The days are ticking quickly by and if you are anything like me, you already have your supplies on hand. No? Well, I can offer you my most requested cookie/candy recipes that have been pleasing people for over 35 years. Since some directions are longer than others, multiple posts will be needed as follows:
Part 1: Part 2: Chocolate Italian Balls
Spicy Gingerbread Cookies Peanut Butter Balls
Italian Butter Balls Almond Sugar Cookies
Part 3: Part 4: Butterscotch Haystacks
Chocolate Fudge Coconut Balls
Italian Neapolitan Cookies Truffles (multi-flavored)
Part 1: Spicy Ginger Bread Cookies
If you enjoy a robust, flavorful gingerbread cookie, this one is for you.
1/2 cup Butter or Margarine
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Molasses
2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp each of Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger and Nutmeg
A Rolling Pin and Cookie Cutters
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1) Cream the butter and sugar. Add the molasses and egg, mix well. Add the rest of ingredients.
2) Lightly flour your rolling surface, roll out the dough, and use various cookie cutters.
3) Place cut-outs on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies from sheets to cool.
Italian Butter Ball Cookies (My family’s recipe)
1 cup Soft Butter (no substitutions)
1/2 cup Confectioner’s Sugar or also known as 10x sugar. (plus about a 1/2 cup for rolling)
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 cup Chopped Walnuts
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar, mixing well. Add flour, mixing thoroughly. Add nuts, dispersing them well throughout dough. Pour about a half cup of 10x sugar into a small bowl. Roll out dough into small balls and roll each in the 10x sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5-6 minutes or until the bottom of each cookie is slightly brown around edges.
2 1/2 cups Crushed Vanilla Wafers
1 cup Powdered or 10x sugar (plus extra for rolling)
2 Tbsp. Baking Cocoa Powder
3 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Rum
1 cup Finely Chopped Walnuts
Optional: Chocolate Chips, Maraschino Cherry Slices, Sprinkles, Colored Sugar, or Cocoa
Directions: Mix the wafer crumbs, sugar, and cocoa together well. Add rum, corn syrup, and mix well. Add the nuts, dispersing thoroughly. Add optional chips or cherries, if desired. In a small bowl, roll dough balls into 10x sugar (or optional extra cocoa powder, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc.)
Rum balls are most flavorful after about a day in fridge. But who has that willpower?
Let me know how your cookies/candies turn out or if you added an extra ingredient that makes the recipes better. Look for the next installments as Parts (2, 3, and 4): Let the Baking Begin!