Taste Testing Tuesday – #20 – Christmas Cookies!

It’s time to rev up your taste buds! Yep, it’s Taste Testing Tuesday once again. And I’m betting today’s taste test will be your all time favorite! What are we testing? Christmas Cookies!!! A special thank you goes out to my daughter, Megan, for sharing some pictures with me of some of the Christmas cookies they made at their house this week. 🙂 Here are some suggestions for yummy cookies you can make and test out:

#1.) Peanut Butter Blossoms. Oohh these are soooo yummy! A peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss added on top. Drooooooling…

#2.) Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Trees. These are made just like the original Rice Krispies Treats recipe on the cereal box plus some green sugar and sprinkles added. Then cut them into triangles and you’re done!

#3.) Molasses Crinkles – This is one of my favorite cookies. I remember making them with my mom when I was a little girl. 🙂

#4.) Sour Cream Cookies – I was looking for the recipe that my Grandma used to make for us and these are similar but not quite the same. The recipe calls for adding a frosting glaze to these while they are still hot but I went with sprinkles instead to cut down on the amount of sugar.

#5.) Cut-Out Butter Cookies – Ok, this has to be my all-time favorite cookie! (Molasses Crinkles are a close 2nd.) This is another recipe I made with my mom when I was little. Well, and even after I got “big”. And then I made them with our kids and now our daughter made this batch with her kids. 🙂

I have to admit that decorated cut-out cookies get my vote for at least LOOKING the best! 😉

#6.) Russian Teacakes – This cookie is one of my hubby’s favorite cookies. They rank pretty high with me too. I make them with finely ground pecans but you can use other nuts instead. They are rolled in powdered sugar which helps to make them especially tasty.

#7.) Peanut Butter Cookies – Another one of our favorites! Ok, yes, there seems to be a pattern developing here, doesn’t there? I have a lot of favorite cookies! Haha! One of my jobs when I was little and helping my mom make these was to make the criss-cross pattern on each cookie. I always thought that was pretty cool. 😉

So what is your favorite Christmas cookie? Do you make Christmas cookies at your house? Maybe you buy some from a store? What is your all-time favorite cookie that you would ask for if you could have any cookie in the world? I hope you have a Christmas cookie Taste Testing Tuesday at your house!

Kids Making Easy Cornbread

Are you looking for simple recipes that kids can help make? Or for older kids, even make on their own? This is a great recipe for yummy cornbread that comes from the Quaker yellow cornmeal canister. It’s been a favorite in our family for a long time. This recipe works great if you want to make it dairy free by just using water instead of milk.

Gather up your ingredients…flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk OR water, oil and an egg. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8 or 9″ baking pan.

Put all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix together.

Break the egg into a cup and beat it with a fork.

Add the milk or water, oil and the beaten egg to the dry ingredients.

Stir together with a spoon and pour into the greased pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

We like to eat cornbread with butter and maple syrup or molasses. It goes great with soup! If you need more cornbread, this recipe works well when doubled and baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Just extend the baking time…start checking to see if it’s done at 30 minutes.

Baking with kids is a great learning experience for kids and a way to spend some quality time together. And the cornbread tastes great too! 😉 Enjoy!