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I usually start baking my Christmas Cookies a few weeks before Thanksgiving. I make them and freeze them in November so I don't have alot of baking to do in December which gives me more time to shop or relax. I also put cookies in tins and keep them in a root cellar I have in the basement, actually it was an empty room between the basement and old coal storage room. Its very cool there and the cookies don't spoil at all.


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Good luck reci. I already tried this with Thanksgiving recipes, but no one was interested. Anyway, I posted two of my favorite holiday cookies under the party recipes, but here they are again.

Cheese Sables

(another make ahead, then bake the day of party)

1 1/4 C sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 C shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese

1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 C butter

1 egg yolk, beaten

3 T. milk

coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Stir in cheeses until blended. With a pastry cutter cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with egg yolk and iced water; toss with a fork until misture binds together. Knead dough in bowl 8-10 strokes or until smooth. Divide dough in half. Shape each piece into a 7x1 1/4" roll. Wrap separately, refrigerate at least one hour, or up to several days.

Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut roll into 1/4" slices. Place slices, cut side down, about 1" apart on lined baking sheets. Brush tops with milk; sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 12 min or until very lightly golden. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks. Makes approx 56 pastries.

Orange Pinwheel Cookies

1 C butter, softened

3 oz cream cheese, softened

1 C sugar

1 egg

1 T fresh grated orange peel

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt


1 C semisweet chocolate chips

3 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 C confectioners sugar (I cut this to 1/4 C)

1/4 C orange juice

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add egg, orange peel and vanilla. Mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 4 hours or until firm. Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in a small saucepan. cook and stir over low heat until smooth; set aside to cool.

On a floured surface, divide dough in half; roll each half into a 12x10" rectangle. Spread with filling. Carefully roll up into a tight jelly roll and wrap in waxed paper. Chill overnight. Remove waxed paper and cut rolls into 1/4" slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 8-10 min or until very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 8 dozen.


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