Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cookie Countdown Day 6


'Tis the season to be baking!  
Seems like everyone I know is in the holiday baking mood... the grocery store is crazy busy and Facebook is all a-buzz with posts about baking-this and baking-that!

I am doing the desserts for a holiday party tomorrow night, and have been in my kitchen ALL day.  Well, except to run to the grocery store a couple of times, and to do a couple of other errands.  My feet are soooo tired!  I am baked-OUT!  
When these goodies all run out, my family is eating Oreos.  Seriously.  Or Chips Ahoy.  Whatever they want to buy, when THEY go to the store.

I think I am going to just go back to sewing.  
(Oh, and I gotta wrap christmas gifts...)

OK. Well. Ready for another recipe?

These are just called 3-Layer Cookies.  Yummy!

First, LAYER #1:
2 cubes butter (one cube = one stick = 1/2 cup!)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
Mix and press into a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 for 15 minutes.

There's been some I the only one (besides my mom!) who says CUBES of butter?  A cube is a stick. You know, a 1/2 cup of buttery goodness.  In a cube. 

Liz made me buy a REAL  mixer a couple of years ago when she was visiting. Thank you Liz, I would have DIED today without my fun red KitchenAid!

I have made 12 pans of various cookies like this in the last couple of days. My fingers hurt from all that pressing!
NEXT, Layer #2:
3 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
4 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans)
Small pkg coconut (about 7 oz)
Mix and pour over crust. Bake at 300 for 15 min, then raise to 350 for 15 min more.

The BEST vanilla.  From Trader Joe's.

I was almost done chopping all those pecans when I remembered
I had this cool chopper. I should cook more often...I forget what's in those cupboards!

THEN, Layer #3:
1 cube butter
1 lb powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together and 'frost'. Chill and cut into 1" squares.

I am really really good at making icing. I lost count of how many bowls of various kinds of icing I made today! By the end of the day, I couldn't even THINK about licking the spoon.  Blech.

Just spread a big ol' thick layer of frosting on there!

Chillin' in the fridge.  Sorry no pic of the little bite size cookies all cut up and cute on a plate. I am going to bed!

This is what I look like after all day of being in the kitchen.  Scary.

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  1. You have been cooking up a storm! Those sound delicious!

  2. Wow, you have been baking like crazy, hope you had a good sleep after all your baking. I bought a white KitchenAid Mixer a few years ago and I just love it, best mixer ever!!

  3. oh my gracious, those sound good. and insanely rich. and delicious. my mouth is watering...

  4. Thank you for another great recipe! Is corn starch what we call cornflour here in the UK??

  5. This recipe sounds amazing too! I have not started baking yet and you have shared another I would like to try. I am not sure which I should try for the cookie exchange I am going to in a few days.

  6. Another "to die for" recipe! What are we going to do???

  7. Sounds good, but as I HATE nuts, LOL, and am allergic to coconut, I don't think I'll be making this one.

  8. Yummy!! I can relate to how you feel after a full day of baking... A couple years ago, I decided to give away gift baggies of homemade cookies, and I wanted a huge variety, so I pulled out all my favorite recipes and baked and baked and baked.... By the time I was finished, I didn't think I ever wanted to see another cookie (*that* didn't last too long! ;-) Everyone LOVED the cookies, and I got lots of thanks and requests for recipes! :-) Homemade goodies are the BEST!



    2 jars (16 oz.) dry-roasted salted peanuts
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 bag (10 oz.) peanut butter chips
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    1 bag (16 oz.) miniature marshmallows

    Grease bottom of 9x13 pan.Pour 1 jar of nuts into pan+spread one even layer. Set aside. In large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter+ peanut butter chips together, stirring. Warm can of sweetened condensed milk by running it under hot water or placing it in a bowl of hot water for about 5 minutes. Pour sweetened condensed milk into the chip/butter mixture and stir until blended. Remove from heat, add marshmallows+stir quickly. (Some of the marshmallows will melt, most will not, that's how you want them...overcooking and melting all the marshmallows will make for a very soft center.) Pour mixture over nuts in pan. Add remaining jar of nuts to the top of mixture and press down gently with the back of a spatula. Refrigerate for 4 hours before cutting 1x2-inch bars=30 bars.

  11. Cookies do take so long, but everyone likes them.
    Thanks for the recipe, that's the way to make them fast. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. such yummy-looking cookies! all your cookies are! looks like you need a break, though. back in the day, i made christmas cookies for the kids when they were in grade school. i made the last batch when the baby was in third grade and never made another batch for 35 years.

  13. I made the cookie from yesterday for my guild Christmas party. They were seriously good and everyone wanted the recipe.

  14. I'm so glad you posted this! I went to a holiday party at our awesome local library and they had a similar treat. I couldn't get enough of them!

  15. Those cookies look pretty good, but you look a bit frazzled there! LOL

  16. I have never seen this recipe before! 3 cups of brown sugar?? How many cups are even in 1 bag I wonder. I love brown sugar.

  17. Yum! Thanks for the hint about the vanilla from Trader Joe's. I don't go there often, but will look for it the next time I do!

  18. Another great recipe. I can totally empathize with the comment about not wanting to taste any more icing; been there, done that, and could "feel" exactly what you meant!! Give it one day to pass and you'll be fine for more tasting!!

    Thanks for the tip on Trader Joe's Vanilla extract. We have one coming to our area soon and I can't wait to go!


  19. These look any where as good as the last ones. How much time do we have to bake??????????????

  20. You poor girl! After making such yummy cookies in the kitchen ALL DAY you need your rest. I don't know where you come up with these cookies, but they all look great! Kd

  21. Just seen three layered cookies. Would love the chance to win the giveaway.

  22. I feel your pain! But I also love Christmas cookies. I like your bar cookie recipes because they make a lot. I bought a 2 pound bag of sliced almonds at Costco (where else). I have been using them on salads, but I think they'd go good in this recipe and I could skip the nut chopping part. I do have one of those choppers. Works great for tons of garlic when I'm making homemade tomato sauce.

  23. Oh my goodness, I did my day of all day baking and looked very similar. Did your back and feet hurt? The reward is piles of cookies that I'm trying not to eat LOL. It was great fun. Thanks for the recipe.

  24. These 3 layer bars look delicious. I am glad you mentioned the cubes of butter. I thought you meant a stick and a few years ago, our butter did come in the cubes but then back to the sticks. Thanks for the recipe. Just think, you will be all done with your CHristmas baking by the end of the week.

  25. Aw, you look so tired...go put your feet up and grab a cuppa joe! Thanks for the great recipes!

  26. Thank you for sharing your family favorites! I love to bake and save recipes thinking I will live for 200 years so I can bake them all! lol

  27. I love my Kitchenaid, I would hate to cook without it. I also have the Kitchenaid food processor - if you don't have one get one! They are awesome.
    These biscuits look really tasty. Thanks for sharing.


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