Holiday Baking: Thumbprint Cookies, Dream Bars, Bourbon Balls, Double-Chocolate Biscotti and Ladies' Thighs?
|Visions of Sugarplums by Mimi Sheraton ©1968, 1981
Although Farmer Bob is the head cook in our kitchen, I like to bake cookies, especially at Christmas. It doesn't happen every year, but whenever the Christmas Cookie Monster attacks, I embrace the sweet mood. Maybe it was the early snow that prompted me to haul out my holiday cookbooks and ingredient-spattered recipe cards. Or that this is the first Christmas without my Mom, who always enjoyed the plate of cookies I sent home with her after Christmas Eve dinner.
Whatever the reason, I've already put two batches in the freezer: Thumbprint Cookies and Dream Bars. Next up on the list are Bourbon Balls and a recipe for Double-Chocolate Biscotti that sounded so yummy, I'm making them instead of Mary See's Fudge.
Several holidays ago, Farmer Bob jumped into the Christmas baking, contributing a cookie with a somewhat unusual and exotic name, Ladies' Thighs. I ran across the recipe in Visions of Sugarplums, which author Mimi Sheraton describes this way:
Ladies Thighs (Switzerland and Alsace): Called Schenkele (Shanks) in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and in Alsace, and Cuisses des Dames (Ladies' Thighs) in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, these deep-fried cookies keep for months and are excellent with wine, coffee or frozen desserts.Not only did Farmer Bob have fun making them, they'r totally tasty, so they're back on the baking list this year. Ladies Thighs are the perfect ending to a holiday meal and also yummy for breakfast with my morning cappuccino!
|Farmer Bob's Ladies' Thighs