Virtual Cookie Swap

the round-up for the cookie swap is here if you want to see the other cookie entries.

this month's combined SFH/IMBB is hosted by jennifer of the domestic goddess and alberto of il forno. for the cookie swap i decided to make one of my all time favorite cookies and to try something new. my all time favorite christmas cookies are to-die-fors. this isn't their actual name, which is something boring that i can't remember. my mom gave them a new name several years ago and it is fitting because they are actually to-die-for. try them and you'll see! the new cookies i tried are sweet and salty peanut biscuits. my latest favorite cookbook author is nigella lawson and i've been wanting to try one of her cookie recipes. these cookies were really yummy and a nice not as sweet addition to the holiday cookie plate. they are light and crumbly and nigella recomends eating them with vanilla ice cream. here are the recipes...

...recipe for to-die-fors
2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
graham crackers
chocolate chips

Line a jelly roll pan with foil, including sides. Line the pan with graham crackers to completely cover the foil. Melt butter, sugar, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Add pecans. Pour the mixture over the graham crackers. Bake @ 350 F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread while hot. Place in fridge and chill. Peel the foil off and break into pieces.

Note: I cannot get graham crackers here in London so I used a shortbread type of biscuit instead. This worked fairly well, but they were a little thicker than a graham cracker. I've never tried it, but I think something like a saltine cracker or a Jacob's cream cracker would also work well too and add a little saltiness to the cookie, which I think would be good.

...recipe for sweet and salty peanut biscuits from How to Be a Domestic Goddessby nigella lawson
75g light muscavado sugar, plus more for dipping
100g butter
50g shortening
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
175g self-raising flour
125g salted peanuts

Line baking sheets with parchement paper. Preheat oven to 190 C.

In a large bowl, beat with and electric mixer, sugar, butter, shortening, egg, and vanilla. Stir in flour and then add the peanuts. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoons onto baking sheets. Lightly oil the bottom of a glass, and then dip it into some of the extra light muscavado sugar and then press gently on the biscuits to flatten them slightly.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.


Anonymous sue passerelli said...

I've had your to-die-fors and the are to-die-for. The other recipe looks and sounds great,too.

Can't wait to see you in just a few short (really long for me) weeks. Maybe we can do some baking together - OR - you could bake and I could play with Andi and Jodie!! :)


10:03 PM  
Blogger chronicler said...

Fabulous! I am going to have to give your cookies a try! They both look good enough to-die-for!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous LisaSD said...

Hi Somer--

They really do look to-die-for! Your mom is a good namer! Can't get graham crackers??!! I can send you some, no problem!

12:26 AM  
Blogger T said...

I'm swooning over both your recipes- great entries for the swap!

1:18 AM  
Blogger Somer said...

thanks for the offer to send graham crackers, but i'm actually moving back to the states right before christmas. i think i can wait until then!

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Lou said...

I just love graham crackers but I have never seen them dressed up like this before!

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Somer. i'm on your blog looking for that 'to die for' garlic rice recipe to make for my mom tonite while she's here with us in london.=) the cookies this week look great too. maybe we'll have time to make some next week...would love to try the to die fors hope the packing is going well can't wait for your guys to meet the newest irvine, arielle kate, so hurry back! xx jenn

11:15 AM  

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