Recently my friend Pam sent me a link to a cookie swap at GingerbreadSnowflakes Perhaps you want to follow the blog and join the cookie swap which is held each year. Now that my 2011 craft shows are behind me I can get down to the business at hand, which is Christmas - baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, and sending Christmas cards.
This past weekend baking was on the agenda - my daughter and I baked 180 NUT TOSSIES, which our family loves. I am including the recipe in this post:
Dough: 1/2 lb butter,
6 oz. cream cheese
2 cups flour
Cream butter and cream cheese together then add flour and mix til crumbly. Work together with hands and mold into 60 nickel size balls and place each in a nut tossie cup
Place syrup mixed in a container with a small opening or spout for pouring (see picture below) put about 2 teaspoons of the syrup into the bottom of each lined cup and add about a tablespoon of crushed nuts to the level of the doughs top edge. It makes about 60 tossies - bake at 350 degree for about 20 minutes til dough has a tint of brown around the edges. Store them in a plastic container with a not so tight lid in a cool place.
It was a chore to make tossies until I found a crafter who made this little tossie pressl that fits into the bottom of one tossie cup (1 3/8 inches in diameter and about 3" high, as seen in the inserted picture on the left) you dip the bottom end of the tool into a little flour and slowly press on the ball of dough in the cup - the dough squeezes up the sides and leaves a center for filling. What used to take me hours is done in a short time with this little tool, which is easily made wood.
Each year 5 favorite family cookie recipes are chosen from the Christmas Recipe file plus one new one to try. This years new one will be a fruit and nut recipe which a friend sent me - I'm going to be make small ones in the tossie pans. Pam has a recipe blog where she posts unique recipes from "down under", and aCloth to Creation blog on which she posts images of what she creates and sells - practical items and unique ones using vintage materials. Right now she is working on a blog challenge to post a photo every day for the month of December! It's a tough challenge to keep, but Pam is doing it, and I'm finding the posts very interesting because Pam is an interesting person and I'm getting to know her more and more through her blog.
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