friday food files with molly watson: christmas cookies.
Can I just say that I’m really proud of myself? I’ve been meaning to put together a Christmas cookie collection for ages, and I finally at least started it! Cheers!
If I could have just one Christmas cookie it would be a delicate, lacy rosette dusted with powdered sugar that someone else fried up for me. Someday I’ll make them again, but probably not this year, at least not in time to benefit anyone here. If no one is going to make me rosettes, and I don’t think anyone is, I’ll turn to what I grew up calling Swedish Tea Cakes. You may know them as Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes or Snowballs. If you have yet another name for these cookies of a nut-flour-butter dough rolled into balls, baked, and rolled in powdered sugar, please let me know – it seems everyone wants to claim these beauties.
A few other delights I baked up recently — Bizcochitos – traditional New Mexican anise and cinnamon sugar cookies:
Chocolate Ginger Cookies – two great things now even better together:
Classic Gingerbread People (to hang on the tree or eat with coffee):
If I were someplace where Christmas shopping didn’t take place in the rain, I’d make these Forgotten Cookies, too, but I’ll have to wait until things dry out around here:
*photos courtesy of Molly Watson.