December 24, 2012


Quirks again, still making some cookies here at the cabin for Christmas!
These are traditional German cookies called vanillekipferln, meaning Vanilla Crescent.
I have these every time I go to Germany for Christmas so it was just fitting that we made them this year at the cabin.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine 2 sticks of softened butter, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Cream together with mixer.
 Mix in 1 cup of chopped almonds, two cups of flour, a dash of salt and one teaspoon of almond extract.
Just a side note, we did not have almonds at the time so we used chopped walnuts. Still came out really good.
Shape the dough into cresent shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet
My mother did this part, I am way too much of a perfectionist, it would have taken me ages.
Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned on the bottom like below.
Yummy right?!
Immedienetly when they come out of the oven, while they are still nice and hot, sift some powdered sugar over the top of them.
Best served with coffee. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies

Christmas Eve is here and what am I doing? Staying in a cabin out in the middle of the freezing cold woods of New Hampshire and baking cookies, cakes, and bread with my mom!
These cookies are a family tradition. I know what you're thinking. Peanut butter hershey kiss cookies aren't anything new.
But that is because we invented them. I mean look at that recipe, it's ages old (don't tell my mom I said that).
Okay, we didn't invent them. But this recipe is different than the average peanut butter hershey kiss cookie. Trust me. Have I ever lead you wrong? Exactly.
Preheat your oven to 350 degees.
In a large bowl put in a whole 18 oz jar of creamy peanut butter, 1 and 1/4 cup of sugar, and two eggs. My mother says to use a mixer and since she is always right I would do so.
I never use a mixer...just saying ;)
The dough will not look anything like cookie dough. It will seem like very sugary peanut butter. Very yummy sugary peanut butter I might add.
Roll into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. The size depends on preference.
The one on the left is mine...the right is my moms. I like my cookies big as we all mother thinks I am crazy. However she is right, if you make them smaller they come out a bit crispier.
Place in the over for 12 minutes. As soon as they come out place a hershey kiss on each, pressing down slighlty. I made two baking sheets full of them with one recipe, so about 3 dozen.

I like to let them cool a bit before eating so the hershey kiss doesn't melt right away when you bite into it. And my way is always right...unless if my mom's way is different...then her way is right. 
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!