Santa Claus is coming to town…soon…

December 11th, 2008

This is will be the first time Jeh and I will have hosted Christmas for our family, well my family to be exact. I’m not nervous about it at all, since we host lots of BIG parties and are used to all the stress, work, and clean-up. I like being organized and prepared when it comes to planning things. I’ve already started a Christmas menu list and only have the basics down (Roast w/ gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, and ham) and I’m trying to figure out what to serve for appetizers. Actually, I’m just trying to figure out what cookies I want to make. I know I’m making gingerbread cookies from “The New Best Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated“. I’ve tested them out and they are SO delicious! Plus, I completely trust Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen peeps since they actually test recipes till they’re perfect, unlike most cookbooks. On top of that, they don’t just list a bunch of recipes, they actually tell you all of their trial and errors so you can learn what they’ve learned which helps you become a better cook. I highly recommend that cookbook. I also recently picked up “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book“, since I primarily bake. And I’m glad I did, they have lots of good baking recipes in here. Although, this book doesn’t come with explanations like “The New Best Recipe”, but it’s still good. They have things in here that “The New Best Recipe” doesn’t have.

Anyway, I want to make a nice selection of delicious cookies for christmas and so far the only thing I know I’m making is gingerbread cookies. The “Family Baking Book” has a recipe for these chocolate dipped coconut macaroons that looks pretty easy to make and looks REALLY good. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making those as well, but I can’t figure out what other good, reliable cookie I can make. I was thinking of the butter cookie recipe (aka Holiday cookie), but I kind of want a sweet cookie.  They have a recipe for a sugar cookie, but I’m not sure if it would be sweet enough. I just can’t figure out a fairly easy, DELICIOUS, well-tested, sweet cookie!

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