I decided to test new recipes for my “Christmas Cookie Day Marathon”. (There’ll be lots more about this annual event in upcoming posts). As if I don’t already have enough cookie books and holiday baking magazines, I went ahead and purchased the Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications “Christmas Cookies”.
Lots of different recipes! The section that really caught my eye was the one on whoopie pies…Classic Whoopie pies, Mini raspberry and white chocolate Whoopie pies, Red Velvet Whoopie pies with peppermint filling, and many more! Did I make the whoopie pies? No. I tried these instead:
These are so buttery and flavorful. The recipe calls for dipping them in melted white chocolate, but I substituted an almond-flavored confectioner’s glaze. As yummy as they are, I doubt they’ll be on my Christmas Cookie tray. They’re a bit big and, quite honestly, they look more like Pop Tarts to me. My second effort:
This cookie came from a section called “It all started with a mix.” The cookie base is made with Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. I felt like I was “cheating”, but the end result was a delicious cookie! The crunchy almonds, chewy cranberries and buttery shortbread are a great combo. I’m not sure if this cookie will make it to “the tray”, but it would make an excellent “cookie swap” treat.
The magazine is certainly worth the price of admission ($5.99), with 128 recipes, tempting photos, and some great packaging ideas!
Next up: Whoopie!!