Have I mentioned that I have an entire week at home alone?
This may be the greatest Christmas gift of all! (Don't judge...alone time is scarce in these parts.)
I've been busy in the kitchen, and even with my
crappy small European oven, I've made some tasty treats to share with neighbors.
Iced Ricotta Cookies from Christmas Cookies.com
Chocolate Bourbon Balls from A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies by Wilson
Pecan Sand Crescents from Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File Gumbo by Robbins, Hymel and Champagne
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses from A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies by Wilson
The family favorite is the ricotta cookie. Don't let the name fool you; these cookies are delicious! I follow the eggless recipe exactly but do modify the glaze a bit by adding a dash of almond extract. They are billed as "Italian" on some websites, but I've never seen them here. Young One brought a couple to school this week for her mid-morning snack and shared with a couple of classmates. They quickly declared that they didn't like them and told her that Americans just have different tastes. Funny girls...but perhaps a bit of truth to that. Young One will not eat most Italian sweets.
The only thing missing are the decorated cut-out gingerbread cookies for Santa. That's a job for the entire family to tackle this weekend.
How is your baking going?