Wednesday, December 07, 2005
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:
Makes 3 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
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
1 and 1/2 tsp clear vanilla for
white frosting regular vanills for
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!