Cookies + Coffee = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 23: Bring On The Cheese

hohohoHoliday movies! Holiday Cheer! Nothing says Holiday Cheer like a Holiday movie! I have a list of Eight Holiday movies I watch every year.

      1. A Christmas Story
      2. Bad Santa
      3. Christmas Vacation
      4. Die Hard (hence the tee over there)
      5. It’s a Wonderful Life
      6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
      7. Lethal Weapon
      8. Miracle on 34th Street

I know and recite lines from all these movies — even when it’s not the Holiday season (Roger, that’s a special forces tattoo, Hot Dog! Welcome to the party, pal!). Let’s talk about your favourite holiday movie? Are you a massive fan of the Muppets Christmas? Do you like Elf? Is Scrooged more your speed or do you really dig Christmas in Connecticut? What’s your favourite CHEESY Holiday Movie? Y34th-streetou let me know and we’ll compared notes.

If we’re talking cheesy, as in gooey stretchy cheesy, I really love It’s a Wonderful Life and the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street because, you know, Edmund Gwenn is Santa; he’s the Santa-i-est Santa EVER. You believe he’s Santa, just like little Susan (Natalie Wood) does. Honest!

Nothing goes better with a Cheesy Holiday movie than a cheesy cookie that has chocolate in it. Like this one below. These cookies are like holiday popcorn, only not made of corn and not popped, but still, if you’re like me, you chain-feed these cookies into your mouth like you would chain feed popcorn into your mouth.

cookybookChocolate Orange Drops p, 116 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (1963)

Oven to 350F/175C

  • 1 cup butter                                       1 package (3 oz) Cream cheese
  • ½ confectioner’s (icing) sugar             1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel                 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla                                       ½ tsp salt
  • 1 6oz package chocolate chips

Beat butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add in sugar and egg; beat until creamy.

Blend in orange peel and vanilla. Stir in sifted flour and salt.

Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet

Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Serve with a cedary-sweet Sumatran coffee.

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Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 16: Foxy Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies

lomoYesterday, The Shallow Reader (Vassiliki) had a post on the lack of heroes with moustaches in modern romance fiction. She and I are in favour of the mo’ on men, but if you look at the covers of romance novels you sort of have to go back to the 70s and early 80s to find men with mos. And you know those 70s ‘staches are heavy and pretty, well, droopy or pointed south. Kind of like that one you see over there on the left. The 70s man moustache was something like the 70’s shag hairstyle for women. Men’s mos thinned out in the 80s, while women’s hair got bigger–or asymmetrical and spiky.

Author Elizabeth Lowell, in my opinion, always did the Mo’ed Romance hero so well. She did heroes with beards too. Try as I might, I failed to find a hero with a beard on the cover of a romance, but I did find these lovely Lowell cover images from the mid 80s.

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In my endeavour to find a cookie to go with this post, I visited The Stachist, home to mo merchandise. They are an awesome site dedicated to well, goods that are moustache

related, such stach greeting cards and 

mopostache-shaped earrings, as well as the Mustache Poet magnetic poetry kit, where anyone can be a MoPo. They have all sorts of mo-related stuff, only they don’t have…COOKIES!

I have a cookie. I know it’s from the 70s because it has 1972 written in the upper right corner, just beside the little flower pot, on the still-pristine recipe card. For that reason alone that makes these THE Ode to ‘Stache cookies. These are groovy cookies.  

Foxy Brown Sugar Cardamom Cookies (I have no idea where this recipe came from, it’s handwritten on a card stuck inside my Better Homes and Garden Cookies and Candies from 1966.

Oven to 350F/180C

¾ cup unsalted butter, softened                     1 ¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla                                           1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour                                 1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt                                                      1 ½ tsp cardamom

Mix all dry ingredients together

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixture on medium for about 3-5 minutes until well incorporated. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary. Add egg, vanilla and ginger to butter mixture and beat again until it’s light and fluffy.

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in thirds, beat with electric mixture until dough incorporates. Finish mixing the dough with a rubber spatula.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes

Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, place on cookie sheet lined with baking paper, keep about 2 inches apart.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes

Cool on sheet before transferring to wire rack.

Serve with medium roasted coffee brewed in glass a stovetop percolator that has the filter inside…

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Coffee + Cookies = 44 Days of Holiday Cookies Day 14 Bitchin’ Banana Spice

lablesRGBThe other day I was invited to a coffee tasting. I was the ONLY one at the tasting. I was, as you can imagine, terribly excited because coffee and FREE COFFEE.  Yes, kids that was FREE COFFEE!  It was a JOYOUS DAY!

I like to think Trent the day manager invited because I’m such a valued customer. I’m in the coffee shop practically eery day.  I know the name of every staff member, I ask questions about their coffees, I thank the baristas for the cups of awesome they so often have ready for me before I even ask. I send them a Christmas card and give them a big-assed box of chocolate to go with the card because they fill me with caffeine. They have been with me on my PhD journey and my quest for publication. Yes, I’m talking about you, Daniella, Trent, Sebastian (my mom thinks of you fondly), Kay, Chelsea, Emmy, Sophie, Allison, William, Andrew, Matthew, Ryan and Lauren! You made my day by inviting me to taste the new Holiday Light Roast. You even gave me a cookie to go with the coffee that was mellow-sweet and cookie-worthy. I highly recommend it for drinking on a snowy day. I highly recommend it for drinking on a early summer morning. So this year, you’re going to get these babies as well as the bigassed box of chocolate. They have a slightly tropical flavour to go with the Tropical-tinged Christmas we have at this latitude.

Also, they are a bitchin’ spice cookie that may remind you of banana bread in cookie form. Banana Bread goes so well with coffee. Especially when you slather the bread in butter. These cookies are like that too.

Banana Spice Cookies p. 67 Betty Crocker Cooky Book (1963)cookybook

Oven 375F/190C

  • ½ cup shortening                          2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)           ½ baking soda
  • 2 eggs                                          ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas           ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour                                   ¼ tsp cloves (ground)

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs well. Stir in banana. Mix dry ingredients together and stir into to other mixture. Blend in nuts.

Chill 1 hour.

Drop rounded spoonfuls on 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

Serve with a Light to Medium roasted coffee.

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