Covered Head to Toe in Flour

December 14, 2009 at 8:30 am 5 comments

Woah when I said I was going to do some baking, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into! I’ve literally been baking for hours! (Good thing I had nothing to do today!)

I knew I wanted to try a different kind of Christmas cookie this year. I love my traditional go-to’s, but I’m hoping to stumble upon something that can be my ‘signature’ treat that everyone looks forward to me making!  I decided on Ginger-Lemon Swirls from this month’s Cooking Light magazine.


I almost made traditional sugar cookies (because I love the dough!) but a few pages after the swirl cookies was something called Chocolate Babka, which just looked fascinating! Kind of like a dessert-bread. (Technically it’s a sweet yeast cake, which is apparently a popular Hannukah treat)

Before I started my marathon baking session, I grabbed myself a snack. I LOVE to nibble and munch away when I’m baking, especially when it involves raw cookie dough. I have no problems with this habit, but I wanted to make sure I was doing it to enjoy the taste, not because I was hungry. (Please note eating raw egg is not recommended)


So I started out with a tasting plate of Triscuits, turkey slices, and gouda cheese. I wasn’t super impressed with the quality of the gouda, so I decided to melt it on top, then added some black pepper. Yum!


I also had a nice mug of Bigelow Apple Cider hot tea because I”m still a little chilly from this morning’s run.


So armed and ready I got to measuring and stirring and rolling and baking!

First the babka (so it would have time to rise):

Bubbling yeast…

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The dough ready for it’s first rising:


Rolled and ready for filling:

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Finished product…I believe my bread-shaping skills need some work!


Ooey gooey chocolate spilling out:


This looks nothing like the picture in the magazine, but let me tell you, this tasted GOOD!

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I may or may not have had 2 slices already… 😉



And if that’s not enough sugar for you, on to the cookies!

Ginger dough on the left, lemon on the right.

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All swirled together:





While I was baking, I was thinking these really weren’t worth all the trouble, but as I just re-tasted one of these yummy swirls, I think maybe it was worth it after all! Perhaps I won’t tackle them at the same time as the babka though).

Next time I make these I would probably decrease the amount of molasses in the ginger dough- it’s just slightly over-powering, and I would really like to be able to taste a little bit more of the lemon flavor.

As for the babka, it could certainly use less filling, and probably less sugar in the filling too. I will probably experiment with this a little and make it again when my family comes to visit for Christmas!


Well I’m all baked out for awhile! Do you do any holiday baking?


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa  |  December 14, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Brand new to your blog. 🙂

    I’m baking Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies when I get home from work tonight. It’s my first time making these so wish me luck.

    • 2. rungirlrunn  |  December 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

      Mmm those sound good! Hope it goes well 🙂

  • 3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)  |  December 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Great cookies 🙂 I must get around to making some for Christmas – I can’t believe it is only a little over a week away!

  • 4. wogagaffece  |  January 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Wow – kinda awesome theme. I will write about it also.

  • 5. Kneading to Run « with a Side of Sneakers  |  February 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    […] the filling a long time ago when I thought I was going to be able to make it and ran out of time. I first made this recipe back at Christmas-time and swore up and down I’d never make it again because it was so much work. […]


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