Category Archives: CUT-OUTS, PRESSED AND SHAPED COOKIES

Day-of-the-Dead cookies

Day-of-the-Dead cookies

Halloween is closing and your children will expect from you to make a special cake. Here is the perfect recipe that is not complicated to make, but it takes some time in decorating. Everyone knows about Mexican Day of the Dead decorations and making the cookies with these theme is a great fun. The skull is the traditional Day of the Dead motif and it allows you to play with shapes and colours. You can design each cookie in different way, make them interesting and funny to have on the table. The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. The holiday and other similar traditions are celebrated in other cultures around the world, but the tradition in Mexico is said to go back centuries. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd with colorful decorations and festivals. One of the most widely recognized is the sugar skull, an elaborately and colorfully decorated skull used for decoration during the holiday.

Joe Froggers

Joe Froggers

Joe Frogger is a oversized molasses-spice cookie that dates back to Colonial times, approximately 200 years ago to Black Joe’s Tavern in Marblehead, MA, a seaside town about 25 miles north of Boston. Because these cookies could be kept for long period of time, fishermen would take barrels of them along with them on their long sea journeys.

Almond tuiles

Almond tuiles

Almond tuiles take their name from the French word “tuile” meaning roof tile, which they resemble in shape. Tuiles are ultrathin, crisp curved cookies and are delicious served plain or can also be used to be served with an ice cream or sorbet. They’re very easy (though a bit time consuming) and they really add a bonus to desserts. Also, when done you can fill them with a fruit mousse, or whipped cream and fresh fruit (raspberries, for example). If you more a chocolate type of person, simply dip half of each tuile in a dark or white chocolate and serve with the coffee.

Creamy Chocolate Caramel Candy

Creamy Chocolate Caramel Candy

For us real chocolate lovers, dip the completely hardened caramels in melted chocolate and set on buttered cookie sheets or platters to harden again. Variations: sprinkle on crushed peppermint candies or ground pecans or other nuts.

Jam thumbprint cookies

Jam thumbprint cookies

Jam thumbprints are simple and delicious cookies that you can make quickly and they are perfect for any occasion. The secret to the rich and tender cookie is cream cheese, definitely a good thing.You can use different jams (raspberry, plum, apricot, strawberry…) and so you will play with different colours. Thumbprint cookies are a very popular holiday cookie. They are made with a shortbread-like dough that is formed into balls and then rolled in either finely chopped nuts or dried coconut. The name ‘thumbprint’ comes from the fact you use your “thumb” to make an indentation into each ball of dough and then fill it with jam.