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Solstice Cookies!

December 28, 2008

Okay, by this time you’re probably all sick of cookies & are currently coming up with your New Year’s resolutions, but I still want to post these.  Don’t throw anything at me, please!  I couldn’t go all out this year, but had enough money for a few key ingredients, which enabled me to give my loved ones some sugary love.

The whole lot…

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These are Coconut Snowballs, which I found here.  They were a new hit & I love how cute they look!  Very Festive.

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I also made striped Peanut Butter-Chocolate Fudge.  I made 1/2 batch of Alton Brown’s p.b. fudge recipe & 1 batch of Vegan Lunchbox’s chocolate fudge, without the marshmallow creme or nuts.  I cut them into tiny squares so people wouldn’t go into diabetic comas right away.

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These are my favorite ginger cookies ever, Chewy Gingersnaps, probably from a Better Homes & Gardens or Betty Crocker cookbook (recipe down below).  I’m not sure, but they’re delish!

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And, last but not least, Raspberry Jelly Dot Cookies, based on my late Gran’s recipe (down yonder) that she cut from the back of a Nucoa margarine box.  Awesome!  They are classics in our family & always bring smiles to my sister & Mom, especially.

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Here’s the recipe for the gingersnaps.  They’re chewy, but I guess the “snap” is the spice flavor.  I swear I heard that on The Splendid Table on NPR.  If you like ‘em crunchy, maybe bake them at a lower heat forever?  I’m not a lover of the crunch myself, so I’m not sure.

Chewy Gingersnaps

  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 Ener-G egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch each of cloves & salt
  • sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 375*F.  Cream first three ingredients together.  Add egg replacer & beat till creamy.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, & spices.  Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture until combined.  Form into 1-inch balls.  Roll in sugar.  Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until crinkly & flat (I whack the sheet on the counter to see if they flatten).

Jelly Dot Cookies

  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Ener-G egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnut, for rolling
  • 1/2 cup or so jelly/jam of your choice, stirred (not chunky stuff)

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Beat margarine, sugar, egg, & vanilla until smooth & slightly thick.  Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add them to the first mixture, stirring until thoroughly mixed.  If dough is too soft, chill it until it is workable.  Form the dough into 1-inch balls, then roll them in the chopped nuts.  Place them on a cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven & use your thumb (you may have to wait if you don’t have “asbestos fingers”) to make a dent in the center of each cookie.  Then fill the dent with jam or jelly.  Place back into the oven for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Then devour these addictive beasts!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2008 7:26 pm

    Who’s complaining about more cookies?! Seriously…who?!

  2. December 28, 2008 8:10 pm

    They are just beautiful! Cookies are the best gifts.

  3. December 29, 2008 6:54 am

    That fudge, o my!

  4. veganshane permalink
    January 14, 2009 12:05 pm

    I want the peanutbutter chocolate fudge now!!!!! May have to look into making it!

  5. March 26, 2009 12:19 pm

    Ohhh wow, yum yum.

  6. Sylvia permalink
    December 11, 2009 5:23 pm

    What a wonderful read right before I make my annual batch of christmas cookies. I haven’t been to the store yet, but I will definitely be making these coconut cookies! Snowballs=Yum!
    -Sylvia
    Ananta Watches

  7. Debra permalink
    December 24, 2013 7:34 pm

    Could u tell me approximately how many calories are in one no bake snowball
    Thanks

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