Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Holiday Cookies 1

In the coming weeks, I'm hoping to do a whole series on holiday cookies. My mom and I have been baking up at least 5 types of cookies each year since I was small and our family (me included) definitely looks forward to it every year. We have about 6 or 7 types of cookies that we rotate between, and we try to test out new recipes and maybe add in a new type of cookie each year. This year, I'm hoping to bake up some old and new recipes to blog about and hopefully, some of you can use them for your holiday baking this year!

The first new cookie I tried is not all that "new". I saw these snickerdoodles on Bake or Break the other day and I loved the shape. Usually when I make snickerdoodles, they are pretty flat, but these (recipe originally from Nigella Lawson's How to be a domestic goddess) were like little balls! Plus, for my husband the chocoholic, there was an alternative recipe for a chocodoodle using the same batter. I definitely had to give them a try.

So, I tried them on Sunday. So easy to make. But, I think I would revise the name to be a type of spice cookie rather than a snickerdoodle. The snickerdoodles that I'm used to making are fairly sweet and have a cinnamon-sugary flavor. These cookies are definitely more on the nutmeg side and are not that sweet. On the first taste, I was surprised and not sure that I liked them, but several cookies later :), I realized that they were actually really good, just not the snickerdoodle that I was used to. The consistency is great, more cake-like than cookie-like. I would definitely give them a try and maybe adjust the seasonings to your liking after the first go-round. These will definitely be on my cookie platter this year.

You can find the recipe for both Snickerdoodles and Chocodoodles here.


Erika of Sweet Pea blog said...

I saw that you have visited my blog, so thought I would stop by and say hello. I too am perparing for the christmas cookie baking marathon, and as we speak there is ginger bread with 3-colour pepper dough sitting in fridge just waiting to be shaped / baked. Lovely photos you have taken, and was intreaged by your filo triangles. Please keep in touch.

Lunch Buckets said...

mmmmmmsnickerdoodles, just saying the name is awesome!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Your photos are so beautiful, Jade!