Sunday Roast: What’s After Dinner?

holiday-cookies

Mmmmmmmmmm, cookies!  Little single servings of sugary heaven.  :-)

Obviously, I didn’t make the cookies shown in the photo, because if I had, I would be forced to hurt whoever had the nerve to eat them.  That just doesn’t go over well with family and friends — so I’ve heard.

If I make cookies, they’re little blobs of dough that get dropped from a spoon, and then bake into gooey deliciousness.  No one is harmed by my ordinary blobby cookies, unless they mind putting on several pounds, or they are diabetic.  I was unkind to my (now former) brother-in-law, who, if he’s still alive, is a diabetic, when I came upon him stuffing cookies into his facial blackhole.  He thought I was joking — I wasn’t.

He deserved it!

Anyhoo, what’s your favorite holiday cookie?  Feel free to share your cookie-related holiday traditions, and how they came about.

This is our daily open thread — COOKIES!!!!!

25 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: What’s After Dinner?

  1. Fresh baked Nestles Toll House cookies are my year round favorite. I like those Windmill cookies for something from the store, and we used to get those Danish butter cookies around the holidays too.

    • I really don’t like sweets in any form….I do like a nice scotch over ice following dinner.

          • A very peaty, smokey, dram, much like Lagavulin only a tad sweeter on the finish.
            I have to look into this Glenlivet 21 year old.
            Sadly, where I am, finding any good scotch is a chore in itself.

  2. Cookies were never a big Holiday deal for us when I was a kid, even though my dad was a baker. We had plenty of other stuff, however, many based on Scandinavian heritage. My favorite was, and remains, the following. I wrote the recipe down as best I remembered it, and it really does work. It’s a bit tricky, but the result is . . . ummmm . . . heavenly?😉

    Lefse
    (Norwegian Flatbread)

    Lefse was always a winter holiday treat in the upper Midwest where I grew up. I’m not at all sure how true the following recipe is to the original Norwegian Flatbread recipe from which it’s undoubtedly derived, but suffice to say it’s very close to what my baker father used, and that – trust me – means it’s “goldarned” good!

    Ingredients:
    Fresh white potatoes, any variety, peeled, cut up, and boiled (add a Tbsp or so of salt to the water for boiling) to yield approximately 4 cups when drained and mashed or riced (no added liquid). Chill the potatoes.

    1½ cup white flour per four cups mashed potatoes (maintain this approximate ratio for more or less potatoes).

    Combine the potatoes and the flour; mix by hand until the result is a pliable dough – it should be relatively firm, will probably still be a bit sticky, also very soft. Roll the dough into a ‘snake’ of about two inches in diameter. With a sharp knife or baker’s scraper, cut the snake into approximately equal pieces, each about 1″ thick. Lay each piece in a grid pattern on a lightly floured cookie sheet; cover with waxed paper or Saran, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

    That’s the easy part. Next up, rolling and ‘frying’.

    It’s best to have a thick (½ – ¾ inch) cutting board, 18″x18″, give or take, also a pastry cloth to cover it completely. Keep a tub of white flour handy – you’ll need it! There are two indispensable tools: (1) a decent rolling pin, and (2) a lefse “picker-upper-and-turner” which can be made from an 18″ length of ¾” hardwood dowel with one end hand-whittled to form a 2-3″ “duckbill shape, smoothly sanded and with no jagged edges. Finally, a flat griddle (a ten inch diameter cast iron comal, for example) burner-heated to about the same temp one might use to fry a hamburger, plus a can of non-stick spray nearby will serve to finish the job (there are also teflon-coated electric Lefse Griddles available from, if memory serves, NordicWare).

    In any case, the toughest part of the entire process is the rolling out of the dough and then transferring it to the griddle; it’ll probably take a failure or two (or three) before the process simplifies, but the result is worth it!

    To roll the dough:
    Generously and uniformly coat the surface of the pastry cloth with white flour. Lay one refrigerated chunk of pre-cut lefse dough atop the coated surface and dust liberally with white flour. Carefully pat it down by hand into a wider and thinner circle, then carefully roll it (light touch!) upward, downward, and outward with the rolling pin. Carefully slide the duckbilled (tapered) end of the dowel under the rolled dough, pick it up, and turn it over. Dust with flour, lightly roll again; the final product should be about 9″ diameter (max), maybe a millimeter thick. Carefully slide the tapered dowel under it (diametrically), pick it up, and ‘unroll’ it onto the griddle.

    It should take about 2-3 minutes per side to ‘fry’ properly. Lay each finished product on paper towels to cool, then wrap them, six at a time, in waxed paper. Place in plastic bags and refrigerate.

    To serve, spread with the condiment of choice: marmalade, jams or jellies, or (my personal favorite) a light dose of butter plus a sprinkling of brown sugar. Fold over, roll, and enjoy!

  3. I used to make the elaborate cookies with multiple colors of icing. Now I just buy cookies at the store. It turns out that it’s important to the grandchildren that you have cookies, not that you made them.

  4. Democratic Underground is still offline while they upgrade their servers, so today’s Sunday LOLcats will not be posted, however feel free to post anything similar.

    • I don’t give a flying rats patootie about Star Wars.
      They’ve been flogging that dead horse for thirty eight years.
      Still, Bill the Cat remains timeless.
      ack ppphhhttt

    • I know I won’t be here either, but I still feel sort of bad for being glad that Turdblossom won’t be here in 2080.

      • I have to admit that I wouldn’t feel bad if Turdblossom’s days had ended yesterday.

        BTW, doesn’t Turdblossom understand that there are youngsters here and on the way that WILL be here in 2080? He doesn’t care? Of course he doesn’t care. He’s a Republican.

    • All of Rove’s progeny are toads like hisself. They’ll also be extinct. He don’ care.

  5. TV Preacher: Teach Kids That People Lived With Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs 6,000 Years Ago

    . . . The pastor noted that humans were also created on day 6 and “shared this world with the dinosaurs” and “all of these events took place approximately 6,000 years ago.”

    According to Shockley, schools were using dinosaurs to “indoctrinate” children with lessons about science and evolution.

    “Realizing mom and dad couldn’t not defend their religious beliefs, they ignorantly stumble into believing the theories of evolution and abandon their faith,” he insisted. “Evolutionary doctrine on dinosaurs denies the Bible, creation, the existence of God and, by default, ultimately denies Jesus Christ is the son of God and our redeemer.”

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