Today was a rainy and dreary day…perfect for baking cookies!
My mom and I had schedule our annual cookie bake for today and it happened to be just the two of us 🙂 We had about 6 or 7 types to make and we ended up getting through 4 of them today (lots of big batches)!
To start, my mom’s Nut Balls:
Next up was Mama Pea’s Christmas Cookie Dough Balls, the newest family tradition!
We made a double batch, all of which I packed up for the firemen that let me park at their station near my school 🙂 I have to leave a strict note with them to make sure that each group (there’s usually 4 per week) gets some of them! I have a feeling they will disappear very quickly 🙂
Next is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, my mom’s Molasses Cookies:
And our finally cookie of the day, and the longest, were Cherry Chocolate Meringues. These were a first for us, and my first time ever attempting meringue. I am not used to having to way for 2 hours of baking and 1 1/2 hours of cooling before I can even take a cookie out of the oven! They are still setting now…
Adapted from Cooking Light
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
- 3 ounces 73% dark chocolate, chopped very coarsely (think chunks)
Directions: Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form, then turn the mixer on high and add granulated sugar first, then powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Add in the extract and continue beating until stiff peaks form (may take a bit longer than you think). Fold in cherries and chocolate. Spread the mixture on to a 10×14 cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Score with a knife in 2×2 inch squares. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours; turn off oven and allow to cool in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Allow them to set before cutting.
That’s all the cookies we had in us for today. We still are planning on making a few more recipes and I will have to remake my double batch of dough balls later this week. As for the rest of the day, it’s been a whole lotta homework with a whole lot more to go 🙂
Have a great night everyone and a good start to your week!
lots of love,