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 Post subject: Christmas Baking!!
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:50 am 
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What are you planning on baking for the holidays this year? Whether it be for gifts, family gatherings or to sit in the dark and eat by yourself, what are making? I haven't decided on what cookies to make but for gifts I'm making peppermint latte cupcakes in jars and maybe some gingerbread or pumpkin latte ones.

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PPK Mexican hot chocolate/chai spice snickerdoodles, chestnut flour sablés filled with chestnut creme, matcha whoopie pies with peppermint buttercream, tonka shortbread with lavender icing. I love baking pretentious cookies for Christmas.
My birthday is coming up, where I think I'll serve a sea salt chocolate tart and something with chestnuts or nutella. Yum yum yum.


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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We are doing sugar cookies, gingerbread (for gingerbread people or a house), snickerdoodles, a rice krispie treat snowman, and now I really want to make peppermint latte cupcakes after reading this thread.

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I already made anise shortbread and spekulatius (similar to speculoos cookies). I also made a poppy seed stollen (sweet Christmas bread) and have planned some more traditionally German stuff. I made a list that is probably way too long!


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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We often do a Swedish Christmas, including Spritz cookies (cute almond shortbread cookies), which I send out as gifts. This year, we are also going to attempt to make a cheesecake suitable for omnivores.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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I found a great spritz cookie recipe http://veganpauladeen.tumblr.com/post/14015411844/spritz-cookies and have been having a lot of fun with it. I do have a cookie press, but I've been piping them with a large star tip and they look so great. The photo is pre-baked. A couple of tips for you:

- If you don't use any food colouring the mixer will whip all the colour out of the margarine, (I use earth balance buttery sticks) so you need to add a touch of yellow colouring to get the natural look of cookies made with butter. Of course at Christmas green and pink are fine too!

- If you're making white icing for cookie decorating, you will find that plant milk isn't very white, and it will turn out quite yellow, unless you add a teensie, weensie amount of blue food colouring which will whiten it up perfectly. Be very careful with the amount, I've wound up with blue frosting before!

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I'm getting together with a few coworkers next weekend and we are making: sugar cookies, nutty wedding cookies (I feel like they're christmassy), cowboy cookies, and magical coconut cookie bars. I'm stoked that they're doing all vegan cookies with me!

Those spritz cookies look awesome and remind me of childhood.


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Anyone have a good recipe for spekulatius cookies? They're the main pregan sweet that I miss.

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http://seitanismymotor.com/2013/12/spekulatius-mit-nougat-spice-cookies-with-gianduia/


Oh god I saw this in the Food Porn thread and totally forgot. Thanks!

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i am still trying to figure it out....i want to do something chocolate with a hint of mint!

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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A lot of people in my family are watching their diet, and so I want to make them gifts that they will feel good about. I like cookies for myself, but I'm trying to think of good healthy ideas. I saw Vegan Richa's dal tadka in a jar, and that looks really neat. Any other ideas? I'm sorta stumped, 'cause all I can think of is more treats.

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I always do the Christmas cake and chocolate log for us for Christmas. I will probably do cupcakes for boxing day too as we're going to my sister in law's family.

Also, I'm broke this year so I'm doing a lot of homemade gifts. So I'll be cooking up a crepe tonne of cookies, cake pops and sweets as presents. I have got cute Christmassy gift bags and I'm doing a couple of hampers. I might curse the day I decided to do it in a week or so but at the moment I'm excited about it. haha.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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Isabella Lugosi wrote:
PPK Mexican hot chocolate/chai spice snickerdoodles, chestnut flour sablés filled with chestnut creme, matcha whoopie pies with peppermint buttercream, tonka shortbread with lavender icing. I love baking pretentious cookies for Christmas.
My birthday is coming up, where I think I'll serve a sea salt chocolate tart and something with chestnuts or nutella. Yum yum yum.



Pretentious cookies all the way! Sounds delicious; maybe some will find their way up to me in Aarhus?

I'll be making (GF) the fig-anise cookies from Vcon, the double chocolate cookies from Vcon with dried cherries and walnuts, orange-marzipan cookies, a pan of gingerbread, and maybe something with rosemary. But what?


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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ameyfm wrote:
A lot of people in my family are watching their diet, and so I want to make them gifts that they will feel good about. I like cookies for myself, but I'm trying to think of good healthy ideas. I saw Vegan Richa's dal tadka in a jar, and that looks really neat. Any other ideas? I'm sorta stumped, 'cause all I can think of is more treats.


