Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Christmas Recipes

Whoever has a favorite Christmas recipe (or two) please feel free to share them. If there is a Christmas memory attachd to the recipe feel free to share it too! :)

My favorite recipe:

Sugar Cookies
Makes 3 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter

In medium bowl combine flour and salt w/ wire wisk. In large bowl, cream the butter and sugar w/ electric mixer on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add flour mixture. Blend on low speed just until combined. Do not over mix.
Gather dough into a ball. Flatten ball into disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap or large ziploc bag. Refigerate unitl firm or 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a floured surfac, roll out dough to a 1/4 of an inch thickness. With cookie cutters cut dough into desired shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 13-15minutes but watch closely DO NOT let them brown! Immediatly transfer cookies to a cool flat surface. When cooled decorate as desired. (I usually use buttercream frosting dyed all different colors and put into little ziploc bags with a tiny bit of the one of the corners cut off. This makes a perfect pastry bag! Then also pick out fun little Christmas candies to decorate them with too. )

Butter Cream Frosting:
1/3 cup softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar
dash salt
1 and 1/2 tsp clear vanilla for
white frosting regular vanills for
colored frosting
2-3 tbls milk

Cream butter. Add remaining ingredients. Beat well.

I remember when we lived in Sumner and we lived across the street from Judy. Every Christmas time she would make sugar cookies, decorate them, put them in little baggies and staple them around her front door. Anyone who wanted one could come up and take one. I remember one year going over and she let me help her bake them and then of course I got to have one. Whenever I eat Christmas sugar cookies that memory comes flooding back to me and I can see Judy and the cookies around her front door. I believe that she still does it every single year. I hope she will never stop because I am sure she is making Christmas memories for lots of children!


Bonita said...

Yum...buttercreme frosting! I remember the cookies you brought to me last year for Christmas, and I thought they were so pretty. Good luck on your blog - lookin' good! (Took me 4 months to figure out how to post a picture.)

Aunt Sheryl said...

I am glad you filled in the blanks with your explanation of the sugar cookies. Your mother did not say that they were in plastic bags. I pictured cookies hanging around the door, not wrapped. I couldn't understand the enthusiasm for unwrapped, very cold cookies that may have been hanging there for days. Now I understand, thank you.
How did you like my letter?
Aunt Sheryl

Judy Halone said...

Ahh, Annie. You remember! The cookies will be up again this year, 16th year straight. A new generation of neighbor kids keep asking when they can help bake them. Now I play the Grinch soundtrack REALLY LOUD, make sure they eat a whole lot before sending them home before dinner, and add almond extract to the real butter dough. We tie them up higher now so stray dogs won't sample them like they did a few years' back. Hope you'll sneak one or two off! Starts Dec 21 and goes through the new year. The best part is now my granddaughter gets to sample as many as her little heart wants! Hugs, Judy Halone PS there's always room in my kitchen for you, Annie-Dear.

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