Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe #9 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. We cut out gingerbread boys, angels, bears and snowmen; and let the kids decorate.   Creamy Frosting Recipe:   Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except Creamy Frosting. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours…

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Easy Chocolate Fudge

Recipe #8 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Make a few pans, this fudge is a favorite.   Line loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches, with aluminum foil, leaving 1 inch of foil overhanging on opposite sides. Grease foil. Mix granulated sugar and cocoa in 2-quart saucepan. Stir in butter, milk and…

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Peppermint Meringues

Recipe #7 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. These can be baked on Christmas Eve, and left in the oven overnight – to be opened for a Christmas morning surprise.   Place eggs whites in a large mixing bowl; let stand for 30 minutes. Beat egg whites with vanilla, cream…

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Two-Tone Spritz Chookies

Recipe #6 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Chocolate in the center of vanilla dough lends a new twist to a holiday classic cookie.   Melt chocolate in small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly; set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat…

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Mocha Crinkles

Recipe #5 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Chocolate and coffee, what could be better?   Beat brown sugar and oil in medium bowl with electric mixer. Mix in sour cream, egg and vanilla. Set aside. Mix flour, cocoa, espresso, baking soda, salt and pepper in another medium bowl. Add…

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Rose Water Sugar Cookies

Recipe #4 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. For Christmas, we cut these cookies in geometric shapes and frost to resemble snowflakes. Other times during the year for pastry tea parties, we use cookies cutters shaped as spoons and tea cups.   In a medium bowl, sift together the flour,…

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Rosettes

Recipe #3 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. In Norway they are sometimes stacked three high with whipped cream between each layer, then topped with fruit.   Beat eggs slightly with sugar and salt. Add milk and flour and beat until smooth. Heat rosette iron in hot lard or vegetable…

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Krumkake (Norwegian Crumb Cake)

Recipe #2 in our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. These are a nostalgic family favorite of ours! We prefer to eat them plain, but many like to fill these wafer cones with whipped cream.   Beat eggs well. Add sugar, melted butter, salt and extract. Beat well. Stir in flour. Heat…

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Nutty Caramel Bars

December 4th is National Cookie Day. This is recipe #1 to kick-off our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.   Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 13×9 inch baking pan; set aside. In large mixer bowl, beat 1 cup (2 sticks) butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy; beat in…

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Sensational Scones

Served up this morning, our signature scones, which were “heaven” according to our guests. This recipe has even passed the test of our British guests! So, thought it was about time to share – so you can experience a taste of the Nicolin Mansion in your own home. 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon…

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