Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
Eric and Chris
Carry in Christmas Tree...check
Carry in kids' Christmas Tree...check
Watch school Holiday Performance...check
Decorate mantle with Nutcracker Collection...check
Make Christmas Cookies for friends and neighbors...check
Yum...the boys' favorite Holiday Treat...
Chocolate Crackle Cookies
(This is a cookie my grandmother made at Christmas)
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water stirring. Set aside, and let cool. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl: set aside.
2. Mix butter and brown sugar on medium until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla, and then the melted chocolate. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour mixture along with milk. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
3. Roll dough into 1" balls and roll in granulated sugar and then powered sugar. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 14 minutes. Let cool. Cookies can be stored in air tight containers for up to 3 days.
makes 5 dozen
(Developed from Martha Stewart's Cookie Cookbook)
Have 5 year olds over to decorate Gingerbread Houses...check
(I always buy Gingerbread House kits from Michaels,
they are a super easy kit that includes
everything and look great!)
When they were done I added even more candy...it was so fun
December 23rd....relaxing Holiday Lunch
with good friends at Marche Moderne...check
Christmas Eve tradition with best friends.....
Nativity church service and elegant dinner at our house...check
Christmas Dinner with family at Pinot Provence...check
December 26th it's off to Mammoth.......ahhhhhh
Our littlest skier...
Oh well...we might get snowed in!
Have a happy and safe New Year........