Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas Cookies

Hello again dear readers! I am glad that you are enjoying all the cookie recipes I am sharing with you! Here is another family favorite--Brownie Drops! These are some of the best cookies ever! Be prepared to make more than one batch and to be asked for the recipe!! These are rich and fudgie on the bottom and crackled on the top like a meringue. These are a bit spendy to make, which is why they are a special holiday treat.

Brownie Drops

2 bars Bakers German Sweet Chocolate
1 Tablespoon butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup UNsifted all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Melt chocolate and butter over hot water. Stir. Cool. Beat eggs until foamy; then add sugar, 2 Tablespoons at a time, beat until thickened (5 minutes on an electric mixer). Blend in chocolate. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; blend. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto greased baking sheet. Bake in a moderate oven (350*) until cookies feel 'set' when very lightly touched--about 8-10 minutes. Makes about 36 cookies. 

These are sooo yummy and you must have a big glass of cold milk with them!

And here is a bonus candy recipe. These were one of my maternal Grandmother's yearly treats, and again one of my favorites! If you like Almond Joys, you will love these!! Also, very addicting! And be sure to store in the fridge after making as well. We used to use a large Tupperware canister (yellow one! oh so 70's!!) to store these in in the extra fridge in the garage. 

Chocolate-Coconut Balls 

2 boxes powdered sugar
2 sticks margarine or butter
1 large package coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

Mix all above with hands. Roll into small balls and chill in refrigerator. Mix 1 large package chocolate chips and 1/2 block paraffin in double boiler. Dip chilled balls into chocolate mixture and put on waxed paper. Makes about 100 balls. 

To help with the dipping, you could use a bamboo skewer or one of those curly que dipper thingys (oh so professional!) but my grandmother had a crochet hook that she would use for dipping these. In they would go, swirl around and pop! out onto the waxed paper lined cookie sheets!

I really enjoy sharing all these recipes with you! And I hope you try them and that they become family favorites of yours too! This is also an attempt to save these recipes, that they just don't disappear and are gone someday. Mayhap they will allow you to slow down a bit this crazy holiday season and make a batch or two with a loved one and share a memory of a past holiday. 

Till tomorrow---be safe, happy crafting and even happier baking!!