Sunday, November 28, 2010

Your One Stop Cookie Shop Recipes


Your One Stop Cookie Shop for the Holiday 2010



 Building traditions, bonding with family and making memories that  will last through generations to come and through our lifetimes. This is what we all look forward to every year in our families by getting together to bake  all our favorite cookies!  My late mom, Margaret, taught us to cherish those moments  through our cooking and baking as a family. No matter where we live,  whether we're all separated by different states or live close by, we continue to enjoy this time of the year making cookies, sharing the fun with family and friends,  making new memories, reminiscing  over the past years with wonderful stories when we were younger to pass down to the our children and hopefully  in times to come they will with their children too.  In this segment and special edition, I will showcase 24  different cookies we traditionally make year after year together. Some vintage favorites and  newer additions from the next generation of  family bakers. Both families shown,  are my brother's from New York and his children, friends and family and in Florida, my children, friends and family.  In our annual cookie feast this year, we were lucky that all of us have SKYPE,  an online video cam web service, to bake together through our cyberspace online  and watch each other bake and get to  converse back and forth, it's awesome!  After we complete making  all our cookies each year, we send out a care package to one another the week of Christmas. All cookies freeze and travel (with some good packing) very well.  Mom's Italian cookie recipes have been with us year after year, generation after generation and her legacy and love continues through all of us that enjoy baking them.  These are just a few of the many different varieties I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do.


From the Sunshine State  Family Florida Bakers


Our Family Bakers From Upstate NY
  
 Click the name of the cookie for recipes below:
Soft Italian Old Fashion Wedding Tray Cookies

Italian Raspberry Filled Shortbread


Snickerdoodles
  
Cafe Italian Almond Paste
Grandma's Italian Chocolate Spice



Italian Pizzelle Cookies


Italian Amaretto Butter Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Rum Balls

Struffoli an Italian Honey Coated Favorite

 Anisette Biscotti Regular or Dipped in Chocolate
Chocolate Covered Coconut Cream Rum 

Shortbread


Thin Mints
Peanut Butter Patties


Caramel Delites



Oatmeal Cremes
Lemon Coolers

Cinnabon  Roll
 
Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites
Nutella Ganache Milano

Bakery Style Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


Double  Fudge for the Chocoholic Cookies
 Coconut Lemon Pie Squares



Holiday Assorted Coffees, Irish Cremes, Latte, or Cocktail


Twas the night before Christmas Story and  Sugar cookies!




Nutella Hot Cocoa

 


 Wishing you all  a Happy Healthy  Holiday from our houses to yours!

Pictured,
The next Generation of little bakers our little Upstate New York  Cookie Helpers ( My "great" nieces, Samantha and Adriana!)
  A special thanks to our late mom Margaret Ann Fanelli Colenzo, where it all began, we love and will miss you  always!


Ciao,Happy Holiday's From Claudia 

 

74 comments:

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Claudia - what a unique spin on the holiday baking party. The wonders of technology, huh? Bookmarked to try some of these delicious cookies at some point soon.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

That is so much fun and what a great way to keep in touch with family.

Our big annual Christmas/Holiday party is on the 19th. I wish I had a big freezer so I could start baking now for it. Your post inspires me but I must exercise control with the reality I'm in.

Lizzy said...

I bake tons of holiday cookies, but I've finally found someone who outdoes me!!!! FABULOUS assortment...everything looks wonderful!!!

Belinda @zomppa said...

This spread is ridiculous. I love that you use Skype to maintain these traditions...those wedding cookies and pizelles...any recipes?? Or just send me a whole bunch! =)

Greg said...

This reminds me so much of my house when I was growing up. Christmas baking started as soon as the Thanksgiving meal was finished and lasted until Christmas Eve. The last couple of days before Christmas we couldn't eat at the kitchen table because it was covered with cookies and candies, along with console stereo, the card tables and any TV trays we could find.

