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12 Days of Christmas Cookies Give Away + FFwD

Doesn’t everyone love cookies? I know we do. A cookie is just right at any time of day; morning snack, after school snack, bedtime snack, not to mention dessert. During the holidays, it seems that cookies show up everywhere. People give them away as gifts or they get together with friends and family to decorate cookies or they go to a cookie exchange. For the person who doesn’t like to bake as much as I do, cookie exchanges are a great way to get a variety of cookies without putting in all the hours in the kitchen.

Every year at Christmas time, I make a lot of cookies. I make it a point to try some new cookie recipes as well as make some old favorites. Inevitably, we end up with way more cookies than we could possibly eat. That’s where one of you dear readers can help me. For the next twelve days, I will be making cookies. Every day, I will post about whatever cookie I am making, and, at the end of the twelve days, I will give away a tin of cookies!

Before I give you all the details, let me talk about today’s cookie, which is also the recipe scheduled for French Fridays with Dorie. Yes, yes, I have been rather absent from that group lately; life has been busier than ever and I have frankly lost my cooking mojo. But, when I saw Orange Almond Tuiles on the schedule, I knew I would at least have to try them. Though I have long admired the look of tuiles, I have never ventured to make them because they seem incredibly finicky.

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The dough is easy enough. I just chopped up almonds in the food processor and used some clementine juice, since I had no orange juice. Also, I did not get enough juice from one clementine, so I added some orange flower water to make up the difference. I love the smell of that stuff! Then, the dough went in the fridge for its overnight rest.

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The next day, I fired up the oven and baked one pan just exactly as the directions specified.

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They came out looking beautiful, but were an incredible pain to get off the pan. Ugh. The first one was the best one. The rest of them either broke or got all wrinkled up. Here’s the nice looking ones from the first batch. They are more oval than round and, though they look pretty enough, when you see the unwrinkled ones, you will think these are kinda on the ugly side.

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I know Dorie says not to line the pan, but I couldn’t bear the thought of going through that again, so I baked six more cookies on parchment, with my convection fan on to see what would happen.

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Success! The first couple were too soft when I tried to take them off, but the other four were a breeze.

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Big sigh of relief. The best part is that they didn’t wrinkle up, so the lacey effect stayed intact.

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The orange flower water really made these cookies smell divine. I could not eat one because of a dental appointment I had in the morning, but my kids each had two and they thought they were delicious. It’s more candy than cookie, really, so of course they would like them.

I’ve got plans to bake the rest sometime over the weekend and hopefully, I can eat one in a day or so. I think that if I can get the timing right on removing the cookies from the pan, they will be both easy and beautiful. Actually, I bet you wouldn’t even need to take them off the parchment until they are cool unless you wanted the curved effect.

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I am going to put them in a tin and see how long they last. They would be beautiful in a Christmas cookie tin, which brings me back to my cookie tin giveaway!

Just like last year’s give away, you may enter by leaving one comment per post. To make things interesting, I may have you answer a question; nothing too hard. I’m not looking to make this a trivia contest, but I would love to get to know some of my readers a little better! Only one comment per person will be counted per post, but if you leave a comment for all twelve days, you will be entered twelve times! The tin will mostly likely include many of the cookies featured in the posts, but perhaps not all of them because not all cookies travel well or keep well. Plus, I will be trying some new recipes, so there may be a flop or two. However, I will try to ensure that the winner has a nice variety! Because of perishability issues, I will have to limit this to a domestic (that is, just the United States) contest. That way, the winner can be sure to get their cookies in a timely manner before Christmas. Comments on all 12 posts must be received by midnight, December 17, eastern standard time. I will pick a winner at random on the 18th. Hopefully, I can ship the tin of cookies by the 19th.

Ok, so, who wants some cookies?

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