Do you have Vegan Food Gifts? There are some great dried soup recipes in there, or you could do bottled curry or some other sauce. For treats, maybe some healthier granola/granola bars? I"ve done spice mixes before too.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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I make large cookie tins for my friends, family and neighbors each year. I usually bake all month long and keep in the freezer until I am ready to assemble the tins. My December this year is pretty full, so I actually started earlier than usual in November and am just about done. (this is my first year being vegan - so all new recipes as well!). This is what I have made so far:
- drop sugar cookies (not my favorites - I forget which recipe I used. I wish I had veganized my old favorite recipe)
- mocha mamas (VCIYCJ)
- gingersnaps (VWAV)
- chocolate-chocolate pecan (Veganomicon)
- peanut butter sandwich cookies (Vegetarian Times - not my favorites, but not bad either)
- cowgirl cookies (VCIJCJ)
- oatmeal-molasses-white chip (veganized recipe from Culinary Conconcoctions by Peabody - just ok)
- orange-cranberry white chip cookies (based on VCIJCJ cherry almond cookies)
- cherry almond cookies (VCIYCJ)
Hmmm...I feel like I am forgetting something, but that might be it.
I still plan on making mini quick breads - pumpkin bread from Joy the Baker and orange-cranberry from Veganomicon.

As for the actual holidays, I plan to make gingerbread cupcakes from VCTOTW and an eggnog cheesecake pie from Fat Free Vegan Blog (I made her pumpkin cheesecake twice now over the month of November and it was a hit -the recipe looks similar).


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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It's not really baking, but for presents I've been making lots and lots of jams, and am thinking about branching out into chutneys/other preserves as well.

I made the buttery lemon biscuits from VWAV this week, which were delicious, so I might make those again.

I also need to make a Christmas cake of some kind for when I visit my family on Boxing Day, but I haven't decided on what kind yet.

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I think I'll probably be commissioned to do the baking for the big extended in-law family dinner on Boxing Day, which I did last year and was a HIT. All I know right now is I want to make sugar cookies and some sort of bar, to add to a platter of treats.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Baking!!
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Oh man, this is my new favorite thread! I'm lacking inspiration this year, but I'm feeling nostalgic so I think I'm gonna stick pretty closely to traditional stuff. Things I know for sure:

Mince pies - it isn't Christmas without mince pies. I would have made my first batch by now if I hadn't been so busy. Probably going to happen this weekend.
Yule log - I'm skipping the traditional Christmas cake this year in favor of a yule log on the day.
Decorated sugar cookies - I owe some people some cookies, plus of course some for us and a couple for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Magical coconut bars - my family always made something similar to these around the holidays.
Stollen - If I can get my hands on some decent candied peel.
Gingerbread house - If I have a free day (hopefully!) I'll make a gingerbread house with poopieboy.

I also have to make 13 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange next weekend, but I'm still undecided on those for now. I did pfeffernüsse last year so I have to come up with something new.

I'll be watching this thread for more ideas, especially for cookies!

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In Denmark we have some very specific traditions when it comes to christmas cookies and confectionery. I am mostly on the confectionery wagon: yesterday I made two kinds of marzipan balls with chocolate: one kind was marzipan mixed with kahlua, then rolled in chocolate with freshly ground espresso beans and a single espresso bean + some black edible glitter to decorate. The other kind was marzipan rolled in a chocolate/mango/chili/coffee mix and decorated with edible gold glitter. Both kinds were delicious!


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i am still trying to figure it out....i want to do something chocolate with a hint of mint!

I've made thesea bunch for Christmas, they are really good!

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I've made a Christmas cake and will be making mince pies Christmas Eve.

About 2 weeks ago I made the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies & the stain glass cookies from Very Vegan Christmas Cookies for my work colleagues, they were both excellent so I might make the chocolate chip ones for Christmas as well

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I may be making a double batch of white chocolate-chocolate chip, candy cane cookies right now.... (with creme de menthe subbed for half the milk and crushed candy canes added during the last 4 minutes of baking).

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smoothie wrote:
In Denmark we have some very specific traditions when it comes to christmas cookies and confectionery. I am mostly on the confectionery wagon: yesterday I made two kinds of marzipan balls with chocolate: one kind was marzipan mixed with kahlua, then rolled in chocolate with freshly ground espresso beans and a single espresso bean + some black edible glitter to decorate. The other kind was marzipan rolled in a chocolate/mango/chili/coffee mix and decorated with edible gold glitter. Both kinds were delicious!



smoothie I would love to know what other types of konfekt you like to make! This year in the shops I saw there is mint marzipan, orange marzipan and licorice marzipan as well as plain of course--so now I wonder what to do with them all... orange seems easy, for baking... mint just seems strange to me... and I want to try the licorice kind, but need a good recipe. Marzipan is too expensive to mess up!


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