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Incredible post, pictures and desserts Claudia!! Good for you and for Foodbuzz that accepted your proposal.
I don’t know which of the pictures want more- summing up all mmmm (the food of course ;) Skype today is magic!

All the best,

Gera

Kath said...

This is an amazing display of cookies and a wonderful family tradition! Thanks for sharing. :)

Nicole said...

I love getting together with my family and baking holiday cookies. We do the same as you. It is such a special time!

kathyvegas said...

Nobody puts together a holiday cookie tray like you do! I have a couple of your cookie recipes from last year that I have printed out and can't wait to get started on and now I can't wait to see your baking projects for this year!

Mother Rimmy said...

I have to make the Italian Raspberry Filled Shortbread. I just love the star in the middle. What fun! My daughter and a few friends are joining me for a holiday baking party in a few weeks. I'll have some new recipes to try. Thanks Claudia!

Angie's Recipes said...

What a great and fun cookie party!

whozyerdanny said...

WOW! x 24! Great post, great fun, great cookies...some I have had in the past and some I have never seen...truly impressive!

Spicie Foodie said...

Claudia your family tradition is so beautiful I love that it has been an ongoing and will continue with the next generation. It's also so great that you use Skype to still be together and enjoy your tradition. All of the cookies look beautiful and delicious. I will be looking through your recipes to try a couple. Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family:)

Pam said...

This is the best assortment of Christmas cookies ever! And what a wonderful family tradition. Way to go!

ARLENE said...

Kudos on getting your proposal accepted. I love your selection--many are family favorites here, too--and can't wait to try your version of GS mint cookies.

Joanne said...

What a delicious assortment of wonderful cookies. I'll take the rum balls! I'm going to try my hand at making a few of those.
Great job Claudia.

Reeni said...

That is so sweet how you stay connected through Skype while you're all baking! And your cookies have helped put me in the Christmas spirit! Such visions of loveliness.

Drick said...

OMG Claudia, I'm having a sugar rush just salivating at all the photos, can't wait to go get the recipes, many I think I have already booked marked but I sure don't want to miss any - great idea on the communicating with family and congrats on the FB project - so glad they said 'yes' and not a cold shoulder this time (opps),,,,,

Elisabeth said...

Claudia-Are you going away already for the Christmas Holidays?...wishing us a Happy Holiday, or you're just ahead of the game.
Your family hoiday photos are so nice, everyone looks so happy. The Italian cookie selection is so amazing, and beautiful, I will certainly come back to get the recipes.
So sweet of you to share your precious holiday family memories, and the amazing Italian cookies, and recipes
Thank you for sharing!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Unbelievable!!! Claudia you outdo yourself and everyone else I know!! Love the gorgeous cookie spread, especially the Struffoli, the Cinnabon Rolls and the Nutella Ganache Milano cookies!!

Ivy said...

Hi first time here at your blog. Congratulations for being one of the 24. Such a great idea and thanks for sharing all your family favourite cookies,

briarrose said...

I may have drooled on my keyboard...just a little. So very many fabulous cookies. Heaven.

Cake Duchess said...

Mamma mia Claudia- Gorgeous cookies! What a lovely family. I love each and every cookie. I am going to try out some of them. :)

Emily Malloy said...

1. Your family is gorgeous.
2. These cookies are ridiculous. I need to eat them right now.

5 Star Foodie said...

Claudia, this is such a wonderful family tradition and wow, so many incredible cookies here. Excellent job with 24x24 post!

Claudia said...

What a loving,delicious post. I will be returning here again and again to partake of these goodies. I love the Skyping! And the gorgeous family connecting - through cookies! Truly wonderful, Claudia - it gets me into the holiday spirit. Your 24x24 post just sounds bells of sweet wonder.

Chef Dennis said...

