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 Post subject: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:35 am 
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I'm planning to pull a series of serious baking days, which means a collection of holiday baking recipes.

So far I'm on the hunt for a sugar cookie recipe (I lose it every year and spend days looking for it).
xgfx cookies for Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
Chocolates to wrap for gifts.
Baking mix-in jar recipes.
Caramels.
Kittee's Easy PB Fudge
HDog's Stolen

What are you baking? Which recipes do you come back to each year? New ones for this year? Best baking gift ideas? DIY on the cheap?

Share successes, tips and failures. Photos Pending.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:27 pm 
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a bunch of my friends & i are getting together for a cookie exchange so i'll only have to bake two or three kinds. i'm going to make cinnamon roll cookies (need to come up with a recipe for this), shortbread spritz cookies, and wedding cookies.

i am also making garlic&thyme-infused olive oil to give to friends because i was recently given a bunch of thyme. i'll probably use a little bit of it to make foccacia for a christmasy cocktail party


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:38 pm 
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Im all over this thread. I want to do this, I just know Im going to running around last minute, ugh.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:13 pm 
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I'm in the same situation, Phee. Not to mention I live across the country from my fam now, so I HAVE to be somewhat on-the-ball to make sure what I mail will get there in time. Ugh!

If contributors to this thread could add links to what they're making (assuming the recipes are on-line) that'd be awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:49 pm 
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I am planning on making this recipe for peppermint bark[url]soychick.com/food/?p=165[/url]
Soft cut out cookies (veganized amish recipe)
Peppermint Patties using vegan ingredients from this recipe[url]allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peppermint-Patties[/url]


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:32 pm 
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Im making dry soup and salad dressing jar for my mother. I think Im going to go with the Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar from allrecipes. I cant link it (on my phone), of course I will leave the meat out of the directions.


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Sparkle Ginger cookies from VWAV travel well.

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I am making whoppie pies (everyone seems to like these - people are actually placing orders when I give them one), rocky road bark, spiced nuts & maybe 'bacon' chocolate truffles!

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I have this vision of chopping up some candy cane joe joes and mixing them in the dough for the V'con chocolate cookies. It could be delicious. It could be a mess. It could be a delicious mess.

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I'm going to bake some cookies and biscotti (not sure which ones yet), also rum balls, peppermint fudge, and peanut brittle.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:42 am 
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I totally forgot about that peanut butter fudge, I made it before and absolutely loved it! Do you have a link?

Also, Hdog's Stollen?


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:10 pm 
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I have been baking like a freaking mofo. I made 10 gingerbread houses for a gingerbread house-assembling contest that's happening at school tomorrow (huzzah!!!) and I'm probably up to 6 batches of cookies at this point. I'm in love with Isa's roll-out sugar cookies (they taste EXACTLY like the ones I grew up with!!) and my favourite gingerbread is this one. I've also made a couple rounds of these yummy snickerdoodles :) Not too holiday-y, but I've also gone through a few batches of Isa's chocolate chip cookies too. I love rocking omnis' faces off with vegan cookies!! I may have to make the pb fudge if a link is found.. my brother's head may explode if I bring him some!!


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:39 am 
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Or maybe truffle oil with recipes


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:52 pm 
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I'm keen to try the pie-plate shortbread from VCIYCJ, but want to try molding it in those wooden shortbread moulds. I'd like to try the vanilla fudge from Hannah Kaminsky's Wicked Treats e-book, but probably cut out with Xmas cutters as opposed to ghost ones. Although I'd totally appreciate ghost shaped fudge at Xmas, I think I also need to plan a list of suggested things I'd like other people to bake me for gifts.

Maybe gingerbread? Every year I talk about making a gingerbread house and don't. I also talk about making a Yule Log and don't, wonder if a vegan one exisits? Also, because I'd really like them, Mama Pea's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups.

