What Kind of Cookie aRE yOU

YA and I had decided that we didn’t need to make as many cookie varieties this year; although we are still putting together cookie trays (vet, library, hardware guys, milkman, boss), we don’t have all the parties/functions to which we normally take cookies.  We made our list and then the next day, YA said “what about speculaas?”.  Then I found the recipe that Edith had given me for lemon lavender shortbread.  Before we knew it, we were up to 13 on the list and we couldn’t compromise on what to take off, so 13 is it! (Anna’s M&M, White Chocolate Macadamia, Lemon Lavender Shortbread, PB/Chocolate Fudge w/ Heath Bar, Frosted Sugar, PB Blossoms, Speculaas, Gingerbread Raspberry Thumbprints, Mint Surprise, Cream Cheese Snickerdoodle, Milk Chocolate Fudge, Pecan Meltaways, Ting-a-Lings)

I always do the frosted sugar cookies last because it’s quite a production – double recipe, lots of cookie cutter options, frosting, sprinkles….  The last few years I’ve had to do these all by myself but this YA volunteered to help with the decorating.  The photo above is the disaster area we created!

As I was relaxing afterwards, I found a Christmas Cookie quiz online – one of those things that I normally ignore, but since I could still smell all the sugar on myself, I threw caution to the wind.  Turns out that based on just 5 questions, I am Gingerbread – fond of my traditions and a little old-fashioned.  I didn’t make straigh-up gingerbread this year, and it’s not even my favorite, but I guess I can live with this categorization.

You have to pick a cookie to represent yourself.  What will it be? 

53 thoughts on “What Kind of Cookie aRE yOU”

  1. This weekend I am making speculaas, Springerle, and krumkaka. That will put me up to 11 kinds of cookies. I will make spitzbuben and zimsterne after Christmas, just before we go to see our son. Those last two cookies don’t freeze that well.

    I froze all the cookies I made thus far, but Husband has been getting into them, especially the Russian Tea cakes and pepparnotter. On Monday I want to mail cookies to Husband’s brother, my best friend, and our son’s inlaws. I may need to make more tea cakes and pepparnotter so I have enough for us and son and daughter.

    The closest I get to gingerbread is the lebkuchen, but most of the cookies I make have some ginger in them.

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    1. Oh, and Husband asks could I maybe make more maple shortbread, and do I realize that the chocolate shortbread is really the only kind of chocolate cookies he likes?

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  2. I am probably best represented by gingerbread, but I do like the Russian Tea Cakes, those sweet, buttery balls with pecans in them. I don’t have the patience to make cookies I have to ice and decorate.

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    1. I make my trackers with walnuts, sometimes with black walnuts if I can find them! Being elderly and isolated due to COVID I haven’t even been able to get to the store for the ingredients! It’s sure going to spoil my Christmas!

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        1. I just went out online and found a different cookie quiz. I thought it would be interesting to see what different quizzes came up with. Well I came up as a ginger cookie again. I guess I don’t need to go find any more at this point.

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  3. My church did virtual cookie bake last weekend (a bunch of us in our own kitchens connected via Zoom instead of all of us spread out in the church’s kitchen and gathering space). We wound up with a total of 58 dozen cookies that were donated to the Aliveness Project, supporting people with HIV/AIDS. My contribution were snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles. The latter might be a good description of me – seems a little pedestrian on the surface, but has a rich flavor. Needs to sit a bit before they are ready to go in the oven/get finished. Not fancy but likable.

    Next weekend is likely to be the annual krumake roll. Another cookie that might describe me: looks like it might be boring but has more flavor than you might expect. True to its heritage and roots. Best made with more than one person helping.

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  4. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    I think I am a Peanut Blossom (peanut butter cookie with Hershey’s Kiss on the top). Rich and delicious, and very messy to eat, unless they are warm.

    I am not making cookies this year, but it is so fun to read your reports of baking. I have been watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It is the perfect light entertainment show that engages my interest and raises no anxiety what-so-ever. It is just what I need right now. They have not been baking cookies, though (they call them biscuits). I notice that they have posted a Christmas version, so maybe the cookie baking is on that series.

    I awoke feeling much better this morning, 2 weeks after first symptoms. I hope that means this is over. My quarantine ends Tuesday, but my guess is I am no longer contagious.

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    1. “Biscuit Week” on the GBBO has yet to include what I think of as “Christmas Cookies.” Though there is Holiday one where Paul makes a kransekake (with entirely too much color and edible glitter thankyouverymuch).

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    2. DIL went to her doctor yesterday and reported the symptoms she had in mid November, and her doctor was highly suspicious of covid even though her test had come back negative, and ran blood tests and found very high levels of an enzyme produced when blood clots dissolve after you have covid, and did a CT scan of the lungs but thankfully found no remaining clots, but told her no strenuous exercise for two months. I believe this means that sohn and grandson were positive but asymptomatic.


