Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Is it showing my age to say that whenever I see that phrase, I think of the two adorable little kids singing that song in Holiday Inn? Ah, Christmas movies.  My all-time favorite is The Cheaters, with Joseph Schildkraut and Billie Burke (she played Glinda, the good witch, in the Wizard of Oz.).  Hard to find, but shown on TV sometimes, and well worth the wait...as is the original of The Bishop's Wife, with Cary Grant as the angel you keep rooting for Loretta Young to run off with, leaving behind her boring husband, played by David Niven. Immortal and gorgeous?  I'm there!

I had planned on writing about the book I have coming out early next year, but I don't have a date for it yet, though the editing has been done. I didn't have any books come out in 2014, though I do have this new one and four re-issues due out in 2015. But lately I've been working 3 jobs, leaving me with little to no time to write.  Now that the holiday season is upon us, I've been trying to squeeze in making gifts, writing cards, and baking cookies. 

Speaking of cookies, here's the recipe that my family insists I make each year.  One of husband's brothers loved them so much the first time I made them, over 20 years ago, that he told me from then on all he wanted from me for Christmas was a tin of these cookies!  Done and in the freezer already. ( It's easy to double this recipe...and a good idea.)
I love cookies that can be made ahead of time, so I can  give small plates of them to people who brighten my day during the year.  So show someone you love them, and make them these cookies. 

Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
3/4 cups softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla................Beat until creamy.
1 cup flour...................Blend into mixture.
1 cup chocolate chips, melted either in the nuke or on stove....................Add to mixture.
1 cup finely ground walnuts....................................Blend into mixture and mix well.

Using 1 level tsp. of dough, shape into tiny balls. 
Place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Note: because you bake at a low temp, you can put two sheets in the oven at the same time, switching their positions after half the time. Dough doesn't spread, so you can place them close together, putting 36 on each cookie sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from sheets and cool completely.

1 jar Polaner seedless raspberry all-fruit. (I prefer this, since no sugar added, so slightly tart, to complement the sweet cookies.)

Spread 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. raspberry fruit spread on 1 cookie, then place another on top to make rounded sandwiches. Makes 36 or more cookies. They freeze well and taste great defrosted.


Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and have a great holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.  I hope you get some time off work to enjoy being with family and friends. And may the coming new year be good to you and yours.

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Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful recipe, Fiona - now if I could only find someone to make it for me. :) Don't know if this qualifies as a holiday movie, but I did kind of like "Bad Santa" :)

jean hart stewart said...

Recipe sounds great...as a possible diabetic I watch my sugar intake, but those sound gorgeous enough to have one. Thanks....

Harlie Williams said...

Merry Christmas Fiona! I got a job! Woo hoo! Of course some of my online peeps are pissed. Oh well.

I'm happy and the money is good. LOL!


Fiona McGier said...

Tina, they freeze well, but I don't think they'd take being shipped from the Midwest out to you very well. Too fragile.

Jean, since I use the fruit spread, the only sugar is in the shortbread. I'm sure one or two would be allowed--it's the season!

Harley, I think I sent you a congrats, but if I didn't, I'm thrilled for you, since I know you were getting so discouraged about finding work outside the home. Unfortunately, though lip service is paid to being an at-home mom, that's the only payment, and that doesn't help with any bills, as I well know. My third job has petered out, so I'm "only" working 2 right now. But both are tied to the school schedule, so I'll be free for two weeks after this Saturday.

Of course, I'll be spending time baking cookies and sewing the gifts I have already cut out. And wrapping stuff, sending out cards, and spending time with relatives. All of which I enjoy, so it's all good. If I can, I'll squeeze in some writing, but frankly, at this festive time of the year, it can't be my first priority. It will be once the holidays are over. That's how I assuage my conscience.

Enjoy the season, everyone!