Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP



December 1st - 12th 





The Christmas Season is upon us
Let's bake some Thumbprint Cookies!

 Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar

1 egg, separated
2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts


FILLING:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

26 milk chocolate kisses


Directions
1.    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until or until easy to handle.
2.    In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; dip in egg white, then roll in nuts. Place on greased baking sheets. Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until center is set.
3.    For filling, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spoon or pipe 1/4 teaspoon into each warm cookie; gently press a chocolate kiss in the center. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p29


 
While your cookies are cooling check out Chasing Victory. Book one of the Winters Sisters Series....humm...it would make a great Christmas Present!!

BLURB:

Victory Winters possesses an unusual innate sense of communication, bordering on telepathic when relating to animals.  This unique ability has elevated her status to world renowned genetic research specialist.  She is blackmailed with threats to her family, forcing her to work for a rival corporation, Biotec and run by a madman CEO.

Naval officer Tristan Farraday is sent undercover to track Biotec’s experiments.  These experiments involve implanting genus canis DNA into humans thereby manipulating their genetic makeup, in hopes to create the perfect soldier.

First suspecting Victory as being associated with Biotec, Tristan later realizes that she has been pulled into this world against her wishes. Victory refuses to divulge the genetic answers Biotec demands because she knows that they are looking to exploit her findings, by using them in a destructive manner.  Will Tristan be able to rescue her from this madman’s grip and save her family? Can he keep the research Victory discovers away from enemy hands?

What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?
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16 comments:

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    1. I love Snickerdoodles! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. oooh...another good one! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. My favorite Christmas cookie is the old recipe from the Sesame Street Encyclopedia for "Cookie Monter Cookies" the rolled sugar cookies! They are the BEST I have ever had :)

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    1. Never had them, but they sound good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. My favor Christmas cookie is my sugar cookies!!! Me and my kids have so much fun making them ever year!!!!

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  5. Sugar cookies are a necessity and fun! Thanks for stopping by Jacklynn

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  6. Amazing!! Fav cookies are peanut butter blossoms

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    1. I have never heard of them, but they sound yummy!

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  7. I love the cookies that are made with the cookie press in all different shapes. My mom usually makes them with sugar cookie dough and the shapes are christmas trees and stars, etc.

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  8. Spritz cookies! I love them, forgot about those cookies, one of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by, Cindi.

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  9. Chocolate chip will always be my favorite but butter nut balls (recipe on my blog) are another fave as well as peanut butter blossoms. Thanks for the giveaway and for being a part of the hop. Oh yea, love those Spitz cookies too! :)

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  10. I don’t think I have a favorite Cookie.... For me it’s FUDGE!

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    1. I forgot about fudge - yum, yum! Thanks for stopping by, Kitty!!

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  11. SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR! SUGAR COOKIES!

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