  5. Despite the fact I am in no part Scandinavian: Fattigman

    Which I found online called Fattigmand. And a myriad of spellings for the long and short versions. My mother baked almost entirely Scandinavian things in December. Not one German thing. Her German ancestors seemed to have lost touch with their German-ness, perhaps they forgot it intentionally in WW1. Or maybe because they came to west central Iowa in the 1860’s. Although she was only 3/4 Deutsch, the other quarter Scotts-Irish.
    Fattigmand, fattigman, fattigmann means poor man. Add the bakkelse or bakkel means baking. My mother said it means poor man’s bread. I really like them and have not had one in a few decades. Sandy tried making them many years ago but could not control the frying step.
    The poor man part of it I identify with.
    Inevitable in MN, due to Sandy’s Scandinavian half and due to my daughter marrying a man a mix of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, my MN grandchildren are mostly Scandinavian. I don’t care about preserving my German ancestry down the line, just fascinated by immigration and the whole process of American-ness.

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    1. Fattigman is what I think of as klejner. One of my two favorite Christmas cookies. It’s been years since I have made them, since neither of us is into cookies. The other is brunkager. Neither klejner or brunkager are overly sweet, but if made right are both delicious.

      What I really like is good fruitcake. I made it a couple of times, years ago, but it’s a long involved and expensive undertaking, so I have given up on it. Instead I’ve ordered one from Collins Street bakery in Texas, and my friend, Helen, usually gives me one of hers as a gift. I don’t know, though, whether she had time to bake fruitcake this year, what with moving and everything. We shall see. She coming for a visit in about half an hour, socially distanced, of course, except for the few seconds it takes for her to give me my B-12 shot.

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  6. *Points to self* Body by chocolate chip cookie. No need for a quiz. 🙂
    All other cookies are just supporting roles (or rolls).

    By a margin of something on the order of 20:1, I’ve eaten chocolate chip cookies more than all other cookies combined. (Easily in the thousands of cookies)

    It was a lower ratio in my youth when Mom bought a moderate number of packages of Oreos (or usually Hydrox since they were cheaper). But once I was on my own, it was almost always chocolate chip cookies or nothing.

    The only thing that keeps the ratio from soaring to almost 100% is Mom baking several dozen Christmas cookies each year for me and my siblings. Yes, they’re delicious, but if I could only choose one cookie to take with me to the deserted island for the rest of my life, it’s the CCs.

    Chris in Owatonna

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    1. I’m with you Chris- I’ve taken CC cookies as payment for a lot of things. I’m sure I’ve said here before, I’ll do just about anything for CC cookies.

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    2. My CC recipe is from the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls cookbook. Yes, there are other recipes. Yes, plenty of them are good. But the Betty Crocker one is still my go-to. No frills, just a straight-up chocolate chip cookie.

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      1. Anna, I actually use your chocolate chip cookie recipe all the time these days. In fact I used it as the basis for my M & M cookies this holiday season. (That’s why it’s called Anna‘s M&Ms)

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    3. I do miss Hydrox. They tasted different to me than Oreos and I liked them best. But now that I’m an adult and they’ve been gone for so many years, what a strange name for a cookie?

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      1. Agree about Hydrox. I am not big on overwhelming, at least to me, chocolate taste. Hyrox cookies are less so. But I do not like chocolate chip cookies or brownies–too too much much. I know that makes me unAmerican. Not big on apple pie either.

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      2. I liked Hydrox too. The chocolate part of the cookie was the perfect balance of bitter chocolate and sweet sugar. The chocolate cookie I’ve found that reminds me of that is the Pepperidge Farm fudge brownie goldfish graham cookie. It’s a cookie that doesn’t resemble fudge, or a brownie, or a graham cracker, despite the name. Just a crisp perfectly balanced chocolate cookie.

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  7. OK, took two quizzes, came up with Snickerdoodle or Gingerbread.

    Yesterday Husband made Buffalo Chip Cookies (choc. chip) – they’re supposed to be LARGE – 1/3 C. batter so that three fit on a cookie sheet. 🙂 We made them small, and I’m asking him to hide all but two of them today…

    I’ll probably make either Kringla, or Russian Tea Cakes later on.

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  8. I am a coconut macaroon a Russian tea cake a spritz or a Dolly Parton sugar cookie

    When I was a kid my favorite cookie was a peanut butter cookie and for some reason I can’t stomach those any longer I am an oatmeal raisin kind a guy and that’s the one that I usually make at home shortbread calls out to me but all in all I’m not much of a cookie guy at all

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  9. Off topic, but you will like this: my son finally got to his post-op appt. after his cancer surgery. (Because they rushed it there was no time for a post-op right away.) Remember this is in Boise, ID. The lobby had a large tree entirely decorate with ornaments with Dr. Fauci’s picture on them.

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  10. I think if I were a cookie I might be a spritz. A very unfussy cookie, not many ingredients, a little plain, not overly sweet or dense or heavy. A cookie that just gets the job of being a cookie done.

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  11. Thought I posted this several hours ago but it didn’t go. Hmmm…

    My mom wasn’t the best cookie maker. Partially she was “thrifty”… her cookies were alway hard and dry and we’d have to put them in a jar with a piece of bread in order to eat them.
    And chocolate chips were probably expensive so she’d only put in half as many. Sometimes you’d get a chocolate chip cookie that didn’t even have a chocolate chip in it.
    But rather than make cookies, she’d make bars; those were usually better; I miss the bars.

    Just the other day my family was talking about fig newtons. I think it was Dad who liked them.

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