Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Be Sweet

This is my favorite time of the year, Christmas!! I love everything about it, decorating the tree, houses decked out with lights, santa, all the delicious treats! Spending time with family and exchanging gifts. It's all wonderful to me. I've realized over the years though that we sometimes tend to stress out during this month, worrying about buying gifts, outfits for parties, baking, wrapping, mailing gifts to loved ones afar. It can all add up to stress and take the fun out of the season. So as we amp up for the month, take a deep breath...Let's keep it simple and from the heart. Don't over extend yourselves, worry about expensive gifts, throwing the perfect bash or meeting up with the in-laws. Make this month full of love and peace in your heart and make it a priority! Remember to stay sweet even when the jerk in the red car cuts you off! Here's a little sugar cookie recipe to help you start off!

1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter (no substitutions), softened
1/2 cup(s) sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
Ornamental Frosting (optional)
Coarse sugar crystals, silver dragées, holiday decors (optional decorations)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended.
dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.)
On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3-inch to 4-inch
cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet.
Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
When cookies are cool, prepare
Ornamental Frosting, if you like; use along with sugars and candies to decorate cookies. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months


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