How many cookies does Santa eat on Christmas Eve?
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(see answer below)
Happy Friday, what are you up to this weekend?
It's supposed to be snowy and cold here in Iowa, so I'm looking forward to all things warm. Sitting by the fire and snuggling with the puppies, my monthly massage, a few miles around the track, and hot yoga.
What a great way to spend the holidays. Every-other-year they vacation for a month in Hawaii. When they're not basking in the sun, they're enjoying a million twinkly lights on the giant Christmas tree they'll have delivered (18+ feet tall!). My goodness, a tree that big is quite a sight to see
Whatever you're up to, I hope you have a good one
Trivia – What's the best-selling cookie of the 20th Century? (see answer below)
While we're in the middle of a series on sweet treats, a few fun cookie-filled links from around the web. Just in time for the weekend
The search is over – A map to help you find your cookie soulmate [via Food52]
The world's biggest cookie(!) [via Immaculate Baking]
5 Essential Tips for baking a better cookie (I especially liked tip #4 .. who would've thought?) [via The Kitchn]
Christmas cookie recipes from around the world [via Buzzfeed]
What are your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, and what do they say about you? [via Smithsonian Mag]
Trivia .. Where was the Chocolate Chip Cookie invented? (see answer below)
The History of Cookies [via Kitchen Project]
This woman makes 3 million in 12 days selling chocolate chip cookies [via Delish]
A fun peek into White House gingerbread houses + traditions over the years [via White House History]
Related: The theme of 2016's White House gingerbread houses? Legos and gumdrops [via The LA Times]
100 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes (Warning: you're about to feel nostalgic) [via Good Housekeeping
Trivia .. What is the world record for the number of cookies baked in an hour? (see answer below)
All the holiday cookies recipes you'll ever need [via Bon Appetit]
The #1 holiday cookie in every state [via Reader's Digest]
A history of the chocolate chip cookie [via The New Yorker]
What is Cookie Monster's real name? (and what kind of cookies does he really eat?) [via The Telegraph]
(Video Credit: Youtube.com – Cookie Monster's interview with NPR)
Trivia .. The average American eats how many cookies in their lifetime? (see answer below)
I don't remember exactly when the clipping for these little treats ended up in my recipe file, although I'm pretty sure it's been at least a couple of years. The recipe printed on a scrap of paper often floated to the top of my “must try” pile
Unfortunately, it would then filter back down again, gradually buried under new strips of torn-out magazine pages. Up and down the pile it went
With a base of powdered sugar and white flour, they're not at all in the healthy category, but the recipe always struck me as intriguing enough to still want to give them a try. Especially if you have a lemon-lover in the family.
I'm glad I finally did. They're such a nice break from the more traditional holiday cookies
I took the opportunity to experiment with them, well in advance of this weekend's party. Out of the oven came two sheets of golden and butter lemon-flaked goodness. They were far from traditional, cake-like, mini muffin tops of lemon flaked cookie goodness.
The little bit of glaze on top lends a flavor that's both sweet and tart, guaranteeing you won't be disappointed
ps: Trivia answers [via Cookie-Elf.com]
(a) 336,150,386 (now that's a lot of cookies!)
(b) The Oreo. Americans spend $550 million on Oreos every year
(c) In 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, MA
(d) 4,695 at Hasset's Bakery in Cork, Ireland
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~ Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp fine-grain sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 (15-oz) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
- Zest of one lemon
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
(freshly squeezed is best)
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
- Preheat the oven to 375° F, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (~ 3 minutes)
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
- Add the ricotta, lemon zest, and lemon juice and beat to combine.
- Stir in the dry ingredients.
- Spoon the dough onto the baking sheets using 2 tablespoons for each cookie.
- Bake for 15 minutes until slightly golden at the edges.
- Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.
- While they're cooling, combine the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small bowl and stir until smooth.
- Spoon about ½ tsp of the glaze onto each cooled cookie and use the back of the spoon to spread it to the edges.
- Let the glaze harden for about 2 hours.