Two picks for Holiday Baking

Every year at the holidays, I imagine myself baking dozens and dozens of cookies, decorating cutouts with intricate designs, and making twelve types of candy. Sadly, my schedule usually allows only one or two sessions of this fun. This presents me with the dilemma of choosing which delightful recipes in which to indulge.

Here are two of my picks for this year.

Nutella Cookies (adapted from Giada DeLaurentiis)

  • 1 1/3 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 C nutella
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugars, and nutella. Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheets. Flatten with tines of a fork. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Ina Garten’s Jam Thumbprints – recipe at FoodNetwork.com

The Jam Thumbprints are especially fun for making with kids, as they delight in forming the dough into balls, then rolling it around in egg wash and coconut. Unfortunately, their thumbs are too small to make a print large enough to fill with any good amount of jam, so you’ll have to do that part yourself.

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