Then the extended family can be a bit weird, so I don't know how well baked goods will go down. They you understand, never eat things like that. Then it's all have you made the pudding?/Why haven't you made that shortbread you made last year?/Nobody gives me shortbread/chocolate/sweets for Xmas.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:09 am 
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_diana wrote:
i'm going to make cinnamon roll cookies (need to come up with a recipe for this),


i've been wanting to make some too. here's a vegan recipe for pumpkin cinnamon roll cookies
http://www.ohladycakes.com/2011/11/pump ... okies.html

and these are made with roll-out pie crust. http://makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogs ... okies.html

and here are some easily veganizable ones
http://www.bakersroyale.com/cookies/cin ... l-cookies/
http://www.stephanieskitchen.com/2011/0 ... l-cookies/
http://thekitchenismyplayground.blogspo ... okies.html
http://aspicyperspective.com/2011/11/ci ... okies.html (these are interesting. they contain yeast.)



similar cookies:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/black ... l-cookies/
http://dulcisfundo.blogspot.com/2010/09 ... kies.html#


sorry, i get a little excited about potential cookie recipes..

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:20 pm 
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jacblades wrote:
_diana wrote:
i'm going to make cinnamon roll cookies (need to come up with a recipe for this),


i've been wanting to make some too. here's a vegan recipe for pumpkin cinnamon roll cookies
http://www.ohladycakes.com/2011/11/pump ... okies.html


Thanks for posting that recipe, jacblades. Those cookies look so cute (and delicious)!

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B_A_D wrote:
Kittee's Easy PB Fudge


Do you have a recipe link? I can't seem to find it anywhere!

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I'd really like to add Terry Hope Romero's Caribbean Black Cake to my list. It sounds very good.

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I made almond roca. I'm going to try really hard not to eat it all.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
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This year, the only baking I'm doing is for our holiday party. It's not as much as I normally do, but I'm happy with it: mini gingerbread cupcakes (VCTOTW), chai choc chip shortbread (VCIYCJ), rice krispie treats, and this fatty, sugary pb fudge (which I'll top with coarse sea salt and chopped peanuts).

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:49 am 
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Here's a recipe for vegan sugar cookies - I haven't posted it on my blog yet, but am doing it sometime this week. This recipe is for drop cookies, but for cut-out cookies you'll want to add an additional 1/4 cup of flour, chill the dough for 45 minutes prior to cutting, then chill the cut dough for 10 minutes prior to baking. Easily made gluten free by substituting gluten free flour and xanthan gum.

SUGAR COOKIES
1/2 c. vegan butter
1/2 c. cane sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp vegan sour cream
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 c. unbleached flour
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1 c. powdered cane sugar
7-8 tsp water
Sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two large baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and sour cream using a hand mixer on high speed; mix for 1-2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mix in the salt, baking soda and flour; beat just until combined. Using a 1 1/2 teaspoon cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350˚F for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack. Once cool, stir together ingredients for the icing and drizzle over cookies, if desired.

Yield: 65-70 bite-sized cookies


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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:06 pm 
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I'm going to try new cookies this year - 3 recipes for icebox cookies from the Dec 2011 Vegetarian Times. That's Scottish shortbread, gingersnaps & choclate espresso oatmeal cookies. I'm going to try them ahead next weekend, but make 2 loaves of each so I can stick half in the freezer. Then if they're good I'll just slice and bake on christmas eve. If they're not as good as my regular cookies, I'll make those. (which is usually rasmussen Christmas rum logs, my mother's pecan snowballs, vcon chocolate raspberries and vctcj swedish balls)

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:44 pm 
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Sarah-Jane wrote:
I totally forgot about that peanut butter fudge, I made it before and absolutely loved it! Do you have a link?

Also, Hdog's Stollen?

I don't know about the fudge, but the stollen recipe is here (make the cardamon marzipan thingo instead though).

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 Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday Baking Thread: Goods, Recipes and Gifts
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As of right now, I'm planning on making the following:

Chocolate dipped biscotti
Ginger Sparkle Cookies
Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
Some sort of chocolate cookie

Irish Whiskey Cookies (for my brother)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:10 am 
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Aubade wrote:
I'm going to try new cookies this year - 3 recipes for icebox cookies from the Dec 2011 Vegetarian Times. That's Scottish shortbread, gingersnaps & choclate espresso oatmeal cookies. I'm going to try them ahead next weekend, but make 2 loaves of each so I can stick half in the freezer. Then if they're good I'll just slice and bake on christmas eve. If they're not as good as my regular cookies, I'll make those. (which is usually rasmussen Christmas rum logs, my mother's pecan snowballs, vcon chocolate raspberries and vctcj swedish balls)


btw, has anyone made the VT cookies? It doesn't say to sift in any of the recipes, and I'm wondering if I should do it anyway? Is it just an understood thing to sift flour for cookies or no?

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