Even if your oven sits cold all year, chances are you're considering firing it up, right about now. As a holiday twist on our "What Are You Eating?" feature on Chow Bella and "What Are You Wearing?" on Jackalope Ranch, this holiday season we brought you "What Are You Baking?" Complete with a recipe, so you can DIY.
|courtesy of Michele Martinez|
Today Michelle Martinez shares her recipe for stained glass cookies. Michelle writes, teaches, cooks, bakes, and lives in Tempe.
|courtesy of Michelle Martinez|
What are you baking for the holidays this year?
Every year we invite the "cul-de-sac" kids over to the house to decorate cookies. Now that my daughter is in junior high, the cookies have gotten more complicated. This year we are making "stained glass cookies". For our family, as for many this year, funds are sparse, so we are making these cookies to give to our dozens of cousins as ornaments. We are also making chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, buckeyes, sugar cookies, and peanut butter based dog biscuits. Yes, dog biscuits. Our canine friends like Christmas too.
I have recently discovered an heirloom recipe for sugar cream pie and have been experimenting with it. When I followed the original it came out like glue, so I am I trying my best to update to the 21st century. We are also cranking out some bread, apple/date/craisin pie (with the help of the pie bird), empanadas, and homemade peppermint ice cream. I am lucky that I have some elves to help me with all of this.
Favorite holiday treats?
My tia's tamales!! Of course my family's tamales are the best. I do understand that you think your mom's, or your nana's, or your tia's, or even your own could possibly better than my Tia Toni's or my tTa Vicky's. You have to think that. I totally get it. And that's OK, because you haven't tried my tia's tamales anyway.
My mother-in-law's pasteles. A pastel is not a cake in Puerto Rico. (A torta is. You order a torta in PR and you better want some dessert and not a sandwich) It is a bundle of deliciousness similar to a tamal in structure with plaintain or yucca root inside, instead of corn masa, and wrapped in banana leaf or parchment with a Puerto Rican flavor profile with savory pork and pimento stuffed green olive inside. and lots of coquito.
Coquito!! Coconut based egg nog, heavy on the rum. This will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. Christmas in a bottle!! I save the latch top bottles from that yummy French Lemonade all summer to store the coquito in during the holidays. (Ikea sells those bottles for $3 a piece, but that's about what the lemonade costs, so I feel as if drinking the lemonade makes it a better bargain) I make a few batches of it every year. It makes a great gift to people you REALLY like.
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