

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

A few new recipes joined the party this year, like cookie truffles (oreo and lemon-coconut flavored)--a big hit, and matcha green tea cookies, which were delicately flavored with finely ground matcha tea powder, imported from Japan via my favorite tea shop in Alexandria, Virginia.

Oreo Flavored Cookie Truffles

I asked for people to vote for their favorite cookie, and the result of the completely unscientific poll was a three-way tie for first place: red velvet (either cookies or whoopee pies, I couldn't tell which), lemon bars, and millionaire shortbread, a new recipe from Cook's Illustrated. 

Key Lime Pie Cookies
Also receiving some love were the lemon sandwiches, green tea cookies, espresso chocolate fudge, birthday cake bars, raspberry crumb bars, chocolate ginger molasses cookies, cookie truffles, key lime pie cookies, linzer cookies, pignoli, pistachio-cardamom cookies (my new favorite), peanut butter sandwiches, and Italian rainbow cookies, always so pretty on a cookie table.

Pistachio-Cardamom Cookies

Here's the master list. I'll be posting selected recipes in the coming weeks. The ones linked to recipes already posted to this blog are starred below.
  1. *Jack’s Lemon Sandwiches              
  2. *Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  3. Smores Bars                                 
  4. Millionaire Shortbread
  5. Matcha Green Tea Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks
  6. *Girl Scout Thin Mints                    
  7. Spritz Butter Cookies
  8. Coconut Macaroons                      
  9. *Gingerbread   
  10. Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cookies             
  11. Birthday Cake Bars
  12. Pecan Tassies                               
  13. *Raspberry Crumb Bars
  14. *Choco Ginger Molasses Cookies      
  15. Lemon Bars
  16. Cookie Truffles                            
  17. Key Lime Pie Cookies
  18. Gone Bananas Biscotti                   
  19. Oatmeal Lace Cookies
  20. TRIPLE Chocolate Chip Cookies      
  21. *Linzer Cookies
  22. *Italian Pine Nut Cookies(Pignoli)  
  23. Sugar Cookies
  24. CB’s Ginger-Almond Cookies          
  25. Caramel Crumb Bars      
  26. Funfetti Cookie Cups with Strawberry & Milk Panna Cotta
  27. Mexican Wedding Cookies              
  28. “Luxury Oreos”
  29. Pistachio-Cardamom Cookies 
  30. Red Velvet Cookies
  31. *Italian RainboW Cookies
  32. *Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwiches