Toys and Cookies and Merry Christmas

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Pony for Sofia! Just delivered to "Mom" to hide under the tree! Very pleased with the pony! Completely designed and made from scratch by me!!!

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Two Flying Snakes for Antonio - made from the pattern provided by Katie at Duo Fiber Works! Seriously - if you can knit and you have boys in the household - you just have to make a couple of these!

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Christmas is literally just around the corner and the cookie monster in me comes out demanding that I bake cookies, more cookies and then more cookies! I have a house full of tins and jars filled with cookies!

I am sharing two favorites of mine below and a link to two new ones I found this year!

The two brand new cookies are from the December issue of New Mexico Magazine and they are absolutely delicious! The Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprints are the best cookie of this kind I have ever eaten. Very light, tender, flavorful.

And the Bizccochito Biscotti - OMG the best biscotti I have ever eaten - EVER! I used almonds in place of the pinons (pine nuts) because they are just too expensive, but the almonds worked beautifully. I couldn't include them in the picture because they have vanished!

 

Triple Layer Lemon Bars

Found several years ago in a BHG Special Interest Issue. They are so yummy - the combination of lemon with the holiday spices!

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 T finely chopped crystallized ginger ( I use 1 tsp. powdered ginger when I don't feel like chopping ginger)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cloves

1 cup cold butter

3 T. molasses

6 eggs

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 T finely shredded lemon peel

3/4 cup lemon juice

Lemon Glaze (see below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 x2 inch baking pan with foil so that the foil extends over the edges and spray with pam.

Combine the 2 1/3 cup of flour with the brown sugar, spices and salt. Place in food processor, add 1 cup cold butter and process until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs and is beginning to cling together. Press mixture into the prepared pan and spread the molasses evenly over the surface. Bake 20 minutes.

Prepare filling while the cookie crust is baking. Beat together eggs, sugar, 3/4 cup flour, lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth. Pour over crust and bake 25 minutes or until the center of the filling is set - this usually takes 30 minutes in my oven.

Cool for two hours and spread surface with the lemon glaze. Once the glaze sets, remove the bar from the pan using the foil "handles". Remove the foil from the lemon bar and cut into 24 to 48 lemon bars.

Store in air-tight container in the fridge for three to four days, or freeze for up to three months.

Lemon glaze: Stir together 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel and 1 to 2 T lemon juice ( I usually need 1 1/2 T.)

 

 Potato Chip Cookies

This recipe was given to me 25 years ago by the same lovely friend who gave me the recipe for the Double Frosted Bourbon Brownies. A yummy alternative to similar sugar dusted cookie balls.

1 lb. butter

1 cup sugar

2 C. flour

3 tsp. vanilla

1/13 C chopped walnuts

2 cups crushed potato chips

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in flour and vanilla and blend thoroughly. Fold in nuts and chips.

Drop by teaspoons on parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

When cookies have cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

So now I send to each and every one my heartfelt wishes for a beautiful and happy Christmas filled with friends, family, good food, millions of Christmas lights, a tree filled with memories, rekindled childhood delight and cookies - lots and lots of cookies!

Very, very lucky children

Very, very lucky children received the amazing pony (with kanzashi trim even!) and snakes. Too cute! And potato chips cookies? Oh my!

Belated wishes for a most wonderful new year, Pam!

I completely agree with Sara,

I completely agree with Sara, that Pony is amazing! What little girl alive would not be THRILLED with that as a present.

I make potato chip cookies

I make potato chip cookies for all the holidays, but instead of powdered sugar, I drizzle melted chocolate over them. They taste like shortbread - so yummy!

That pony is amazing!!!!

That pony is amazing!!!!

Those handmade gifts will be

Those handmade gifts will be the highlight of Christmas for Sofia and Antonio, because they were made by you!

I hope you sat back and put your feet up for at least part of your Christmas, I'm sure your helpful family insisted on it :)

Oh, Pam, I hope you had a

Oh, Pam, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I was very sick with a cold Christmas Eve and Christmas, but I am much better now. I'm sorry I didn't wish you a Merry on Saturday!

Those little snakes are the cutest. What a great idea. And potato chip cookies! Yes.

That pony should put a smile

That pony should put a smile on someone's face. Thanks for all the Christmas inspiration this year Pam,you did a great job!!E7tDGW

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The Pony turned out adorable.

The Pony turned out adorable. Great job!

Merry Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS PAM!!!!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS PAM!!!!!!!

Eeeep! The pony is so

Eeeep! The pony is so beautiful, Pam! What a lucky little girl! You did a great job :)

I need to make my son that

I need to make my son that snake, that means I need to make one for my daughter too... oh well one snake will just be pink and the other blue... I am sure in nature there are pink snakes somewhere... I need to try these Biscotti once I am done with all the Holiday cooking... plus they are perfect to dip in coffee

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

You made that pony? Oh my

You made that pony? Oh my word, it is so gorgeous!!
Merry Christmas to you, the little ones and the pony. Thanks for all those wonderful, inspiring posts and being such a lovely bloggie friend!

The gifts are beautiful!

The gifts are beautiful! Thank you for the recipes, I love lemon cookies. Merry Christmas,
Maia

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