Link to December's cookie and story behind the Cookie of the Month: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35497...
Well, I'm losing momentum already! Maybe I just need to skip trying to come up with more seasonally appropriate options and move on to the Chowhound recommendations, which I was saving for more appropriate months. I started this month out by trying this recipe for Gingerbread Bars from Cooking Light: http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/... They were excellent the first day, but were way too dry the next day, and I have to mail these out, so I just couldn't feel good about sending these to my husband's grandma.
So, I moved onto this recipe for Hermits from Eating Well: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/her... I thought these were never going to get done!! I think they ended up taking twice as long, and I pulled them out, let them cool, and then tried to cut them and they were way underdone. So, I stuck them in for a bit longer, and they finally were done in the middle, but of course dry around the edges. I was able to salvage the middles to send out and they had good flavor, but I have a lingering suspicion that they, too, were dry the next day. I just have this feeling that while I'm sure she still enjoys getting them that she's thinking to herself, "Katie has really lost her baking touch- none of these are as good as last time!" I think it's just hard to make moist low-fat, low-sugar baked goods that are as good the next day (or the day after), and maybe I don't have the time or energy to really experiment like I should. I just really want to throw in the towel and make some high fat, high sugar, gooey chocolate cookies!! Please give me some encouragement, Hounds- I need it!
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