Winter Holiday Season Recipes:Cookies II

Here is our second installment of the winter Holiday Season Yule Cookies for enjoying and sharing with family and friends

SPICY  YULE  COOKIESWinter Holiday Season Recipes:Cookies II

 Yule Cookies:
1/3 cup butter softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
11/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
51/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Icing
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of milk
Directions
Cream butter, shortening, and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add sour cream, molasses, eggs and vanilla beat until smooth. In another large bowl combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, allspice, baking soda and salt. Add half of dry ingredient to creamed mixture, stir until a soft dough forms. Stir remaining dry ingredients 1 cup at a time into dough, use hands if necessary to mix well. Divide dough into fourths. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface use a floured rolling pin to roll out one fourth of dough to slightly less than 1/4 inch thickness. Use large and medium sized yule tree shaped cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until firm to the touch. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
For Icing combine confectioners sugar and milk in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Spoon icing into a pastry bag filled with a small round tip. Pipe outline onto each cookie. Allow icing to harden. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 7 dozen cookies.

CHOCOLATE CAPPUCCINO COOKIESWinter Holiday Season Recipes:Cookies II

Cookies

2 cups butter, softened
4 cups packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups (10 ounces) cinnamon chocolate chips (see substitution)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed of an electric beater until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, beating until blended.
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in cinnamon chips.  Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake, in batches, for 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Substitution:You can substitute 1-2/3 cups chocolate chips tossed with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for the cinnamon chips

This Yule Cookie Recipe is from the The Best of Mr. Food Cookbook Series Oxmoor House, Inc.

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