What about this year?
Well, Kevin and I are celebrating the fact that we are going to be grandparents for the first time. Ya I know, huge…HUGE!!
But if I start at the beginning, there is my Grandmother. Apron on, in her kitchen, fabulous smells of freshly baked bread, pies, and the most amazing cookies, filling the house. If I close my eyes I can see it like I was there. As a kid, I just couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen with her. I am not sure what I liked more, licking the spoons and beaters or helping with the baking!
Fast forward to my kids being little. I was so excited to carry on the tradition with them. Cookies, fudge, bread, and jams, were what my kitchen was filled with for the entire month. We would carefully pack baskets for family and friends, wrap them up, and tie them up with a huge bow. The kids would carry them as we walked around the neighborhood delivering our baskets of goodies. I think they were just as excited to see the smiling faces as I was. I was so proud to see them feel the spirit of giving VS gimme gimme gimme!
We, of course, have the holiday traditional favorites. Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle. But we also like to try a new recipe each year. Sometimes they become new favorites that carry over to the next year. Some of those recipes are my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, Chai Sugar Cookies, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rum Soaked Craisins. We all love them and can’t imagine a holiday baking session without them.
This year we enjoyed a new addition to our tradition. After the treats were baked (and the kitchen was clean of course!), we all sat down to a plate of cookies and a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Holiday Blends wine. Their Holiday White Blend has hints of caramel and apple. My daughter is a huge fan of Gallo’s Moscato , so the White Blend was her favorite by far. Kevin, my son, and I all love their Merlot, so the Holiday Red Blend with its light flavors of chocolate and mixed berries was the perfect wine for us. It was the perfect end to a wonderful day together.
This year, in addition to these Italian Wine Doughnut Cookies, our holiday gift baskets will include a bottle of these fabulous wines so everyone else can start new holiday traditions just like we did!
Italian Wine Cookies
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup of Gallo Family Vineyards Caramel Apple White Wine
- 6 cups all-purpose flour *See Notes
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
- Pour sugar, oil and wine in a bowl and stir until the sugar melts. Begin to incorporate the flour, little by little, using a wooden spoon. After the first cup of flour, add the baking powder, then continue adding flour until the dough is very smooth and plastic-like. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the turbinado sugar in a small shallow dish. Take small amounts of dough (about the size of a walnut), roll them in the shape of small sausages and then roll them in turbinado sugar. Shape into a “doughnut” and place on the baking pan.
- Bake for about 15 minutes; remove them from the oven as soon as they get a slight golden color on the top. Let them cool down and store them in an airtight container.
Mix in the flour cup by cup until the dough becomes very smooth and plastic-like.
If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy these recipes that use white wine.
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