If you are giving a gift to several people, start by baking a big batch of Hallmark stylist Andy Newcom's Christmas Cookies. Brown sugar, raisins and pecans or walnuts provide a rustic, nutty flavor to the cookie dough. Spoon the buttercream icing over the top to complete the cookie sensation. No one said you have to give them all away!
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For the cookies
For the icing
To make the cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Put shortening in bowl and mix in brown sugar.
- Add eggs one at a time and mix completely.
- Add dry ingredients, and mix thoroughly.
- Fold in raisins and nuts.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until cookies get slightly golden brown. Let cool.
To make the icing
- Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
- Add brown sugar and stir continuously.
- When the mixture starts to boil, keep stirring and let boil for 2 minutes. Then, stir in cream and bring mixture back to a boil.
- Remove saucepan from heat and cool until lukewarm.
- Gradually add sifted powder sugar, and stir until smooth.
- Spoon over cooled cookies and let icing cool; top with walnut or pecan halves if desired.