Holiday Baking: Ina Garten’s Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Upon the kiddo’s insistence we did some cookie baking a few days ago.  These might be the only cookies I have baked all year.  We picked an Ina Garten recipe because they usually turn out great (I have all her cookbooks 🙂 ).  We pulled out my-hardly-used stand mixer and quite easily whipped these up.  They made quite a large batch, so we saved some balls of dough for another day.  According to Ina Garten, you can place them in sealed containers and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.  Defrost and then bake – and you have yummy cookies with no mess.  Baked cookies can be stored in plastic bags and reheated for 5 minutes at 35o degrees.

We are a house divided – the hubby loves oatmeal raisin cookies and everyone else is a chocolate chunk/chip cookie fan.  This is a combo of both, and the tart cranberries and sprinkle of salt at the end make them quite divine.  Love that we have some in the freezer for when the cookie craving hits…

Since many people have holiday baking on the mind these days, below are links to some of the cookies we have baked in the past – hopefully you will try some or all of them as part of your holiday baking.

Chocolate Sables – we love, love, love these.  Stacie freezes the logs and always seems to have them on hand. 🙂

Breakfast Cookies – brilliant idea!

Layered Neopolitan Butter Cookies – great for the holidays and a cookie swap

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies – the chile actually works in this recipe – even though I was skeptical

Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookies – for the “baking impaired”, these are a must try

Compost Cookies – if you still have Halloween candy lying around, make these!

Bizcochitos – these New Mexican state cookies are perfect for the holidays

Pineapple Tarts – for a Malaysian twist to your cookie tin

Alfajores – we adore these cookies from Argentina

Biscotti – it never hurts to have some biscotti lying around for your cup of tea
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Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Gingerbread

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Here’s a zingy, zesty, candy-like, and totally unique gingerbread with an interesting history. It dates back to the mid 1800’s and a country baker named Sarah Nelson who sold her famous gingerbread out of a quaint stone cottage to Victorian tourists visiting England’s Lake District . If you’re lucky enough to be roaming the English countryside in those parts, you’ll find the Grasmere  Gingerbread Shop still going strong after more than 150 years and offering up freshly made confections made from Sarah’s original recipes.

One of my faves, Jamie Oliver, loves Grasmere gingerbread and since he was not able to get ahold of the top secret recipe (it’s locked in the National Westminster Bank in Ambleside), he created his own version which he says is almost as good and “some of the best gingerbread you’ll ever eat”…. if that’s not enough of a recommendation to try this recipe yourself, I don’t know what is! Continue reading

Layered Neapolitan Butter Cookies

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Sometimes the best counterbalance to all the overload of commerce this time of year, is to sit down and just make something… and even better yet to make something to give. And what better thanks can you think of for all those people who make a difference in our lives, than freshly baked homemade cookies?

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