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NC THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 3FN Holiday. cookies get bakers buzzin', are food for fund-raisers White-chocolate covered Ritz-Bits 1 box Ritz-Bits (peanut butter mini-crackers) 1 12-ounce bar Nestle white chocolate, melted, slightly cooled Colored sugar, candy sprinkles or other decoration Use a fork to dip crackers into melted white chocolate. Before chocolate sets, sprinkle each cracker with decoration, or drizzle melted dark chocolate in decorative pattern over each. Note: If the chocolate is cool to the touch, kids can easily help make these cookies. Add shortening mixture and beat at low speed until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and spread dough evenly onto bottom of pan. For topping, place cream cheese, eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Spread evenly over top of brownie mixture. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Note: Do not overbake. Place on cooling rack and run spatula around edge of pan to loosen. Cool completely on rack before slicing. Cut into 2-by-l!2-inch bars. Add a strawberry half to each top to decorate. Makes approximately 2 dozen bars. Dash of salt 1 stick margarine or butter 10 ounces pitted dates cup water cup white sugar Sift together first 5 ingredients. Work 1 stick margarine into sifted ingredients; mixture should be coarse. (Baker's tip: Use your hands for this process.) In a heavy pan over medium heat, slowly cook to a thick jamlike texture the dates, water and sugar. Press half of the oat mixture into a 9-by-13-inch greased baking dish. Spread with date mixture, using the back of a spoon dipped in warm water. Put remaining half of oat mixture on top and press down to form a crust. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350. Cool completely before cutting into bars of desired size. (Use a greased knife for best results.) Makes about 2 dozen. (Recipe from Virginia Ryan, Lake Worth.) Some cookie baking dos and don'ts Here are tips from top bakers on cookie baking: D0N7 MAKE substitutions to a recipe unless you've made it before, or you are an experienced baker. Don't double a recipe unless you're sure of the outcome. TAKE special care when substituting fats many of the light margarines and whipped products will throw off a recipe because of their high water or air content. MAKE SURE baking powder, baking soda and yeast are fresh an open package will lose potency after only two months in humid South Florida kitchens. PREHEAT the oven as indicated, then make one test cookie and note baking time it saves you from ruining a whole batch. TO PREVENT burnt cookies, use air-insulated baking sheets. Pricey, but well worth the "dough" you save. ALWAYS cool cookie sheets between batches. DROP cookies should be taken off cookie sheet immediately after baking and set on a cooling rack. Cool bar cookies thoroughly before slicing for crumbless cuts. TOAST nuts before baking for best flavor; soften raisins or currants in boiling water for 3 minutes; drain. WRAP each cookie individually in waxed paper or plastic wrap for longest and safest storage. (Sources: Malda Heatter's Cookies, 1997, Cader Books; The Christmas Cookie Book by Judy Knlpe and Barbara Marks, 1990, Time-Life Books.) ar over them or roll gently in pan of confectioner's sugar. Makes 6 dozen. COOKIES From 1FN : ' so good because they're right out :! of the oven." Her favorites, almond butter ' cookies, are from a recipe that . came with the cookie stamp to make them. "They're not as good as my mom's, but I was. so happy ; to find that recipe." At the Tropical Sands Chris- tian Church in Palm Beach Gar-' dens, cookie bakers are heating their ovens for the third annual -; Cookie Walk, set for Saturday. "It's a fund-raiser for the , 1 church," said Lisa Barron, last year's Walk organizer. "The women of the congregation bake the u, cookies and bring in their cookies, and we set them all out on tables. . . Then, people pay $5 for a cookie tin and go through the line, filling the tin with whatever cookies they want." Joyce Borgmeyer and Polly ; Weisse of Palm Beach Gardens are the top bakers in the walk. 0, Long-time friends, they produce -A beautiful cookies that participants look forward to yearly, Barron said. ," Susan McBrayer is hosting her first cookie exchange this year. fj Her best cookies are kid-friendly ones. "My white-chocolate cov-ered Ritz-Bits with sprinkles are ( so simple my 5-year-old can do them." One year, there were Rice r'. Krispie Treats at the exchange. At her group in Wellington, , :.'( participants will be asked to bring ' between three and five dozen of .. one kind of cookie, and the recipe r for it. Each person then takes c'. home the same number of cookies she brought, all of different variet- ies. "A lot of times, you get a story .,, about how their grandmother , ..; made this cookie, or a family histo-ry. It's nice," McBrayer said. Of course, sometimes the whole process can be a bit too ; labor-intensive, and people try to t ' cut corners. J; Penelope Morgan of Penelo- pe's Breads and Threads Bakery '. in Delray Beach tells the story of a : group that finally caved in. v ; "I guess some of the women in p the exchange just got too busy to r bake the cookies," she said. In- stead of making the cookies to J, exchange, they ordered them from J the bakery. t "I guess when they all showed I up with their cookies, they all ; knew what happened, and the - group finally quit having an ex-5 change. It was funny." Here are recipes from some J Rookie bakers for your holiday Ktables. Stamped almond sugar cookies 3- to 4-inch cookie stamp : see note Vi cup butter, softened 2 ounces almond paste -Vi cup sugar legg : Vi teaspoon almond extract lA teaspoon salt 1 cup flour Cream almond paste into butter by hand or with mixer. Cream in sugar. Stir in egg and almond extract. ; Mix salt into flour and stir into almond mixture. Knead dough lightly for short time; it will be fairly stiff. ; Roll unchilled dough into 2-inch balls, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Stamp firmly with lightly floured cookie stamp to form clear impression; lift stamp directly upward. