Yesterday, I baked my first batch of Christmas cookies, while joyfully listening (and singing to) holiday tunes! I got the recipe from a book I borrowed from the Library: The Artful Cookie.
I got ambitious and tried one of the decorating techniques Aaron Morgan demonstrates called marbling. Here's how it's done:
Make a parchment cone. I watched this tutorial to learn how.
Melt two kinds of chocolate and dip the top of each cookie in your base chocolate. I did five at a time so that the chocolate didn't start to harden before I was ready to marble.
Fill your parchment cone with the other chocolate, and make this pattern on top of each cookie:
Drag a toothpick through the pattern alternating from top to bottom and bottom to top. (This was not easy to do while taking pictures!)
The 'reject' cookies that got ruined during the process (I waited too long and the chocolate started setting...not pretty). I'll call them Chocolate Cashew Clusters.