it Snow, I'm Baking Cookies December 15, 2003
"Like many of you, we want to stay connected to our
loved ones and to our friends and family around the world.
Christmas cookies are more than just baked goods. They are a
tangible and tasty link to our past, our traditions, and our
memories. They are gifts hand-made with love especially for
Kristin Johnson and Mimi Cummins have created a festive book
filled with recipes, stories and tips for making unique holiday
gifts. Kristin and Mimi lived next door to each other when they
were young children and remember the scent of cinnamon, cookies
baking and eating cookie dough.
Kristin is an award-winning writer who has written about food
online and is famous for her cookie-baking. Mimi Cummings is an
avid cookbook-reader and recipe tester. She has worked with
professional pastry chefs and also created Christmas-Cookies,
a website for her
grandmother's legendary Christmas cookie recipes. Her site is
now the most comprehensive repository of Christmas cookie
recipes on the Internet. You can also look for favorite
Christmas recipes at the Cookie Exchange forum and even submit
your favorite cookie recipe.
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"Christmas Cookies Are For Giving" is filled with
cooking advice, Christmas stories, cookie recipes and
inspiration. You will find heirloom recipes from family and
friends, brand-new original recipes, recipes developed by chefs
and even a few recipes from Kristin and Mimi's favorite food
promotion organizations. Some of the traditional recipes date
back to before Mimi and Kristin's ancestors immigrated to the
Each recipe has a full-color photograph to inspire a festive
mood and a shopping trip to buy ingredients! Most of the recipes
include ingredients you will already have in your kitchen, but
you might want to go shopping for mason jars, ribbon and fabric
to make the "Cookies in a Jar."
The Giving Christmas Cookie
- A poignant story about a woman's memories of Vanillekipferl
(Vanilla Crescents) from Vienna and how her recipe leads to
bringing Christmas spirit to her community.
Christmas Cookie Baking: Tips and
Hints -Anyone who is new to baking will
appreciate these tips. There are also tips for using the best
ingredients and using insulated cookie sheets, which I can also
say are highly recommended.
© The Hazelnut Council.
Hazelnut Cappuccino Cookies
Christmas Cookie Recipes
- The recipe for "Vanillekipferl" made with
blanched almonds, sugar and vanilla. This recipe also shows you
how to make vanilla sugar. There are recipes for everyone from
the gourmet coffee connoisseur to art lovers. Children will love
the "Cathedral Windows" and "Butterball Santas."
Coffee lovers will enjoy the "Walnut Cappuccino" or
"Cherry" Biscotti. "Cranberry Spice Bread"
is perfect for shipping to friends and family. Just wait until
you see the picture for the "Chocolate Cranberry Holiday
Bars" and "Pistachio Cookie Tree." The recipe for
"Speculaci" includes a story and information on how to
paint cookies. You can use the Royal Icing on pg. 130.
Christmas Cookie Gift
Presentation - Delicious ideas and great
suggestions for making up cookie baskets with additional treats.
You might want to include copies of this book to encourage the
Shipping Christmas Cookies -
What type of cookies can you ship? How do you package them and
how do you ship them?
Gifts in a Jar -
Great idea if you don't have time to bake. You just pour layers
of ingredients into a jar and decorate in a festive way.
Christmas Cookie Stories
- The first story is an amusing story about a woman whose
marriage is based on Springerle. I believe it after seeing the
look on my husband's face when I tried to change a chocolate
chip cookie recipe he loves. He won't eat them now unless they
have Muscovado sugar in the mixture! There is also an adorable
and very amusing story of how a three year old makes her first
Christmas cookies. This is the type of cookbook you want to read
while sipping a cup of tea while wrapped up in a down comforter
by a fireplace.
This cookbook is the most meaningful book I've read this
year. It brought back my own memories of my grandmother baking
more cookies than we could ever eat in one holiday season. I
remember Christmas cookies stored in cookie tins that always
tasted like they had just been made. She was famous for always
keeping a few cookies hidden in tins for tea after the holidays.
Since no one in our family seems to make as many cookies for
the holiday season, I've tried to carry on this tradition by
making tins of cookies for my family each year. This book has
given me some new ideas and I even found the recipe for
"Cathedral Windows" that my aunt makes each Christmas.
"Christmas Cookies Are For Giving" is filled with
Christmas spirit, loving memories and delicious buttery cookie
recipes! If you are looking for a Christmas gift for your
friends and family, this book is more than a cookbook, it is a
wish for future holiday memories.
© 2003 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.
Chocolate-Cranberry Holiday Bars
The Classic Chillout Album
Soul Soothing Selections, December 22, 2006
For reading or relaxing, The Classic Chillout Album creates a
comforting ambience. The selections are soothing and keep to a
consistent laid-back mood. There is enough variety to keep you
relaxed and entertained. Classics like Sade's Ordinary Love are
instantly recognizable and Sweet Lullaby by Deep Forest invites
in the exotic. The album begins with more edgy selections and
then turns romantic and sensual at the end, making this perfect
to listen to with someone you love. Perfect as a relaxing
background while giving massage, reading books in bed or for
escaping into a relaxing bath. Play this on your stereo while
you watch a fireplace DVD and curl up with a good book. Hot
chocolate with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg,
optional, but comforting.
~The Rebecca Review
Christmas To Remember