Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Double Delights

Christmas Cookie Countdown Day 4 – Double Delights 

I know I’ve told you I collect Christmas magazines, but I’m not sure I mentioned I buy and collect every Christmas cookie magazine I can find every year. I love cookie magazines. I usually start looking at my cookie magazine collection and planning what I’m going to bake around Thanksgiving weekend, and I keep the magazines out all season long.

Better Homes and Gardens has been putting out cookie magazines for years, and I love looking through their yearly Christmas cookie issues. Taste of Home also started putting out Christmas cookie issues in the last three years, and I have been gravitating toward those recipes more and more. The recipes are creative and fun since they come from subscribers. It must be satisfying to see your cookie recipe published.

Double Delight cookies are in the 2015 Taste of Home Ultimate Cookie Swap issue, and it is my favorite cookie recipe of 2015. The recipe makes a large batch of cookies. The original recipes says it makes 15 dozen, but I can’t seem to slice my cookies thin enough to achieve that yield. The cookies are deliciously rich and chocolaty, but the vanilla side keeps them from being too rich.

Christmas Cookie Countdown Day 1 - Norwegian Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas Cookie Countdown Day 2 - Gingerbread Bark
Christmas Cookie Countdown Day 3 - Russian Tea Cakes 

Double Delights 
Adapted From Taste of Home Ultimate Cookie Swap
Printable Recipe

Chocolate Dough
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

Vanilla Dough
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped

Chocolate Dough
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, and beat in vanilla. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until combined. Stir in pecans and white chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

Vanilla Dough
In another large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, and beat in vanilla. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until combined. Stir in pecans and German chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

Both Doughs
Divide both doughs in half, and shape each portion into a 12-inch roll. Wrap the rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

Unwrap and cut each roll in half lengthwise. Place a chocolate half and vanilla half together pressing to form a log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour or until the dough holds together when cut.

Using a serrated knife, cut the logs into ¼ inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 9 dozen

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