Christmas Cookie Recipes from Farmhouse

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Russian Tea Cakes

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Russian Tea Cakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup toasted and finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar

PROCEDURE:

  1. Sift flour and salt together
  2. Using electric mixer, cream butter in large bowl until light
  3. Gradually add ½ cup sugar and beat until fluffy
  4. Add Vanilla
  5. Mix in dry ingredients in 3 batches
  6. Mix in pecans
  7. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  9. Form dough into 1-inch balls
  10. Space 1-inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
  11. Bake until just firm to touch, about 15 minutes
  12. Transfer to rack and cool slightly
  13. Roll in powdered sugar
  14. Cool completely
  15. Roll cookies in powdered sugar again
  16. Store in airtight container

 

Holiday Biscotti

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Holiday Biscotti

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped
PROCEDURE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest and salt in a large bowl to blend
  5. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time
  6. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended
  7. Stir in pistachios, cranberries and white chocolate
  8. Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet
  9. Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes
  10. Cool for 30 minutes
  11. Place the log on the cutting board
  12. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into ½ to ¾ inch-thick slices
  13. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down on the baking sheet
  14. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes
  15. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days or wrap them in foil and freeze in plastic bags up to 3 weeks.

Variations for the holidays: Dip each biscotti into white chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar.

One thought on “Christmas Cookie Recipes from Farmhouse

  1. I made the Holiday Biscotti and it was wonderful! I received so many compliments! I will definitely make it again, and again.

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