Seeing that my kids ate all the cookies from the Christmas Cookie Swap, I needed to make a few so I would have a platter come Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here's what I came up with:
Linzer Cookies, those pretty ones with the raspberry peeking through, Homemade Peppermint Oreos, those chocolate sandwich cookies, White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread, the pretty pink ones there, and Pineapple Turnovers, the ones with the red sparkly sugar on top.
I've made Linzer cookies before but may have used a different recipe. This one was good, but next time I'll cut back on the lemon peel. A little too lemony for my taste. Otherwise they're good. The Peppermint Oreos are yummy. I didn't have any peppermint extract so I improvised with Creme De Mint that's been sitting in my 'fridge since last Christmas. The White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread are delicious and the Pineapple Turnovers are good too, although I should have rolled the dough much thinner. Next time, I'll cut them into squares and fold in the corners. They'll be much prettier, will allow more filling in each cookie and won't be so doughy. So it wasn't the recipe, just my need to learn how to make them.
I'm going to make Raspberry Swirl Cheese Cupcakes for dessert, too. I made those last week to take to my cross-stitch group Christmas party and they were really good. Really good! And the usual jelly rolls will find their way onto our table, too, just like they do every year. Goodness, once this feasting is over I'll need to walk and exercise extra!
As I was uploading the cookie pic I saw this one. This is my oldest daughter, Kaleigh, and my oldest son's dog, Billy. Billy is a hound/mix and as lovable as can be. He's a great guard dog, too, and now that my poodle, Cookie, is 14, blind and deaf, he watches over and takes care of him every time they go outside.