This is our last week in the series, the 12 Cookies of Christmas, as we baked our way through my Mom’s Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook she received as a wedding present in 1959. Some of these recipes were holiday favorites in my Mom’s cookie tins such as Russian Tea Cookies aka Mexican Wedding Cakes. Others were definitely experimental such as Finska Kakor, and Nurnberger. My daughters and I had a great time baking.
The recipe for week twelve? Toffee-Nut Bars, the cookbook describes them as:
“Almond-coconut topping on melt-in-the mouth crust.”
My husband dubbed them “ Vanishing Toffee Bars”
Mix together thoroughly: 1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter), 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Stir in: 1 cup sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour
Press and flatten with hand to cover bottom of ungreased 13 X 9″ oblong pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degree F oven.
Then spread with:
Beat well: 2 eggs
Stir in: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and stir in: 2 tbsp. GOLD MEDAL Flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt
Mix in: 1 cup moist shredded coconut, 1 cup cut-up almonds
Return to oven and bake 25 minutes more until topping is a golden brown. Cool slightly…then cut into bars.
As for our taste testing, here are the updated rankings:
First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars
Second Place: Chocolate Spritz (see a trend here?)
Third Place: Thumbprint Cookies
Fourth Place: Russian Tea Cakes
Fifth Place: Peanut Butter Cookies (this would be ranked higher, but two of the children do not like peanut butter)
Sixth Place: Toffee-Nut Bars
Seventh Place: Decorated & Iced Butter Cookies
Eighth Place: Finska Kakor (Finnish Almond Cookies)
Ninth Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs
Tenth Place: Gingerbread Men, but these were my favorite!
Eleventh Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd. Great with coffee!
Twelfth Place: Nurnberger, too spicy, Mommy!
Please hop on over to my friend, Bridget’s site, the Ivey League where she is hosting the 12 Crafts of Christmas. This week she is featuring beaded bookmarks and other neat gifts in her Homemade in a Hurry post.