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes; cookies should be just turning brown around edges. Makes 16-18 cookies. Note: This method makes thin cookies; make thicker cookies as desired; adjust baking time accordingly. Cookie stamps 'are available at Penelope's Breads and Threads in Delray Beach, and in some kitchen giftware shops. Florentines 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips cup butter 2 cups quick oatmeal, uncooked 1 cup sugar cup flour Vi cup light corn syrup Vi cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Va teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter in medium saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in oats, sugar, flour, corn syrup, vanilla, milk and salt. Mix well. Form dough, 1 teaspoon at a time, into balls; place each ball on a cookie sheet lined with well greased foil. Flatten balls very thin. Bake at 375 for 5 to 7 minutes. Peel foil from cookies. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in bowl set over hot water; stir until smooth. Spread chocolate on flat side of 1 cookie, top with another cookie, flat-side down. Makes 3Vi dozen cookies. Note: These cookies could be made and dipped individually into chocolate to form half-and-half Florentines; the recipe would then make approximately 7 dozen Raspberry swirl pinwheels cup butter or margarine, softened 1 cup sugar legg 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder V teaspoon salt For filling: Va cup raspberry jam Vi cup shredded coconut XA cup finely chopped nuts Cream butter; add sugar, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture, beating well. Shape mixture into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Combine filling ingredients. When dough is firm, roll out on floured wax paper to 12-by-9-inch rectangle. Spread filling to within '2-inch of edges. Carefully roll up dough, jelly-roll style, starting at long end. Pinch the seam to seal.- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate. Chill 1 hour or until firm. When ready to bake, slice cookies V-inch thick and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on rarks. Note: For ease in cutting, the dough can be frozen. Makes about 2Vi dozen cookies. Polly's almond cookies 6 cups flour VA cups shortening V2 cups butter 3 teaspoons salt 2V4 cups sugar 3 teaspoons almond extract Chocolate cheesecake bars For the brownie bottom: 1 V2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar cups vegetable shortening or butter 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs IV2 cups all-purpose flour Vi cup unsweetened cocoa powder Vi teaspoon salt lA teaspoon baking soda 2 cups miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips For the topping: 1 1 ounces cream cheese (1 8- ounce and 1 3-ounce package), softened 2 eggs 3A cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Strawberries, cut In half, for garnish Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Place cooling rack on countertop. For brownies, place brown sugar, shortening, water and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and beat well. 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Shape dough into long rolls, about 2Mi-inches in diameter, and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze or refrigerate until very firm. (Wrap again in foil if freezing.) To bake, slice dough in VWnch thick slices. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush tops with yolk-water mixture and top with slivered almond. Bake at 375 for 7 to 10 minutes. Makes 6 to 8 dozen cookies, depending on size of rolls. Pecan crescents 2Va cups butter 'VA cups unsifted confectioner's sugar VA teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons almond extract 6lA cups sifted all-purpose flour 3 to 4 cups pecans, broken Confectioner's sugar for rolling Cream butter; add sugar, vanilla, and almond extract and beat well. Add flour and stir in nuts. Form into small logs that are then reformed into crescent shapes on the greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until just lightly browned. Immediately after removing from oven, sift confectioner s sug- Mix cider, sugar, lemonade and orange juice together in a large pot. 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Return the mixture to the teapot and strain before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings. Raspberry balm wine 4 cups dry white wine V cup sugar Vi cup brandy -1 pint raspberries lA cup lemon balm leaves see note Note: Make this two days ahead. Combine wine and sugar in a non-aluminum pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately stir to dissolve sugar and cool to tepid. Put the raspberries and lemon balm in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and pour the brandy and wine mixture over them. Steep in a cool, dark place for 2 days and filter before using. If desired, add a fresh sprig of lemon balm to the bottle as a decorative touch before serving. The wine will keep 3 months in the refrigerator. Makes 1 quart. Note: Lemon balm is an herb that grows readily in South Florida and is available wherever herb plants are sold. (Recipe from The Herbal Pantry by Emelie Tolley and Chris Mead, 1992, Clarkson Potter.) Southern wassail punch Va gallon apple cider, or apple juice Vi cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 3-ounce can frozen lemonade, thawed and undiluted 1 3-ounce can frozen orange juice, thawed and undiluted Vi tablespoon whole cloves Vi tablespoon whole allspice 12 1-inch cinnamon sticks Orange or lemon slices, studded with cloves, for garnish der, wine or eggnog. Freeze part of your punch ingredients, along with fresh fruit chunks, in one big ice mold or a bunch of little molds. Or for a festive color scheme, freeze whole cranberries and mint leaves in a holly-berry arrangement in a ring mold. Don't forget little nibbles on swizzles to dress up each cup a fruit chunk or cinnamon stick. This milky hot tea is popular in Middle Eastern countries and some parts of Europe. Tea's popularity in the United States is growing, and many teahouses feature this drink. 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