Tuesday, December 22, 2009

what year were Christmas Cookie magazines $5.99 ??

The year was 1999 ....
I used to love looking at cookie and baking mags.... and if the covers look like this...had to buy them .. immediately. But... there is hardly anything new under the sun now... and the covers are just not that beautiful anymore. Now... I barely give them a second glance.. and I certainly don't feel compelled to buy them these days.

Maybe I have weaned myself because I have plenty; but, I do think the quality or interest is just not there. They really don't "pop" in the racks of mags. So.. I save my great ones in protector sleeves...in a file box. There is an ancient one in there ... 39 cents !! good grief! what year was that? hahahhaa... I forget. Really...
I pore over them for a month for ideas even if I tweak their recipes a bit here and there. They come in handy any time of year actually, and I know exactly where to find them. I even have a special cupboard for the boxes and books of recipes... .. pages tagged.. the bestest of the best (in my mind) ... and this is a keeper.
However, it does require a bit of chopping.... so allow some time. I like to chop the cranberries and nuts earlier and then get around to assembly... food processors are not the answer with nuts either so forget using it. They turn into nut butter much too quickly... I've actually found that a bread or serrated knife works best for me.
Seeing as I had to get these done in one day....I was a chopping blur....

...tried this knife for a while...but resorted to my trusty bread knife....

mmmm.... you can really taste the orange in this bar.. . really adds a special something.
In this batch, I also added about 1/3 cup of crushed Skor bars as I had some left over from Caramel Macchiato Shortbread. Waste not... you now me if you've been around this blog before.. and besides... a bit of chocolate is never a bad thing.

Cranberry Macadamia Bars

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, or pecans ( I used macadamia)
2 beaten eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp finely shredded orange peel (I used a zester)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, hazelnuts or pecans
1 cup finely chopped cranberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup cocoanut

Stir together flour and the 3/4 cup sugar in mixing bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in 1/2 cup nuts. Press mixture into bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes or til the crust is lightly browned around edges.

Meanwhile, combine eggs, the 1 1/4 cups sugar, milk, orange peel, and vanilla in mixing bowl. Beat 'til combined. Pour over the hot crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup nuts (here I added some chopped Skor bar bits) the cranberries, and cocoanut.

Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes more or 'til golden. Cool slightly in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars while warm. Be gentle and use sharp knife.. they are still pretty soft, but you should be able to make nice edges.. ... cool completely in pan.


Lucia from Madison said...

I know what you mean. I use to love getting in long lines at the store so I could check out the baking magazines. Not anymore. I think I have gotten to the point were I have recipes that I make every year and if and only if something really grabs my attention will I try it. But I have not seen anything in a magazine that looks that different. Perhaps if I was 20 and just starting out again...

Martha said...

I love looking at those magazines and actually any regular magazine that has Christmas in it!!!! I have a ton of Christmas books that I now keep in the attic, getting them out only for Christmas so that they don't take up precious shelf space the rest of the year!

It IS fun to always try new recipes!

Isabelle said...

That looks delicious!

Karen L R said...

anything with cranberries is divine! thanks for the sweet comments you left at my place.

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Serena said...

I used to love collecting the cooking/baking magazines in my younger years. The biscuit/cookie and slice ones were particularly popular back then too. Those Cranberry Macadamia Bars look delicious!

LoveFeast Table said...

I think these bars look delish...yum! Will have to try. I am totally into bar cookies lately.

Sandy said...

I have a mental block meaning, why do I forget you have this blog. I love looking at the recipes and photos you put up. I have a simple solution and why didn't I think of it before, put it on my blogroll, duh..lol.

BumbleVee said...

hey Sandy.... as often as I don't get over here to update.... one might think I have also forgotten that I have this blog !! Bad me !! bad me!