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December 09, 2006

Heart of Tartness Book Club Alert!

Heart of Tartness Online Cookie Exchage

Yes, we are doing it. We had such fun sharing Thanksgiving recipes that we're going to do the same with cookies. It'll be like a regular cookie exchange except you can eat every one you make, instead of having to share them.

Need some ideas? The Food Network has all ranges from anyone can do it to be ready to channel Julia Child. Here's one to check out from the 'almost homemade' collection:


Sorry I can't do it the nice way - Typepad is being ornery this morning.

In the meantime, get yourself to Trader Joe's and pick up the limited edition holiday Joe Joe cookies - they have little bits of candy canes in the middle - wow - are they good.

So dig out those recipes and be ready to share - we'll be doing it next weekend - December 16th.



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I don't do cookies because I do a big gingerbread house project every year. It takes DAYS!! I'm starting it today, in fact -- just picked my pattern. I may report on it in my blog this Monday, or else I'll report during the cookie exchange next weekend. Time to get in that kitchen!

I dont have any cookies recipes but I do have a great pumpkin pie one. SusanCo

I am the Cookie Queen! Always looking for new recipes, though.

SusanCo, I just printed out your Dieter's Christmas on fancy paper. I'm cranking it into an antique typewriter to make an appropriate holiday decoration.--It's a hoot! Thanks so much.

I tried making a Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake for Thanksgiving. I was surprised, but it's been requested for the Holidays. A couple of tweaks, and it will be perfection....

Cookies? For a nice twist, grind up A&W Root Beer Barrels and fold them into the oatmeal cookie batter. Your tongue will thank you!

Yum - I'm getting hungry already - and if you're not a cookie person, we'd love to hear about your other sweet treats -

Michele - is this like the full-out Food Network Contest kind of ginger bread house? We want photos!!

SusanCo- share the pie recipe - William - same for you and your killer cheesecake.

Nancy - can't wait to see your favorites - and we will not be using the "D" word during the online recipe exchange.

Hey, Rebecca, you bet. This year I'm doing the farmhouse pattern from this great website (though I'll decorate mine differently). Scroll down and check it out:


Personally, I like a touch more cinnamon and nutmeg in mine, but adjust for your own taste.

* 2 packages (16 ounces total) cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
* dash cloves
* 2 large eggs
* 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and spices; mix with a hand mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended. Pour into graham cracker crust. Bake at 350° F. for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight. Serve with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping (this is mandatory! Fresh whipped cream made just prior to serving in the best.)

This is probably late in the game, but I recently discovered Starbuck's Egg Nog Latte..... oh, God.....

Steady, William. Steady.

(deep breath, glance at Nancy)

Yes, ma'am.....

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