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Christmas Cookie Giving 
Dec. 15, 2011 1:39 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2011 3:08 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, fellow foodies.

This month I participated in the Cookies Across America Campaign. This is being promoted by Allrecipes, Taste of Home magazine, and Nestlé®<   They were asking us to bake and donate cookies to the needy or donating baking supplies to a local food bank.

I was very happy to join this project and selected Family Supportive Housing here in San Jose as the organization I would like to donate my cookies to. 

I contacted them and they were glad to accept my cookies. I made 596 cookies to take to the agency - a wonderful place that provides temporary emergency housing to families. This place is the only place in the country that doesn't break up families. They each have their own room where the mother, father and children can all be together. They not only provide food and housing, but assist in job training and placement. If you are in the Santa Clara County and are looking for an organization to donate to, please consider them

  Here is the organization's entrance

Here is their dining area

 Here are the following cookies I made - and here is a picture of them all ready to go!

Neopolitan Cookies - really easy to make. Made the dough the night before and then sliced and baked.<  

Raspberry Almond Shortbread - delicate and delicious<

Jumbo Dark Chocolate Cookies -  mmmm. I loved the dark chocolate. It did need more chips so I added some cinnamon ones I had in the house<  

Original Tollhouse cookies - some with walnuts, some without. Can't go wrong with chocolate chip cookies<  

Snickerdoodles - delicious and easy to make. A step up from sugar cookies<  

Chocolate Crinkles - Easy to make and they look so nice. Delicious as well. Very fudgy<

I have to tell you what a good time I had doing this. I love to bake and am still on disability from my recent surgeries so I had the time to do this. I wish I had a big freezer because I would like to have made more. Giving makes you feel so good inside... I don't know who got more benefit out of this project, the organization or me.

 I have a lot to be grateful for this year - survived two major surgeries  and three hospitalizations in a very short period of time. I wanted to thank the doctors and nurses involved so I also baked for them.

I made 378 cookies to take to the hospital and the doctors. Here is the platter I took to the wonderful nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital , 3rd floor surgical care.

Here is one of the tins I took to the doctors.

 I made the following:

Chocolad Pinar - cocoa flavored Swedish cookie toppped with blanced almonds.. yummy<

Buttery Swedish coconut cookies - even coconut haters love these<

Mandslspritsar - Swedish Almond Spritz - smooth, almond-y and delicious<  

Strassburgare - very delicate Swedish cookie - the texture is unlike anthing you've probably had before.<  

Awesome browned butter Swedish cookies<

Dec. 15, 2011 1:51 pm
I love Swedish cookies and have saved all your personal recipes. That is a very lucky group to be on the receiving end of your baked goods. That was most kind. Have a Merry Christmas.
Dec. 15, 2011 2:30 pm
LindaT - you certainly earned your "I Baked" pin! Your cookies look amazing and I know how that they were so pleased to get them. You GO Girl!
Dec. 15, 2011 4:03 pm
Keebler is going to call you to replace their elf! Your cookies look wonderful and I am sure they tasted even better. I, too have saved all your personal recipes. I hope you continue to recover well. Merry Christmas
Dec. 15, 2011 7:32 pm
Thanks for sharing your recipes. And thank you for sharing your baking talents with others. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 15, 2011 7:46 pm
Wow Linda......what a beautiful donation. You are one amazing baker. Thanks for sharing all the recipes:)
Dec. 15, 2011 7:57 pm
So very nice, Linda! I can only imagine how much those people loved getting your wares! Thanks for sharing! I love your spirit!
Dec. 16, 2011 7:52 am
After being so sick, Linda, you just amaze me! Great job and to echo Baking Nana, you definately earned that I Baked button, my friend...YOU ROCK!
Dec. 16, 2011 8:15 am
Fabulous! Just fabulous!
Dec. 17, 2011 10:56 am
Baking is a gift from the heart, and such a generous heart you have! Christmas is about the giving....Merry Christmas Linda!
Dec. 17, 2011 10:58 am
Oh, and as a nurse who has over 30 years of working in hospitals....I can say that your cookie tray was very much appreciated....and happily devoured I'm sure!
Dec. 18, 2011 3:04 pm
Linda...thanks for the lovely Swedish cookie recipes...hopefully I still havwe time to make a few. Bless you for your contribution of time and service to those in need.
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I cook because I love to create. I find it to be very soothing and rewarding. My mother was my greatest influence, but because of my love of experimentation I think I am a better cook than she is now. :)
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Anything healthy. I love to try new recipes and love the challenge of altering high caloriefat recipes to something more healthy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish Christmas cookies. These were baked by my mother and now by me.
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I have had few failures when cooking. Every new recipe is a triumph when it turns our terrific.
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The first cake I made by myself was a bit of a disaster. I think I was 11 or 12. I didn't let it cool in the pans after baking and frosted it while it was still warm. Needless to say, it sort of fell apart. Refusing to let that stop me, I held the cake together with half a box of toothpicks. My father ate half the cake.. he was a good Dad. Didn't complain once about the toothpicks. :)
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