Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (2010) (Cont.)

I like a good chewy cookie, and these fill the bill.  They also are a bit different to make, and a good change of pace cookie on a long day of baking.

Cranberry Hootycreeks

Ingredients:  5/8 cup all-purpose flour; 1/2 cup rolled oats; 1/2 cup all-purpose flour; 1/2 teaspoon baking soda; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/3 cup brown sugar; 1/3 cup white sugar; 1/2 cup dried cranberries; 1/2 cup white chocolate chips; 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Today's batch of cranberry hootycreeks

Layer these ingredients in a large jar, in the order listed.

Other ingredients:  1/2 cup softened butter; 1 egg; 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease a cookie sheet.  In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together butter, egg, and vanilla until fluffy.  Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended.  Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes, then move to a plate.

2009 Christmas Cookie Recipes


Baking Day

Today was cold and windy, with a few snow flurries here and there.  It was a perfect day to put on the “Holiday Mix” on the iPod, crank up some Christmas music, and get down to some serious holiday baking.  Today’s work featured some Dutch spice cookies, two kinds of fudge, lemon bars, coconut toffee treats, and a few new recipes that I’ll share.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — there’s nothing like holiday baking to put you in the Christmas mood.  Of course, the Browns winning at Miami on a last-second field goal doesn’t hurt my mood, either.

The Browns Press On

The Browns play the Dolphins today in Miami.  The Browns stand at 4-7 and are pretty much out of the playoff hunt — unless they can somehow run the table.  If the Browns hold out any hope, they must win this game.

This will be one of those rare games where the location probably doesn’t give an advantage.  The Browns stink on the road (1-4) and the Dolphins stink at home (1-4).  The Dolphins have a pretty good defense and have been especially good against the pass.  The Dolphins’ offense, however, has been iffy, and their quarterback (for now at least) is Chad Henne, a name familiar to anyone who follows Big Ten football.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Colt McCoy is still out, so Jake Delhomme will start at QB.  Delhomme played a good first half against Carolina last week, then had an abysmal second half that let the Panthers back in the game.  Although he bounced back to lead the Browns on a drive to get a field goal to put the team ahead, his bad decision-making was deeply troubling.  If a vet like Delhomme hasn’t learned good judgment by now, what does he bring to the table?  No doubt the Browns, again, will hope Peyton Hillis can carry them to victory on the ground — and also hope that the defense recovers from its near-disastrous end-of-the-game breakdowns against Carolina.  The Browns were saved from another ignominious loss only because Carolina’s field goal kicker gagged on a game-winning field goal with time running out.  They’ll need to play better, on offense and defense, if they hope to win today.

The Nut Ball

Last night Kish and I went to the Nutcracker Ball (known to us, at least, as the Nut Ball).  It is one of the principal fundraisers for BalletMet, the Columbus ballet troupe.  It’s the first time we’ve been to the Nut Ball since the days Kish worked for BalletMet.

The event was held at the Renaissance Hotel downtown and was well done.  For the cocktail hour, the entertainment was young ballerinas from the BalletMet dance academy who were depicted as figures atop music boxes and danced to piano music.  When the doors opened to the ballroom itself, guests were greeted with some excellent music by a multi-piece band, as well as additional performance by the dance students.  The food was good, so was the company at the firm table, and Kish and I got to visit with some friends we haven’t seen in a while.

Of course, it was a black tie event, so everyone in attendance undoubtedly felt physically uncomfortable at some point during the evening.  Why do people inflict black tie formal wear on themselves?  Tuxedos are bad enough, with their various studs, braces, cuff links, and cummerbunds, but men actually luck out compared to women, who must squeeze into the most uncomfortable spandex, taffeta, sparkly, stiff, strapless, and backless get-ups imaginable.  All for a good cause, of course!