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Holiday Cookies

Here's a fun holiday cookie recipe for the holidays - Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. I was able to photograph these cookies in one of my favorite Southern plates, Frankoma Pottery, which was popular back in the Fifties and Sixties. We actually run a little website devoted to Frankoma called Frankomaland.

It's December! Don't get too stressed out! Remember, there is always wine.

Happy Holidays!

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you've ever wondered what's a good use for those candied cherries that show up at the grocery stores around the holidays, here it is!

Ingredients:
  • 2 ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 24 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 8 oz. container of red or green candied cherries (chopped)
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, the sugars and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture and then stir in the chocolate chips, nuts and fruit.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on baking sheet. Garnish with whole cherries.
  7. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

We used Pennant Red Cherries and Pennant Green Cherries for this recipe. If you can't find them locally, you can buy them year-round from Amazon.

Also popular - Mexican Wedding Cookies and Caramel Sugar Cookies.

Lone Star List

Here are 10 things that caught my eye this week!

  1. Houston Chronicle: 14 Ways Texans Can Save Luby's.
  2. Marketplace: Cookbook Sales are up 25% this year.
  3. Texas Monthly BBQ: Rejino Barbeque Is a Testament to Hard Work in Small-Town West Texas.
  4. MySA: Second Edition Selena Bags flying off the shelves at H-E-B - selling on eBay for $199.
  5. New book 'Texas BBQ, Small Town to Downtown' tells the story of Texas barbecue through pictures.
  6. Marfa Public Radio: Horned Lizards – The Travails Of A Texas Icon
  7. Saveur: Spiced Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing.
  8. Dinner A Love Story: 20 Rules for Hosting a Holiday Party with Kids.
  9. The Atlantic: Where People Dress Porch Geese in Seasonal Outfits
  10. The self-help books that Tim Harford likes.

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