OMG..... I have found cookie heaven!!
congratulations on having foodbuzz, choose your idea for the 24 x 24!!
that is so cool, and you certainly have taken it to a new level with all those incredible cookies!!
Cheers
Dennis

Torviewtoronto said...

claudia cookies look fabulous lots of them delicious
looks like you guys had lots of fun too

Evan @swEEts said...

What a wonderful idea for 24x24! I think it is absolutely awesome that you and your family have bake sessions via skype.. gotta love technology! I will absolutely be back for some of these cookie recipes.. I don't even know where to begin because they all look delicious!

Courtney said...

What a fun tradition and wonderful idea for 24x24! It's so cool that you all were able to Skype together. All your cookies look delicious!

Winelady Cooks said...

Great 24x24 idea! Oh my, before I saw this post I was not sure which cookies I should make. Now I'm convinced I should try a couple of your recipes. They all look delicious.

Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

Joanne

Foodessa said...

Ohhh Claudia...how I envy that there are great bakers along your side. What a fabulous tradition you have going on. I'm a tad bit envious. Care packages like these must be incredibly fun to prepare and receive.

The roundup of cookies have brought back some memories of cookies my Nonna in Italy used to make. I'm going to have to give your list a lot more attention before I finalize my Christmas cookie baking. I'm just praying I get around to all this baking I'm looking forward to doing ;o)

Thanks for this fabulous treat.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

FOODalogue said...

Nice post. It totally brought back memories especially when I spied what you called "wedding cookie" and the honey balls (my favorite).

Happy holidays.

FOODalogue said...

Nice post. It totally brought back memories especially when I spied what you called "wedding cookie" and the honey balls (my favorite).

Happy holidays.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

That is a lot of cookies! My family and I would do this every year before christmas, I'm sad to have missed it since I moved away. I love your homemade Girl Scout cookies!

Kare said...

Wow - now that's an impressive round-up of cookies! I'm drooling over the chocolate peanut butter patties - yum. I'm bookmarking this for when baking time comes. Thank you!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

good grief, that's a lot of cookies. and they all look delicious! December really is the month of cookies and you are certainly in the lead with this lot! congrats with your 24x24!

Magic of Spice said...

What a great post...love your cookie helpers, so adorable :)
And what a line of of cookies, wow!

Pegasuslegend said...

Thank you all so much for all your kindness and support on this post hope you all have a fabulous Holiday and I am looking forward to seeing all your latest posts...happy cooking and baking !

Stella said...

I'm blown away by the caramel delites, which look just like I remember from the Girl Scouts (though I haven't had one in like 10 years). I am so certain yours are better! What a fun post for 24x24!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Wow Claudia, you really put on a cookie event! Great collection of Christmas cookies.

And congratulations on the FB 24 event, always fun!

Adora's Box said...

This is just so wonderful. It is so nice to have family food traditions. All the cookies look so good, and I'm sure they taste great. Thanks for sharing photos of your family.

Debi Shawcross said...

Wow! This is some cookie line up! I love the Italian Wedding Tray Cookies. My grandma always made them.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful family recipes!

redkathy said...

Hi Claudia, I'm a bit behind and so happy I'm catching up. This is one post I would have hated to miss. What a fabulous family and some of the best cookies I've ever seen... Reminds me of my grandma. Hope you have plenty of family time this holiday season.

January said...

wow, those are fabulous baked goodies. i've seen some post about a couple of cookies but you totally beat them with the variety you have here. congrats, you really did an amazing job :)

sunita said...

Claudia, this is probably the first time I've been here. And what a way to welcome your readers, with all those delightful cookies. Thanks for sharing, great post.

Miz Helen said...

What a great party. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful goodies. You have a great week end.

Jamie said...

What an awesome collection of Christmas cookies and holiday traditions. Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes.

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Claudia, YUM! Scrolling through I have no idea which one I want to try the most! What a great baking resource :)

alison said...

gorgeous post,claudia,to keep your tradition ,generation by generation is a great thing!

Cristina - TeenieCakes said...

