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#161095 Dec 15th, 2007 at 07:23 AM
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So what have you made so far and what do you plan to make?

Do you have a traditional dessert or such?

Please share with us all.


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So Far I've done the Rosette Cookies. They aren't baked but since they were a cookie I decided to mention them here.

I plan on doing the stained glass cookies, Chocolate Mint Cut Out Cookies, Spritz Cookies with traditional flavorings, Buried Cherry Cookies, and Gingerbread Men. It's my first year with the Gingerbread Men so I am holding my breath that they turn out.

The chocolate Mint Cut Out Cookies are going to the Pot Luck tomorrow at church.


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for christmas, i'll only bake a ham and make some fudge. it's thanksgiving that i go all out on.

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I only made a dozen meat pies so far...I'm slow this year.


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will you post your meat pie recipe? they just sound so good.

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yes, yes--please post the meat pie recipe.

I have only BOUGHT the ingrediants for my cookies.
1) soft sugar coookies
2) Oatmeal cookies--my grandmother's recipe
3) Russian Tea Cakes (really cookies)
4) Peanut butter--my grandmother's recipe

I have also orderd 2 nut rolls--I have only made them from scratch one time

hopefully I will get to the cookies next week--(lol--I had better, huh?)


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Not really a recipe.

I cook 3 parts stew(cubed) beef and 2 parts stew(cubed)pork separately(salt while cooking). You drain(and don't use the pork broth) and cool the pork, but keep the beef broth when you drain the beef. Cool the meat and shred up by hand. Add a few chopped raw onions into your meat mix(to taste). Throw in some pepper and some beef broth so that it is a little juicy but not close to dripping. Mix well by hand.(Some people like to add a few handfuls of cooled mashed potatoes~but I don't)

Make your pie crusts, put in meat mix and cover with a top crust, cut a few holes or slits in top. Cook at 350* till the crust is baked(the meat mix is already pre-cooked). I make them and freeze them, I just take them out to unthaw in the fridge then cook the next day. Delicious.


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what kind of seasonings do you use? or it is just salted meat (good, mind you)

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Just salt and pepper Jiffy.


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Meat pie is a Maritime thing. It is served for breakfast on Christmas morning. And only enough is made so that it is all eaten by the end of January. Then only made for Christmas again.


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well, i was hoping you would let me know, it sounds really good, and we were given a whole deer last night, it's in processing now, sounds like something i'd like with the dear meat!

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Jiffy here alot of people make it with deer and moose. They say it's just as good.

It's also very filling. We serve it for a meal with just pickles and beets.


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well, i'm going to try it. it sounds like it will be good. i'll let you know how it turns out thumbup

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i'm suppose to be making cookies today. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. What do you bet that I don't get them done? Oh well, I'll make them next week.

Talk about not in the baking mood. And that is really strange for this time of year. I wonder if it has to do with not putting up my christmas decorations?

No Tree, no cookies?


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might be tk. i'm thinking i need to go make some stuff today. i've got students coming to see me tomorrow that i need gifts for.

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how many days on average can you make cookies ahead of time? Does anyone have a rule of thumb on that one? I'm doing gingerbread men and stained glass sugar cookies.


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I always say if your going to leave them out, no more than a week or so for best freshness.

Put them in tight fitting containers like tuppeware with fresh, plain, sliced bread in them (for soft cookies) replace bread as it gets hard.

BUT I usually have mine made by now (not this year) and I put them in the freezer--they thaw in a few hours---.

I'm making mine on several days this week.


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I have not made any Christmas cookies yet this year which is very odd!! James brought it up yesterday. He must be hungry for them!! lol I will have to try and get some made this week.

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It sounds like I can start this week too. That's a good thing. I just need to do a little more cleaning in my kitchen and then make up the Navy Bean Soup and then clean up from that and I'll be ready to go. ... Well maybe tomorrow lol.


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Tomorrow will be my baking day~not looking forward to the big mess I make lol


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perhaps tomorrow afternoon I can get some baked too.--I have to be home anyway--may as well make myself useful !!!


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Well everything is out on the counter so I'll definately start baking after lunch(unexpected chores to do this morning). I forgot to buy another bottle of cherries, can I borrow some from one of you? lol


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sure tam-----I'll go get you some--our roads are clean---but you might not have them until say NEXT holiday !!! rolz lol
just use half as many--will anyone notice ??


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Well it's tomorrow already and I'm still cleaning. I hope I have a garbage disposal at the next place I live. I always stop up the sink without one. And of all times to run out of paper towels. Anyway by this afternoon I should definitely start making the candy and cookies. If not there is always the next tomorrow lol.

Hope everyone else's schedule is working out better than mine.


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lol I haven't started yet either. But the cows are fed, driveway is cleaned, laundry is done and the house is cleaned. Maybe I'll start as soon as I'm done on here....maybe grin


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O.K. I finally got at it and today so far I have made chocolate brownies, mint brownies, cheesecake brownies, butterscotch squares, cream cheese cookies, scotch cookies, date squares and pecan-date squares finished......and alot of dirty dishes lol


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I'll help with the dishes for brownies idea to bad I didn't live closer haha


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I made the Peanut butter ball things last night--got about 7 dozen--I thibnk it should of made 8--they could of been smaller so they would fit into the candy papers better- thumbup rolz lol

this afternoon/evening--oatmeal cookies are4 on the adjenda !!
I will make 8 doz of them----


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I tried making the hard rock candy but I couldn't get it hot enough. So it solidified on everything except itself.

And the Chocolate Mint Cut Out cookies turned out as hard as cement. Definitely need to add a teaspoon of baking powder to that recipe. There was no rise at all.

Now as soon as I recover I'll try the stained glass cookie and see what kind of damage I can do with that recipe. I'm just not a cookie maker.


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TK PM me the recipe for the stained glass cookies--will you please??
can I make them with MY sugar cookie recipe ?? it is a soft cookie


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I will do some baking Friday. Chocolate chip for my DH and Son in law, strawberry bread to give some of my neighbors and my DD hasn't let me know what she wants lolGoing shopping tomorrow so I hope I have what I need to make whatever she deciedes blush


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Well all the baking is finished except for Christmas dessert, that will get done on the 24th. Now I just have to make up the baskets today.


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O.K. these are the sweets I made for the baskets, the cookies only got decorated last night.

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And these are the baskets, I have three layers of squares in muffin papers (27 pieces) and the cookies are in the blue holiday containers. So each person gets a basket and a container.

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DH wants me to make up baskets and rent a table at the craft fair next year to sell them...Might be a plan.


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I love your cookie cutter pattern for the snowflakes. I had the hardest time finding cookie cutters this year. They just didn't have much of a selection if they had them at all.

Well I'll probably start my baking alittle later in the day. I'm not up to it this morning. Yesterday was busy and I haven't recovered yet.

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Tammy, I got that cookie cutter at Wal-mart.


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I made oatmeal cookies evening before yeeterday--

DH took some of them and some of the peanut butter balls (are those buckeyes?) & some nuts to work thursday. His boss asked him to leave the cookies there overnight so they could finish them today---One of the guys said I was a keeper--(nice huh???)

today I think I am making Russian tea cakes & perhpas the sugar cookies


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yup, that's Buckeyes.


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well they are good

and simple---- thumbup


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Wal-mart huh? I tried two different wal-marts and they had next to nothing. I must have been to late in the season I guess.


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They are in the decoration aisle. They are copper with a red bow(to hang on a tree) but it was so big and pretty that I used it for cookies. It really is a cookie cutter...well, I think. lol


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