Toto Cookies

Made for Sarah's birthday in 2023. Makes 3½ dozen.

Ingredients Step
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
3¼ c. flour
1½ c. sugar
1 T. baking powder
¼ c. cocoa powder
1¼ t. black pepper, fresh ground
1½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. clove
½ t. salt
Sift together.
¾ c. shortening Work in the shortening (aim for coarse cornmeal texture).
½+ c. milk
⅔ c. walnuts, chopped
Add milk and nuts. Mix by hand until well-blended. If necessary, add a bit more milk so the dough holds together.
Pinch off 1-inch pieces of dough and roll them into balls. Place 1-inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until firm.
1½ c. powdered sugar, sifted
3 T. milk
1 t. rum extract
Beat until smooth for a thin frosting (while the cookies bake). Add a wee bit more milk if necessary.
sprinkles Let cookies cool on racks only until warm. Dip tops into icing, then sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Let the frosting dry completely, then layer the cookies between wax paper to store.

Source: ciaoitalia.com (Mrs. Tigani's Chocolate and Black Pepper Cookies)

Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Cheery, festive, tasty. Easy too. (Except for picking through the berries....)

Ingredients Step
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x9" baking dish.
1½ c. cranberries Spread in a single layer on the bottom of the greased dish.
1¾ c. old fashioned oats
½ c. nuts, chopped
¼ c. flaked coconut, unsweetened
1½ t. cinnamon
½ t. ginger, ground
¾ t salt
Combine in a large bowl.
1 egg
2 T. coconut oil, melted
2 c. milk
¼ c. maple syrup
2 t. vanilla
Whisk together in a separate medium bowl.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and stir to combine. Pour the oat mixture over the cranberry layer in the baking dish.
½ c. cranberries, fresh
2 T. flaked coconut
Sprinkle on top.
Bake at 350 degrees until the top of the oatmeal is set, roughly 30-40 minutes.

Source: Sarah via Tasty video

Latkes

Serve with cranberry sauce, applesauce, and/or sour cream.

Can fry in morning & leave on paper towels at room temperature, then reheat on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees or under a broiler.

1½ pounds of potato serves 4 people.

Ingredients Step
2 onions Grate on a box grater. Squeeze excess juices out over sink.
3 lb. boiling potatoes Grate on a box grater. Rinse & squeeze excess juices out over sink.
oil Start heating oil in a skillet.
6 T. flour
1 t. salt
3 eggs
Combine, then mix in onions and potato.
Fry.

Source: Aaron's Aunt Leah

Sauerkraut Fritters

Goes well with Breton Beans, or with pierogi.

Ingredients Step
10.5 oz. / 2 c. sauerkraut Drain and finely chop.
¾ c. milk
1 egg
1 t. caraway
1 t. savory (opt.)
Mix wet ingredients together in a large bowl.
oil Start heating oil in a skillet
1 c. (130 g.) flour Add flour to the wet ingredients. Then add chopped sauerkraut.
When a drop of batter sizzles in the hot oil, pour by 2T-fuls and spread to 3-inch rounds. Cook until the bottoms brown (about 5 minutes), then turn and repeat. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

Source: Michal Korkosz (Fresh from Poland)

Cranberry Sauce

Serves six as a condiment.

Ingredients Step
2 c. cranberries
½ c. orange juice
¼ c. white sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
¼ t. cloves
¼ t. ginger
Combine in a saucepan. Simmer, stirring (uncovered), until berries have burst.

Source: Rebecca from New Orleans from college