Zzzzz… Forgive me. I’m still in a sugar coma from this weekend!
I hope your weekend was great- mine was full of fun times with good friends and (as mentioned above) lots of sugar! A few weeks ago, my friend Heather sent out an Evite for her annual Christmas cookie baking party. Since I’m a big fan of both cookies and a good party I happily accepted the invitation! It’s become tradition that the women come to bake and chat while the guys hang out in front of the televsion watching football and drinking beer. Sounds good to me!
Greg, Paige and I headed over there late in the morning with supplies in hand. Everyone was supposed to bring ingredients to make one or two cookie recipes and at the end of the day we’d all take home a few of each. I knew right away which type of cookie I’ve wanted to make: Creole Crispies. I know that the name sounds a little funny, and I really have no idea where it came from (unless they’re a New Orleans specialty?) but these cookies have been a favorite in my family for generations. I remember baking them with my grandmother and mom growing up, but had never actually made them myself. Creole Crispies are always a big hit with everyone, because they’re thin, buttery, chocolate-y, chewy (yet crispy!) and delicious.
The batter alone is simply delicious.
But (obviously) the baked cookies are definitely better.
There were about 7 or 8 women baking different cookies, but we all made it work pretty easily! Heather was just finishing up her sugar cookies when we arrived:
And Paige and I got started right away and took over the table in the dining room.
A few ladies also used the counter space in the kitchen (and Heather made her second batch of cookies- Buckeyes!)
We drank mimosas and tasted each other’s cookies as they arrived on the table.
Paige made these RIDICULOUSLY good double (triple? quadruple?) peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.
Hours flew by and cookies began to pile up. We did a pretty darn good job!
The cookies included: vanilla and chocolate pizelles, saltine cracker toffee, sugar cookies, buckeyes, chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter chocolate cookies and salted caramel cookies. I didn’t come across a single one that I didn’t like!
Truth be told- those photos only show about half of the cookies that we made!
I took a few of each home, but can’t even think about eating any more right now (but I’m sure that will change in a day or two). I’m pretty sure I ate my monthly cookie quota in one afternoon.
And in case you were wondering- here is the recipe for those delicious Creole Crispies
makes about 4 dozen cookies
1 stick softened butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cups + 2 T granulated sugar
1.5 oz. melted baker’s (unsweetened) chocolate (I mixed 4 1/2 T cocoa powder with 1.5 T olive oil instead)
3/4 c. flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 325˚. Add salt and vanilla to softened butter. Add sugar gradually, creaming until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Add chocolate and blend well. Add flour then nuts and mix well. Chill dough. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet (I used a nonstick baking mat). Flatten cookies by stamping with a flat bottomed glass covered with a damp cloth. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely- cookies will be somewhat soft.
Have a great Monday!
What’s your favorite type of Christmas cookie? Is there a special recipe that your family makes each year?