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GingerDoodz: Gourmet’s Favorite Gingerbread Men

Yesterday I was a baking maniac, working to finish working on the remainder of my 12 Days of Cookies, belatedly.  With our bedroom in decent order, and the family room beginning to resemble a place where we can relax again, I was able to put in a full day while the resident hunkster kept one eye on the television and football, and worked through his honey-do list — laundry included.

I asked my 16-year-old to design some faces for Gingerbread Men, one of Gourmet’s Favorite Cookies from December 1959.  Of course you’d never find gingerbread men looking like this in the time of “Leave it to Beaver,”   so I’m thinking Gingerdoodz would be more appropriate.

Well, except for the one I designed.

He’s a bit on the happy side…or just plain loopey.  After all, no one sane would wear an outfit like that, would they?  Definitely a candidate for “What Not to Wear.”

But every group needs a cheerleader, right?

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Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Amidst the sawing and banging that is going on in my home right now which escalated to an unbelievable level yesterday, my kitchen — usually the most “used” looking room in the house — was an oasis of calm.

Okay, so maybe not.  But it was under control and I was able to hide there and know that all the chaos would be worth it once the work is done.

The nice thing about having so many guys in the house working is that I can leave a plate of cookies for them, and in a matter of minutes, they’re gone.  Yesterday’s Mocha Toffee Bars were a big hit!

Welcome to Day Two of The 12 Days of Cookies whereby Kelly takes on Gourmet’s selection of best cookies from the past seven decades.  Today’s cookie is quite the festive looking morsel if you’re one who associates red and green with the season.  If you’re not, then you’re most likely going to consider that the combination of pistachios and cranberries in a sweet, tender bite is healthy.  But there is that sugar around the edges….and the butter.

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies are one of Gourmet’s picks from 2006.  And since I’ve got tons of pistachios and cranberries right now, this cookie was a no-brainer.  Besides, I’m an icebox cookie kind of person considering that you can make the dough and pop it in the fridge to deal with later while you pay attention to a more fussy cookie.

The only issue is — a “log” isn’t shaped like a right prism which is what Gourmet’s photo depicted.  And me being me, well, I had to skip the log, loving the square cookies.

A log is easier to roll.  Trust me.

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