Lastly, we have Taroles, or, Ricotta cookies. These aren't necessarily christmas cookies but I added a little red sugar to the tops to jazz them up. I have been shocked by the amount of people in my life who have never heard of Taroles- (that and monkey bread and puppy chow- did these people have childhoods?!?!) maybe its a Pennsyvania thing, or maybe they just didn't eat as much junk food (albeit. Homemade junk food) growing up, but I can assure you my children will grow up with all three!
Many Tarole recipes have lemon in them, but I come from the school of thought where lemon has no place in my desserts. None. There is also a nice glaze that can go over them for an extra sweetness, but are just
fine without them.
These remind me both of my mom and my friend Mandy. I remember Mandy bringing in a huge bag of these one year to a rehearsal for our spring musical and the entire cast pretty much annihilated the bag. Ah, good
Taroles (Ricotta Cookies)
1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick)
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tsps. vanilla
1 pound Ricotta cheese
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cream together butter and sugar
3. Add eggs, vanilla, Ricotta cheese and beat with an electric mixer
4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
5. Use a wooden spoon to mix this in with the creamed mixture (the butter, sugar, eggs, and cheese).
6. Drop by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes.
So that was my week of cookies! Molasses Spice, Sugar Cookie Cut-outs and Taroles! My next goal is to try three new cookie recipes this weekend. These last three are tried and true, but I also want to bring some new recipes to the table. What are your favorite holiday recipes?
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