Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions. I always make a massive amount of cookies – both traditional family favorites and new ones – to share. We bring the cookies to every holiday party we’re invited to, and then fill some containers for recipients of the church’s wish tree and make up a big platter to go to the soup kitchen’s Christmas dinner.
These were one of my new tries for this year. I was drawn in by the color – it’s always fun to vary the cookie tray up with more color – but the subtle flavors really won me over.
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I always feel a little more nostalgic about my German heritage at Christmas. I think it’s a remnant of Opa’s Christmas cookie packages, which were synonymous with Christmas for all of my childhood. Without even thinking about it, I end up planning some German-inspired dessert for our holiday table – like this Black Forest Cheesecake.
This is obviously not traditional, but the flavors are there – and, I’ll be honest, this is going to be easier than your traditional Black Forest Cake.
This strawberry sour cream pie is probably my favorite pie – I make it during strawberry season every year. A few weeks ago when we ended up with a ton of cherries, I decided to try the pie in a cherry version and it was just as good.
It’s a tiny tweak to the recipe but definitely worth sharing!
Cherry Sour Cream Pie (adapted from this recipe) Makes 1 Pie
1 prepared pie crust
2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
1 c. flour
1 1/4 c. sugar, reserve 1 tablespoon
1 c. sour cream (not fat-free)
Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add sour cream, blending until creamy. Gently fold in the berries without over-mixing. Pour mixture into pie shell and spread to edges without packing down — there should be spaces throughout the filling. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 tablespoon sugar.
Bake the pie for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F degrees (leave the oven door open a minute to let the temperature drop a little) and bake an additional 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Broil the pie for 2-3 minutes to brown up the top. Allow to cool completely before cutting.