Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

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I'll be taking a break for the holidays, so I wanted to leave you with some favorite holiday treats that I guarantee you I'll be enjoying over the next couple of weeks.

LAURA BUSH COWBOY COOKIES

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Makes about 36

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

NOTE: For 6 dozen smaller cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 F for 15 to 18 minutes.

Note: As seen on "Good Morning America."


POTATO LATKES


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yield: Makes 12 to 16 latkes
active time: 45 min
total time: 45 min

What is the secret to making great latkes? We found that the starchier the potato, the crisper the latke.

Ingredients
* 1 pound potatoes
* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 to 3/4 cup crisco

* Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce

Preparation"

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.

Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.

Heat 1/4 cup crisco oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.

Cooks' notes: ·Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350°F oven, about 5 minutes.
·Grating the potatoes, soaking them briefly in water, and then squeezing out the liquid (as we've done here) keeps the batter from turning brown too quickly.

Alternative: Potato Kugel: Instead of frying latkes, put all latkes mix into a 2 qt rectangular pyrex dish, bake at 350 degrees until golden brown

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!

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18 comments:

Anna said...

Nothing fat-free about those cookies! Three sticks of butter, wow!! Have a wonderful holiday and "see" you in the new year!

December 22, 2008 9:09 AM
hope said...

I'll put that on my list right after I finish making pumpkin and pecan pies. :)

Have a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to your best in the New Year.

December 22, 2008 6:36 PM
Laura-Junkfoodaholic.com said...

Mmmmmm looks good. I'm gonna have to try that cookie recipe. On a side note... I've got some link love for ya on my latest post, "6 Helpful Entrecard Dropping Tips". Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2008 12:19 AM
tashabud said...

Just stop by for now to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Tasha

December 23, 2008 1:34 PM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

Merry Christmas to you, Matt... London and Maddie and I will be baking up a storm of cookies here on Christmas Eve in the Roxiticus Valley. When you return from your holiday break, I've got an award for you over at my place, so slip into your little black dress and join me for the awards ceremony.

Roxy

December 24, 2008 9:27 AM
EastCoastLife said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!!

December 24, 2008 11:30 AM
Mariuca said...

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas from Mariuca! :)

December 24, 2008 1:32 PM
Mrs. Mecomber said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas, Matt, and may God bless you and yours. :)

December 24, 2008 3:22 PM
LadyJava said...

Merry Christmas Matt and a Happy New Year to you and your family!!

December 24, 2008 4:32 PM
kml said...

Hope you and your loved ones have a beautiful holiday season! All the best for the New Year too!

Take care,
Kathy

December 24, 2008 10:16 PM
Liza said...

Hope your Christmas would be filled with love, cheers and good tidings. Merry Christmas!!!

A Simple Life
Moms... Check Nyo
Mommy's Little Corner

December 25, 2008 4:54 AM
The Fitness Diva said...

Happy Holidays to you Matt!

Fitness Diva

December 25, 2008 8:27 PM
Carol said...

Oh my! How yummy! And you posted recipes, too.

Hope you had a very merry, Matt!

December 27, 2008 7:54 PM
Jackie said...

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and very prosperous 2009.

December 30, 2008 2:40 AM
Ken Armstrong said...

Happy New Year, Matt.

Just cos it won't be easy doesn't mean it can't be fun. :)

December 31, 2008 6:23 AM
crazy working mom said...

These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting this. We might give 'em a try. Mmmmm...

Happy New Year, my friend!

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