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Buon Natale Cookies

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I would be such a happy girl if I could get up every morning and bake. Even more fun than baking, is decorating, and presenting recipes. This morning I am arranging a large platter of cookies for my book club holiday party tonight. I have a very special dessert planned (you'll see it another day), but it is December, and the cookie elves have been busy in my kitchen. I started before Thanksgiving, and so far have made 13 kinds of Christmas cookies. All but two kinds are safely staying fresh in the freezer. Since I am assembling cookie tins SOON for gifts, I needed them done. Three of our 5 trees also went up before we left for Las Vegas, and the other two were done and the house decorated inside and out by December 1! Now, if I could just finish the Christmas shopping and gift making! (WAY behind on that!)

Marbled Greeting Cookies (from Darlene Brenden/Salem Oregon)

1/2 c. softened butter
1/3 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/3 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
red and green paste or powdered food coloring

Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture, thoroughly mixing. Divide dough into thirds. Tint one third green, and one third red. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Cut off a small section of each color, and roll into "ropes" (about 1/3 of an inch wide), laying them next to each other on a floured surface with uncolored dough in the center. Smash and flatten dough, and cut into rectangles (about 1x2") with a knife. Transfer rectangles to ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 375 for about 10 min. When cool, write message with a white frosting tube, or a pastry bag with white icing.

*(In the original recipe, the baker wrote "Peace, Joy, Hope, Noel", etc. on the cookies. She randomly placed slices of dough colors into a large rectangle to get a "marbled" effect, but I wanted mine to look more like flags.)

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Comments (10)

Ida:

Bellini Palma!!!!!!!!!!

sandrac:

Those are so cute Palma -- I like the look almost as much as yesterday's reindeer!

gloria espinoza:

Hey Palma, (aka known as My Martha),

Do you freeze all your Christmas cookies before or after baking?

gloria

Gloria, I freeze mine baked. A cold cookie is also much easier to frost or decorate if you are doing sugar cookies. But Jerry freezes dough, so you can probably do either.

Palma-These cookies are just adorable! You are so creative. And industrious! I haven't even gotten my Christmas decorations out of the crawl space yet.

I can't decide which ones I love more! You are getting my wheels spinning in my head. I am now thinking of making both the reindeers and the buon natale cookies as treats for school. My only worry is if the icing will melt and smudge (humidity here). I guess I could just ice the top ones in each pile. One question - do you think the liquid food coloring would work in place of the paste or the powdered food coloring. The only fancy baking stores are in town in the mall - not where I want to be on a crazy shopping weekend.

I'm sure you can use the liquid food coloring. Just protect your hands. If you end up with colored skin, lemon juice will take it out.

Eden:

Palma, you are so creative! I am going to steal your reindeer cookie idea.

Also, I wanted to make the cranberry honey you posted a while back. How long does the product keep?

Eden, I guess it would last as long as jam. I must stay refrigerated. I', making another batch of 7 jars to give away!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe:

I am getting out prosecco now... then maybe I will be in the Christmas spirit.

You are exhausting me!!

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