Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 13: Aunt Hanna’s Cookies

These cookies are an everyday Finnish cookie, that I decorate with green and red glazed cherries for the holidays (inspired by Beatrice Ojakangas' suggestion in The Great Scandinavian Baking Book). They have become one of my favorite cookies, because they are not terribly sweet, and are a nice change from all the sugary treats around … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 13: Aunt Hanna’s Cookies

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 12: No-Bake Wreaths

This is another recipe from a homemaking/parenting magazine from years ago. Despite the look of them, and the "kid-stuff" list of ingredients, these crispy, sweet, cornflake and marshmallow wreaths are delightful. Rather than the sticky, chewy consistency of puffed rice marshmallow bars, the cornflakes take on a light glaze of marshmallow, and provide relief from … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 12: No-Bake Wreaths

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 10: Snickerdoodles

Here's another recipe from my mom, that I transcribed as she read it to me over the phone, some time in the distant past. Turns out that, upon closer examination, it came to us by way of Betty Crocker's Cooky Book, and they, in turn, acknowledge they got the recipe from Mrs. Ronald Anfinson, of … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 10: Snickerdoodles

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 7: Perfect Royal Icing

This recipe from Stella Parks makes the best royal icing I have ever tasted and decorated with. But that perfection comes with some cost. Ms. Parks is a marvelously scientific baker, and all ingredients are calibrated quite precisely. That means, of course, if you deviate in any way, you may not achieve the perfection she … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 7: Perfect Royal Icing

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 6: Chocolate, Cherry, & Pistachio Pinwheels

I found this recipe a long time ago, in some parenting/homemaking magazine, long since forgotten. But the cookies are unforgettable, and are a holiday tradition for us. They are another labor of love, with a number of fiddly steps, but the result is well worth the effort. Chocolate, pistachio and cherry are quite lovely together, … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 6: Chocolate, Cherry, & Pistachio Pinwheels

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 5: Holiday Sugar Cookies

Let's be honest with each other. Baking sugar cookies during the holidays is…well, more about the decorating than the eating. Don't look at me like that, you know the sugar cookies are the last ones left on the cookie plates after holiday gatherings. Don't let that happen to you this year. Those of you who … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 5: Holiday Sugar Cookies

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 4: Gingerbread Cookies

This is by far the best gingerbread cookie recipe I have ever eaten. Ever. The flavor is complex, full of warmth and spice, and the texture is crispy and light, not dense and tooth-shattering like many gingerbread cookies I have eaten. The cookies don't need any icing at all, but the addition of royal icing … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 4: Gingerbread Cookies

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 2: Anise Cookies

Today's bake is Anise Cookies. They're another family favorite and a labor of love because they take 2 days to make, and the recipe makes a lot of cookies. This is another recipe from my MiL, that I halved because the full recipe makes about 140 cookies. So now it only makes 5-6 dozen. 😂 … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 2: Anise Cookies

Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 1: Oatmeal Crunchies

(Teacup and saucer: Miss Havisham's Curiosities) Today's bake is Oatmeal Crunchies. They are The Husband's favorite cookie, and the recipe is from my MiL (naturally). They are simple to make, so they are a great start to the month's baking. They are light, full of butterscotch flavor, and well, crunchy. They are the kind of … Continue reading Baker’s Solstice Countdown: December 1: Oatmeal Crunchies