Saturday, January 2, 2010

Wouldn't be Christmas without these cookies!

Refrigerator Cookies

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter

½ tsp lemon extract
½ tsp almond extract
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs

Measure flour; add baking powder, soda and salt onto waxed paper. Stir thoroughly to blend.

Cream butter until fluffy. Add flavourings. Gradually add sugars, mixing until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients, combining thoroughly.

Chill dough ½ to 1 hour.

Shape chilled dough into rolls 2 inches in diameter and wrap in waxed paper. Chill overnight or at least 8 hours in refrigerator.

Cut chilled dough into 1/8 inch slices, using sharp knife.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 2" apart. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove cookies from pan. Place on wire rack to cool.

Yield: 7 dozen cookies.

Christmas Refrigerator Cookies – Add 1/3 cup sliced, blanched almonds and ½ cup chopped, candied fruit or red and green cherries to dry ingredients in recipe for plain refrigerator cookies (above). Mix well.

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies – Add ½ cup finely chopped nuts to dry ingredients in recipe for plain refrigerator cookies. Add 3 squares (3 oz.) Melted unsweetened chocolate after adding eggs.

From Robin Hood No-Sift Recipes: Cookies (no date on booklet

My youngest son and his family have been visiting this week from Alberta, and the three grandchildren (11, 8 and 5) beg for these cookies (made with the cherries and nuts, of course, for the Christmas season). They get eaten as fast as I can bake them!

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Janet said...

Yummy - more cookies. Isn't it funny how every Christmas is associated with a recipe or two - traditional 'must haves' determined by family and friends? In our house it's shortbread (cornstarch box recipe). Christmas just doesn't seem to be Christmas without those melt in your mouth cookies. In my mom's house, it's Cherry Cake - a luscious pound cake with glazed cherries. She now makes three every year and we each get one as part of our Christmas presents.

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday with your family, Helena. Best wishes for the New Year.

Silver James said...

Helena, my family makes a variation of your cookies, with the candied fruit--red and green cherries and pineapple--with pecans. They melt in your mouth and are so handy to have in the freezer when unexpected company drops by.

Speaking of r/g cherries, I saw a recipe for Rice Krispie treats with the cherries added for festive Christmas treats. Yeah...gonna have to add that to the pile for next year!


Karyn Good said...

I love cookies, as do the other people living in my house! This one sounds like a keeper! Thanks, Helena.

Suse said...

Your recipe looks interesting, Helena. I think the lemon and almond extracts would be a really nice combination that I haven't tried before. Cookies are definitely a must. My 23 year old son requested pinwheel shortbread cookies which are pink & white with peppermint flavoring. I guess he's secure enough in his manhood to request these pink tasty cookies.

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Anita Mae Draper said...

Helena - My mom used to make these Christmas refridgerator cookies with the red and green cherries every year but I'd forgotten all about them. I really like the convenience of refridgerator cookies so I'll be sure to add them to my next year's baking list. Thank your for posting the recipe here.

Kammie said...

My mother-in-law makes these cookies each year and always sends some home with us. Yum!

Happy New Year! Here's hoping this year will be a bit better than last. kammie2u at ameritech dot net