some cookie fun!

I arrived in NJ the other day, ready to celebrate Christmas.

Now, not shockingly, I have been in Christmas Cheer overdrive for a few weeks now.  Decorating the house, making a bunch of presents, wrapping, watching hours of Christmas movies, meeting friends, eating food, etc etc.

But one of my favorite Christmas activities I really didn’t make time for.  Cookie baking.  I know, crazy, right?  I just never seemed to need them, and I just seemed to longingly imagine cracking open my Martha baking book.

Well, then I came to Jersey, and my mom told me she too had yet to bake. And my sis, the family baker-extraordinaire (seriously way better then me!) had not shown up yet.

So.  We baked.

Four recipes later….  we now have some delicious morsels now in hiding from my dad, the cookie monster, that will hopefully last until Christmas day.  I made Molly Chocolate Chips…

and Chocolate n Peppermint Crackle Cookies…

and Gingerbreads decorated with the neighbor gals ….

and these beauties…..  (adapted from Martha!)


{Two of my favorite things, in a cookie!}

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 large egg, separated, each part lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 cup hazelnuts – ground, or chopped finely

Raspberry jam, for filling


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Put butter and 1/2 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and mix well. Reduce speed to low. Add flour and salt, and mix until just combined. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours.

  • Stir together toasted hazelnuts and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl.

  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls; dip balls in egg white, then in hazelnut-sugar mixture.


  • Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Press down center of each ball with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; press down centers again with the end of a wooden spoon.

  • Return to oven. Bake cookies until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly on sheets on wire racks. Fill each center with jam.



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2 thoughts on “some cookie fun!

  1. mmmm. I want a chocolate peppermint one. and a molly one. okay, let’s be serious, I want them all. but I associate those chocolate ones w/ christmas, and I have yet to find one this year. yummy yummy. hope you’re having fun in nj.

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