I have a secret I am going to reveal to you guys today. I am obsessed with terrible Christmas movies. Phew! Feels good to get that off my chest. ABC Family, Lifetime, and Hallmark have basically been playing awful Christmas movies non-stop for the past month, and Mandi and I can't stop watching! We like to play this little game that helps amp up the Christmas cheer.
Take a sip of your drink every time:
The words "Christmas" or "Holiday" are spoken
The sentimental music kicks in
Magic, karma, or fate is brought up (explicit or implied)
They reference someone being out of place (city boy in the country, vice versa, etc)
The main characters make awkward or extended eye contact
The grinch of the movie hates on something christmasy
Baking or cooking is happening
A personal Christmas tradition is explained
Take a shot if:
One of the main characters has a dead parent
One of the main characters is from a sitcom you used to watch in the 80's or 90's
The movie ends with people kissing in the snow
Santa, or a man resembling santa, shows up
An alternate reality is shown
Christmas ghosts or spirits appear
The snow on the ground is clearly fake
If you have some of these cookies around while you watch the movie, the experience will be that much better. These cookies have an unassuming look, but they taste absolutely fantastic. They are different than any cookie I've ever had, and they are totally festive and delicious.
The Christina Tossi corn cookie recipe requires "freeze dried corn powder" I used these corn snacks from whole foods and turned them into a powder. They worked out great and added an amazing corn flavor and crunchy texture. Grind this up until it is completely powdered.
To break the individual druplets off the raspberry (yup, that is what they are called) get a bag of frozen raspberries and put a few at a time onto a cutting board. Smash them with a cooking mallet or spatchula and they should break up nicely. You need to do this quick to keep them frozen. If you handle them too much with your fingers, or let them sit out too long, they won't break cleanly.
Whip up the butter and sugar, then add the egg.
Mix it all up.
Finally mix in the basil.
Then the raspberry druplets. This will turn everything a little red.
You have to chill the dough for an hour before baking.
Like I said earlier, pretty unassuming, but totally delicious. The little flecks of green and red make these the perfect cookie to make with your mother in law in an alternate reality while the ghosts of your past lovers explain the true meaning of Christmas.
Go here for the base recipe. Break up the raspberries as I mentioned above, about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup. Also mix in a heaping tablespoon of chopped basil. Mix these ingredients in before you separate and chill the cookies. As I mentioned, I used the "toasted corn snacks" from whole foods to make the corn powder, and left the salt out. The corn snacks were salty enough and they added a great texture and flavor to the cookies.