Introducing: The Twelve Cookies of Christmas

I'm getting ready to fill my cookie tin!

I'm getting ready to fill my cookie tin!

Welcome to a new monthly feature of In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens.
Nothing says “Christmas” like a plate of cookies, preferably accompanied by a glass of crisp cold milk or a mug of steaming hot cocoa.
After all, we wouldn’t give Santa anything less than our best.
A few days ago I came up with the idea of doing a series called “The Twelve Cookies of Christmas.”
Unfortunately, I don’t have the energy or the waistline necessary to make (and perhaps consume) twelve different kinds of cookies between now and December 25, 2009.
So I’m aiming for Christmas 2010.
Once a month from now until next December I plan to post a Christmas cookie recipe. When December rolls along the twelve cookies will all be in place. (You’ll have to supply the milk and cocoa yourselves.)
I hope readers and friends will submit their favorite cookies as the months roll by.
My “Partridge in a Pear Tree” cookie comes from Marcia Powell of Norwalk, Connecticut.
Marcia’s cranberry lemon cookies are unusual because their base is a cake mix. She writes that she and her grandchildren Allison and Cooper adapted the recipe from one in The Cake Mix Bible.
The cookies’ yellow-and-red color is striking. Their flavor is sophisticated enough for adults but sweet enough for kids. My nephew Michael and his friend Carson loved them.
I have a feeling I’m going to try them with orange cake mix and peel next………. Yum!
Marcia Powell’s Cranberry Lemon Cookies
1 package lemon cake mix (According to Marcia, The Cake Mix Bible calls for for Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Lemon Cake Mix. She has also used a Shop Rite mix)
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter, melted (Marcia uses vegetable oil, but I used butter for flavor)
2 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups (half of a 12-ounce bag) cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone or parchment. (Marcia actually uses an ungreased cookie sheet, but my cookie sheets are old, and I tend to be paranoid about sticking.)
In a large bowl combine the cake mix and melted butter. Stir in the eggs, followed by the lemon peel and the cranberries.
Drop the cookies by rounded teaspoons onto the baking sheets. You may also make them larger—up to a tablespoon. Mine were about 2 teaspoons.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies turn light golden brown.
Cool the cookies for 1 minute on their baking sheets; then remove them to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 20 to 48 cookies, depending on how large yours are.
Carson was happy to help test the cookies.

Carson was happy to help test the cookies.

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3 Responses to “Introducing: The Twelve Cookies of Christmas”

  1. We’re expecting 2 feet of snow tomorrow — a great day to bake and I happen to have lemon loaf cake mix in my cabinet and dried cranberries which I am betting will taste quite good. Add a nice hot cuppa tea, an old movie or three and we will be in holiday cookie heaven.

  2. Amanda says:

    Hi Tinky, just wanted to say that I love your blog! And thank you so much for reading and commenting on Food & Think frequently, it is always so encouraging. 🙂 Happy holidays!

  3. tinkyweisblat says:

    Hi, Deb and Amanda–Stay warm out there in the snow (maybe by baking!). And thanks for YOUR great blogs, “Food & Think” and “The Other Woman Cooks” (maybe today it should be “The Other Woman’s Cookies”?)…….