Thursday, December 20, 2012


I love me some cookies.

what's in it for you?

Welcome to the twelve days of ZAMfest All you have to do is comment to enter the daily drawing and I'll pull a new name from the hat each night to win an ebook from my backlist. The TWELFTH day will be Christmas, that's when I'll put the name of anyone who leaves me a comment on all twelve blogs, into a drawing and one very lucky person will win the grand prize-- a $50 dollar Amazon Gift Card. If you're new to the ZAMfest, it's not too late to go back and comment on earlier blogs. Good Luck!

DAY Six's winner is Juliana! I'll be contacting you to see which ebook you'd like!

And in case all that cookie eating seems unhealthy, (butter, eggs, sugar, OH, MY) here's a dance video, so you can eat a cookie, and get your groove on. May you bake and dance and enjoy cookies for years to come!

My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe
(Not for the unhealthy of heart)

There is a full recipe HERE, along with instructions to use the dough for other cookies.

I got this recipe from my own copy of the Gourmet Magazine, December 1995 issue. In it, the author explains how she makes the dough detailed below, and then uses that dough to make several other types of cookies Spritz Wreaths, Raspberry Hazelnut Triangles, Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Mocha Butter Balls, and Jewel Bowl Cookies. This ingenious cookie recipe has been my not-so-secret weapon for years. I particularly like the Mocha Butter Balls and the Raspberry Hazelnut Triangles which remind me of tiny delicate Linzer torte cookies. 

Basic Butter Cookie DoughGourmet | December 1995
4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
In large bowl of a standing electric mixer beat together butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in yolks, 1 at a time, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in flour gradually, beating dough until just combined well. 

And in case all that cookie eating seems unhealthy to you, (butter, eggs, sugar, OH, MY) here's a dance video, so you can eat a cookie and then get your groove on to keep your heart healthy.

May you bake and dance and enjoy delicious cookies for years to come!


  1. Yum Yum Yum Me Loves Cookie! One of my faves is Raspberry or Strawberry Thumbprints. They are so melt in your mouth delicious! Those Raspberry Hazelnut Triangles sound good! Gotta try them!
    Thanks for the contest. Happy Holidays!


  2. I still most love a gooey chewy chocolate chop cookie. But I am so willing to sample all the other kinds to see if there is a runner up. LOL!

    abraalpacas at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks for the recipes! I am going to be baking cookies for the next few days so maybe I will try something new for a change. Now I am hungry...LOL.


  4. I kind of miss baking cookies. My last attempt to back gluten free cookies was a resounding failure. I'm going to try again today using a different flour mix. Oh, for the days when I just made cookies from my mother's recipes. If my GF cookies work out this time, maybe I'll try this recipe.

  5. Yum! I love to bake cookies at Christmas time. One of my favorites is a Chocolate Mint cookie recipe that I have, but my very favorite cookie to make is a homemade chocolate chip me, there is nothing better than homemade chocolate chip...yummy!


  6. I love candy cane cookies (they are flavored with almond extract). My mom always makes peanut blossoms (with hershey kisses), springer leaves (anise seeds), sugar cookies, sand tarts, everything chocolate chip and more at Holiday time.

  7. Cookies *and* Cookie Monster--two of my favorite things in life. (I remember when Sesame Street had that unfortunate "A Cookie Is A Sometimes Food" song a few years ago; I always yell, "No, it ISN'T!" if I hear it.) I love making chocolate truffle cookies, oatmeal-raisin, butter cookies with candied ginger inside...


  8. My mother has been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe thanks! My favorite cookies are either candy cane or Umpties. We only ever make them around Christmas though. It is probably just as well though or I would be fat.

  9. I love all kinds of cookies. I haven't been baking in the last few years, but might start up.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  10. I love cookies! I actually prefer milky stuff like ice cream and frozen yogurt to anything baked -- EXCEPT for crisp cookies. YUM!
    : )

  11. The family loves cookies so I don't bake them very often. They eat them too fast. When I do I have to hide them. Sometimes that's fun sometimes a pain in the backside. However I do plan on backing on Christmas eve, not sure what yet though.

    cojazzchick AT yahoo DOT com

  12. I've baked and eaten a lot of cookies over the years, and I don't think I've ever met a cookie I didn't like. (Well, okay, the ones with anise--just yuk.) But I think my favorite recipe is simply the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the bags of Nestle's Tollhouse chocolate chips. But be careful not to overcook! Even ONE minute extra in the oven makes them crunchy instead of soft.

  13. I never get biscuits (cookies) to the biscuit tin when I make them, they are eaten before they get there! Ginger nuts, easter biscuits, lemon shrewsbury are some of my faves

    Littlesuze at

  14. Okay. Gotta make and decorate gingerbread people this year. It's on! My mom and nephew are artists, can't wait to see what the do. My sister is a nurse, and very creative. I know she'll do something gruesome and inappropriate with red glaze. And I'm a retired graphic designer, so all of my cookies will have Helvetica on 'em
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

    1. Did gingerbread men with 30 4,5,&6 year olds this year for the first time. So time consuming! I learned to use a straw for holes to hang (had to use the power drill after the holes baked closed), don't use baking soda/powder because they get puffy in the oven. Good luck, and you can use the last of the trick or treat candy if you've got any left.

  15. I don't even want to think about all the cookies I've eaten this month! Oh well, I have ten months to get it off before next GRL ^.^

    eripike at gmail dot com

  16. I make candy instead of cookies. So far I have made peanut butter fudge, maple bacon fudge, (first time making this one...I'm in love) and Mounds candy. My family loves cookies too. I'll add this to my recipe box :-)

  17. I make gingerbread every year! Yummy, I don't bother to decorate them because that cuts into the time I take to eat them! ;)
    OceanAkers @

  18. I love a good spritz cookie, or homemade sugar cookies (with frosting)!!

  19. I love cookies, I just don't seem to have the time to make them anymore - sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, oatmeal, chocolate chip, just simple drops.

  20. Thanks for the recipes! They sound delicious. Happy holidays!

  21. WOW - this recipe sounds great and easy! I should be able to convert it to work around our allergies - all basic ingredients are easier!! I may give it a try this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Love Anzac biscuits. These were make for the troops in WW1 when ingredients were short
    1 cup plain flour
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup coconut
    1 cup rolled oats soda
    1 tsp bicarb
    mix together add 125g melted butter mixed with 2 tbl golden syrup
    put tsps on baking tray cook for 15-20 mins at 170deg C (please note C not F)
    I have made these with gluten free flour as well.

  23. I love making cookies. Thanks for the recipes. I also make a lot of pecan tassies at this time of year. They are always a big hit.


  24. I don't make cookies anymore but my mom likes to bring some over to our house for Christmas.


  25. Tasty :) I gave up baking after several miserable outcomes in my early twenties. I leave it to my mum who is baking god. :)


  26. Oh I do love to bake cookies! They'll be my contribution to this Christmas dinner.

    cherrieluv4 @ gmail .com

  27. I love baking and cookies but I don't really bake cookies since the amount of butter that goes into them kind of scare me. I guess I'll have to break the habit just this once and try this recipe out.