Italian Christmas Cookies 2015

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On Christmas, nothing is better than Christmas cookies. Learn great christmas cookies recipes this Christmas for kids and all the members.

1. Gingerbread Biscotti

Ingredients:

· 1. 3 cups flours

· 1 tsp nutmeg, ground

· 1 tbs. cinnamon, ground

· ¼ cup fresh ginger, minced

· 1 cup almonds, blanched

· ½ tsp cloves, ground

· ½ tbs. baking powder

· ¾ cup sugar

· ¼ lb butter

· 3 eggs

· ½ cup dark molasses

· ½ tsp allspice, ground

Process:

Bake almonds in a 8-9 inches pan on 175 degree C for about 10 to 15 minutes. When cooled, chop and set aside. In a bowl of electric mixer, beat butter, ginger, sugar, molasses until smooth. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. mix baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, cloves, almonds and allspice in another bowl. Add this mixture to the egg mixture and stir to blend. On two greased baking sheets of the measurement 12*15 inches, pat the dough into 4 flat loaves, use well-floured hands for patting.

Each one should be 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick of the baking sheet. Bake at 175ºC in the oven for about 25 minutes. Keep switching the positions of the pans halfway, through baking. When baked and cooled, cut into ½ inch thick diagonal slices. Arrange slices close together on the baking sheet, the cut side should be down. Bake again at 175ºC for about 15 to 18 minutes. And this time also switch positions. Switch positions again and let these cool completely.

Recipe #2:

Ingredients:

· ½ tsp vanilla extract

· 2 tsp vanilla extract

· 1 tsp baking soda

· 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

· 1 cup butter, softened

· 2 cups sugar

· 1 tsp salt

· 3 eggs

· 3 to 4 tbs. milk

· 4 cups all-purpose flour

· ¼ cup cream softened

· 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

· Colored sprinkles

Process:

Mix cream, butter and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs one by one and beat well, now add in ricotta and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda and flour, mix well and add to the earlier mixture. Drop the mixture by round tsp, 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. For frosting, mix cream vanilla, sugar and butter. Then add milk until the frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost the cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe #3:

Ingredients:

· 1 cup butter

· 5-6 tsp milk

· ½ of 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

· 1 can condensed milk

· 2 cups sifted flour

· ½ cup nuts

· 1 large pkg. chocolate chips

· 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Process:

Start with making the dough and then the filling and at last, glaze. For dough, mix cheese and butter with a fork. Add this mixture to the flour and blend well, till the dough is formed. Knead well and chill for several hours, if possible, overnight. After the dough is chilled, heat chocolate over hot water until it melts completely. Then add milk and nuts and stir and Leave the filling over double boiler but do not keep on heat. Now cut dough into 3 parts, only one part is to be worked on at a time. So put the remaining two parts in the fridge. Cut out a rectangle of about 6x8x½ inches. Once you roll out a rectangle, fill ⅓ in the center. Fold in such a way that it forms into tube, you will need to fold from the sides, the seam should come in the center. Place some down on cookie sheet and bake at 375º for about 20 to 30 minutes. Mix the confectioners’ sugar and milk and spread on cookies for glaze.

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