This year, I got sucked in by Gourmet's Christmas cookie cover and decided to try baking a bunch. I've done that before with their 2004 issue and the cookies turned out great.
Last night, I invited a friend over and we baked the Chocolate-Hazelnut Crinkle cookies and the Tea & Honey Crisps. We made the batter for the Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox cookies, but didn't have time to bake them.
The chocolate cookies turned out amazingly with a great crunchy taste. We made larger balls than recommended and ended up with a crunchy-cakey kind of consistency. The smaller cookies were more like macaroons, which I prefer. The batter tasted like chocolate filling; it was the only kind of cookie batter that I've actually liked raw. The cookies turned out great, but I don't have a large cookie box for them to layer with wax paper, and the powdered sugar is getting a little soggy on the cookie.
The Tea & Honey crisps were interesting. The recipe calls for confectioner's sugar (icing sugar, which I had no idea was also called confectioner's sugar), and the batter turns out to be very goopy, so you really need the stencils to be able to spread the batter onto the parchment paper. We were dubious about how they would turn out but they were actually really nice, thin crisps with a hint of tea in them. They have 2 1/4 teaspoons of tea in them, so using earl grey gives them a nice lemony taste.
Has anyone else tried baking those cookies?