Nindaene's Recipe Reviews
Posted 12/13/2011 4:20:16 PM
I made these for my cousins winter themed wedding and gave them out as favors. The groom was allergic to nuts, so we left them out entirely and substituted vanilla extract in place of the almond. I also used the white chocolate hugs instead of regular kisses and they were amazing. Everyone has asked for the recipe.
Posted 12/23/2010 9:21:04 PM
Out of all the cookies I made for the holidays, these were my favorite! The lemon is the perfect contrast with the ginger. If I had my way I would have eaten the entire batch instead of giving them away as presents. They were so good in fact that I would happily make them all year long.
There were only 2 things that I did differently... 1) I added a little bit of water to the glaze to thin it out a bit. It seemed slightly thick to me at first, so I thinned it out with 1/2 teaspoons of water as I went and it was perfect. 2) I didn't use crystalized ginger and instead sprinkled ginger sugar on top of the cookie (bought at a specialty spice store). It was perfect. It gave that sweet gingery taste without having larger chunks of ginger to deal with.
@ mealeo - You might be able to use orange instead of the lemon. In my cooking experience, I seem to recall orange going rather well with ginger - although I did not use it for this recipe.
@ AvaAa - I would suspect that azzarria7 is correct that it doesn't start with the Gingerbread Cookie Mix because its usually only available seasonally. However, I used the Gingerbread Cookie Mix last year for regular gingerbread and found that I actually preferred the taste of this cookie over the regular Gingerbread Cookie Mix.
Posted 12/23/2010 9:10:42 PM
Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies
These cookies were amazing. They were so good and super easy to make. The orange extract gives it such a great flavor and the chocolate reminds me of chocolate oranges. The only thing that I did different was that I drizzled the chocolate on the top of the cookie instead of dipping the cookie in the chocolate. I tried to dip it in and it seemed like too much chocolate - but drizzling it on was less messy and the perfect balance. I will definitely make these again!
Posted 12/23/2010 4:28:58 PM
Hazelnut Cappuccino Crinkles
I really enjoyed these cookies, but found that some of the ingredients were rather hard to find. I went to 4-5 different grocery store chains before I was able to find the mix, and I ended up calling around to find the hazelnut syrup. They aren't very "hazelnutty", but I feel that the hazelnut syrup was definitely needed to cut down the bitterness of the coffee. They were really easy to make, but did have to cool for a bit because the chocolate on the bean started to melt almost immediately. I would definitely make them again.
Posted 12/23/2010 4:25:24 PM
I made these snowballs and gave them (along with a bunch of other cookies) to my family for Christmas. They were very tasty and super easy to make, but I found that I preferred to eat them when they were still warm and the hershey kiss was gooey in the center.