Thursday, December 8, 2011
Christmas Baking Time-- Try Them. Not Difficult
Does anyone remember Bon Bon Cookies? Are they cookies or are they candy? I can remember eating these delicious tidbits by the dozen as a child and never questioned which they were . All I knew is that they were delicious and yes, they still are. These are slightly rounded which lend them to decorating as snow balls, etc.
The goodies inside and the toppings on the outside are only limited by your imagination.
Try a batch of these goodies and use them as centerpieces for a festive Christmas table of sweets or just as a box of goodies to take to a friend.
BON BON COOKIES
1/2 cup of soft butter
3/4 cup of sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
Mix in with hand: (yep just what it says, use your hands)
1 1/2 cups of sifted flour
1/8 tsp salt
Wrap level tsp. dough around filling ( a candied maraschino cherry or well drained maraschino cherry, pitted date, gumdrop, or 1/2 tsp of mixture of 1 sq. unsweetened chocolate, melted, and a 1/2 cup shredded coconut. The fillings are only limited by your own imagination so let it run wild.)
Place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until set but not brown. Dip tops of warm cookies in Icing( recipe to follow). Decorate with chopped nuts, coconut, candied fruit, chocolate pieces, peppermint pieces, etc. Again the toppings are only limited by your imagination.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes. Again bake only until set, not brown as this will cause the bon bon's to be crunchy.
If you wish chocolate dough blend in 1 sq. unsweetened chocolate (1 oz), melted.
This makes about 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies.
BON BON COOKIE ICING
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp cream
1 tsp vanilla
food coloring if desired (think of all the Christmas color possibilities that color can add.)
For Chocolate Icing: Add 1 sq. unsweetened chocolate (1 oz) melted, and use 1/4 cup of cream.