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Formerly Faceless COOKIE Recipes - 46 
Dec. 29, 2011 4:51 am 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2012 10:55 am
Since Thanksgiving, I've tried several new cookie recipes. For some reason, most of them are tarts or "tartlets". I always like the look that these types of cookies lend to a holiday cookie tray. Here are the five new recipes I test drove for the Christmas holiday. Maybe you'll find one or more that you'd like to try, too.
Please click on the photos to view the recipes.
Peanut Butter Tarts
By: Gina Fletcher
No one has tasted these yet, but the directions are completely incorrect, so I felt I needed to rate it to give others a heads-up. This recipe says to use a MINI muffin tin. It says to open 12 mini peanut butter cups to put into the baked cookies. The amount of dough this recipe makes completely fills 24 mini muffin cups BEFORE baking. Of course, I went ahead and filled the 24 cups, thinking maybe, just maybe the 12 PB cups were suppsed to be 24. Then, after they'd been baking, I started opening those cups. What did I see? a nearly identical recipe on the back of the Reese's bag. The only difference? Vanilla. Well, vanilla AND the fact that the recipe (with identical amounts of flour, fat, PB, and sugar) says it makes 40 cookies, not 12. The baked cookies puffed over the tops of the mini muffin cups because they were so full to begin with. Wanna make these? Use TWO 24-cup mini muffin tins. Open 40 mini PB cups. Roll the dough into 40 balls, and follow the recipe directions for other amounts.
Update - The cookies were enjoyed by my coworkers and disappeared quickly. I guess they tasted good, but I don't like peanut butter, so I can't personally say.

Marbled Tarts
By: Laria Tabul
I'd really give these 3 1/2 stars if I could. They taste wonderful. I had some problems with this recipe, however. I followed the recipe exactly, and I'm an accomplished baker. The first problem I ran into was that the chocolate chips would not melt. After 5 minutes in the oven (as the recipe states) the chocolate chipswould not swirl. The filling was just beginnig to warm up at that point. Three minutes later, the chips still weren't melted, but the filling was beginning to firm up on the top. I used Nestle mini morsels, which I ended up leaving "as is" on top of the filling. The next problem I ran into was removing the tarts from the pan. After coolling slightly, the tarts were impossible to remove from the pan without breaking. After cooling longer, the bottoms of the tarts stuck in many of the cups and were left behind when the tarts were removed. The saving grace is the taste. The recipe also calls for one egg, but it should call for just one egg YOLK, as the white is not used in the tarts.

Ischl Tartlets
Delicious and beautiful cookies! The combination of lemon and raspberry is wonderful. To make assembly easier, sprinkle powdered sugar on the top cookies before assembling. Then you won't need to add more preserves in the opening.

Cranberry Nut Tarts
These were very tasty, but I really didn't taste the cranberry. The next time I'd maybe cut back on the amount of nuts and add more cranberries.
(This recipe has since had another new photo.)

Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
By: Joylyn Trickel
These are very tasty. As suggested in the notes, I drizzled chocolate over some of the finished cookies. These are very airy and light, but slightly chewy inside. I ended up spreading the chocolate on the bottoms of the cookies as this made for a neater finished product.

Just because I really like this picture:

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Icing

Best Wishes to all for a safe and Happy New Year!