Wow Claudia! What an impressive lineup of cookies. I have my eyes on those thin mints and peanut butter patties.

A sweet idea and project baking with family during the holidays via Web cams. Luv it! ;)

Dina said...

the cookies look great. so lovely and such fun. i love traditions like that. wish i had some struffoli now...we are making them this year...the cookies you call wedding cookies, my aunt calls them knot cookies...not sure why! but everything looks great!

Green Girl @ A little bit of everything said...

OMG i died and went to cookie heaven.
what a great way to spend time with family members.
everything looks so great. bookmarked it, can't wait to try my hand on some of these heavenly cookies.

meltingbutter.com said...

I'm so hungry after reading this post! This looked like so much fun :)

Gitte said...

Congratulations on a fantastic 24x24 Foodbuzz post. You did an excellent job. I love the fact that you are all able to get together for your yearly baking event, what a wonderful tradition.

savoringeverybite said...

This so reminds me of my family and our Italin cookies! I love your blog and idea for these cookies on Foodbuzz. I'll be soon baking my family's Xmas Italian cookies which may have different names than yours, but I can detect the similarities!

She's Cookin' said...

What a wonderful family tradition - and so great that it continues with the technology we have today! I'm bookmarking your post for when my daughter comes home on Thursday - we Skype, too :) Happy holidays - and congrats on a beautiful 24x24 and Top 9!

Kim - Liv Life said...

What a beautiful post!! I haven't started my baking yet this year, and my waistline is so far thanking me! But you have so many tempting treats here. I think I'm inspired!
Lovely post, and Congrats on the Top 9 today!

Judy said...

Wow, to say that I am in cookie heaven would be an understatement! What a wonderful tradition. Congrats on the Top 9. Very well deserved. :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Wow! You did some serious baking, Claudia! What a fantastic mix of cookie recipes. I'm having difficulties deciding where to start.

Sandra said...

Oh, my..where do I begin:)) All of it look fantastic! Mouthwatering, and lovely photos!

whatsfordinner-acrossstatelines said...

Claudia, what a wonderful way to celebrate and think of family as you are doing it. Some of these I don't have the recipes for, so I'm saving this to try some new ones this coming year. Happy New Years!
-Gina-

juclucy said...

Claudia, I think I just died and ended up in cookie heaven! Looking so forward to using some of your recipes. I am also proud to be a part of the YBR Roundup for December. I will be back often to check up on your fabulous eats.

Spicie Foodie said...

Claudia it's me again:) I love that this was your choice recipe to submit for the YBR best of 2010. This is such a great post and fantastic cookie source!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

What an amazing collection of cookies! I only wish I had seen this before Christmas. I'm bookmarking this page for next year!

Tina said...

This is the first post that comes up when you go to your profile...I would love it if you would do something like this again in November this year!
You can never have enough good cookie recipes!

Kiri W. said...

Watch my floor hit the ground. Oh MAN, what a feast!! I'd eat until I was sick, but oh, oh so happy!

Cucina49 said...

That is quite the cookie-baking operation--I can't pick which one looks the best.

Amalia said...

Wow, amazing set of cookies! I'm in love, they all look so delicious! I would love one of each :)

Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) said...

OH my goodness Claudia! this is amazing it totally is the one stop cookie shop. wow I'm so impressed and everything is so beautiful and well photographed.

talk about one great sugar high. well done, thank you so much for sharing

Lizzy said...

I remember this from last year...and worth sharing again! What a wonderful collection of holiday goodies~

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Incredible! All of these look so delicious!

Greg said...

This reminds me so much of my house when I was growing up. Christmas baking started as soon as the Thanksgiving meal was finished and lasted until Christmas Eve. The last couple of days before Christmas we couldn't eat at the kitchen table because it was covered with cookies and candies, along with console stereo, the card tables and any TV trays we could find.

Ann said...

Now that's a ton of cookies! Everything looks delicious - thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on being selected for Foodbuzz's 24x24!