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Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method -------- ------------ -------------------------------- 1 C. butter 2 C. sugar 3 eggs 15 oz. ricotta cheese 2 tsp. vanilla 4 C. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. soda Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, one at a time. Beat in ricotta and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients. Drop by rounded spoonfulls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool. Frost with your favorite butter cream frosting (they might even be good with chocolate or almond flavored frosting). If desired the can be decorated with sprinkles. Yield - 4 dozen. Source: NOTES : Very good, I dipped in powdered sugar glaze.

Chocolate Totos

My great aunt used to make these and when she passed away, the recipe was lost. I found this on the internet about 10 years ago, and it was very close.  I haven't made them in a while since my guys have nut allergies, but my dad asked for them this year. After looking at similar recipes I figured out the missing ingredient is the black pepper.  It gives the cookies a little depth and heat.  I also recommend grating the other spices fresh, it makes a big difference.  Making these brings back lots of good memories for me! Chocolate Totos Print With Image Without Image ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 sticks butter -- softened 1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2oz  unsweetened chocolate 1 tablespoon butter -- softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2

Fruitcake Loaf

MIL called with a last minute request for me to make fruitcake for FIL.  There could not be any alcohol or nuts.     I got some great ideas from the TOHbb, but I had the ingredients on hand for this one I got from I was also make him a pumpkin pie  & Pink Elephant popcorn, so I wanted him to be able to reserve some of the goodies.   I baked this in my mini loaf pan rack, it made 5 mini loaves... Sort of.    I obviously overfilled them and it crawled all over the oven floor!  Had a little difficulty getting them out of the pan, but once I did they cooled and wrapped very nicely.  FIL kept one out and stuck the rest in the freezer, and said it's delicious.                        * Exported from MasterCook *                               Fruitcake Loaf   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method --------  ------------  --------------------------------   1                cup  all-purpose flour -- divided   2               cups  Drie

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

I found these on the Martha Website, gave them a try for our family Christmas party. Thumbs up, there's room for a few tweaks though. It makes a VERY large cookie using size she gave. Made them with smallest cookie scoop (about the size of a dime), and they turned out bite size. Cookies themselves are good, even without frosting. I was up to my neck in baking orders, and couldn't do the from scratch frosting. I subbed whipped canned frosting, piped it through a pastry bag with an open tip to make filling go quicker :) Martha's Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients: 1 cup light-brown sugar 1 cup sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter -- room temperature 2 large eggs -- room temperature 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon groun