“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight maids a-milking.”
Today’s cookie is an old-fashioned foaming milk cookies. They’re simple yet delicious, and were one of the easiest I made. They fall somewhere between a sugar cookie and shortbread in terms of both texture and sweetness, and I love them for it!
Foaming Milk Cookies
“Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to…” Whoops. Wrong song. =]
“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven swans a-swimming.”
Swans honestly freak me out a little bit. They’re beautiful from a distance, but I’ve been charged by enough swans (it only took one) to know that I have no interest in having one, never mind seven! (And D, if you got me swans for my birthday, you should take them back!) In a fun twist of events, today’s cookie is the most cake-like of the cookies I’m making this season (in the sense that it has layers), which was a lot of fun! Plus, we served them with ice cream!
It’s definitely moving into winter, which means that it’s time to break out the stews and other delicious warm foods that are perfect on a December night. Our Daring Cooks’ December 2012 Hostess is Andy of Today’s the Day and Today’s the Day I Cook! Andy is sharing with us a traditional French Canadian classic the Paté Chinois, also known as Shepherd’s pie for many of us, and if one dish says comfort food.. this one is it!
Around the same time that this challenge came out, we found a beef shepherd’s pie in Martha Stewart Living that looked delicious, so we went with that. BUT, the recipes that Andy put up looked amazing too, so check out her suggestions!
“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six geese a-laying.”
What on earth do you do to make egg-laying geese cookies? These cookies don’t quite fit the theme, but they do have eggs! And honey! And other deliciousness! (And I love the shininess that comes from the sugar glaze.)
“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five golden rings.”
Shortbread rings! Growing up, shortbread cookies were my second favorite cookie of all time (and my first favorite during Christmas). The golden deliciousness of the shortbread fits perfectly for the five golden rings. (The dough was tough to pipe, but they taste delicious, even if they don’t look like rings!)
“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four calling birds.”
My best guess for the placement of this cookie with the calling birds is that you’ll be calling back for more. =] Or, that they’re just delicious and super chocolatey, so why not?
My only trouble with these cookies was the hazelnuts (which is part of the reason why this post went up so late in the day). I started looking for hazelnuts a week ago, but could only find hazelnuts still in the shell. I went to THREE different stores to look for hazelnuts (and even made up some good excuses as to why I had to go to those stores instead of our usual grocery store), but couldn’t find them. D was convinced that hazelnuts were so unusual that there was no hope. Anyways, last night I caved and made the cookies with walnuts, and they were tasty. So hurray!
BUT, when we went to the store today for our regular grocery run, guess what we found? Yup. Hazelnuts. Darn things. I suppose the moral of the story is that it’s okay to substitute other kinds of nuts, but that if you want hazelnuts, you should either stock up months in advance to make sure that you can find them, or mail order them in. =]
In any case, this is one of D’s favorite cookies so far, so give them a try!
“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French hens.”
Our third Christmas cookie is a French sable. I had never had this cookie before – they were very much like the chocolate version of a Sandie cookie. The dough was a little bit crumbly for my taste, but I really enjoyed eating them!
“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle doves.”
These turtle bars were so simple to prepare, and even easier to eat. =] I would definitely recommend them for a crowd!
Chocolate Turtle Bars
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any pears when making the first Christmas cookie, but substituting a Honeycrisp apple was equally delicious! Since my apple was fresh, I didn’t boil it in the water before mixing it into the dough. The results were a little bit messy, but very tasty!
Apple Ginger Bites
November’s Daring Baker’s challenge was to make cookies based on the twelve days of Christmas. Our host was Peta of Peta Eats, and I have to say that she created an impressive spread of cookies:
Anyways, November was surprisingly busy for me (between flying out to CA to walk a half marathon with my mom and hosting a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for friends, on top of all of my normal graduate research and school), so there was not that much time for baking. Now that December is here, it’s time to actually tackle some of these cookies. (And no, I don’t suddenly have more time to bake, but it’s Advent, and Christmas cookies were a long-standing tradition with my dad, so it’s happening. Bam!)
Every other day in December (starting tomorrow, and ending on Christmas), I’ll be posting a new delicious Christmas cookie. They will be (roughly) themed with the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song that everyone loves to hate, but makes for an excellent set of themed cookies! I hope you enjoy the ride of the cookies and baked goods, and that some of these make their way into your repertoire this Christmas!
2012 Cookie Roundup:
Day 1: Ginger-Pear Bites
Day 2: Chocolate-Caramel Turtle Bars
Day 3: French Sables
Day 4: Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies
Day 5: Piped Shortbread Rings
Day 6: German Lebkucken
Day 7: Seven Layer Cookies
Day 8: Foaming Milk Cookies
Day 9: Lady Fingers
Day 10: Gingerbread Lords
Day 11: Pipers Brown Butter Shortbread
Day 12: Filled Chocolate Cookies