Every type cookie imaginable for the holiday cookie tray, or just because! A collection of bars, brownies, chews, drops, fudge, rolled, and squares with traditional classics for the Holiday Christmas Cookie Tray, Easter, Weddings, Valentine's, Halloween, and after school treats to be gobbled down with a glass of milk! Includes long-time treasured family favorites, as well as cookies waiting to be tried...
Sables are French butter cookies from the northern part of France. They are usually citrus flavored and also go very well with a marmalade coating. Here the sables are turned into a savory treat through the addition of Parmesan cheese and fresh sage. This savory Sage-Parmesan shortbread has a very delicate crumb and makes for a wonderful appetizer to serve to your guests during the Holiday season or cocktail hour. They go very well together with some good red wine and olives. From My German Kitchen in the Rockies; inspired by Ina Garten. Note: These would be good made with fresh thyme, in place of the sage. Prep includes a 30 minute chill time.
Sachertorte, one of Austria's most famous desserts, was created in the 1830s by baker Franz Sacher. Here is an updated version of the classic recipe, made into individual servings using a muffin tin. The moist, light cake is topped with a glistening chocolate icing and served with a dollop of warm Cointreau spiked apricot jam. A lovely special occasion dessert! Adapted from "The Opera Lover's Cookbook".
These tender scones, studded with fresh strawberries, sport an unusual glaze. Based on granulated sugar rather than confectioners', and tinted gold by a very high percentage of vanilla, the topping gives the scones a nicely crunchy finish. They're the perfect vehicle for a dollop of double Devon cream and a dab of jam (try strawberry-rhubarb or my strawberry jam recipe #388115). Strawberry and Cream Scones are great served warm, slathered in Honey Thyme Butter recipe #428651 or my Homemade Lemon Clotted Cream recipe #453683. From KingArthurRecipes.com.
I have an abundance of Lemon Verbena growing in my herb garden, and am constantly on the lookout for verbena recipes. If you are a lemon lover as I am, you will love growing this herb (Aloysia Triphylla/ A. Citrodora). Verbena's exquisite lemony fragrance can be enjoyed in a myriad of treats ranging from lemonade to sorbet to scones to potpourri. Add a little finely grated lemon zest for stronger lemon flavor. These scones are extra lemony-heavenly glazed with my recipe #411928, and served with my recipe #416273. Best eaten warm and on the day they are made. ENJOY! Recipe adapted from an on-line source.
These delicious lavender cookies are a real treat--perfect for tea-time, or for serving out on the veranda with a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade! From The Spice House. Note: Icing amount as written is very generous for these cookies, feel free to reduce to one half or one quarter the recipe, as you like.
Lavender and Rosemary Spiced Walnuts are great sprinkled in salads, as cake or cookie decorations, or served as a healthy appetizer or snack. Would make a delightful hostess gift, presented in a tin and tied with a pretty lavender ribbon. From Sharon Shipley's Lavender Cookbook.
These nuts are addictive!!! Serve as a delicious snack, super-easy appetizer (great on a Ritz cracker with whipped cream cheese), topping for salads (see my Waldorf Salad recipe #117914) or in candied sweet potatoes. And, they make the perfect hostess gift especially during the Holiday Season! I make a double batch before Thanksgiving and freeze in ziplock bags for use at Christmas and New Years. The kick is up to you, as they are really very mild as written (we think they are perfect this way). Recipe was given to me by my sister, originally from Bon Appetit.
Toasted whole almonds coated with a buttery vanilla glaze, and lightly dusted with cinnamon. I've also included a lovely rosewater variation. Reminiscent of the candied almonds served warm in cone shaped bags in the open air markets of Germany. Delicious! Makes a great foodie or hostess gift for the holidays.
These old fashioned English tea tarts are somewhere between cheesecake and custard, and are similar to those served at the Maids of Honour tea rooms in Richmond, Surrey, England (the official recipe is a closely guarded secret) since the early 18th century. I prefer a shortcrust pastry shell, but you may use a puff pastry if you prefer---9 ounces of packaged puff pastry should be sufficient for the job. Recipe is slightly adapted from one found in a Nigella Lawson cookbook.
This is a traditional Swiss recipe for Mailanderli, delicate lemon-flavored butter cookies, that is popular in many cantons throughout Switzerland. It's a pretty standard recipe, and you'll find this very same recipe on many international cooking websites.