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Dec. 29, 2011 5:29 am
Good morning. I will have to look at that recipe for Marbled Tarts - I too had a "stuck in the mini muffin tin" moment this year. It wasn't pretty. Thanks for sharing your great pictures and your insight and tips. Great job.
Dec. 29, 2011 6:25 am
Pam-3BoysMama, you were one of the first people I added in my Favorite Cooks sections because I love your recipes, reviews, beautiful photos and writings. This is really hard to say and please don't get offended - I have a problem with migraine headaches and the flashing animations are sooo cute but they just get the best of me. I know I'm weird! Again, I'm sorry if this offends.
Dec. 29, 2011 6:39 am
Quite an enjoyable blog. Thanks.
Dec. 29, 2011 6:47 am
@Shearone - Don't feel bad - I also have problems reading this. I get motion sickness so I have reduce the size of my window to read the blog. I make the window small enough so that only the recipe and photo show - not the flashing animations. I'm with you. I love this blog and read it faithfully - but I have to be careful of how I do it! :-) (I have the same problem at church - lyrics on big screens with moving backgrounds. I really tried but actually had to find a new church that didn't make me vomit!) :-) And Pam - seriously - I LOVE your blog!!
Dec. 29, 2011 7:32 am
Great blog! Thanks for the recipes and the information. I am saving a couple of these. I've also saved all the New Year's pics - hope you don't mind. They're great. Have a happy new year Pam. - Patricia.
Dec. 29, 2011 8:08 am
I am still stuck on the Peanut Butter Tarts....Happy New Yaer
Dec. 29, 2011 8:26 am
Beautiful photos. I love the candy cane and Christmas Tree photo.
Dec. 29, 2011 9:17 am
I've changed some of the graphics and replaced the really flashy ones with sime simpler animated gifs. I hope it helps. I'd hate for anyone to get a migraine from my blog. I've had a few myself and I know they aren't fun. Let me know if the last one is still too vibrant and I'll remove it. :)
Dec. 29, 2011 9:21 am
Yes, that's better! Those Ischl Tarts look especially yummy. Great photos.
Dec. 29, 2011 9:21 am
Pam, I love your blogs. That is so thoughtful of you to make changes for those who suffer from migraines. Have a wonderful New Year.
Dec. 29, 2011 10:03 am
Pam - you are so precious. Thank you it is better - I've always admired you - like I said - you are a FAV.
Dec. 29, 2011 12:32 pm
Great blog, Pam. Love the look of those tartlets and your sugar cookies! A friend from many years ago shared her Reeses Treats recipe and I make them every year. Since you like the mini muffin cup recipes, I also like to make Pecan tartlets. Thanks for sharing!
Dec. 29, 2011 12:52 pm
MN Nice -Pecan tartlets are my favorite. I have dough made in the fridge right now to make another batch!
Dec. 29, 2011 12:53 pm
Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. I'm glad the new graphics are better than the old ones. :) Happy New Year!
Dec. 29, 2011 2:08 pm
AMAZING! I am in Awe of such talented folks. HAPPY NEW YEAR PAM!! Especially love the cookies. :)
Dec. 29, 2011 5:37 pm
Wonderful blog as always! I always look forward to your Faceless Blogs, and how nice of you to change a few of the graphics. I always appreciate the honest info you give about the recipes. Thanks!!
Dec. 29, 2011 5:54 pm
Great blog Pam. I love to read your post. Always fun and creative with great pictures and descriptions.
Dec. 29, 2011 7:05 pm
You're so talented Pam. I love your blogs. The food looks so good. Thank you for sharing your yummy-ness with us.
Dec. 30, 2011 1:45 pm
Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed reading, as always!
Dec. 30, 2011 3:07 pm
Some great looking desserts. Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips for a better outcome for others. The sugar cookies are so festive!
Dec. 30, 2011 3:10 pm
Another beautiful blog. I haven't really ventured into tartlets to any degree, mostly because I like to make cookies in larger quantities. Your animations are so cute and it is really nice that you changed them to help those with motion issues. Happy New Year!
Dec. 31, 2011 5:19 pm
I always enjoy your blog Pam. I made cranberry tarts along side the raisin tarts this year and they all tasted the same, so in the second round, I added a measure of lemon juice to the cranberry ones and it amped the flavout right up, there was no question which were cranberry. Those marbled tarts are going on my 'to do' list, they look yummy!
Jan. 2, 2012 7:51 pm
Fantastic looking Christmas treats! I'm going to try the Ischl Tartlets, they are very pretty. Sometimes when I'm browsing through recipes and I see one with a single photo, it turns out to be yours! This has happened many times and I feel happy for the little recipe with a face!
Jan. 3, 2012 4:34 pm
Thanks, Wyattdogster!
Jan. 7, 2012 5:50 pm
Love the blog. Your sugar cookies were SO beautiful. I am going to try the "swirled" tarts. Yours looked SO yummy.
Sep. 29, 2012 10:55 am
Pam- 3boysMama! Lol I personally love to bake n always wanting to try new recipes. I have to admit I decided to join your blog because I too am a mother of 3 sons- except mine are ages 34, 24, & 21! Although I haven't tried any of your recipes yet, I do plan on it. I enjoyed reading your blog! I have a pretty full week even though I am a first year empty nester- I volunteer at a Ministry that our church supports on Mondays, have to clean house n bake to get ready for my ladies night out group on tues. nights, go to Ft. Worth to BSF with a friend on Wed., sign language class wed. evenings, thur. is first day of the week the flea market is open that I have a booth in so I take my junk up n straighten n reduce prices, etc., and Fridays I get ready for my fri. night date with my hubby- sat. get the grand kids ( keep them sat. night, Sunday night n Mon. nights every week). Leaves little time for my new passion of painting, but I am gonna still bake!!! Can't give that up- I get up every morn. at 6:01am to fix my hubby coffee ( in my new Keurig machine, lol) breakfast, n a sack lunch ( as he only gets 30 min. for lunch ( except on Fridays- I go buy him a BBQ or burger n take to him), n then after he leaves to go to work- I make me some coffee, get back in bed- just to watch my daily fix of Kerry Shook n Joyce Meyer, then I get up n start my day. Oh, and our local Senior Center does line dancing on Monday mornings at 8:30- one of the ladies I work ( volunteer) with at the Ministry organization goes to it- so I'm tempted to go n learn line dancing! :-) now that you know a lil bit about me, I shall continue reading n enjoying your blog! Ty ( it is raining cats n dogs here in TX where I live right this moment- so I'm stuck inside-Hmmmmm, would be a great time to bake something! ) have a fresh fruit cake I'll have to throw out first! Lol it is delicious, but now that it's just my hubby n I- well, he isn't a big sweet eater n I'm too big of a sweet eater n need to lose weight cause I don't have the will power that some people have, so I'm gonna HAVE to start cutting my portion size down that I bake to start with- then maybe I won't have so many leftovers!) I have a neighbor I take food to- but she is a diabetic n is on a diet too!!! Anyway- love your blog- someone told me I should start a blog one time- but I'm not much of a talker or writer! ;0)
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
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I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
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I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
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I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
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The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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