On Friday - totally unannounced and out of the blue - a package arrived on the front porch. I wasn't expecting anything, so imagine my surprise and delight to find that it was filled with samples of Archway's new holiday cookies!
As awesome as the people at Archway are for sending them, these new cookies are even more awesome. Just in time for the holidays, they've gone and made a special line of cookies that are delicious enough to serve to guests. Many of the labels say "just like homemade." I know you've heard that before, but in this case it's true - the cookies are indeed just like homemade. Let's try them out one by one, shall we?
Snow Tops are chocolate cookies with walnuts topped with a royal-icing-like frosting glaze. They're as rich and chewy as fudge, bursting with chocolatey goodness with just the right amount of chopped walnuts baked in. These quickly became a favorite here.
Archway's Pfeffernusse are a delicious variation of the German Christmas favorite. Cloves and cinnamon are prominent in the cookie, which is just slightly soft and chewy and rolled in powdered sugar.
If you're a fan of Archway cookies at all, you'll remember their Cashew Nougat cookies. A few years ago when the company was in dire straits, Cashew Nougats were discontinued. But they're one of Archway's most beloved and fondly remembered product, and even the quickest of Google searches will turn up dozens of recipes attempting to duplicate them.
No need now, though - Archway has brought them back, and they are every bit as delicious now as they were back in the day. Sweet just a bit brittle, they melt in your mouth. The cashews are the perfect compliment to the nougat and the nuts' hint of saltiness makes the sweet cookies even more delectable.
If your holiday traditions included a few packages of Cashew Nougats, you are not going to be disappointed. And if your holiday traditions don't include them, it's a great time to start!
Wedding Cake cookies are a time-honored tradition in our family. Ever since she was a wee lass of four summers, Lynnafred has spent time with her Nonnie (my mom) making Wedding Cakes just before Christmas. It was an inexpensive way for Lynnafred to give everyone in the family a delicious Christmas treat, and it got her involved in the kitchen early on.
We still make wedding cakes, but this year they'll be joined by Archway's Wedding Cake cookies. Sweet and walnutty and delicious, they're another melt-in-your mouth delight.
Candy Cane cookies are another new addition to Archway's holiday lineup. They're semisoft shortbread cookies, studded with peppermint morsels and drizzled with icing glaze. They're cool and sweet and minty and taste like an eight-year-old's dream of Christmas morning, as painted by Norman Rockwell, with full stockings hanging from the mantle and candy canes hooked on the branches of the Christmas tree.
If I were expecting a visit from Santa Claus this year, these are the cookies I'd put on the plate for him. After all, I presume they're made with Essence of Kid's Christmas, which isn't actually on the label unless of course it's classified as a "natural flavor."
Last, but by no means least, are Archway's Holiday Gingerbread Man cookies. They're very similar to gingersnaps, but in the form of happy little gingerbread men seemingly rapturous with the thought of being dipped into coffee and munched.
For more information about any of these cookies, visit Archway's website. It includes a store locator you can use to find a retailer near you carrying them, so you can experience the awesomeness for yourself.