Christmas Cookies and Christmas Pottery

Singing Gnomes

Here are some of the Christmas pottery projects that are in my upstairs booth at Inside Out Markets in Gallatin.

Christmas Cookies

Forgotten Cookies

This is our family tradition for a Christmas Cookie. The recipe is from a Bell South Pioneer Cookbook. I have made it so often that when I lay the book down it falls open to the Forgotten Cookie Recipe.

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. chopped pecans

Beat egg whites to a peak. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff. Add salt and vanilla; mix well. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop by ice teaspoons on lightly oiled cookie sheet. Place cookies in the oven and immediately turn off the oven. Leave cookies in closed oven overnight. Makes about 25 cookies.

Peanut Butter Balls

This is a recipe that Kay Barry makes at Christmas time and gives to family and friends. They are delicious and do not last long.

  • 1 box confectionary sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups of extra crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1 cup raisins
  • chocolate candy coating

Blend butter and confectionary sugar . Mix in vanilla. Mix in Peanut butter. Add raisins and coconut. Shape into balls. Refrigerate the balls overnight. Then dip in melted chocolate.

Orange Ball Cookies

Every Tuesday Frances and I go to the Old Hickory Art Center to paint. Frances is a wonderful oil painter and I paint with watercolors. I am inspired by two of the best watercolor artists, Jean and Brenda, who paint at the same table with me. This is a recipe that Brenda shared with me.

  • One 12-ounce package vanilla wafers finely crushed
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • One 6 ounce frozen concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup flaked coconut

In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, pecans, and powdered sugar. Add the orange juice and margarine, stirring until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes to absorb the liquid. Form level tablespoons of the dough in balls. Roll in coconut. For best flavor, store in a covered container in a cool place for several days before serving.

1 Comment »

  1. Love the gnomes and the rest of your Christmas pottery! The Forgotten Cookies are a Christmas tradition and I can’t wait for you to make these.


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